Archive | January, 2011

Keep an eye on your digital footprint!

20 Jan

The loss of privacy is becoming profound in the globalized world. The boundaries between private and public life are being blurred. Because the Internet and the technological advancements are embedded into the life of the postmodern individual, each of us should be concerned with what we upload and download.  Throughout social media like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, weblogs, forums  and so forth, we are unconsciously building up a lifestyle and identity which may constantly be of interest to a third party.

I was wandering how much our statuses, friend lists, pictures, and entries can tell about ourselves. Moreover, is the information, which we share, enough to reveal our personality, competences, interests and potential? Are we truly what we share online? No matter how you answer the above questions, one is for sure – we should safeguard what, how and where someone else accesses our ‘cyberpersona’.

Take in mind that our profiles, for example, may be viewed by a prospective employer, current employer, or an admission committee of a university. Therefore, the admission committees or the employers might evaluate us not only on the bases  of our CV, motivation letter or references, but also on our digital footprint. That is why we should take care of out digital footprint because it might be a powerful tool for impression management.

Remember, from now on, you are what you upload and everybody can google you!

The Geography of Metrosexualism

15 Jan
New York - a global city

New York – a global city

New York is a global city which has been conceptualized as a site for complex global networks of governmental and non-governmental organizations, markets, business, and migrants (Kim, 2008). Global cities, or also known as world cities, are characterized by the FIRE sector – finance, insurance and real estates that generate large profit margins.  Not only global cities have become special kinds of spaces for generation of capital, but also have they become a crucial site for the construction of a socio-cultural identity and lifestyle of metrosexualism (Knox, 2002).

The aim of my post is to give insights on why the culture of the metrosexual occurred in the global city. I will hypothesize on how the epidemic of metrosexualism started by discussing the importance of David Beckham for promoting the lifestyle. The agents of various urban forms in the global city are important part of the discussion alongside with Castells’ (1984) theory of urban social change.

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New Year’s celebrations – the Dutch way

1 Jan

How is your head after the major worldwide holiday event ? Do you still have a handover? Well, if you are still looking for a remedy or want to know a better one for the next year, let me recommend a possible method of coping with the indisposition. However, it’s  on your risk – The New Year’s Dive! Today I experienced the Dutch tradition of beginning the year fresh by plunging into the cold North Sea.

New Year's Dive - Domburg, The Netherlands

New Year’s Dive – Domburg, The Netherlands

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