Curly Rants 14/3/19

Curly Rants 14/3/19

It’s only Thursday and it’s been one heck of a week already which has brought on one of my curly rants posts.

Storm Gareth

Gareth and I need to have a bit of a conversation about 47 mph gusts and my curly hair. Not funny and not clever Gareth. Do you have any idea how much time and hair product it took me to scrape my curls back into a bobble? Something I seldom attempt as it feels like my temples may pop out. Do you think Gareth cares? I got maybe 100 metres down the road while on the school run and the bobble snapped, flew away and I became a Cousin IT lookalike, much to the amusement of my 8 year old son. Not funny and not clever Gareth.

Idiots Walk Among Us

Last night Boris Johnson said, during an interview that any money spent investigating historic child sexual abuse is being, “spaffed up a wall”. Asides from the incredibly poor choice of words, what an absolute asshat. This week I’ve seen and heard much about how the “EU dictatorship” is ruining Britain. I could say so much about Brexit but it’s too early in the day for that. What I wiĺl say is that I’m pretty sure our problems are deep-seated and much closer to home. On a serious note folks, please use your votes carefully.

Curly Rants and Brexit

When one of my sons was little he would build up towers of blocks, knock them down and then cry when he knocked them down. He’d then build it back up and knock it back down again. And cry. And that’s ok, because he was about 18 months old. It was ok for my small person to make the same mistake over and over and be upset about it because it wasn’t hurting anyone else and he’d learn eventually that doing the same thing over and over wasn’t going to get him anywhere.

I’m waiting for the Government to realise that this farce that they call Brexit is making many people cry and having flogged this particular issue to death they really now need to learn to build the blocks up a different way and stop knocking them down. It’s pretty clear which side of the Brexit fence I sit on and while I don’t generally post a lot about politics I am hoping that the end is nigh in terms of Brexit and we can go back to trying to rebuild Britain from within the EU. And continue with plans to unseat Boris.

Social Media Outages

I didn’t realise that some of the Facebook family of apps were having a wobble until it was nearly over and only because it was pointed out to me. Now, I run a business, therefore, understand and value social media and therefore how disruption can be a pain. That said if you had been on Twitter last night. Wow. You would think that the end of days had arrived. Imagine people wandering around Walking Dead style clutching mobile phones with unrelenting error messages blinking across the screens. It would have been funny if it wasn’t a little sad. Are we really THAT addicted to social media functions? 

The College Admissions Scandal

If you haven’t heard there has been some outrage amongst the ranks this week as it has come to light more than a couple of celebs and people with money have been bending the rules peeing all over college admissions rules. These parents, a fine example to their young people I must say, have been using their influence and money to shoehorn their kids into the best colleges and universities. When I think of the people who have not got millionaire parents who may have missed out, despite having worked incredibly hard and actually deserving those places I am furious, making tbis topic ripes for one of my curly rants. I’m not surprised though.

I’m sure that I have written about this before but for those who don’t read C&C regularly I am a freelance copywriter and over the past nearly thirteen years I have been asked numerous times to write college letters, do coursework, rework dissertations and so on. Parents have wanted to pay me to do their child’s school work. They have been willing to pay me well. They were all disappointed and all left with some curly rants in their ears about ethical practices and poor parenting examples. I’m not naive, I know they will have found someone else to do it. There are businesses dedicated to producing essays for schools and colleges that can be used for homework. Shame! Did these parents and colleges act badly in allowing this to happen? Absolutely! Is the problem bigger than this one issue? Most definitely.

What do you think?

Curly Rants Over and Out

That’s me for today but I feel better getting that off my chest. What’s irritated you this week? Have a think about that while I go and find some more bobby pins and extra strength hair spray to continue my battle with Storm Gareth. Or find a hat.

 

Social Media: Life Behind the Glass Wall

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Social media can be a wonderful thing. As someone who uses it professionally myself, and on behalf of a number of clients it offers opportunities to reach out to people in ways you couldn’t manage effectively offline.

Social media is fabulous for raising awareness, for sharing local information and international news. Personally, I use social media as a sort of digital scrapbook, a way to record and revisit memories whenever I like, and for years to come.

I love seeing what’s going on in my community, sharing news with others, celebrating and when needed commiserating with them. The online world is also a place to gain support. I know people who for various reasons, for example, due to dealing with mental health issues, find themselves isolated. The online world offers aid to those who find themselves alone, scared and in a dark place at 2am and that is a great tool to have around.

Social media is a wonderful thing however, there is also a dark side. People find it perfectly acceptable to say things online, behind their glass wall, that they wouldn’t dream of saying face to face. I’m not talking about these infamous trolls either, I’m talking about people you see every day. I find this bemusing on one hand and incredibly sad on another.

I see people joining groups in order to moan. Don’t get me wrong, I can whine and moan and rant with the best of them and yet I sometimes find myself asking “when did social media replace our ability to act in real life if there’s change needed?”.

Used effectively social media can be a wonderful thing but sometimes I think we could all do with taking a step back, to pause before we post (for our own sakes) and to remember what social media is, to consider its limitations and its dangers. Being behind a glass wall offers a perception of power and that power can be misused sometimes. People on the internet exaggerate, they out and out lie, they victimise, they bully and they convince themselves that they are righteous, that they do have the right to say and do such things. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, if not used by a wannabe vigilante mob, or by those who have lost sight of how to deal with issues in person, preferring the keyboard warrior stance and the little thrill it offers.

We live in modern times and as such have access to the most wonderful modern technologies. Take advantage of them but follow your own tune, be true to who you are, protect yourself where necessary and enjoy it. Make sure that you don’t take what you see on social media sites as being automatically factual, check things out. Use the internet and social media sites as a set of useful tools, not as a weapon against someone else.

PS: Please don’t disagree with anything I’ve written here, in my little corner of the online world where I like to ramble on sometimes about the thoughts and ideas rattling around in my head. Having a different point of view to someone online is a no-go so don’t be tempted. The backlash can be appalling…. 😀 

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