Media

Fake News and The Search For Truth: No, Really, It’s Still Out There

I have to admit that, since I started blogging back in 2008, the online landscape has changed quite a lot.  The principle of independently investigating the truth has become even more difficult than it already inherently is because of the glut of information so easily available now; making things murkier are false pieces of information… Read More Fake News and The Search For Truth: No, Really, It’s Still Out There

Beauty, Media

Understanding Beauty. (Or Not.)

It’s very natural to want to create beauty in every aspect of our lives.  We do, after all, have an instinctive attraction to beauty that stirs our very souls.  Of course, there are, currently, quite a lot of forces at work in our society that push us towards unrealistic standards of beauty, be it impossibly… Read More Understanding Beauty. (Or Not.)

Media

The Contextual Meaning of a Movie: It Isn’t The Same To All

I’ve been thinking a lot about context lately.  More specifically, the meaning that things have within a certain context. For example, a knife in itself isn’t a bad thing.  But, say, in the hands of a baby or a killer, well…  Enough said. I wish the question of context was as easy when it came… Read More The Contextual Meaning of a Movie: It Isn’t The Same To All

Media

So About That Echo Chamber We’re Stuck In…

There has been a lot in the news about fake news, which could get one caught in a vicious cycle about wondering if the news about fake news is fake which I guess would prove the whole point of the concern in the first place. Well this blog post is off to quite a start…… Read More So About That Echo Chamber We’re Stuck In…

Equality, Gender Identity, Gender Studies, Media, Movie

Rape Culture: Consent in Movies

I have mentioned before how insidious the negative forces of society can be, and how something that seemed forever innocuous can actually be quite dangerous. I realised today that there is something we as a society seem to accept wholly and fully that could just be a big part of the rape culture problem. Picture… Read More Rape Culture: Consent in Movies

Consumerism, Media

Are You Being Cheap or Being a Mindful Consumer? Some Thoughts

While most people reacted positively towards my post “What Does My Baby Need?  The Balance Between Necessary Consumption Versus Over-Consumption”, I did receive a few emails from readers alarmed by the fact that I was being ‘cheap’.  In essence, I was told that, if a parent loves their child, they would buy it anything and… Read More Are You Being Cheap or Being a Mindful Consumer? Some Thoughts

Media, Personal Development

Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Consumption of Unhealthy Media?

Up until really recently (like, last week), I thought that an audience can consume a lot of media without it having a negative effect on it, as long as members of said audience are media literate, take the time to reflect on the message actually contained in the media they are consuming, and analysing how… Read More Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Consumption of Unhealthy Media?

Family, Media

Social Media: Sharing Joy instead of Stroking Envy

Social media is a tool, and like any tool, it can be used for good…  Or not so good. In the context of family life, I have been reading on various discussion boards and forums about the effects of social media on family life. On the one hand, it can be quite inspiring to see… Read More Social Media: Sharing Joy instead of Stroking Envy

Empowerement, Media

O, Are You Really About Empowerment? Some Thoughts Post Magazine Ad Dissection

I found an old copy of O, The Oprah Magazine in my stuff earlier this week. I used to read those regularly, part of a chain of friends who would read them, be amazed by the wisdom it contained, and pass them along, sometimes with little notes tucked into it. I smiled and decided to… Read More O, Are You Really About Empowerment? Some Thoughts Post Magazine Ad Dissection

Empowerement, Media

Knowledge as a Source of Empowerment versus a Cause for Despair

I have a confession to make: I’m a little bit of a documentary junkie. I just finished watching Food. Inc for the third time, and I intend to watch it another time… If not more. Because time is limited, I have to select the documentaries I watch (and re-watch) very carefully; usually they have to… Read More Knowledge as a Source of Empowerment versus a Cause for Despair