Tweet a Little Tweet of(@) Me

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

5 ways Twitter changed how we communicate

By Doug Gross, CNN 

March 21, 2011 — Updated 1541 GMT (2341 HKT) | Filed under: Social Media

Since launching on March 21, 2006, Twitter has signed up roughly 200 million users

(CNN) — Happy birthday, @twitter.

The groundbreaking microblogging site, which has alternately been called a powerful tool for democracy and an emblem of all that’s wrong with our short-attention-span digital age, turns 5 years old today.

On March 21, 2006, CEO Jack Dorsey wrote the post that started it all: “just setting up my twttr.”

(For the record, Twitter, on its official blog, describes a message from Dorsey that appears to have been posted a few minutes later, “inviting coworkers,” as the first official tweet.)

Since then, the site has picked up about 200 million users, making it one of the most-visited services on the Web.

In honor of its fifth birthday, here’s a look at five ways Twitter has changed the digital communication game.

1. Made a fast flow of information faster

It’s decade-old news that the internet helps information — some of it good, some of it Snopes.com rumors — spread fast.

With Twitter, it’s fast on steroids.

In the Twitter echo chamber, all it takes is a few users with big follower counts to share something. With one click, those followers share it with their own followers. And the wildfire is set ablaze.

As a result, news spreads faster than ever. Twitter’s real-time news flow has been cited as a tool in citizen uprisings in Iran and Egypt and as invaluable for fundraising efforts for crisis situations like last year’s floods in Haiti.

But it also means internet hokum can go viral before anyone can put the brakes on it.

No shortage of celebrities have “died” on Twitter, so far. And the casualties will most likely continue to mount.

2. Removed the celebrity filter

For as long as the concept of “celebrity” has existed, there have been people paid to keep those celebrities from looking like jackasses in public.

Thankfully for us, Twitter ended all that.

OK, not completely. But musicians, actors, athletes and other stars who have taken to Twitter tend to share a lot more about themselves than most publicists would endorse. (We’re looking at you, Charlie Sheen.)

And not just scandalous stuff (although we enjoyed Kanye West’s bizarre round of self-flagellation just like everybody else).

Writers share tips and give fans a glimpse at their process. Lots of stars chat with their followers, giving fans unprecedented access. Photos, or even just updates on their everyday lives, let fans see stars in a way they never could before.

The downside? You’re liable to realize that at least one of your favorite people has terrible grammar and can’t spell.

3. Created “thought leaders”

Twitter’s list of 100 most popular accounts is dominated almost entirely by celebrities and traditional media outlets.

But nestled not terribly far below are hundreds of bloggers, podcasters and online journalists who have found a bigger audience on Twitter than they probably would have without it.

When a single tweet puts your thoughts in front of hundreds of thousands of people, you’re able to help set the agenda in your community.

4. Strengthened the “second screen”

With Twitter, nobody has to watch a TV show by themselves again.

There are mobile apps that are tailored for TV, movies and other entertainment. But for real-time chatter, it’s hard to match Twitter.

The advent of DVRs and streaming services like Hulu and Netflix was threatening to kill the idea that people needed to watch a show as it aired. But with Twitter (particularly thanks to hashtags), watching a show during air time lets you have a real-time conversation with thousands of fellow fans.

“TV shows become events, meaning people watch them as they happen,” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said last month. “We’re so used to creating experiences for our users, but now our users are creating experiences for each other.”

A telling detail? Twitter traffic increases by a factor of 30 whenever “Glee” is on. And during this year’s Super Bowl, there were 4,000 tweets sent per second.

5. (Over)simplified the conversation

Some thoughts just can’t be summed up in 140 characters.

For all its ability to provide quick blasts of information, critics have argued that Twitter dumbs down Web conversations that deserve to be fuller and more fleshed out.

Some self-aware bloggers have admitted that since the site emerged, they’re more likely to shoot out a couple of tweets on a topic than write a full post.

And more than a few high-profile tweeters have had to come back and explain themselves after a post on the site was misinterpreted — or just to correct their sloppy grammar and spelling. Sometimes, they make up words).

One flip side of Twitter’s increased celebrity access is that it allows politicians and others in the spotlight to fire off tweets without opening themselves up to follow-up questions or having to fully explain their messages.

