The internet and morals

On Valentine’s Day this year a man shot his girlfriend, about five minutes after the incident came to be public knowledge, just about every form of social media was flooded with the usual comments, this time however people were joking about it. Joking about a woman who could have possibly been the victim of an abuse or about a poor man who could have made a mistake and shot the woman he loved. I’m not here to argue about whether or not he was guilty; I’m here to ponder about whether you or I are guilty.

Sometimes I like to be snarky when I’m on the internet, but not when it comes down to real life issues. Surely that’s where the buck stops, where we need to take responsibility for what we say and wonder if in ‘real life’ we would actually say it. If not, why is it okay to joke about it on the internet then?

I confronted a few of my Facebook associates on their statuses, some apologised some told me to get off my soap box and stop preaching. When did it become preaching to question joking about one of the big ‘do not’s’ in this world, don’t kill, and does the fact that he was a public figure make it okay to joke about? If a famous man had raped his wife or a famous woman had accidentally drowned her baby, would this be okay to laugh about? Are we so hardened to the ways of the world that the only thing left to do is laugh about it, or are we so detached from our fellow man to even care unless something has a direct impact on our lives.

With the dawn of Facebook and Twitter it has become easy to just mouth off about anything and everything without actually thinking about it, we have seen time and time again how people have made derogatory statements on one of the platforms and have gotten into ‘real life’ trouble for their words. We need to realise that in fact this cyber world we often immerse our lives in is directly related to the real world and at the essence of it who we are as people.

It’s not some distant far off land where we can say or do anything without any consequences or some confrontation regarding our views regardless of what they are or if they are deemed wrong or right. There are of course times when all of us have said something we regret, that’s just life I guess. But continued trolling really does shine some light in who we are as moral creatures. At what point do the morals we’ve been taught or innately have while we are on the internet.

When did it become okay to go onto News24 and put a blatantly racist sexist or truly evil comment up just because no one knows who you are? Would you scream “Afrikaaner’s are the route of all evil and scum of the earth,” at the top of your lungs in the middle of the next Park Acoustics? Or “All Black’s are criminals and should be shot,” at Faraday Station during rush hour? (Please note these are actual comments). The ability to be anonymous can free us up to express some things we would never openly express in public, but does this make it right? Why should anonymity matter though? Surely we are taught or inclined to be at least somewhat decent in our daily dealings in the real world? Why should the same not be true for the world of the Internet?

One of the first things we are taught in school is that with rights come responsibilities something that is seen throughout literature and history. We need to be responsible with our thoughts and actions even though we have the right to freedom of speech.

What are your thoughts? Comment below!

enmasse..touch my body!

When you touch a body, you touch the whole person, the intellect, the spirit, and the emotions and damn enmasse have got this down.

Last week I was given a massage voucher for my birthday, because apparently I’m always complaining about my neck pain caused by long hours spent staring at my computer screen slaving away…and writing fantastic articles for you of course.

The voucher was for an hour’s Thai massage at enmasse, my new favourite place…Topshop move over!

Having been to Thailand numerous times and had my fair share of massages not just in S.E. Asia but South Africa, ladies and gentlemen I have found a winner.

Not only is the décor simple and chic but the massage was truly the best one I have ever had. My favourite part of the whole experience (after the massage of course) was that once you have had your treatment there is no one rushing you out of the door, clients are in fact encouraged to hang around and enjoy an amazing selection of teas.

They are open till 10pm also so its great for losers like myself who work all the time, the concept is a kind of walk in change your life, stay for as long as you want, we work around your lifestyle vibe.

So if you are wandering what to get that special person, or actually anyone, for Christmas, get them an enmasse experience…NOW!

Watch their video to get a better idea of enmasse: 

 

Contact details:

Phone: 011 880 3020 (after hours 082 907 6267)
Email: Illovo@enmasse.co.za

Entrance & private parking in courtyard behind building off Corlett Drive, Unit 14, Illovo Junction, 1 Corlett Drive (corner with Oxford), Illovo, 2196

Moms on Facebook

Moms on Facebook

When Facebook came out I was 16 so naturally I wouldn’t be caught dead without chipped black nail polish, broken all stars and a scowl on my face that said: “leave me the eff alone adults”.

