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  • FOMO Promo on Social Media
    for our street cred or our self esteem This goes farther than we think as now it seems that people are merely doing things to post it on social media I was amazed when one of the social media loving teenagers I spoke to told me that people actually only meet up with people to appear busy and popular Long gone are the days of just meeting someone for coffee without the need to tell everyone In February University of Missouri Columbia published a study finding Facebook use can lead to symptoms of depression if the social networking site triggers feelings of envy among its users Margaret Duffy a professor and chair of strategic communication at the MU School of Journalism said in the research Facebook can be a very positive resource for many people but if it is used as a way to size up one s own accomplishments against others it can have a negative effect It is important for Facebook users to be aware of these risks so they can avoid this kind of behavior when using Facebook Avoiding this kind of behaviour is far more difficult than we appreciate We see people accomplishing things and doing exciting stuff and of course we think oh that s great what am I doing It s natural This competitive streak social media encourages filters into everyday life People are afraid to say they haven t been somewhere before or haven t heard of a new fad Jimmy Kimmel s Lie Witness News hilariously and painfully confronts this face on filming people pretending to know all about something that never happened We all want to be in the loop we want to know everything that we feel societal pressure to know about Acronyms like YOLO that are imprinted on Facebook posts clothes and brains further increase pressures to follow the trend of doing what everyone else does The use of YOLO you only live once for example further pressurizes people to conform to this over sharing It s another reason for people to post on social media that they are living their life and having a great time We aren t living in the present we are always thinking of being elsewhere doing other things neglecting to realise that what we are doing is also important and is also valid Spending a day doing barely anything is normal but it has been made into a rarity and a pitiful day through over sharing on social media It s almost like a popularity contest Who can post the most posts in one day Who is having the best day ever today Pick me Pick me Look at what I ve been doing FOMO is becoming an increasing problem and although we all laugh at it and think it s a bit ridiculous we need to understand that it is deeper than it seems We are envious aggressive jealous depressed and lonely because of it and social media only heightens it Of

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/08/fomo-promo-on-social-media/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Feature Film - We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
    light that have been lost in the stream of media attention such as the fact that long before WikiLeaks revealed the video the actions of the US Apache helicopter had been reported in a book The Good Soldiers by Pulitzer prize winning journalist David Finkel And Gibney says that when Assange was holed up in a grand country mansion the white haired radical quoted him 1 million for an interview Understandably there was no interview We Steal Secrets lingers on the many ironies of the story but never makes a direct point of them To discipline a member of the WikiLeaks teams Assange uses the wording of the 1917 Secrets Act accusing Daniel Domscheit Berg of disloyalty insubordination and destabilisation in a time of crisis The right wing media repeatedly screams that Assange has blood on his hands ignoring the footage of the Apache helicopter an attack the US has found to be within its laws of engagement And so on Gibney focuses on these ironies without ever openly voicing his dislike for Assange but the cynicism builds until you find yourself hiding your Assange mask with your Yes We Can badges and Liberal Democrat stickers The narration and the talking heads invariably talk about WikiLeaks and Assange in the past tense as if the Ecuadorian embassy is limbo or his final resting place Gibney had solid moral ground on which to stand in his Oscar winning film Taxi To The Dark Side There was the simple and harrowing story of innocent Dilawar tortured to death In Taxi any cynicism brought about by the military s corrupt treatment of Dilawar was mitigated by the fact the truth was being told We Steal Secrets finds itself in much murkier territory The major players are searching for integrity and find themselves compromised Assange is an idealist flirting with nations that practise media suppression Manning has a conscious too big for his unstable emotions The US army wants to be more open with the public but it doesn t want to give the enemy any intelligence So who is the enemy It would have garnered less attention but been much more interesting if We Steal Secrets had addressed this sort of neglected question instead of turning its focus to portraying Assange as the paranoid hacker What is the legal case for and against Manning increasingly pressing as Moscow airport becomes The Snowden Residence What of WikiLeaks earlier successes with the Trafigura toxic waste scandal and unveiling corruption in Kenya mentioned in passing Has al Qaeda no interesting secrets And for all the talk of censorship we hear nothing about North Korea China Zimbabwe Eritrea Saudia Arabia and Myanmar We Steal Secrets has plenty of secrets to tell But like WikiLeaks what it reveals we feel we already knew The last place Bradley Manning belonged was in the US army Julian Assange has a bit of a God complex War breeds atrocities Really who knew About Richard Lemmer Mail More Posts 1 Comments comments

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2013/07/we-steal-secrets/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Opera and Translation: Verdi's La Traviata at the Tricycle Theatre
    s Artistic Director Robin Norton Hale and the singers should be commended for the clarity of their diction in this respect not unimportant in a performance without surtitles The translation is clear delivering the narrative unambiguously Yet occasionally I mourned the loss of poetry Gone were Piave s beautiful words the refrain to which Alfredo and Violetta return to admit their love amore misterioso altero croce e delizia al cor I can t help but feel that something significant is lost in replacing croce e delizia al cor croce as in cross burden or torture carrying with it attendant ideas of predeterminism delizia al cor delight or ecstasy of the heart with Alfredo s corresponding lines in Norton Hale s version You understand me something has passed between us surely you understand me and understanding is close to love The change is pragmatic of course Croce e delizia is replaced syllable for syllable with you understand me But the oxymoronic horror joy of the experience of love is numbed in the English version Alfredo and Violetta understand each other completely it seems there is no need for mystery or for fear There s a beautiful aria a little later on which Germont sings to comfort Alfredo after Violetta leaves Di Provenza il mar il suol chi dal cor ti cancellò it begins He is singing of the sea and the soil of Provence asking who has taken them from Alfredo s heart As a result the aria becomes something of a lament a look to the past Yet in Norton Hale s hands the aria takes a decidedly forward looking stand You are young time s on your side In a year from now this pain will feel very far away The desperate nostalgia of the former is replaced with a more constructive emotion This is perhaps better parenting from Germont but the poignant sense of loss evoked in il mar il suol of the past is notably absent What use is all this nit picking I suppose it serves to ask two questions Firstly should opera be translated at all And secondly when translated should we mind diversions from the intended lines In other words how sacred is the original In translation proper there is an implicit law Umberto Eco writes in Mouse or Rat that is the ethical obligation to respect what the author has written He continues It has been said that translation is a disguised indirect discourse The author so and so said in his her language so and so Obviously to establish exactly what the author said is an interesting problem not only from a semantic point of view but also in terms of jurisprudence Does what the author said exist in the movement of the story or in certain idiosyncrasies of tone which a translator can only hope to replicate a seemingly impossible task perhaps but Andrew Porter s translation of the Ring cycle celebrated for its simultaneous feeling of naturalness and loyalty to