Remember all the members of Congress who tweeted during President Obama’s 2009 economic speech instead of even pretending to pay attention?

When the leaders of a nation are debating important issues the same way we share a link to the latest comic from The Oatmeal, we might have a problem.

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In the wake of the recent widespread disaster that happened in Japan, the mass media had shown the world its forays of arms and ways in spreading information. For me, the breaking news came in the form of a little blue bird—Twitter.

With the television and computer switched off, my mobile phone was the only source of media and communication. With just a routine check of twitter to see what was going on around with my friends, tweets by The Straits Times shocked me. The tweets were about a magnitude 8.9 (at that time) earthquake that rocked Japan to the core. Over the days of tsunami warnings and appeals to Singaporeans living in the land of the golden sun, The Straits Times kept me updated not only through the newspapers, but more importantly through twitter. Through Twitter, I was kept up to date, even up to the very instant, about anything new.

But twitter does so much more than just keep us updated on world issues. As mentioned in the article above, the 5 years of twitter has brought about a revolutionary change in the communication of information. It has allowed for the instant communication across the world literally at our fingertips. Not only that, it has brought us to the doorsteps of celebrities and world leaders. The implications of such could be under-looked while people go crazy over the regular updates and pictures of their favourite singer, football player or political leader.

As noted in the article above, a single tweet puts your thoughts in front of hundreds of thousands of people, and you are then able to help set the agenda in your community. With the influence these celebrities and political leaders have over the world’s community, their personal thoughts could very much affect the way people view issues, the most full blown effect of which, would be cultural imperialism.

Though much of cultural imperialism has occurred over the late 1960s and 1970s, the ever prominent widespread flow of international messages due to the advancement of technologies and the globalisation of media products has taken flight. America has once again spread her eagle wings over the world.

Mac Donalds, Starbucks and Coca Cola are but examples of the omnipotent Americanisation that still continues to take root in the diverse cultures all over the world. With shows like Family Guy, and South Park being readily available on the internet, and the many different series of shows, such as Gossip Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and many others are all met with much fanfare all over the world. These shows have implanted the American culture in each of the minds of the invisible receivers around the world.

In Singapore itself, we are a sponge of many cultures around us. Being a small nation much influenced by the globalised world, we take in cultures from countries such as Korea, Japan and America daily. However, though it seems to show that such metropolises have direction of the flow of information, it is, in this current time, part of an intertwining of media technology, economies and culture. It has now become an interpenetration of cultures instead of the invasion of American culture in the world.

Superman is indian? (e.g of the intertwining of cultures)

So while we are taking in the cultures from all over the world, America in itself is getting flooded by ours. So as we twit, know that someone across the world could have been implanted by your idea. Therefore, when we click the button “follow me”, let us do so with filters on our own minds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And may the blue bird of Twitter not become the red white and blue of America.

@YOU. So, have you too been feeding on the information provided in twitter? What’s fresh out of the bird’s mouth? Are you a stout follower of trends in twitter? Regarding the latest hype on Rebecca Black, were you neutral at first and got influenced into becoming a hater? Well, it is Friday.


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Apple of my (world’s) eye

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Apple TV update boasts full MLB, NBA streaming

By Erik Malinowski, WIRED
March 10, 2011 — Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT) | Filed under: Gaming & Gadgets

If you're a die-hard baseball or basketball fan, Steve Jobs just made your day.

(WIRED) — If you’re a die-hard baseball or basketball fan, Steve Jobs just made your day.

With its latest software update for Apple TV , Apple is now offering easy streaming of MLB and NBA games directly through its $100 media-streaming unit. All you need an active subscription to either service, and you can have unlimited access to every baseball and basketball game through your Apple TV, subject to local blackout rules, of course.

MLB.TV streaming had previously been available for Roku and Playstation 3, but built-in Apple TV functionality brings an ease of use and integration previously unseen.

There are two subscription models for MLB.TV, $100 a year for standard and $120 for the premium offering (which boasts home and away broadcasts, in-game DVR capability, and different camera options).

