Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Interview With Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman

After the election I felt pretty disheartened about our current political climate. Not simply because 'my side lost' but rather because I felt like for the most part people wanted to just sit back and share their thoughts on social media without necessarily digging deeper into the bigger issues or wanting to get involved.  So I reached out to Pittsburgh City Councilman, Dan Gilman and he was kind enough to set aside time to meet with me to answer questions I had about my city but more importantly we went in depth on how normal everyday citizens can get involved on a local level and make a difference.  Check out our full interview below!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Female Energy Radiates At 'The Big Game'

In an evening most reserve for all the dudes in their life the 'Big Game' was surprisingly and beautifully female oriented this year. So I, like most of Americans tuned into to the Superbowl expecting the expected (outrageous commercials, an overly produced halftime show and of course a sub conscious desire to eat Doritos). However I got more much than epic football game this year. While everyone had Tom Brady's amazing comeback on the brain I couldn't help but to think about the female power at this years games.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Social Media Detox Day 7

Day 7, I made it!!!! Wow, seven whole days without social media. And while it may not seem like that long of a time frame in the past seven days I've had a chance to reflect on how I'd like to utilize social media in a more productive way ( which I go into greater detail about in the video below.) Ultimately this past week has been a real back and forth about my feelings on social media. While I  believe it has it's uses I think some practices on social media can be unhealthy. In the end no matter what your 'go to' reason for social media is just like any good snack food, consume in moderation. I think this little experiment showed me that it's really just all about balance. I believe that if we can straddle that line between sharing great content with one another while being actively engaged IRL than we'll have a better online and all around life experience.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Social Media Detox Day 6

So Day 6 has come around rather quickly and on today's post since I spent a lot of time bashing certain aspects of social media I thought I'd take some time out to share what I actually enjoy about it. To be clear, I know it sounds like I'm doing a lot of hating on social but honestly, I'm just trying to look at it through a new lens and see if there's a better use of our time on it. Which brings me to connection. These social media site connect us and I think that is so powerful. Via social media we can learn concepts we've never dreamed up, see our favorite artist sing a song or read a poem, and get a glimpse of what it's like in places a world away from us and I see value in that. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Social Media Detox Day 5

So here we are, Day 5 really in the thick of things. So I suppose this is the point where I start to ask myself, 'what am I really accomplishing by doing this?' In these brief couple of days I've actually done more writing than I've done in an ENTIRE months' time. So there's a start! I've also been keeping up with current events on my own and piecing together the facts the best I can to truly understand what is going on politically. I'm working on breaking the mold of creating my own political story line that fits my narrative and trying to see things from all angles. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Social Media Blackout day 4

Here we are, Day 4. A little over halfway there. I'm at a point now where I feel like I'm living in this alternative world. Like one of those post apocalyptic worlds where I'm trapped on Earth alone while the rest of the planet escaped to a space station for survival (okay, maybe I've been watching too much of the 100 lately). But seriously, it does kind of feel that way. It's like that saying "if a tree falls in the forest..." If I don't see what people are up is the world still going on around me? Well, don't hold me to this but I think it is.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Social Media Blackout Day 3

Social media: use web-based technologies, desktop computers and mobile technologies (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals, communities and organizations can share,

So what exactly can we take from this lovely Wikipedia definition of social media to mean? 
Okay sure, share, but share what? What we ate for breakfast? Live share a movie we're watching instead of actually watching that movie? Share vacation photos instead of walking on the beach or swimming in the ocean?