This series brings the Social Media Review trilogy to a conclusion as I contemplate the future of social media. After exploring the adverse affects of social networks on satisfaction with one’s own life, this week’s episode delves into how social media is generally misused as a subsitiute, rather than supplement, for face-to-face interaction.

Whatever happened to undivided attention?

Whatever happened to undivided attention?

This podcast draws from my personal experience with social media, as well as the research of Dr. Sherry Turkle, in regards to how the medium is changing regular everyday human interaction for better and for worse.

Sherry Turkle leads the field in researching human psychological relations to their technology

Sherry Turkle leads the field in researching human psychological relations to their technology

Show Notes:

0:00 – 0:15 : Intro to Humans as social beings

0:15 – 1:00 : Changes in Interactions

1:00 – 1:40 : Social Media Trends and Tendencies

1:40 – 2:00 : How we Deal with Being Alone Today

2:00 – 2:30 : Being Connected but Alone

2:30 – 3:15 : No One is Listening

3:15 – 3:40 : How Social Media Should Be Used

3:40 – 4:05 : How we Limit Potential of Social Media

4:05 – 4:30 : Making Time for Yourself

4:30 – 5:00 : Important Lessons to Leave With


Works Cited:
Turkle, Sherry. Connected, but Alone? N.p.: Ted Talk, Feb. 2012. Video

Goldsmith, Belinda. “Facebook Study Says Envy Is Rampant On The Social Network.” The Huffington Post., 22 Jan. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.

Tomdoff. “ – “Intro.wav” by Tomdoff.” N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.




Facebook vs Reality

Show Notes:

0:00 – 0:40 : Intro/Recap

0:40 – 01:40 : Sherry Turkle and decline of Conversations

1:40 – 2:35 : ‘Goldylocks Effect’ in today’s relationships

2:35 – 3:15 : Online Profile vs Reality

3:15 – 4:20 : Next time You are on Facebook

4:20 – 5:00 : What to look forward to next Week!

Sherry Turkle Ted Talk(recommended!):…_together#t-1067562

Facebook vs Reality

Works Cited:
Turkle, Sherry. Connected, but Alone? N.p.: Ted Talk, Feb. 2012. Video

Photos used:

Facebook vs Reality. Digital image. TechEBlog. ComicalConcept, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014.

Social Media Review: Ep 1. Keeping up With the Virtual Joneses

The first entry in this podcast series, Keeping up With the Virtual Joneses explores some of the negative implications of social media such as Facebook envy, peer influence, and pressure to keep up. Stay tuned for more!

Show Notes:
0:00- 1: 10 Intro to Podcast and Social Media

1:10- 2:00 What can Social Media do for you

2:00- 2:45 What are some implications of using Social Media

2:45- 3:10 Social caste and ‘Keeping Up’ idiom

3:10- 3:40 Trying to Keep Up online

3:40- 4:15 Dangerous trends on Social Media

4:15- 4:40 Neknominations

4:40- 5:00 Outro

Works Cited
“Dad Finds Daughter on Facebook after 20 Years.” Father Finds Daughter on Facebook after 20 Years Apart. ABC, 23 Oct. 2010. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.
Goldsmith, Belinda. “Facebook Study Says Envy Is Rampant On The Social Network.” The Huffington Post., 22 Jan. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.
“‘Up to Five Deaths’ Caused by Drinking Game Neknominate.” BBC News. BBC News, 22 Feb. 2014. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.
Keeping Up with the Joneses. N.d. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. <;.
Tomdoff. “ – “Intro.wav” by Tomdoff.” N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.

Podcast Beyond

Posted: January 31, 2014 in WRI380

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Podcast Beyond, Episode 326 (MP3) – 57 MB 

I decided to listen to this podcast because I frequent at least once daily for the latest news on video games, movies, and other electronic media. However, I never gave much attention to the podcasting medium and had only listened to a couple minutes twice before returning to retrieving my information in bite-sized articles. 

The Podcast Beyond is an hour in length and focuses on the latest news from the video game industry. It’s a very niche podcast targeted to ‘hardcore gamers,’ but I found it to be enjoyable all the same. Off the bat, it’s an hour long and therefore probably best tailored to commuters with its radio/talk-show vibe. I particularly enjoyed how casual and conversational it is, complete with swearing, making it feel like a regular conversation over beers with friends. 

The Podcast Beyond shifts segments with transitional music. I found it funny that some of these were done aurally, instead of actually using sound clips as the hosts break out into music or song from time to time throughout, ultimately contributing to the very casual vibe. Being an hour long however, it isn’t something I would listen to regularly as the information presented is available in articles on the website than can be viewed one at a time in a minute or two, allowing me to choose only the ones that interest me. 

The casual feel of the podcast also has the hosts going on tangents about various things like the legalization of marijuana in Colorado (cue several jokes). So it’s a fun podcast that is best enjoyed if you love video games and the writers on IGN, but isn’t the most efficient way to absorb the latest information on the subject.


Posted: January 31, 2014 in WRI380

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I’ve been told on occasion that I am a good listener. Rather than getting caught up in minute details during lectures and conversations, I am always listening for the gist of the argument being made. It’s almost as if I’m scanning a webpage in listening to audio. I make note of anything I am unclear about or did not understand to ask about or look up right after and otherwise listen for the interesting or talking points. At the same time, I mentally cross-reference what I already know on the subject or when I’ve found myself in a similar situation such that I can reply in a comprehensive and appropriately sympathetic manner as needed.

Hello visitors,
This is a story. Unfortunately, a true story. I recorded this for an oral rhetoric class and I stuck an appropriately sad looking picture to make a video to share with you all today.


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Video  —  Posted: January 23, 2013 in Miscellaneous, Youtube

Did you miss me? What? You didn’t even notice I was gone!? Hmm, okay. Whatever. The fact of the matter is that I haven’t blogged since December 1st of 2012. I started this blog up for a course at the University of Toronto that I was enrolled in to complete my minor in Professional Writing. And the date, Dec 1, is still fresh in my mind because that was the day that the final submission was due. I didn’t mention this earlier because I didn’t want to put it out there that all my previous posts were obligatory for a passing mark (cha-ching; flying colours, baby!). I like you guys, and I appreciate that you read my nonsense. So here I am, even with the course over and done with, posting up my thoughts. Well that, and I couldn’t sleep (it’s almost 5 am).manuuu

Business man

Right now, I’m trying to make something of myself. I’m finishing up my fourth year at UTM, soon to be freshly graduated with an Economics major, complimented with a Psychology minor in addition to the aforementioned minor in Professional Writing. I guess you could say I cast a wide net, mostly enveloping marketing and advertising and other general business practices. But I have no clue where life might take me. I’m currently dabbling in a bit of acting and modeling these days, trying to make a quick buck and open a few doors to other oppertunities. If any of my readers watch Beauty and the Beast on The CW, you may be able to spot me as an extra in the 13th episode. Despite the insignificance of being an extra, it was my first experience on set and I loved it. So hopefully similar opportunities will continue to present themselves. And of course, I just launched my Youtube channel with my very first video earlier today ( Have a look!manyudsdus

Actor, Model

It’s an interesting time in my life and I really feel like this is going to be a great year for me. I’m wishing all of you the very best as well. Be well rounded, stay grounded, work hard, take names, and kick ass! You can look forward to more posts from me soon, mostly of the video variety for now just so I can get the ball rolling on the Youtube front, but I will drop in to post every video here on WordPress, accompanied with a little blurb or rant exclusive to people that take the time to read (we’re a dying breed, I fear). That’s it for me tonight, folks. Peace and love.