NBA League Pass has also been available for online streaming and directly mobile apps for Android and iOS, and the Apple TV bundle comes in two sizes: a $65 option if you pick seven teams to watch, as well as $100 for unlimited streaming.

(Although, real penny-pinchers could just purchase the mobile version, which costs $70 less than the Apple TV version, and just AirPlay that to your HDTV, another new feature of iOS 4.3.)

How much more business will the move bring in for Apple, MLB and the NBA? Millions of dollars over time, although much more Apple TV penetration will be needed before that comes to bear.

(It’s been less than three months since the company announced sales of 1 million Apple TVs.)

But if you’re a sports fan who has been hesitant to plunk down a Benjamin for Apple’s media-streaming marvel, this update just made your resistance all the more futile.

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If anything other than Macdonalds were to represent globalisation, Apple would be it. While Macdonalds places fastfood restaurants all over the world for the people, Apple places the world into the hands of the people. With numerous life altering inventions bearing the iconic Apple logo, Steve Jobs and his multinational company has more than revolutionised the way we live and the way we communicate. Yet, he offers more. Collaborating with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Major League Baseball (MLS), Apple has effectively transcended broadcasting barriers. Apple had seemingly written a fairy tale and sprinkled magic dust into the palms of our hands, all that’s missing is the chariot that is soccer.

The cable distributors of NBA and MLS are borrowing the widespread fame and diversity of products that Apple has developed for the sake of media globalisation. Apple is borrowing the people’s love for sports and fanfare for MLS and NBA to improve the sales of their Apple TV, by offering subscribers not only the ability to watch at anytime they want, but also granting the viewers the power to catch a missed match, pause at anytime they want, and even to go back and watch their marvelous victory over a rival team. Not only that, people who wish to have them on the move are able to, with packages for the iphone, ipad and macbook. Television has no longer been confined to the screen of the television. Confused?

NBA and MLS have adopted the broadcasting of their games through the use of New Communication Technology, as they recognise that the New media is able to overcome the typical barriers of time, space and limited resources. The collaboration of Apple and the broadcasters of NBA and MLS have demonstrated more than one way of media globalisation, namely showing the 3 approaches- complementary, horizontal and vertical expansions.

Complementary expansion can been seen as NBA and MLS have engaged the help of Apple to provide complementary products in different countries, and with the popularity of Apple, they have very much opened up doors to the media savvy of every nation. Apple, NBA and MLs are great examples of horizontal expansion as well, being very much huge exporters of media products from the United States into the rest of the world through the international trade. Apple is probably the most prominent example of vertical expansion, not through acquisition of other companies, but Apple’s vertical approach to the music market and personal computers, where it maintains control of both hardware and software, its own online service and even its own shop.

By utilising the new media of the internet, which is available throughout the developed countries who are the buyers of Apple products, Apple has indefinitely reduced uncertainty and increased its returns. With the rise of fibre optics and satellites, the way products are delivered from media packagers to distributors to consumers have effectively changed. The Apple TV that they boast of does just that, instead of the fixed programmes on the typical broadcasting systems, we now have the power of streaming. All the shows, movies, matchess that consumers want can just be streamed wirelessly to the sleek minute package that is Apple Tv.

If other media companies adopt the globalisation and expansion techniques of Apple, us consumers will definitely benefit, and may even be spoilt for choice. So anticipate a day where we can live in a truly virtual world.

Perhaps this would not be a distant future

What are some of the things that you wish, if every media company had the ability to disseminate over all the world? Will we lose our sense of self if the mass media dictates what we use, watch and eventually think?

Inception

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

The mass media- the visible origin of a million invisible thoughts, either propagated into our brains, or guide us into thinking as such. To say that the mass media controls our perceptions and views on things is no overstatement. With the arms of the mass media which include the internet, radio, television and print, they constantly shower invisible rain drops of information into our heads, through interposed channels, to invisible receivers all around the world.

Inception

It resembles the movie ” Inception”, except it is not a dream, and it is not fictional. The ability of the mass media to “incept” or implant ideas into our heads, to shape our thoughts is very powerful. How we view things around the world, which political stance to take, whether to support an invasion of another country. Whether a war is necessary, whether weapons of mass destruction are for our protection or for as their name suggests- destruction. The mass media has the power to twist all that.

