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Another f*cking blog post

Well, I’ve got a wee bit of license to use this attention grabbing subject title, as this is a heads up on a Twitter campaign to raise awareness for people living with Tourette Syndrome.

SurrenderYourSay is a powerful and smart campaign by the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFoC) in partnership with Saatchi and Saatchi.  TSFoC has a history of unconventional and interesting campaigns to combat this and increase awareness of this disorder.  In this campaign you give over control of your tweets, and experience what it’s like to have Tourette Syndrome. The tweets are intended to mimic what it’s like to suffer from Tourette Syndrome and are inspired by verbal tics said by real people. Therefore under their control your tweets may be weird, inappropriate or even offensive.

Tourette Syndrome is not all that well understood, and for this reason it’s often stigmatized.  TV and media has played its part in how it (mis)portrays Tourette Syndrome. So if you’re feeling brave do head over to SurrenderYourSay and support them. Hand over control of your tweets for 24 hours, spread the word and help make everyone understand Tourette Syndrome.

I’ve surrendered mine, @wandster, so if you’re interested in the campaign but for whatever reason don’t want to hand over control, then keep an eye on mine from 09:00 on Wednesday to see how it plays out. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to spot the campaign tweets from my usual strange and inappropriate tweets!

What The Killing taught me about Social Media

My school report always read “Richard is easily distracted.”  I was ahead of my time. 30 years on critics debate whether we’re the distracted generation or the engaged generation!  Whichever it is, we know that technology is affecting our attention as we adapt to the new world  As a fully signed-up member of the distracted generation, I celebrate my attention (or lack of) by vehemently switching between screens and attempting to handle more than one task at the same time.

But on a Saturday night this all stops for two hours. Sarah Lund demands my attention and she gets it. As the complex characters and plot unravel in the Danish-language crime drama,  a wee glance at my Twitter stream and a killer piece of the puzzle slips by in the subtitles. For those few hours I sit mesmerised. I disconnect from my hyper-connected world for 120 minutes. I don’t Tweet. I don’t Facebook. I don’t reply to emails.  I don’t even make myself a cup of tea.  I  just sit back, focus and enjoy.

And do you know something? Everything is just A-OK. The world goes by a few hours and I deal with it. People say stuff, and I’m not the first to hear it . And no-one ran screaming because of my absence from the Socialverse!  And when I did come to read the information that had passed, well, it was still relevant & interesting.  I didn’t return to a world so different to the one that I left a few hours earlier.

The Killing has taught me that Social Media can survive without me. More importantly I can survive without Social Media. Well, for a few hours at least.

Hello Twitter

MeWill we look back at the era of the filter with some regret? Moments with friends, Christmas parties or comedy street signs now come overexposed, highly saturated, with a sepia tint, burnt edges  or some other weird n’ wonderful enhancement. Isn’t the purity of the photo sacred, an opportunity to capture the moment as it was. Or did that night out really involve a psychedelic haze?!

Oh, in case you hadn’t heard Twitter has launched photo colour filters to battle Instagram, so let the filter era continue…

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