Social Media Cleanse

*Edit* I am so sorry! I do not know what’s going on lately, but I swear that I am scheduling  things and then they just keep popping up everywhere, anywhere they feel like!

It is SO hard these days to ignore the social media “craze” and the hold that it has over all people of all ages, races, gender, background…the list goes on. It is important to note here though that not everyone in the world has a computer or a “smart phone”. It is easy to understand though why people find it so hard to take themselves off of it, some struggle even not being apart of it for only hours and minutes at a time.

I made a promise to myself about a year ago, that at least once a week I was going to come off all my social media pages. Which I can say that I do and it’s easy. Although to be honest it isn’t that hard, there are a lot of negative and horrible people on their. They definitely do help me get fed up with it easier and they make me want to come off.

There are SO many benefits from coming off of social media, even for just one day. I can also say that I find it easily to spend days off of places like Facebook and Instagram so much easier these days for my longer than a day. I find that once you start making something apart of your routine and you keep it up, whether that be keeping something in or out. It just starts to become easier after a while.

However, I also think that you need something else to keep yourself occupied, especially those first few times that you do something. Below I have written a few things that I found kept me from getting on social media. If you have any please, free to share!

  • Read,read,read…and did I mention, Read…Taking time off from social media is definitely a good time to get caught up with your reading. If you are anything like me, once I start reading I tend to just keep going. Especially if it’s a book that I’m interested in.
  • I also love to play video games, so that is a good time.
  • I tend to do more things like mediating and doing more yoga when I take myself off. It gives me to properly sit and meditate and clear my mind. Although my Gran did say that you should be able to meditate anywhere, if you are doing it properly.
  • I do a LOT more walking, by myself and with my dog. Even if I’m walking to the local supermarket. I’m more likely to walk and get my food, rather than order it online…Save a lot of money!
  • Cleaning out my closets…Just this past week I have gotten rid of about nearly 10 blouses/shirts that I haven’t worn in a couple of years (I’ve had most of them for years, it’s just been the couple of years since I hurt my leg, I’ve put on weight) I have gotten so much more space now, it’s great! Room for more…Just kidding ~.^
  • Of course it gives me a lot more time for writing Blog posts and just the general writing for fun that I like to do.

Twitching to Twitch

I finally thought of something to write about, something that is really quiet magical to myself and I hope that it becomes magical to you as well.

I call myself a “creeper twitcher” which basically means that I watch a lot of Twitch streaming…

What is Twitch, I hear you ask? (Maybe)

Twitch or Twitch tv is probably the leading platform when it games to live streaming gamers and their games. More than 45 millions…that’s million…gamer use Twitch to live stream their games and other related live gaming type entertainment. This can be anything for watching other people play, people who cosplay making their latest costumer to food and drink. Some people will just literally streaming themselves having a party.

I call myself a “creeper twitcher” because I watch quiet a few twitchers. Some are harder to watch than others just purely because of the time different. As I’ve mentioned before it is LIVE…So this means because we are watching people from all over the world, sometimes you do miss a favourite twitcher. However, there a couple of Australians I LOVE to watch and luckily, they like to Twitch a lot as well!

I have often thought about becoming a Twitcher myself, instead of just stalking everybody on it. I just do not have the guts to do it! I honestly feel like that people on the Twitch community are becoming celebrities on their right. A new media for celebrity maybe?

What about yourselves? Do you like to watch Twitch? Care to share who you are currently watching? Are you a creeper too?

 

Obsessed

There is something that I have thought about lately and something that I do not understand. Has anyone else noticed the amount of people who claim to hate a station/tvpresenter/tvshow etc. Yet, at the same time know EVERYTHING that tv presenter has said, watched every single show they don’t life and so know what’s being showed. How do they know SO much about something they say they hate so much?

Unless they are obsessively following everything they “hate”

But, why? Who does that?

Too me it’s the same as following everything an ex partners, or an ex friend or a family member who you’ve disowned and saying “I’ve moved on and I don’t care what they do”. Yet, they know more about these people than you do. I know at least two people in my life who constantly talking about moving on, but one who is not friends with their ex friends anymore on Facebook. They know more about what is going on with their Facebook than I do, and I am actually friends with these people on Facebook…How?

I recently talked about these issues in another post, but this one is more related too complete strangers obsessively following a tv presenter, a show and thinking that there is nothing wrong with you, about that? There’s only one way you can know what’s going on and that is you are obsessively following that show/presenter.

The best example I can think of is an Australian tv presenter called Waleed Aly, an Australian Muslim television presenter. Now if you read the regular comments about him, he’s called mainly a Muslim terrorist sympathiser. Except, he has never once said “Yay…Terrorism” He’s called them weak, they don’t represent his Muslim. I think it’s all down to he doesn’t say what they want to hear, the right way. Which is probably “All Muslim people should be deported” Yet a lot of his haters constantly comment about him, they are clearly watching the show since they have SO much to say about what was on the show. When I asked one of them “Prove to me that he has ever said Yay, terrorism” No one was able to respond, because he hasn’t ever actually said that and because he doesn’t think that…at all

Now I can understand being obsessed about a ex partners, or an ex friend or a family member who’ve disowned, only for a little while. I do think after a certain amount of time you need help. However, I really DON’T understand about following a show/tv presenter/tv channel you don’t like? I cannot imagine about making my entire life about something that is so easy to turn off and not follow? What lack of a life must you have? There are plenty of shows out there that you can watch if you want too watch something with more of your point of view.

