I was at the cinema recently and as normal I was struck by a number of phones in use throughout the film. Now the film in question was great. The film was not the usual mindless Hollywood blockbuster. Instead, a title a bit more heartfelt, a bit grittier. What’s the relevance?
Connecting to Technology
How often do you pick up your mobile phone throughout the day? Two or three times maybe? 10? Or even more? It’s old news that Smartphones have enabled us to connect to others in new ways through the internet. And by the nature of our Smartphones we have access to that connection wherever and whenever we want.
We have started using our Smartphones on the way to and from the office, our computer and at home. The indoctrination of mobile technology has resulted in the way we connect and live within our society; to be intrinsically bound within the use of the internet. So much so that it does not seem viable to live without a constant connection to it.
Perfecting your Craft
Christoph Waltz, one of the great actors of the moment; a favourite of Quentin Tarantino and has just been cast as the new Bond Villain.
He was recently featured in the British GQ magazine and comes across unassuming, typically old-school and passionate about his craft. What becomes apparent early on in the interview is how uncomfortable he is talking about his personal life, his children and parents. He shuns these questions in such a way that would lead you to believe that he dislikes fame. And you would be right. He says: “if you become famous because of your long career, that’s one thing. As motivation in itself, celebrity is foolhardy and stupid.” he [Waltz] complains, ‘I hate it’ but the craft of acting is what drives him.
As I turn over the next page of the magazine I am met with a different type of article – ‘Yacht week: Holiday hedonism for the super-rich’. Essentially the participants get a yacht, spend loads of money and carnage and debautory ensues.
I was recently reading an introduction to the psychologist and linguist Jacques Lacan. Much of his work involved making sense of how we understand and conceptualise our reality into language. Essentially Lacan argues that
I noticed an interesting report on the BBC news website a month ago or so. The article concerned itself with the growing trend of excessive use of social media by school children. It states that many parents find it hard to regulate how they use the internet. Many will say: “There have always been distractions. I can remember being told off for reading Jackie magazine inside my textbooks.” So, has anything changed?
I received a Twitter comment from @forwardtherapy concerning my last blog entry labelling internet addiction . The comment stated: “My professional experience is, the label is less significant than discussing Internet use as a response to life circumstances”. Before I continue on, I want to hammer this message to everyone. We live in a time where drug addiction have become huge problem. Please if you know anybody who are addicted to drugs or maybe you are then go to this rehab center, learn about it and they will help you to overcome that addiction.
Much of my blog is focused on the rise in attention many of us are putting into the internet and technology. To me at least it seems that tech is taking up more and more of our time and changing the way we relate to each other, society and indeed ourselves.
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The ALS ice bucket challenge has made $100 million for research into ALS which is 3500% more in donations than this time last year. I can’t help but be overwhelmed with the response and generosity of the world population. It’s such a great example of how the internet can bring people all around the world together to help the needy.
I was recently reading the book The will of knowledge by the 20th century philosopher Foucault on the repressive nature of the church in the 18th and 19th century towards sex.
I was recently struck by the behaviour of a young boy on the street. He was running around stepping on manhole covers and yellow hose covers in the street – seemingly oblivious to others around him. His father apologised for his behaviour saying: ‘He’s just trying to get his bonus.’ ‘Sorry? How do you mean?’ I asked.