Social media is everywhere- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, Tumblr, the list goes on. And what does social media do? It gives people a voice, a space in which they can express their views to hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions of people at the click of a button. Of course there are advantages to this: never has communication been easier, people connecting all over the world, talking and sharing opinions; the possibilities are endless. But, the one overwhelming negative of social media?
Everyday I see the same photos posted over and over again. I see the same shot of the same temple posted in almost every one of my Facebook groups, on Flickr, 500px (which then gets reposted back to Facebook) and Google Plus. We have all done it, but the question that you should be asking yourself should be “is this really working?” I am going to take a stand and say “No, it is not working and you should just stop… NOW”
I'm a man living in HC Andersens Denmark and being half Danish and half Faroese it means my other half hails from the Saga filled waters of the North Atlantic so already there you have an interesting mixture.
During the day I'm working as a Network Administrator. But after work at night things change :)
You see I harbour a genuine passion for the creative process, writing, painting, modelling creating computer games and software... I guess you name it and I am involved in some way or another in some creative project :).
I'm posting this because I hope some of you might be able to offer me some unique perspective "Korea wise".
You see I am in the process of having one of my childrens stories translated into Korean.
As a full time teacher of English as a Second Language I come across many ways in which to encourage learners to activate their acquired language. During this summer (2013) I was teaching teenaged Italian students in Ireland, and I found that more so that my past experiences, my students were very active online. I thought of ways in which I could get them to use this interest in a lesson.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Fortunately, in our wide world of numerous languages and dialects, these words need not be spoken, or translated for that matter, for the message of a photograph to be conveyed and appreciated.
Social media outlet (and my most recent app addiction), Instagram, proves this to be true. The mobile application allows users to capture moments and memories with their camera phones and instantly share them with the world with a simple click of a button. Using hashtags as search words and Foursquare maps as locating tools, it's possible to get almost-real-time access to just about any corner of the globe. For those needing a daily fix of Korean eye candy, Instagram is the perfect application.
While North Korea grabs attention from the the world with threats and missiles, South Korea has once again struck the social media bullseye with a photo blog of Korean high school students holding up handwritten signs. From their about page, the Tumblr blog
"is a project started by a group of current Fulbright English Teaching Assistants working in South Korea. Although the main goal of the project is to promote freedom of expression and creativity, these pictures also provide insight into the daily lives and thoughts of the Korean youth. Since the project began in the fall of 2011, over a thousand students from all over the peninsula (and Jeju Island) have courageously put pen to paper"
Imagine for a moment that a long time ago there was a secret art, or perhaps it was common practice, where people waited without fuss and hindrance. Do you have that picture in your head now? Good. Allow me to begin.
I just came back from a quick trip to the shop where I bought a can of Sprite and a packet of crisps (or what we shall call crisps for arguments sake). I went to one shop first and then moved on to another shop as it didn’t sell Sprite and I’m not hungover so Korean Cider wasn’t on the cards.