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?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Social Media Detox Day 2

Even though I'm not very far along in this journey it's actually getting easier. I for sure thought I'd be struggling without scrolling my Facebook and Instagram feeds to start and end my days. But it's actually pretty freeing. For instance, I was out to dinner and actually had conversations, found out what was going on in people's lives and even paid attention to the basketball game on at the bar we were at. I think what I'm starting to realize is that it's nice not to be tethered by our devices. It almost brings back this state of normalcy, back to how things use to be.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Social Media Detox Day 1

Alright guys, so here we go with a recap of events from day one of no social media. So last night I deleted Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snap Chat off of my phone. Not gonna lie,that was pretty hard to to do. I kept clicking open my phone to go into those app so as crutch I just kept checking my email on my phone.  But after an hour or so stopped wanting to obsessively check my feeds and went on to watch some tv, play a game on my phone and cap off my evening with some reading ( I'm int he middle of Trevor Noah's Born A Crime, highly recommend).

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Social Media Blackout

After years of posting ridiculous selfies, taking a million photos of my food while it got called, and dragging my 'Instagram husband' who's also my real husband, all over the place trying to 'capture the 'right moment' while were out. Not because I wanted the special moment for myself but rather to share it with my Facebook friends and Instagram followers I figured it was high time I gave social media a break.

Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't believe social media has its place in our modern day society but I believe it's turned into something that it was never meant to be. Not only are we marketed to via social media but we live in a time of uncharted waters where even our President sends out breaking news via tweets, We've gone too far people!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Anthony Ponce, Changing How We Tell Stories

So would you quit your job that gave you a steady paycheck to pursue something that you were actually passionate about? Well that's exactly what former NBC journalist Anthony Ponce did! Ponce, who worked at the network's Chicago affiliate had become jaded by the cynical everyday news cycle and how someone's story was told. Anthony wanted to tell the story his way and getting passed over for a promotion was the final straw that pushed him in exactly the right direction that he needed to be going.  But I'll let him tell him fill you in on that...as he does so masterfully.