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Tales of a reluctant Snap-Chatter.

For a few weeks now, I have been quite the ardent fan of Snapchat. Like most, I am mildly addicted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and most other social networks.

This is not by any means a complaint of receiving any snaps that were TMI (too much information & yes, I use acronyms). I have not been subjected any unwarranted nude images. Those would have been welcome, if only to shock me out of the monotonous nature that is my existence. Maybe it would have given me a much more interesting story for the parties which I refuse to attend (due to the lack of interesting stories to tell when in attendance, yes, it’s a vicious cycle).

No, my experiences have been to the other extreme, they have been tedious ‘snaps’ from my social circle.

It’s essentially been a tirade of selfies, that always look identical to the last (same individuals, similar articles of clothing as the trends have demanded, same stylised make up, yes, I including and not limited to the same sculpted eyebrows I have been guilty of sporting on my IG pictures).

If by some grace, I have been lucky to not receive selfies, then I have received floods of images of food which does not look appetising in the least but, rather looked inedible quite frankly.

I have also endured mundane experiences that my ‘loved ones’ have insisted on sharing with me, for instance, an average sunset or sunrise, a blurry image of nothing spectacular, a less than impressive image of them working out…I’d continue, but I think you’re beginning to catch my drift.

I soon realised, despite loving social media, I had to draw the line somewhere.

Finally, I decided, Snapchat just isn’t for me, either that, or my group of friends just aren’t for me.

You can see why I chose to give snapchat the boot. It’s too much of an effort to get a new interesting group of friends. It easier to just take a few steps away from the less fascinating aspects of their lives.

The voyeuristic nature of social media has really taken a turn of the worst in this unadulterated sharing.

It has been an exhausting experience.

Maybe now I can finally have the time I always needed to start that new hobby. Or maybe I’ll just find another app to take up more of my time…

Dude, where’s my car?

The Background story

 

 

It’s fair to say I live in the *slightly better part* of a very bad neighbourhood and occasionally bad things will happen. As we all know, such is life.

So a few days ago, somebody broke into the car which was parked on the driveway. We notified the police straightaway. We went through the motions, filing a report just in case, but not actually expecting justice to be served.

This morning was like any other. I woke up early, got ready for uni, skipped breakfast as I was already running late… I raced out of the house, already distracted by the long list of errands I’d have to complete and to my dismay I’m greeted by an empty space.

You can imagine the shock to my system. I panic. WHERE THE FUCK IS THE CAR?!?!

I walk into the empty space, hoping that my mind was indeed playing tricks on me, or that maybe there’s an invisibility cloak over the car but of course there isn’t.

My panic attack was only getting worse… This is the worst day of my entire life I thought out loud.

Then my sister came to the front door to deliver the best news I’d hear all day

She reminds me that the car is parked

wait for it..

 

IN THE GARAGE!!

Excited as I may be that the car has in fact NOT been stolen.

Maybe it’s time I should consider relocating to a safer neighbourhood. Where my time will not be spent stressing over the next burglary or if my car will still be on the driveway in the morning.

 

“I’m really f***ed up about women. After I sleep with them, I completely lose interest. What about you? What’s your problem?” Carrie: “I pick the wrong men.”

The other day, I stumbled upon a rerun of SATC. I’m not entirely sure which episode I watched nor which season it was from.

Al I gathered was that Carrie was seeing a therapist and she proceeded to date a photographer whom she met in the therapists waiting room.

I fail to understand how a thirty-something woman failed to hear th LOUD alarm bells, but then again, this is television.

As you may have gathered, I’m not an avid follower of the Sex and the City cult. Nor am I opposed to it. I am an easily entertained individual.

As I was saying, this short episode led me to dig deep a little. Have some insight into my personality.

Like most girls before me, I decided to try and figure out which character most suited my personality.

Maybe this quote will help me explain why and how I decided which character protrays me best.

While in bed with Seth, Carrie asked why he was in therapy. His answer: “I’m really f***ed up about women. After I sleep with them, I completely lose interest. What about you? What’s your problem?” Carrie: “I pick the wrong men.”

Don’t be mistaken, I do not think Carrie protrays me best.

His name is Seth. He makes such a short appearance in the SATC that if you blinked, you might have missed him. He’s the creative type. A photographer. He’s charming, beautifully created, not afraid to go after what or better yet WHO he wants.

However, as soon as I do get IT. Whatever it is that I want, be it the attention,  security, affection or success. I completely loose interest in my pursuits and have to focus my energies on something completely different.