What is important then, is for us to filter the information that come in and pick out what is essential. Unlike the times in the 20s and30s, mass media no longer has a magic bullet effect on us, to be able to control our every thoughts with its influential perspectives. The limited effects of mass media in the 50s and 60s still apply in a sense, with us being active with the ability to resist the media messages that are unwanted, and we too search for information in the mass media according to our own needs. Yet, we adopt the moderate effects model in our time , where we have the ability to control the mass media. How so? Through the everyday social networking sites,and  through friends and family limiting the effects of the mass media.

More often than not, the information the mass media provides comes with underlying messages. Such messages are non-exclusive, and temporal. Charles Wright identified four functions that the mass media undertakes, surveillance(information), correlation(analysis and evaluation), Cultural transmission(education and socialisation of receivers) and entertainment(enjoyment and gratification). What captures me the most is of course, entertainment.

From the internet, to advertisements, to television programmes, to movies, the mass media provides a boundless variety of entertainment especially in this time of technology heaven. As seen from the previous posts, television comedies have a hold on my heart. Movies do as well, but certain advertisements gets my attention. These advertisements capture people’s imagination, yet do not outrightly influence people to buy them. Such examples are the advertisement of 2 volkswagon cars.

The advertisement uses correlation with the popular movie series Star Wars and the unforgettable soundtrack to make people remember the advert.

This advertisement puts the audience in the seat of a bug’s life, with reference to bugs as the different cars on the road. It stands out from the many other car advertisements out there.

While the mass media can surely entertain, propaganda can also make its way into movies. “Letters from Iwo Jima” and “Flags Of Our Fathers” are two great examples. The two different movies portrays the set-in-stone Battle of Iwo Jima, from the Japanese and Americans’ perspectives respectively. In “Letters of Iwo Jima”, the culture of Japan then is clearly depicted, with honor over cowardice. The movie follows the defence of the island from the Americans, and the uncovering of buried letters that described the struggles the ever loyal Japanese soldiers faced. in “Flags Of Our Fathers”, the power of the mass media is explicitly shown in the movie itself. The newspapers had published a photograph depicting the raising of the United States flag on the soil of Iwo Jima, which made the citizens then to assume victory, not knowing that the war was still going on. The movie revolves around the propaganda that was so prominent then, and shows the Americans fighting for the country, dying to conquer the island of Iwo Jima.

Letters of Iwo Jima

Flags Of Our Fathers

While the many functions of the Mass media can be discussed further, consider this, has what you read actually determined how you view the mass media as of now, or had you already formulated your concept of the mass media and have filtered the information i have offered. Is this an “inception” or have you had a guard on your mind, from the thoughts the mass media continuously bombards us with.

No “I” in Group?

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Humans are social creatures, we tend to form relationships with people and even though some may choose to be the loner or self sufficient, most tend to form groups. A person can be in multiple groups, from friends in school, to colleagues at work, and even players in the same team. These are some of the factors that we search for in our groups, namely interaction, interdependence, shared behavioral standards and collective identity. For the people growing up in the nineties, a popular group from a popular television show- F.R.I.E.N.D.S was a great example of a cohesive group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The comedy is based on a mixed gender group of friends who see each other through every high and every low, much like what we would want of our own group of friends. The opening theme song, The Rembrandts- “I’ll be there for you” sings about how these friends will be there for each other when the rain starts to pour, like they’ve been there before, because they’re there for me too. The cast of “friends” has 6 people, which is the within the optimum group size of 5-7. They place each other over themselves and in knowing each other for such a long time and being such good friends, decision making causes little problems most of the time. They are so closely knitted that they put the group needs over their own, usually going the extra mile for their friends. Any prospective or new members, usually a date of any one of the friends, are made to feel comfortable and soon find their way around the group. The amazing thing about the group is that they do not have any leader in the group, with all having an equal say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another popular group found in a recently made popular comedy are non other than the nerds in “Big Bang Theory”. They are made up of the socially inadequate and awkward, they’re colleagues at the university they work at and yet close friends as well. Combining work and leisure, these friends with a lot of similar interests form a group.They were formerly only three members till the additions of a new roommate, Sheldon Cooper, the quirkiest, weirdest and funniest geek around, and Penny, the girl next door who literally moved in next door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The uniqueness of the group shows when penny is forced to participate in the wacky interests of the other members in the group. And unlike the group in “friends”, this group typically gets coerced into electing Sheldon the leader for any tasks possible, due to his dislike of subordination and his belief that he is superior. They do this, while doing the bare minimum to support him, even to the point of lying to him for the sake of the group.

