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April 15, 2014
Hello… Here I am, and there you are :). I will be writing about the show, Report from Wonderland, Part 2, with guest Dr. Maria Tatar, Harvard University professor of Folklore, Children’s Literature and German Cultural Studies.
This show immediately whisked me away into a spiraling, nostalgic, warm garden of my own childhood. I was taken quickly into a sunset of imaginative experiences; it is a place I went often as a little one. When the co-hosts and guests were discussing the intense importance of the sound of words, and the intense importance of the sounds of your environment when listening to words being spoken, I was fascinated. And when I heard the discussion about when you are listening to a story being read or told to you; I instantly remembered the quietness of the carpet and the smell of this library I would go to for storytelling hour when I was a child. The musty sweetness, the proper smell of pressed paper, the aging veneer of the wooden furniture, these smells were just as much a part of the stories I heard, as was their meaning or their plot. I was lifted emotionally, so very high by this show, while listening, I was like being placed into a hot air balloon rising from my own awareness. The show was a nostalgic gift I was given as a listener, much like the experience of wonder and excitement I felt as a child in a storytelling circle around a crackling campfire with an owl in the audience. This idea, discussed creatively, that the places in which you hear stories and write stories are as important as the words themselves, delights me.
It is the experiential part of hearing a story read out loud to you, with the sound of crickets in the background, or the feeling of the sun warming the right side of your cheek as you’re writing a story yourself, that holds just as much importance as the literature being read or created. The experience, the underbelly of the words, is always an integral part of, even if only in a breeze felt on your shoulders, or a whiff of coffee at the cafe, part of the story being heard or written
I will add in two more things that came to my mind, of which I am sure are also nestled inside the minds of the people on this show: First: the idea that the sound of words rolling off of the human tongue can make such an impression. Second: the esthetics of the letters themselves that together create a word, or stream of words can evoke such strong feelings too, as your eyes gobble them up, and you swallow them into your mind. There I was, and apparently here I am, floating like a feather on the soft air of this rabbit hole I have entered. While listening to the show and traveling even deeper, I wallowed with an idea, like a cat scratching its back on course grass wiggling but listening to them discussing the idea that the counterpart of a word, the word with the opposite of meaning may hold just as much power as the initial word itself, how meaning can equalize in the most unexpected places, solely dependent on personal perspective.
This thought road I was traveling was eye opening. As Jim, Dr. J and Dr. Tartar dance around the elusively private term the unbirthday, it begs the question, perhaps the potentially more celebrated, the definitely more often occurring scenario; the unbirthday may be of equal meaning as the birthday is. A radically counter intuitive idea is that while floating down this rabbit hole, the unbirthday begins to make more and more sense. Something that is happening 364 days of the year the unbirthday just may logically make more sense and pull with it the importance of something that happens 1 day within the 365 days of the year, seem hmmmm rather a bit too occasional for my taste. I must not spiral any longer for now…until next week..:), I will leave with a quote that I see fitting here..”A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” –C.S. Lewis
April, 6 2014
Hello…Today I am going to write about the show featuring Sharon D’Agostino of Johnson & Johnson. I have to say that one feeling has remained with me after listening to the show about the Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability, and Strategic Philanthropy that Sharon and Johnson & Johnson are facilitating. The show inspired HOPE.
I am a person who wants to make a difference, and at times have really struggled with how to make a difference. My ideas and passion to help have remained constant but I realized to accomplish my goals, it seemed like I needed an army in action. Now I realize one such army in action is the large and devoted company-Johnson & Johnson. I will finish with one of my all time favorite quotes: “In one garden in France I ended up changing my college major after earning a degree in Science, to business Management Economics, with the one driving motivation of somehow being able to really make a difference, working with what I could call the ‘Heavy Hitters’ in the business world”.
The fact that each one of us can make a difference each day whether it be by smiling at a person without expectations, being a conscious consumer and purchasing when possible food and items that are produced by companies that we align with ethically, or by just holding on to the fact, that there is just as many beautiful, healing, things taking place in the world as there are heartbreaking and horrific; keeps me inspired. However, we all know that established, well rooted, conscious companies can make a difference on a grand scale for all of the reasons that come to mind. Even though we know intuitively, some companies can make a vast difference in the world, many of us never get the chance to deal with this type of company directly. Johnson & Johnson is making their work helping people on a worldwide scale known and accessible.