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  • Wilderness Festival: How To Write Your First Novel
    longer working Cloke described putting things in drawers with a thought to one day returning to it to which Alex Clark remarked nothing good ever goes in a drawer If it goes in bad it often comes out bad as well As this first discussion was being wrapped up I realised I was not going to have time to ask the authors who both have active Twitter accounts what impact or influence if any social media and blogging had made on their development to becoming published novelists As they whisked themselves off to sign copies of their books the second talk of the morning followed swiftly on from the first despite one of the speakers Evie Wyld being initially absent hauled up somewhere at the front gates of the festival What is fiction for With Evie Wyld battling the security to get in the festival it was Samantha Harvey s duty to step up to the plate and address the question What is fiction for Harvey spoke lucidly and with great sincerity about what she believes is the value and significance of the novel in a contemporary world where culture proliferates in a variety of media A novel could be considered merely one form of expressing an idea among many Alex Clark suggested It is in this context that Harvey s views hold fast She is unwavering and serious in her view of the novel as a prolonged deep thought experiment and an elaborate exercise in empathy unlike any other She evocatively describes a novel as a world made of words with gateways and passages formed of language which form unique passages different for every reader It is hard not to feel the audience of literary enthusiasts agree with such assured impassioned descriptions She is a pertinent choice of author for this topic of discussion Her own novel Dear Thief has received high critical praise from journalists and reviewers but as Gaby Wood reported for the Telegraph earlier this year the book has barely made it into bookshops and sales figures have been poor compared to her debut The Wilderness which has sold 25 000 copies since its release in 2009 Gaby Wood s article for The Telegraph ponders the reason for Dear Thief s predicament is whether serious and thought provoking books are no longer to modern taste an opinion supported by Harvey s editor It is hard to agree with this statement when the new books of Ali Smith and Will Self receive such commercial success Nevertheless the market for these types of books appears to be tiny from the point of view of the booksellers and the major publishers Of course the question what is fiction for could be asked from a variety of different perspectives and its value has meaning in different contexts While the market may appear unmoved by literary fiction Harvey speaks to a much more profound notion of value one that Roman Krznaric would agree with whose book Empathy a Handbook for Revolution

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/08/wilderness-festival-how-to-write-your-first-novel/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Print Magazine Archives - Litro Magazine
    fleeting moment or perhaps a whole eternity Read more Litro 147 The Space issue By Litro Welcome to Litro 147 the Space Issue In this issue we explore the world s ever evolving urban social landscape We ve got art stories essays cartoons interviews all examining the ways in which individuals and groups carve out their own spaces dare to take up space and make their built environment s distinctly their own Read more Print Magazine This tag is associated with 6 posts Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab

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  • Learning When Not To Care
    friends They were all amazed how readily I seem to have adapted to city life I didn t tell them why January dragged by even by New England standards as I anticipated the good news of a bad break up Then in early February upon returning from a Saturday night sojourn with some friends instead of good news she dropped an H bomb the lover she came to live with the one who didn t seem to care that she d been spending time with another man was not a man but a woman To say I instantly plummeted to depths of emotional pain I d never known existed would be an understatement But one sleepless night and a somber day later I knew how to respond for good or ill Monday over lunch in the company cafeteria I said softly but with the incontrovertible conviction of a zealot these simple words I don t care And I didn t I didn t care that she had moved here to be with another lover Or if that lover was Robert Redford or Jane Fonda Not as long as we could keep doing what we had been doing for the last four months It was then I realized that sometimes not caring is the most caring thing to do not caring that your friend s political views are overly simplistic or your wife never puts the scissors back in the odds and ends drawer or your daughter has a smorgasbord of snack food underneath the clothes piled in her closet And it doesn t matter that barely a month later the anticipated break up did happen Or that we shared only a blissful summer together before she realized she was not bi sexual Or that I cared too much then to remain friends when she called off our affair It doesn t matter because she d given me a lesson to carry me through 33 years of marriage not caring about what is superficial allows what is precious to flourish About Rick Blum Rick Blum has been writing humorous essays and poetry for more than 25 years during stints as a nightclub owner high tech manager market research mogul and most recently alter kaker His musings have appeared in Humor Times Boston Literary Magazine Bohemia Journal and The Boston Globe among others Mail More Posts 1 Comments comments Prev The Greatest of These Part One Next A Mouldy Proposal Related Posts The Architecture of Humans The Joy of Intercourse The Invisible Ones Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more

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  • Pandemonium by Inua Ellams
    TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published

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  • Mark Saba – View
    Phillips Keeping Up Related Posts Moose head and Shrew The Land the Sea Red Scarf Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and

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