How Sheldon normally assumes the role of leader

However, because the group that is represented in “Big Bang Theory” are highly intelligent, they are more critical of prospective members, who are normally penny’s dates, due to the fact that they are geeks and are not considered eligible. The other members do get attached, as in the newer seasons. The Jewish engineer Howard meets a girl whom Penny introduced to, and the unlikely Sheldon Cooper gets a friend of the different gender. These new members have slowly edged their way into the group, becoming fully recognised members. This is only due to their characters who are on the same wavelength, unlike that of Penny’s usual all brawn no brains guys.

No “I” in Justice League?

The similarity between both groups are that no matter what kinds of people form the group, they have roles that each of them adopts, even if there is no leader, there are still the encourager, compromiser, and harmoniser to name a few. It is through the different roles that each person in the group adopts, that forms a very good social group whether it is for leisure or work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflect on the groups that you’ve formed in the past up till now, how many times have there been a leader, and how many times have there been not. Were you the funny one or the serious one? Are you the one that all the members of the group can turn to? And of course, will the other half you bring into the group be accepted as a member? If not, will you change your group of friends for that one person?


Kings Of Leon- Use Somebody
Lyrics:
I’ve been roaming around
Always looking down at all I see
Painted faces, fill the places I cant reach

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody

Someone like you, And all you know, And how you speak
Countless lovers under cover of the street

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody
Someone like you

Off in the night, while you live it up, I’m off to sleep
Waging wars to shape the poet and the beat
I hope it’s gonna make you notice
I hope it’s gonna make you notice

Someone like me
Someone like me
Someone like me, somebody

Im waiting now x7

Someone like you, somebody
Someone like you, somebody
Someone like you, somebody

I’ve been roaming around,
Always looking down at all I see

This song is “Use Somebody” by the band Kings of Leon. It won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song and was also nominated for Song of the Year.

Ben Saunders- Use Somebody (Cover)

How a heavily tattooed man used a song to show the world his other side, one that is human and of emotion. Listeners disregard his physical appearance and listen to what he conveys through music.

Music is perhaps one of the greatest forms of verbal communications. The limitations of spoken language are broken through lyrics and the melody of a song. Everything that language is, music helps to convey. Meaning, shaping of thoughts and perceptions, the user’s interpersonal communication; music encompasses all of those. This song has hit platinum in many countries because of the ability to make listeners feel like they are the one the song is about.

These listeners especially include single people who are searching for a relationship, or have found a person that he/she likes but does not dare to make a move, for fear of rejection or fear or losing a friend. The song talks about how we could all use somebody, that there are countless lovers under cover of the street. The other half that people are searching for can be those around us without us even knowing. The lyrics, “I hope that I can make you notice, someone like me” demonstrates the need to communicate in order to get noticed, especially when formation of relationship is the agenda.

The question is whether people will want “someone like me” or you, in that case. The formation or development of relationships depend on our communications. Of course the formation of a relationship would depend on many factors, but we will take it that the other party is one that is of shared social contacts- someone you do not know personally but have come into contact with. Physical attraction will exert a consistent positive impact on relational formation, but it has its biggest impact in the early stages only, and our perception of physical attractiveness changes over time. What matters most is the communication shared between you and the person you are interested in. These include verbal and non verbal cues.

Let’s say someone across the room catches your eye, you are not able to speak to the person as you do not know the person personally, but your eyes stay with him/her and when he/she notices you, you either make a short connection, or look away quickly. Later, your mutual friend introduces the two of you and you realise that you share many similarities, or that your differences complement each other. If there is reciprocation, through communicating with each other more and spending more time in closer proximity than you were before, a close friendship is formed, and when the exchange is satisfactory, eventually a intimate relationship is developed.

