media

Look Up From Your Smart Phone

The purpose of this blog post is just to share this YouTube video to any of those who have not already seen it. We live in a society where we are obsessed with media and our smart phones are our closest friends. We capture every moment and make it picture perfect, focusing more on how the image will come out rather than the memory we are creating. Sadly, this is now the norm for the younger generation, our social reality becomes our main reality.

I found this video being shared on Facebook by numerous friends, clearly showing it has made quite a few people stop and think. As a result of this, I am going to make sure when I am out with friends, then I’m out with friends, real friends, not virtual ones, make memories, have a laugh, have real life social interactions that I will remember for a lifetime.

Here’s another video I found;

It may not be as long as the first one, but the concept is similar. It makes you realize what you really miss out on when your eyes are glued to your smart phones, you don’t see what is really happening.

But the phone’s down and enjoy what’s really around you…

The things you can do in a couple of minutes…

photo edit

As an advertising student I do spend a lot of time looking at different adverts that are in the media. But also, as a woman, I pay attention to how women look in these adverts – mainly their slim, tanned, disproportional bodies. We constantly see “perfect” women in adverts from perfume to clothes – for male and female.  It’s difficult to tell what is actually real on these “perfect” women we are shown. 

So… one day I decided to have a play around with one of my holiday snaps from this year. As you can see, the photo on the left is the real one where I look very pale which not much make-up, then on the right I magically have a three-week-Caribbean-holiday tan, blusher and a touch of lippy! I know it’s not the best of editing – but I didn’t spend very long on it and I don’t have Photoshop. But it gives an idea of how much can be changed, I even found a “skinny” edit feature which slim down your face and body on the photo!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not gullible, I am very aware that the majority of the things we see in the media are not real and have been tampered with in some way. But, I do think it’s crazy that we can take a picture of someone and through editing we could change their skin colour, weight, height, make-up and facial features – all in a few clicks! I’m all for touching up photo’s and making things picture perfect for advertising campaigns but I don’t agree with showing young women disproportionate pictures of women and making them think it’s possible to look like them.

NOTE TO YOUNG WOMEN: DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE.

Inspire yourself…

I’ve just decided to blog after watching an inspirational video which I came across on someone else’s blog. Dove do amazing things. Hope this inspires you too…

I came across this one on http://oliverallover.com/

 

And here’s one that I came across years ago whilst at college that always makes me think…

 

Enjoy.

Audience, Are You There?

Blog-comments

Create a blog: check.

Blog on a regular basis: check.

Mention your blog on social media sites to generate an audience: check.

Get people to comment: errrrrr…

Since I’m a relatively new blogger I’m learning things on a regular basis in the blogging world, and I have noticed that blogs are either ridiculously popular with 100+ likes, plenty of comments and many many followers, or have 3 maximum likes and never a comment. So what makes a blog go from ‘you’re lucky if 5 people read your latest post’ to ‘this is a blog equivalent of a newspaper’?

I’ve been brainstorming ideas as to why some are popular and some just aren’t. Is it because you need to create a large, loyal audience/fan base then the communication will start or it is because the post are just, well, dull? Or maybe you need one person to comment then others follow? Who knows? – I obviously don’t!

It seems like in the blogging world you’ve either got it, or you haven’t. Your followers seem to grow, your likes & comments grow and you have a loyal readership, OR, you waste your time every week and basically talk to yourself but do it online. Like most of you, I’m hoping I’m the first one. Watch this space.

(Image from tweakyourbiz.com)