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?
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
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
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
A community is in part defined by the relationships that binds its inhabitants. More specifically, the number of relationships, their nature, and their quality will have a big influence on the life the community. Both Friends and The Big Bang Theory have given millions of fans something that seems to be, on screen, very healthy:… Read More Community-Building and Friendship in the Era of Friends and The Big Bang Theory
The rumours that were floating around last week about a potential Spice Girls reunion made me of course reach for my cassette tape and pop in their tape navigate to Emi Music’s YouTube page. As I worked along to the infectious rhythms of the girl bands’ various songs, I sent the link to the “Spice… Read More Are the Spice Girls an Unhealthy Media that Should be Purged from My Media Diet?