You don’t HAVE to make your life about everything you hate.

I don’t “care”

There is something that really intrigues me and I would really love to hear your opinions on it or if you are one these people who do this, to please explain what this need this.

What is with this seemingly big NEED that some people have to write on news articles or ‘entertainment’ type articles about how they “don’t care” they have “real news to read” and is this article really “newsworthy”. What are they doing there then? Personally, when I see an article I’m not interested in I skip pass it. I actually asked someone this question because I find it really intriguing, that whole thought process. Of creating traffic for something you don’t care about, rather than creating traffic and focusing on the things you do. Then boasting about how you don’t care, like it’s some great feat and accomplishment that you just HAD to write that?

I am like 99% sure no one is making these people read these articles. So why are they even reading these articles for? Do they not have enough to care about? Do they have a lot of free time that they have the time to focus on things they don’t care about?

I have always said that the Kardashians are being kept in our public eye, not because of their fans, but because of their haters. They are making their numbers and money from their haters. For example, the amount of articles I have seen people comment and re-share articles about them is literally in the thousands…but…they “hate” them? Yet my brother and his friends seem to really like them, yet I rarely hear them talk about them. I only found that they like them last year, when my brother was over for a visit and there was a Kardashian marathon on the tv…We had to watch it all day -.-

For those who may not know what I mean by “traffic”. It means when you click on a article online, or you comment online, you are creating “traffic” that the website keeps tracks of to see, what people are interested in and what the public is talking about. They don’t care what you deem “newsworthy” or what “real news” is, or if you like the article or not. What they focus on is the numbers that each article receives. So by you “not caring” and clicking on a article you don’t “care” about, it creates interests and so that site will continue to talk about it.

Even take WordPress, how many of us have edited our Blogs and write about topics that interest people more than what we actually want to write about, based on the views, discussions and likes we have gotten for our posts.

Please discuss!

History Repeating

I found an extremely interesting article: Goebbels’ former Nazi secretary has no regrets about her role in WWII

To break the article down, Brunhilde Pomsel was the former secretary of Joseph Goebbles, Reich Minister of Propaganda. In the article Brunhilde expresses how she had no regrets about her secretarial role, she was, in fact flatter.

(This is why you should all read the article)

The next part explained from Brunhilde herself (105 years old by the way). That it was part of the Propaganda’s “charm”…

“I know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing, it was all kept well secret.”

“Those people nowadays who say they would have stood up against the Nazis – I believe they are sincere in meaning that, but believe me, most of them wouldn’t have,” Pomsel said.

“The whole country was as if under a kind of a spell. I could open myself up to the accusations that I wasn’t interested in politics but the truth is, the idealism of youth might easily have led to you having your neck broken.”

I have to say…I believe her. I think about the media today, the people who are in control today and those people who are willingly to just believe anything a particular candidate says…Without saying anything. I read through the comments of a woman who railed racist abuse at an Spanish family. If you read the headline, you’d think this woman was randomly insane…HOWEVER (and I do not condone racism in any form.) She was yelling at this family because they had left their dog in the car on a 90+ degree day.

Ignoring what this woman said, which she apologised later for, and why she got upset. Throughout all the comments there were different news articles “proving” what the commenter or poster believed to be correct. How can you believe what really happened, when there are SO many different article saying different things? Fact vs Opinion – Lolsys Library

Does this article strike a chord with you? Can you think of any situation where this may be true these days?

Mattel … Open-Minded or Evil Genius?!

So I am sure by now that most of you have the seen the “new and improved” Barbie’s?

Barbie’s most diverse incarnations through the years (SBS Article) … Personally this has been my favourite article on the matter.

I for one don’t really care either way. I never used to play with my Barbie’s and played with them to look like them. My Barbie’s taught me to create and play and come up with crazy “lifestyles” (I had one Barbie that could only live on junk food, she was my fav =D)

Now, most people may not like what I’m going to say. If a doll is giving you self-esteem issues, you have issues already and possibly that involves BAD PARENTING. It’s like with anything in life, it’s up to you to give you your self-esteem, it’s not anyone else’s job or responsibility to teach you good self-esteem. It most certainly is not up to a doll to do that either. When will people start taking responsibility again? I don’t think these parents not buying Barbie is good parenting practice either. How about they just say “Well if you’re blonde and skinny, there’s something wrong with you”.

The reason I think Mattel are evil geniuses?! I can only begin to IMAGINE how much money Mattel will make out of this one!

Also have you all caught the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (wikipedia)television show? It’s actually really funny.

Vlog Update

About a week ago I wrote a Blog about doing a Vlog, I just thought that I would give you all a progress report on it. I have filmed it. I am trying to do this all on my lonesome, I’ve re-watched it. So I just have to edit it now and all that fun stuff, I’ve just never done it before. I love learning new things and this will be something new. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve never done this before and so it might take me a couple of days to edit it.