An article over at CBC titled "Facebook says it will be 'all video' in 5 years as people abandon text" caught my attention recently. In it, Lauren O'Neil describes comments made by "Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa," who claimed that users of Facebook are moving away from text. Mendelsohn says,
"The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video," she continued. "It conveys so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually the trend helps us to digest much more information."
I get this. The ability to say so many words in 30 seconds is one of the factors that led to the gradual creation my "30 Second Twitter Rants," In 30 seconds I can create a long, clause-laden sentence and fill it with inflection and gusto.
Also, it's easier to upload video to the Internet than it is to upload basic audio. Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube all support video, but not mere audio. Since it's easier to upload video to these social networking sites, it's no surprise that video is growing more dominant.
Not to mention how easy it is to make video content today. Anyone can do it. It's not even worth linking to video-makers as an example because this has become such an obvious fact.
But video has some severe limitations inherent in its format:
And for someone like myself who's barely on Facebook in the first place, I guess it doesn't matter what Zuck and co. do anyhow.
I finally got things set up enough at home to start making some videos and recordings again.
Today's song is "Stranded at the Station," a Mark Heard song I learned after I stole (!!!) a cassette from a bargain bin. It's a great, simple, song. And it's not nearly Mark Heard's best song.
Am I happy with the performance? Not really. It's passable. What's important is that I did it and that the mics and whatnot are now set-up for making more goodtimes recordings and whatnot. Perhaps I'll do better than last summer when I only got two of these done.
The Goodyear Blimp was flying over Abbotsford today. I drove to the airport and took some pictures.
I love airships. I always have. Only yesterday, I even posted a link to an article about using airships to move cargo around the world.
Not to mention using them for cargo transport to northern Canada.
Here's one of my favorite airship documentaries (even though it's about the most famous airship disaster). It's a fine use of primary sources. You might be able to track it down in your local library (which is where I discovered it).
I haven't been able to afford to continue therapy with my psychologist for the last couple months, but the therapy was effective overall. There, I was able to talk through childhood to the present and identify a few common patterns and issues that have culminated to my current mindset. I am fully aware that the psychologist was just working with what I presented him during the sessions, and that I likely gave him a skewed vision of myself and others, but it was something nonetheless and gave me some data to work from.
When he first suggested that I may be "codependent," I immediately got defensive and said "no," but I've learned to pay attention to my defensiveness and decided to look into it further. When I did, I was crestfallen by the familiarity of what I read, particularly when I realized that codependent characteristics were often considered virtuous in my upbringing.
He made it very clear that I have codependent characteristics and tendencies. Based on what he heard from me, he identified my sense of responsibility for others' feelings, my willingness to sacrifice and martyr my own needs for the sake of the perceived needs of others, my habit of acquiescing to pressure in order to maintain harmony, and a few other classic codependent traits. I fit the bill.
Most importantly, we talked about personal boundaries, a topic that made me cringe. I'd associated personal boundaries with selfishness until I read about them in Nonviolent Communication, and I couldn't even make sense of them for a while in the therapy room. And I've been working through this, concussing myself through my childhood indoctrination, and it's tough.
I don't mean to be cyber-redundant. I've tried to write about them here, and I tried to talk about them here, but I don't think I've got a full grasp on them yet,
But I think I've figured out two very important personal boundaries for me:
I'm working on it. It's hard. But I'm getting there.
YouTube: ephemeral ideas
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