Monday, February 12, 2018

who needs JOBS when u have SELFIES and MEMES, said every millennial ever

i'd be lying if i said i wasn't excited for this week's class. last class proved to be engaging, both in conversation and creation, as we explored memes. tomorrow, we get to take on the selfie culture. the real reason i'm looking forward to the discussion is because this is the culture my peers have created with the technology we've been given - i want to hear what people have to say about these forms of expression in a more academic sense. in the meantime, i'll give you my take on it -

memes. truly, they're works of art - and, at times, i'd argue they are some of the most pure forms of human connection we have today. maybe you think i'm over-exaggerating, but what's a better way to try and connect with someone than having a funny picture with an overly relatable  caption on it? especially if said picture features, say, an adorable kitten. needless to say, memes are something are typically accessible (if one has internet / smartphone), and something that everyone can make and contribute to the world. however, like we said before, you do need to understand context when meme-making. that is, you need context of human self-awareness, the world around you, and context of the meme itself.


with that being said, i'm gonna dump some memes i made for our wonderful class (including the above image). all were for the self-aware memes for the Makes we did.





i can't say i have a personal favorite meme, but i'll use some drag race ones to get some more #NetNarr memes out there (you're welcome.)


(just some light shade :P i'm only jokin')



anyways, i'll stop with the memes (for now). moving on to the next hot topic - selfies.

i'll keep my piece on selfies short, because that conversation can be a bottomless barrel. what i didn't like was that none of the articles addressed how selfie culture is affecting everyone, including guys. somehow, all the journalists i guess forgot that men like to take pictures of themselves and are just as "vain" that they think teenager girls all.

can selfies be empowering? of course they can be, but it shouldn't be judged on the fact if you're a Marine or a 13-year-old girl. if it's empowering to the individual (subjectively), then let them take the pictures and post them online. you don't know if the 13 year old is posting it because she feels nice in a picture and wants to share it (not for validation, but for her own personal terms) - hell, maybe the Marine is the one posting the picture for validation of  "doing something great" above others. the basic gist of this is we don't know why people are posting. sure, of course, people post because they're dependent on getting likes and hearts and all that from their peers in an effort to perform their most perfect life on social media. that, for sure, is a big problem - but only the individual can come to terms with that. only they can reach a level of self-awareness where they can realize what is dictating them to share so much of themselves online. but hey, it's not your life, so stop commenting on it. also, be fair - don't just blame selfie culture on young girls. move the conversation to how it also affects young boys, too, if you're so keen on talking about it.

some people like taking selfies because it's an expression of art - and why not? people from 15th century europe had grand paintings of themselves created, and we look back and consider it "art." so why not a picture? again, art itself is a broad and subjective concept - people will like & dislike it, you can't please everyone, but screw `em. in the spirit of this week's class, i took some selfies as well. i don't enjoy taking pictures of just myself (i like it when other people in my pictures! but hey, that's my own personal and mental struggle of sorts). if i do share pictures of just myself, it's because i feel very good about myself, & that there's an aesthetic to the picture. i either like my makeup, the lighting, or a combination of other artistic elements that seem to present themselves in the pictures. for example, theses selfies i took for this particular blog post are an expression of experimenting with this fake nose ring and darker, grungier makeup. i enjoyed taking them, but it took quite a lot of shots! i hate smiling for pictures, but i love looking like a moody bitch. i had two i really liked, so i put them together in GIMP, flipped one of them, and created "art." enjoy, yall.


final words: let people be people!!! life is short, make some memes, take some pictures, and just try to be nice to others.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

*insert cake emoji here*

after watching a few episodes of Brett Gaylor's documentary, Do Not Track, it's only human to feel completely paranoid about your online footprint. knowing that there's technology WITHIN your technology creating a digital profile of you and your interests is unsettling, to say the least, especially if you consider yourself a private person. additionally, it's also a bit skeevy for said technology to sell your information in order for you to use it "freely" - all this time, while we've been watching "Black Mirror" and other shows about technological, dystopic futures, a lot of us haven't realized that we're balls deep in one too.

however, maybe i'm being naive when i say this, but i hate when the paranoia runs deep and makes us so distrusting of every technological advance. we can't forget how amazing the Internet really is, and what it allows some people to accomplish, create, & connect. yet, when it comes to people warning us about how "smartphones are killing us," i can't help but feel some of these arguments to be preachy, if anything - mostly, preachy in the sense that "look at these millennials! they don't know how to talk to each other!!! lol!!! the internet is harmful but here we are posting on it anyways!!" (okay, that's kind of a dodgy / exaggerated sentiment, but you get it). it's interesting to note how one of the articles we read for class said that smartphones are making us addicts, similar to how alcohol and gambling ruins peoples' lives. i can completely understand that - with tech, it's easy to get sucked into an infinite space that has infinite entertainment possibilities (catered for your tastes, too). i will say that we can't blame it all on smartphones and tools - a lot of it is related to who the individual is as a person. we can't forget that addictive personalities' exist - and given such an easy, seemingly "harmless" outlet, someone can waste their life away by not truly living at all.

anyways, i think the important thing is that all of these studies and great research done by specialists in the field will hopefully lead to "preventing" people from letting technology take control of their life. well, at least it'll be able to inform people who want to get informed, and then they will have the power to spread that information to their family & friends, and so on. we can learn to be mindful of our digital footprint & what steps we can take to leave a cleaner & safer track, as well as to relearn the importance of moderation (of time spent, of information given, of just living our virtual lives). people can choose how they want to live their truths as humans, but it's also important to give them that choice first, instead of handing them technology at first and not being able to ween them off it later in life.

Monday, January 22, 2018

alive

here we go again!

Image result for digital footprint

i'm a little sad we're straying away from the "alchemy" theme - i might have to rethink my blog, but i'll keep the title. it's going to be interesting to see where this new perspective on netnarr is heading - we're still dealing with digital identity, but in a different sense. i think it's definitely both an engaging and smart idea that we're watching our own digital footprints, and seeing what tracks we're making. we need to be mindful of how we present ourselves online, as well as who (and what) else is watching (and tracking) us.

yesterday i learned that my uncle in california apparently follows my sister and i very closely on social media, which i would not have thought. of course, i added him innocently because he is family - but i learned that he has nothing but malicious things to think and say about us behind our backs. it made me reevaluate who i'm letting into my virtual space - maybe i'm naive, but i would never have thought that adding my uncle would be an invasive thing, but i guess you learn, no matter how long you've lived your life on the internet.

also, i'm interested to see the class dynamic and energy with all this new blood mixing with the old! i think some great conversations will emerge about digital culture - already, we've had promising perspectives last tuesday, and i think everyone will do a great job in engaging Brett Gaylor tomorrow. after all, i think his document is extremely relevant to everyone in the room, since no one these days is really exempt from the consequences of having a digital presence.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

beginning!

alchemy is in the air, friends!

in the distance

a cat with three eyes stirs

vibrations in the mirror world