I am sure you can think of many such couples or couples to be in your social circle or from movies and television series. An example of a couple in a television series that are really similar in nature; formed a relationship after being in close proximity and falling for each other. From the popular television comedy series ” How i met your mother” , Robin Scherbatsky and Barney Stinson. ” (Top 3 pics)

An example of a relationship forming due to differences, which ended up complementing each other can be also found on the show. Zoey van Smoot and Ted Mosby, who started at each others’ throats, got to know each other and one thing led to another and they got together. (Above, bottom 3 pics)

Will better communication skills help the formation of relationships? What the other party gives us as a first impression matters a lot, but can someone whom you have a bad impression of, eventually use their communication skills to eventually get you to fall for them? Is it simplier to put to your thoughts and emotions into a song, a mime or a speech? What would you use to communicate the way you really feel towards someone?

Perhaps the person across the room is searching for someone like you.

Jurassic Terror or vulture

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Straits Times

Jan 26, 2011
T. rex still king, says dino study
Palaeontologists fought back on Jan 26, in a spirited debate over the Tyrannosaurus rex, saying revisionists who branded the great dinosaur a shameless scavenger have got it all wrong. — PHOTO: AFP

PARIS – PALAEONTOLOGISTS fought back on Wednesday in a spirited debate over the Tyrannosaurus rex, saying revisionists who branded the great dinosaur a shameless scavenger have got it all wrong.

For more than a century after its discovery, many scientists routinely described the Tyrannosaurus as the king of the killing machines – six tonnes of teeth, muscle and sinew, designed to run down dinos several times its size and shred them.

But over the last decade, a new wave of T. rex scholarship has painted another, less flattering, picture. T. rex, according to this theory, was just a 12m freeloading lizard that was too clumsy and slow to do its own hunting. It simply barged in on a meal after nimbler predators had done all the dirty work – in other words, it was more hyena than lion.

The first broadside on the carnivore’s predatory credentials came in 2003, when American expert Jack Horner concluded that T. rex’s clawless forearms, beady eyes and lumbering legs meant it was ‘100 per cent scavenger.’ In 2007, John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College in Britain dished out another blow, demonstrating the ‘clunky’ dinosaur needed more than two seconds to pivot 45 degrees, making it easy for would-be prey to evade capture.

But a new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, may help redress the balance.

Chris Carbone of the Zoological Society of London and colleagues say that some of the traits that raised doubts about T. rex’s predatory prowess are larded with ambiguity. An enhanced sense of smell, inferred from enlarged olfactory bulbs, is a common trait among scavengers such as vultures – but it can help a hunter too, they note. — AFP

Spinosaurus versus T-Rex in Jurassic Park 3

As a kid, Jurassic Park was one of my favourite movies. Being a boy and fascinated with dinosaurs, watching them in animation and on the screen was like a dream. In Jurassic Park I and II, the Tyrannosaurus Rex or T-Rex for short, terrorized the land. It ate the humans on the shows and was pretty much the scariest harbringer of death.  In Jurassic Park I, the climax was when the T-Rex took on an entire group of Velociraptors and won, ending with a majestic roar of victory. In Jurassic Park III however, a bigger badder dinosaur called the Spinosaurus took a T-Rex down easily. (See video above)

The article states that Scientists and Palaeontologists have marked down the effectiveness of the T-Rex as a predator, and have drawn conclusions from its lack of hunter qualities in its physical aspect that it was actually a lowly scavenger, albeit a huge one at that. Others defended that the T-Rex was a hunter, and that they were insulting the king of predators, or so it was known as, at first. This shows that even the experts can percieve their subject matter expert in many different ways.

Perception- the process by which we make sense of the world around us. There are many such definitions of perception, that in itself is perception. Every single individual has his or her own perception. Many factors affect one’s perception, but the information that passes through our train of thoughts  and are put through a filter of selection. However, it is through this filter of selection from which perceptual errors are found.

That could be the reason why there is still debate on an extinct creature even after 65 million years. Each country’s experts have had different influences even though they may have studied the same thing. Individual characteristics, Mass Media, social network, psychological state, priorities, motives and their own environment affect their selection. Even the people who are reading this have different perceptions of the T-Rex, the article, and even the personal comments.