So maybe I’m the female version of Seth. And men who pick me like Carrie pick the wrong girl.

Tis Pity She’s a Whore

It’s insane how I haven’t done anything creative in such a long time.

I can feel this loss of purpose.. Living each day by just going through the motions.. It’s no way to live really..

I miss being passionate and driven.
I hope my creative juices start flowing soon. I’m in desperate need of an inspiration. Everything is so bleak, so dull.

So, to try and get Inspiration, I’ve decided to do all the cliche stuff, like go to the theater more, go to galleries more, see exhibitions more. Just try and be surrounded by creative people.

So, my first outing will be to the Sydney Theater at Walsh Bay to see “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” written and directed by John Ford, Declan Donnellan.

There have been awesome reviews about it, so I’ll trust the critics this one time. They better have been right, right?

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Akuot

I am probably the worlds worst blogger.

I haven’t posted anything on wordpress for so long, that I forgot how to. What a shame. I’m back now though..

I’ve been distracted lately, just living life I suppose.

What am I doing right now you ask? Well, I’m researching about cars. I happen to have an interview with the general manager at a toyota  dealership tomorrow and my knowledge on cars is beyond pathetic.

Trying to come up with a list of appropriate questions.

I have never been less prepared in my life before. Yet, I seem to find more ways to procastinate.

 

How the Web 2.0 has changed media production

The web 2.0 is the name given to a group of new technologies such as Youtube, Wikipedia, Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, Picassa, Blogs, Delicious, Diggitor, Diigo, Twitter.

Such technologies allow more user participation. Which in-turn has changed media production, in the sense that the consumer can be the producer.

The web is no longer read only, it’s a read and write medium where an individual can alter, replicate or produce media.

The Web 2.0 allows for conversations to occur, therefor the producer is able to stay in contact with the consumers and vice versa. These new technologies harbor vast online societies where people with common interests can connect despite their geographic locations.

Web 2.0 has changed the way media is produced as it allows the producer to link different content to the site. This allows for the consumer to choose what information they want to view in relevance to their interests. It also allows the producer to provide additional information, comments or opinions.

Web 2.0 technologies often have user generated content as the production of media is relatively inexpensive.

It has also made it much easier to find information on the web as it’s content can be easily tagged.

The Web 2.0 is an important medium for Media producers as majority of the data is readily accessible as well as more accurate due to  constant data input and updates.

This technologies allow media producers to keep an eye on social trends and public opinion. Thus, helping them understand what is relevant or irrelevant to the population.

WordPress is another example of the web 2.0 technologies.

Akuot Martin Majier

Knowledge Accumulation & Distribution

Before Google came along, Vannever Bush in 1945 and Tim Berners Lee had the a very similar vision. They all wanted to share information with the world. They  all envisioned a world where all information would be indexed and made easily accessible. Since 1945 to 2010, a remarkable transformation has occurred in the way information reaches the mass populations and targeted Audiences.

The ability to produce and access information has allowed the average person to become an instant journalist if he or she is in the right place at the right time. By either capturing footage or reporting the events, they can easily reach a large number of audiences.

Journalists on the other hand now have more opportunities to research trends and topics of interest. A journalist only needs internet connection to keep up with social trends. Thus, they can be located wherever they choose.

The Media Industry has also been affected in a major way, in the sense that, production of news and articles is cheaper than ever. The material reaches a much wider spectrum of the population as location and time are no longer an issue.

The audience can access the information they need or want at a time which is convenient for them, as opposed  to the past when, to watch the the news or a specific show, one had to tune into the specific channel at a specific time; to read a News Article one had to purchase the Newspaper of the day. The radio also has podcast for the convenience of its Audiences.

The indexing of information has indeed made it easier for information to be gathered and shared.

Akuot Martin Majier

About Me

My name is Akuot Martin Majier. I am 21 years old. I am of African decent – namely, Sudanese. I was born in Ethiopia and brought up in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa).

I relocated to Sydney, Australia with my Family when I was 13 years old.  Which is where I currently reside.

I am a Journalism student. My main goal right now is to successfully complete my B.A. in Communications (Journalism)

I am applying for Internships in the Industry, so as to expand my work experience. As well as building up my blogs on WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger. And I’ll be sure to share the experiences on my blogs. Follow me on Twitter, Formspring me or add me on Facebook

That’s all for now.

Akuot Majier

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