“There no longer will be a communal experience where a generation will gather around a television, or even a device, to watch the same thing at the same time. It is the overall design of technology that no longer provides nor is created for a communal experience. Instead, the medium and materialism of the technology are what is “acquired” and the illusion of independent personalization and “self-expression” is what is “achieved”.” Continue reading The New “American Dream”
By Alexandra V. Maragha The Holy month of Ramadan is a time of worship and reflection for over a billion Muslims around the world. Fasting, or not eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset, is an act of worship meant to purify the body, mind, and soul, from temptation while building humility through thanking God. In Islam, there are many other elements which are deemed … Continue reading Thank you, for Not Shaking Hands
By Alexandra V. Maragha *Spoiler Alert* The end of an era has come. After eight seasons and 10 years, Game of Thrones has finished leaving fans and the world with a different outlook than when it started. For some, positive and for others, incomplete. Despite supporting Bran as the new king, or not, or the dis-satisfaction of Daenerys Targaryen or Jon Snow not taking the … Continue reading The Most Important Lesson from “Game of Thrones”: The Power of Storytelling
By Alexandra V. Maragha *Spoiler Alert* Despite recapping the history of the series Game of Thrones, or the books, let’s focus on the commanding episode five in season eight. If you have watched to this point, then you are in it all. The most astounding part of the episode, “The Bells,” is when Daenerys Targaryen rides on her dragon and burns King’s Landing, murdering thousands … Continue reading How “Game of Thrones” Season Eight Episode Five, “The Bells” Brought the “Tyrion Lannister Effect”; and it is a Lesson for Us All
By Alexandra V. Maragha Agenda setting, rhetoric, and bias. These are all examined as the written word is used to report and document events and provide facts based on the event that can stimulate further discussion about that which deems relevance. Relevancy Is what is recorded deemed relevant which can interject into the actions of events, or, do events stimulate a discussion that can be … Continue reading The Politics of the Pen: Is the Ink relevant?
By Alexandra V. Maragha Have you ever seen or heard about something and sought that source out on the internet to learn more about it or make a connection, only to find that their website is nothing short of disappointing? A second chance leads you to try to connect with that same source on a social media outlet only leaving for further despair to find … Continue reading Avoid a Prolonged Engagement with Social Media
By Alexandra V. Maragha Society has always documented interactions and events. Taking a video or picture of a life moment or documenting in written form has allowed memories to be preserved through time. Social media has allowed these traditions to be shared surpassing geographical space and time aiding in inclusion and continued communicative experiences and relationships to be formed and maintained. Likewise, it has become … Continue reading Seeking Social Validation Through Social Media: A Theory