I am seriously tickled pink when I hear of companies such as Johnson & Johnson; who have consistently followed through in their philanthropic endeavors. I am inspired by Johnson & Johnson the same way I am inspired by this quote, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller
March 30, 2014
Hello,…today I am going to talk about the two part series “Virtual Violent Crime” (Part 1 published March 24 and Part 2 published on March 26) featuring our guest Anna Kavanaugh. While listening to the show as it discusses the criminology of the cyber bully, I pictured in my mind an artist with a new medium, the virtual canvas of cyberspace being painted blood red with virtual violence, and at times resulting in the physicality of victim suicide. I can’t help but focus on the blaring disconnect between the people behind the perpetrators screen, and the victims. This reminds me of the consumer disconnect from the animals which compose the meat in the meat package, of a grocery store meat aisle, from factory farming, and the slaughterhouses. This may seem like an odd parallel, but the link that I see is in the psychological tactic consciously or unconsciously being used to normalize atrocious behavior, the scenario of the separation of two things that are really one.
As cyber abusers slowly kill and torture a person’s hope, sense of safety and image through continuous slander and cruelty, while hiding behind a screen and shielded by anonymity, the sense of personal responsibility is deafened. I see a similar scenario where animals are being tortured, abused and slaughtered, with this reality being hidden by the separation of the saran wrap filter on the packages in the meat aisle displays. It’s the separation of horrific acts from both the receiver and the perpetrator that brings these two very separate scenarios together in my mind. The consumer can comfortably buy a steak that appears respectfully packaged and therefore respectfully produced. A cyber abuser can emotionally torture a person over the internet, never seeing the carnage as Anna describes. And while this torture can result in multiple murders of many aspects of one person, all too often resulting in death by suicide, the cyber abuser may not think twice about it. This cloaked comfort, uncomfortably amplifies the quiet screams of these victims.
I see being bullied in cyberspace as a slow suffocation; you lose the energy to fight to keep hope, as you see the painful posts accumulate and the psychological abuse spread like ricen, feeding off of the participation of the masses. When victims are separated from their abusers, through a screen of pixels or when consumers are separated from tortured animals through a sheet of plastic, people can find themselves passive, able to not think about the process before the result. I will say in no way am I coupling a cyber bully and a factory farmed meat producer, I am only using the two to explain the power of the curtain, so to speak, in two very separate yet important arenas in our current society–a curtain that leads into the ultra simplified saying…seeing is believing.
If as a consumer we had to see the process that the meat we buy had to go through, we may buy less or none, or buy from an integrity driven source. If the cyber abuser had to witness the psychological ramifications and daily torment of his/her victim and the horrific end result of victim suicide, they may or may not be able to continue. I really see many serious problems continuing due to the simple fact that we don’t have to see the suffering, unless we seek to see it.
March 23, 2014
Hello! This is Sossity, this is my first post as a contributor on The Social Network Station, honored and excited to the core. I will now share my thoughts and ideas on the latest show featuring Dorie Clark playing on The Social Network Show and published on March 21, 2014.
I was happily surprised by the rawness and gritty honesty that Dorie shares right off of the bat, describing the importance of having a brand that is fluid and transferable in the choppy sea of media and broadcasting. I quickly saw Bruce Lee in my mind. As Dorie and Dr. J discuss youth and beauty for women in media, it felt like the underbelly of a rock was being turned over, It is still the pink elephant in some rooms, and clearly not because we all don’t know about it, but more so because it is almost like the bad singer at the karaoke bar, you just endure it and keep going, knowing that the talented singer will shine regardless. However honestly, it is a battle not worth actively fighting; I think woman will keep blowing the old ways out of the water, just by pure excellence in their work.
Creating your personal brand is an interesting concept to me, it has taken a bit of time to absorb, I think it could be for the simple reason of semantics, the word Personal and the word Brand feel a bit contradictory. As a consumer, I have identified the word Brand with impersonal corporations like large fashion retailers or a brand of soda, so to create my own Personal Brand felt almost out of my league, or on the confusing side of things. However I have cleared the fog, I have learned it is to find a way to concisely represent what you believe in, and package it as a potent rocket, to be launched out into the social media landscape, it is like a well refined multivitamin, full of the purest ingredients of YOU, hoping to nourish and grow your audience, it is a very cool actionable concept, I look forward to the process.