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Truth Behind the Selfie

The last 7 years of my life have been spent dabbling in social media. Working in it, figuring it out, building relationships through it… I’ve been so deeply involved in it that I sometimes fail to see how prefabricated it all can be. From all the food styling photos I see at restaurant events, the amount of times it takes yogis to get that perfect shot — things are not always what they seem on the other side of that photo or share. How much of it’s true? How much of it’s real? And as more and more studies emerge on the topic that social media increases unhappiness, we know that as humans we tend to compare, for better or for worse, and that this is creating and setting unreal expectations for society.  With that in mind, I stumbled on this fun video that highlights the now-natural pre-fabrication of social media.…

The Most Stunning Views of Turkey

If anyone asks, I usually tell them that Turkey has my heart. It’s a great place and the culture just spoke to me when I had visited. Honestly, I would even consider living there (in Istanbul specifically) for a while or trying to own property there since it’s so beautiful and rich with history. Despite the turmoil, I’ve longed to go back and visit; to explore and to grow through the city and the culture as an adult. Part of my undergraduate degree was spent focusing on the Ottoman empire. I spent 3 years pouring over texts on the country, reading things about the diaspora and the culture of these people. I was ensnared – and still continue to be. I’m sure that you’ve already seen this, but there is this amazing video of Turkey going around and winning all these awards. I wanted to share it with you so…

Wanderers

If anyone asks, I usually tell them that Turkey has my heart. It’s a great place and the culture just spoke to me when I had visited. Honestly, I would even consider living there (in Istanbul specifically) for a while or trying to own property there since it’s so beautiful and rich with history. Despite the turmoil, I’ve longed to go back and visit; to explore and to grow through the city and the culture as an adult. Part of my undergraduate degree was spent focusing on the Ottoman empire. I spent 3 years pouring over texts on the country, reading things about the diaspora and the culture of these people. I was ensnared – and still continue to be. I’m sure that you’ve already seen this, but there is this amazing video of Turkey going around and winning all these awards. I wanted to share it with you so…

GREENFIELDS

Is the grass always greener on the other side? This short film contends with ideas of perspective, secrecy and control. Wonderfully written, it kept my attention until the last second and drew me in with a hope that the main characters would find the peace they were striving for. This feeling was very similar to what I felt while I was reading 1984 by Orwell, which if you haven’t read yet, is a must read, especially in these times where surveillance and political manipulation of citizens is at a head. Take a few minutes to check this short out, it’ll make you question the world you live in and what you’ve been taught.