I wholeheartedly refused to add any family however distant because then they would know what I was doing and stick their noses into everything, even though the highlight of my week was usually sneaking into Bowls Club and sneering at those who couldn’t get in…and sometimes laughing at those who took on the dreaded fence in attempt to get in (the fence usually won).

As I grew up and I realised that my parents pretty much always knew what I was getting up to and they became my friends, not the dreaded tyrants who wouldn’t let me get a Playstation I added them, along with a few family members. I won’t mention the tearful conversations over dinners of ‘Why won’t you be my friend’, ‘You don’t like me?’ ‘What are you hiding from me?’

As it turns out not only is my life less exciting than my moms, she also ‘likes’ a whole lot more than I ever thought a single human being could, Be warned though, it’s not just me mom who has been bitten by the Facebug its all of your moms.

Things moms insist on doing on Facebook:

  1. Moms having recently decided how to tag names in statuses or posts will tag you in EVERYTHING! I shudder to think of the day when moms discover what a hashtag is…#endofthewordasweknowit
  2. Send you invites to every online game ever including every online version of Farmville ever created, even the dodgy Asian looking on. Also moms love playing Dope Wars…I am afraid to ask why.
  3. Have a constant stream of inspirational pictures (which are pretty great I must admit) and random memes which no one can understand, even the memes aren’t sure if they are memes.
  4. Have the most descriptive status updates ever, usually including a whole bunck of exclamation marks….
  5. Use CAPS LOCK WAY TOO OFTEN> WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME?
  6. Moms love to comment on everything but mostly your friends status updates, Is it weird that moms now know more about our friends than we do?
  7. Post comments on chores that you should be doing
  8. Post horrible pictures of when you were in your awkward tween stage and insisted that you wear those awful Spice Girls platforms…your life will never be the same once these are up.
  9. Tag you in a whole lot of photos and albums you are not actually in. Usually about a puppy or something…if you don’t like this picture this puppy will DIE!
  10. At least one status update a hour  Status update about how lucky and thankful she is
  11. Facebomb you, if a mom hasn’t been of Facebook for a while prepare for the proverbial Facebomb of 40 likes or comments on everything you have done over the past week.
  12. Sign random petitions for things that will never happen, or really shouldn’t ever happen.

I guess that’s why we #love them. Keep posting, keep liking moms!

 

Watch this amazing skit from SNL :damn-it-my-mom-is-on-facebook-filter

Instagram profiles are here!!

Fast forward past all the hipster jokes…Instagram (click to follow me!) web profiles are here, and they are looking pretty good I must say. Now there’s just that little problem of privacy…at least its pretty!

 

 

To view your profile do the following:

 

How do I see my web profile?

To see your profile, or to explore a friend’s profile, simply navigate to instagram.com/[username]. For example, in order to view Nike’s profile, @nike, you’d navigate to instagram.com/nike on the web.

Why can’t I see my web profile yet?

Web profiles will launch to all Instagram users in the next week or so. If you can’t see your profile yet, rest assured that you’ll see it in the next few days.

Who can see my web profile?

If your photos are set to public, anyone will be able to see your profile by visiting instagram.com/[your username] on the web. You do not have to be an Instagram user to view a public user’s profile on the web.

If your photos are set to private, your photos will be visible only to logged-in Instagram users you’ve allowed to follow you.

Red Hot Chili Peppers…FREE STUFF

Hey there!

So ABC has been given two tickets to giveaway to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Johannesburg.

Yay for those of you that weren’t lucky enough to get any!

So if you want them do the following:

  1. Like ABC it’s me
  2. Post a picture, sob story…or pretty much anything to get yourself some attention
  3. Tag ABC it’s me in the post
  4. Hold your breath to see if you have won

 

It’s simple! So just do it…competition runs till the end of December 2012. So you have nothing but time get creative!

 

Social Me…please!

Okay so I just discovered one of the most fantastic things hidden in a nice little corner of the internet!

Social Me gives insights to ‘who you are’ by analysing your Facebook posts and friends. It’s pretty interesting. Apparently I swear more than 88% of people (oopsy) AND I have posted more words than Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which has a total of 36,363 words… I wish I could be this dedicated to my blog!

So it won’t really tell me who I am exactly …there is  no app for that just yet but it sure is interesting and fun to do!

So what are you waiting for find out ‘who you are’ right here!