A Selfie To Die For

The weekend begins and my mind is set free for the next couple of days…..time to reflect on the larger problems in life…..first, what about this “selfie” craze?

This fad has spread through the internet like a fast moving cancer…….the “selfie”…..the taking of a photo of one’s self with whatever is near at the time….a monument, a person, a pet…..whatever is near.

It seems everyone is participating in this fad….from common folk to actors to politicians to athletes….even the prez has embraced the fad…….everyone is doing 5the “selfie”…..

We humans seem to have this obsession to document ourselves at every moment of our lives and then share it on whatever social media is handy…

Personally, I do not see the need to post my daily experiences…..of course that could be because I am an old fart….but still the necessity escapes me.

There are, believe it or not, when stopping to record a moment in life may not be in the best interests of the person……

While putting yourself in the way of stampeding bulls is considered a matter of personal choice at Pamplona’s annual festival, authorities say slowing down for a selfie while doing so is just plain stupid. A runner who was filmed trying to get a photo of himself inches ahead of the bulls at this year’s festival could face a fine of $4,100 under a new law banning runners from using recording devices, reports the Guardian. A picture of the man has been circulated with the hashtag #Eltonmóvil—”the idiot with the mobile”—and commentators have sharply criticized him for putting other runners in danger.

The selfie-snapping runner was filmed by Spanish network TVE, which has been criticized itself for urging participants to send their best selfies in for a prize, reports the Local. “Be careful, we didn’t quite mean that,” the network tweeted after the man’s photo surfaced. The festival wraps up today and so far, four Spaniards have been gored and one American: the co-author of How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona.

Maybe a little common sense would be advised before stopping for that all important “selfie”



If Ever There Was An Anti-Christ

I do not use Facebook for anything….I have NEVER become a member….they just want too much info that I am not willing to have on their server………I do use Twitter but it is mostly for news feeds and breaking news….I do very little social crap on there……to me Facebook is as close to an anti-Christ as we can get……but now facebook is experimenting with the people that use it……..

News of a Facebook social experiment examining the effect positive or negative posts have on users has prompted justifiable anger. What it shouldn’t provoke is surprise. After all, online companies are conducting similar “A/B tests” all the time in order to maximize usage and profits, writes David Weinberger at CNN. For instance, Amazon might try putting a banner on one side of the site for some users and the other side for others, with the goal of determining which side generates more clicks. Such testing is done on everything from “font sizes to colors to the depth of the drop shadows.”

The trouble with Facebook’s newly-revealed experiment is that it played with our emotions. But that’s nothing new: Our Facebook feeds are always based on algorithms, and they’re “based on what works for Facebook, Inc., and only secondarily based on what works for us as individuals and as a society,” Weinberger writes. Facebook’s goal is “happy customers,” but that just means people who visit and click a lot. So what should be done about it? Perhaps filters could be more user-controlled or designed with “socially desirable aims.” But we can’t expect such changes when we’re giving social data to “commercial entities that have as their primary interest not the health of our society and culture, but their bottom line.” Click for his full piece.

All I can say is…use Facebook at your own peril…….I do not trust them as far as I can spit them……….

Is A #HashTag Necessary?

By now even the dullest of an individual knows of the plight of the 200+ Nigeria girls and most have gotten their info from some form of social media, the #Hashtag, if you will.

Monday I dedicated the day to post on Nigeria and Boko haram to help my readers grasp what was actually happening……..and I hate to say it but my endeavor was a bust….probably because I did not use the #Hash tag……….and as a result few read my posts and those that did appeared to be disinterested.

I am not a big supporter of social media….I do use Twitter but for news sources only and I do not trust facebook so I do not have an account……I tried to reason why NO one seemed interested in my post or my analysis……..and then I read something that I agree with totally……

You’ve no doubt come across the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, designed to draw attention to the plight of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls. DA Lovell has, too, but after a few initial retweets, she’s giving it a rest, she writes at the Root. The problem is that hashtag activism like this might raise awareness on a superficial level, but it also gives people “a false sense of accomplishment,” writes Lovell. “It makes us feel as if the job is done, thereby keeping us from taking a course of action that may be more effective in the long term.”

So what’s a concerned citizen to do instead? Lovell suggests taking the time to truly educate yourself about what’s happening in Nigeria and neighboring countries, or at least start following people and groups that “are doing work on the ground so you know what’s happening even after Twitter moves on to the next trending topic.” Problems like this need substantive changes, and a mindless retweet doesn’t cut it. At Campare Afrique, Jumoke Balogun sees a bigger problem: All those tweets give the US and other Western governments that much more excuse to expand their military presence in Africa, and “this is not good.” But at the Independent, Felicity Morse rounds up the good and the bad and comes down on the side of hashtag activism because of its ability to get the mass media to focus on a neglected subject. It’s a force that “is only going to get more powerful in the future,” she writes. “It’s not to be sniffed at.”

I hate it but I feel like the American public is just not sharp enough to handle more than one issue at a time……..and then i think about something a friend in Mali told me when I was there so many years ago…..”No one cares about sub-Saharan Africa but sub-Saharan Africans”…….I now realize what he was saying…so sad.