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The Psychology of Urbanity in Berlin: Urban Fieldwork and Photographic Essay

10 Feb
Top view of Berlin from Postdamer Platz Kollhoff-Tower

Picture 1. Top view of Berlin from Postdamer Platz Kollhoff-Tower

Introduction

One way to comprehend a city like Berlin is to look at it “from afar and above” as I did from the Panoramapunkt at Postdamer Platz Kollhoff-Tower (Hubbard, 2006, p. 97). From the Kollhoff-Tower Berlin looked like an ideally planned and rational metropolis because buildings and roads evoked a sense of a geometric perfection (see Picture 1). From this altitude I transferred into a voyeur who might be merely aware of the physical mechanisms of the city. To conceive Berlin as thoroughly as possible without a pretense of total generalization, I spend four days promenading the city. From below I engaged with city cultures, confronted issues of inclusion and exclusion, and perceived the psychology of the city. How does urbanity – both city life and (development of) urban areas – influence and is influenced by the dwellers in Berlin – one’s identity, attitudes, cognition, behavior, relationships, and imagination? What are the mechanism of inclusion and exclusion of people? How are some cultures (re)presented in the city landscape? I attempt to answer the above questions by means of photographs and interviews that documented some sides of urbanity in Berlin. Continue reading

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!

What is a metrosexual?

29 Dec

 

metrosexual, photo in complex man magazine

a metrosexual, photo in complex man magazine

I encountered  metrosexualism for the first time in a Bulgarian magazine Egoist some years ago. Then I gained some knowledge about the culture of the metrosexual. However at the time I didn’t quiet understand the post-modern phenomenon. Years later I make a theoretical attempt to clarify what a metrosexual is.

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