It’s funny how we can fool ourselves into believing we are doing everything we can only to have our eyes opened—sometimes painfully—by something seemingly minor. I have always prided myself on not being racist. While just like everyone else, I make flash judgments based on experience, I am also very aware of this pattern of… Read More Are We Unintentionally Appropriating Black Culture? A Difficult but Important Question to Reflect on
I never thought classics could be so funny. And I never thought I would appreciate Twilight so much. Twitterature is exactly what you think it is when you first hear the word: literature via Twitter. Imagine some of your favourite classics (and some less favourite ones that made you sweat in class): The Catcher in… Read More Book Review: Twitterature by Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin
This is a great article that refers to some of the issues I raised in an earlier post about Twitter’s strengths and weaknesses, albeit in a less eloquent way. Perhaps this is why this is Sahar’s Blog, and not Sahar’s Consulting Service! In times such as these, when emotions justifiably run quite high, it’s important… Read More From eConsultancy: ‘#IranElection and #CNNFail: lacking #context’
It’s a great beginning: people all over the world are sharing news and raising awareness about what is going on in Iran. After all, the movement of information is vital to any cause. But how can we solve the problem once and for all? How can we make sure that these things stop forever? Well,… Read More Tweeters wonder: what else can we do, other than to hash tweets as #iranelection and wear green?
Another day, another countless tweets that kept me abreast of what was going on in Iran: welcome to the digital age. Every news junkie out there will tell you: while major international news networks such as the CBC, the BBC, CNN and RFI (to name a few) had barely mentioned anything about the situation in… Read More The real winner of the elections in Iran: Twitter Users – Part I
Ever wonder why it’s so satisfying knowing a little about what is happening to everyone in your Facebook network, and, in the case of Twitter, knowing what is happening to people you barely know? Here is an interesting reflection on the subject Behind Facebook’s success: It takes a village By Anand Giridharadas, posted March 26th… Read More IHT: ‘Behind Facebook’s success: It takes a village’
Here is another reason why celebrities shouldn’t be role models: they are often the result of careful marketing strategies. What we think as coming from celebrities, i.e. what some people consider as the standards towards which they strive, are actually coming from a team of people manipulating that stars image. And, however obvious this argument… Read More IHT: ‘When stars Twitter, a ghost may be lurking’