One more example is the recent hype on our nation Singapore being listed as the second ‘coolest nationality’ in the world. It stunned many people and it has been on the lips of many, and more often than not, calling that notion a joke. It is interesting how the world has perceived our nation as geeky and can be considered as cool in modern sense. These two examples clearly show how perception comes into play in our everyday lives.

So, what went through your mind as you read this? Did your own influences shape your perception? As you read through the article, did your friends’ comments, or an old article that you read, or your personal experiences determine whether the T-Rex should retain it’s crown as the king of predators?

The Straits times, Jan 25, 2011

Social networking leads to sex faster: Survey

Four out of five women and three of five men believe that texting, Facebook and other social networking tools cause couples to jump into bed faster, a survey has found. — PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK – NEARLY four out of five women and three of five men say they believe texting, Facebook and other social networking tools cause new couples to jump into bed faster, a survey released by Shape and Men’s Fitness magazines on Monday showed.

Smart phones and laptops are the new toys that lead to the bedroom, it said, with nearly 80 per cent of women and 58 per cent of men saying social media tools leads to sex faster.

Texting is the No. 1 way lovers stay in touch, the survey found, with men texting 39 per cent more often than phoning and women 150 per cent more. Even before the magic begins, 70 per cent of women and 63 per cent of men use Google and other online tools to screen potential dates.

Sixty-five per cent of those polled said they had been asked out by text and 49 per cent through a Facebook message. Once the relationship clicks, 72 per cent of women report scouring a current partner’s ex-girlfriends’ Facebook pages.

Even in the heat of passion, some people just can’t get enough of their digital devices, the survey found. When a call or text comes in during sex, 5 per cent of respondents said they glance to see who is calling and 1 per cent say they stop to answer the phone.

And when the spark is extinguished, digital dumping is the new way to break up, with 43 per cent of women and 27 per cent of men reporting getting a text along the lines of ‘It’s not you, it’s me.’ For the heartbroken, the Internet keeps hope alive, with 81 per cent of all respondents saying they won’t de-friend an ex on Facebook and 75 per cent admitting to constantly checking a former sweetheart’s page. — REUTERS

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The article basically demonstrates that people have come to the consensus that social networking has enabled people to drop their pants easily. “Texting” or the sending of text messages on the handphone has been around for quite some time, however with the advancement of the media and technology, people now revolve around their mobile devices. It is easy to see that texting has taken up a much larger role in our daily communications. Social networking sites such as Facebook has such an extensive social network that many have admitted to stalking or viewing the profiles and pictures of their friends or potential dates. The article also provides insight to the fact that even in the midst of the very physical and intimate activity, many still need to feel connected to the world, and the need to communicate. Even the act of ending a relationship has now been digitalised, normally with a single text message. Dumping does not equate to deleting on social networks, and many check back on their previous halves.

I feel that communicating face to face may already end up in miscommunication due to what Francis Bacon(1561-1626) identified as “four idols” which distort the way we think. The lack of verbal communication and actions or emotions when it comes to text messaging would then end up in more miscommunication, unless the both share many shared experiences and understand the same code.  Back when there was little mobile devices or before the media had advanced to such a stage, conversations between a guy and a girl who were attracted to each other would probably be of a psychological perspective, where both of the individuals were the source of and the destination for messages, and their actions and speech would show their mutual attraction and common ground for an emotional or physical relationship to blossom. The more emphasis placed on text messaging or through social networking sites have changed communication between a guy and a girl to more of a pragmatic model, where by there is a fixed pattern in which the “payoffs” for the participants at the end of the entire communication would be to engage in sexual relations.

However, the use of text messages, social networking sites may not have directly contributed to the rise of people engaging in sexual relations, as it is also due to the influence of the media, which many follow almost religiously, Hollywood movies and dramas that depict constant sexual relationships with more than one person. What has happened to the old days where girls would only accept a guy face to face? With just a text message or a Facebook message, people could now skip straight to the bed.

What do you think? Are there other causes of this phenomenon of social networking leading to sex faster? Or will you even try your luck yourself, now that the act of pursuing the other sex and the fear of rejection has lost their novelty?