Dearest Readers,

If religion has always been a part of humanity will religion adapt to technology and be found evolving as a sub-culture on the net? For religion to fundementally work I believe you have to actually be a part of a physical community setting attending  church sermons. Maybe the way of the future encompasses religion services on the net evolving with the Castells new networked society. Many religious institutions have used new technologies to make their sermons more interactive such as overheads or videos and so on. Churches have also created websites to adapt to the changing times and appeasing their growing attendees/. Now when there is a time when so many churches have sprung up people are finding themselves shopping for the right church. This market has created churches to adapt to the changing technology or the new Information era in order to attract new comers and sustain old ones. Final thought: maybe the future of cyberspace will have its own god.. the god of cyberspace .. Hail ‘God of Google’.

Kindest Thoughts,

Barb E

Dearest Readers,

While I was parusing through Chapters this morning I came across a new groupie book in the music section. ‘Lets Spend the Night together – backstage secrets of supergroupies’ . What was it about groupies? How did they represent an era? Perhaps the idea of Groupies is something lost with the hippie culture in the 1970’s. Something foreign to our culture today erased with the rise of STDs and conservative ideals. But there is still an appeal; an excitement that embraces the phenomena of the sexy groupie girls that were so prevalent of the past rock n’ roll scene. One of the most famous groupies ‘pamela des barres’ has published numerous books on her adventures. Making her incredibly famous.

After reading on her website; which notes: “she is the spokeschick for the most sexually liberating generation of female in history. She rocked-out with The Doors, Love , Steppenwolf, Frank Zappa, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Keith Moon – the gorgeous men who made the music. Whether in awe – or in love, she explored each relationship with unjaded adoration and an innocent sexual openness few could resist. She set the standard for sexual honesty in women’s writing.”

In a time when it was wrong for women to talk about sex and therefore converse on sexual topics. Groupie offered an alternative. Making woman sexuality rather admirable and liberating than something that is supposed to be discussed only behind closed doors.

Rock n’ Roll back than was something that was the popular brand of music for the masses. Sprung in a time of new found rebellion from political repression; young people found a common voice through rock n’ roll. The quality and historical implications has brought its classic sounds to audiences for generations to come.

Final thought: With the globalization of the world music has become increasingly specialized. With millions of sounds available and only many more coming in to the music scene everyday. Nostagia for the Rock n Roll of our past has caused Groupies such as Pamella De Barres to become famous once again.

Kindest Thoughts,

Barb E  

 

Check out this link : Pamella De Barres Documentary: behind the scene.

 

Dearest Readers,

In class we discussed how Louis Vuitton could possibly charge 3000 buckaroonies for a handbag. But because of popular demand and a very impressive advertising campiagn our society has gone ‘Louis Vuitton Crazy’ and by doing so encouraging high prices. Not only is Louis being targeted but Infact society has gone Brand Crazy; Obsessed with appearance joined with a fueling economy; there is money to be spent. I once heard that a man should invest in one nice suit and a woman in a fine purse. Depends how fickle you want to be I guess.

But the truth is that Louis Vuiton merchandise has fueled a Fad and nomatter what you may think about the cost of the purses. Theres always an ‘aahhh’  from the crowd when someone has one. Which in turn makes people want to keep purchasing the hottest item on the matket. Of course one of the main reasons the campaign is attracting a lot of attention is because they are worth so much. Look at diamonds for example; even though there are millions of diamonds in the world the market value has added to their huge cost. And diamonds have always been a girls best friend because of it. > otherwise it would just be another rock that is ridiculously good-looking and EXPENSIVE. As creatures of nature what society treasures as symbols of wealth and prestige is often what we try to attain as individuals. Who can blame us??  

Of course we all have our own preconceived notions of whats valuable to us. What we like to spend our money on. Whether is be a movie collection worth > 3000 or a purse. I guess what it comes down to is what makes you happy? Ultimately we work hard for our own money to purchase and sustain our lifestyles within society. How can one judge on the value of on item to another. Perhaps the idea is the bueaty is in the eye of the beholder. or rather the purchaser.

Whether something is better real or fake is debatable/ everyone having their own personal opinion in the end. Examples can be a real tree or a fake tree?/ Real boobs or fake boobs?? / Real Louis Vuiton or fake one?/ Real D&G glasses or fake ones?/. You get the idea. Well I do own a real Louis Vuitton purse. and of course before I owned my real one I purchased a fake one. So I do know something about the pros and cons about each. > and I must say the real is so much better than the fake to me. Also same with the christmas tree situation.

Real Louis Vuittons come with a lifetime warranty … I mean if anything, anything gets damaged you can get it replaced. they are a classic and they will always be on file. Mine happens to be the bedford bag; so  its shaped is referred to as the logpurse. It creates so much converstaion; no matter where I take it and not only because its Louis; the symbol is discret but rather because of its unique character. This bag is something I take care of, it has a protective layer on it so any debris can be easily removed.  Before I start sounding like a commercial…. the fake bag costs a lot of money too., it is an underground industry that takes away from the value of the real ones because it makes people think that the real ones are fake. And it lasts 5 months before things start getting ruined and clasps start falling off. It may be a little bit more of an investment for the real one but to get quality these days you need to spend a little bit more I find. And it will save you money in the long run.

Final Thought: The real trees always smell better.

Kindest Thoughts,

Barb E

Dearest Readers,

The explosion of facebook on the planet has created big businesses such as ticketmaster to incorporate facebook onto their websites. I recently purchased Chris Cornell Tkx on ticketmaster as was surprised to find a list of facebook peps who are also attending the concert. It offered, that if I was a member I could chat with other concert goers through facebook. I don’t have a facebook account but  I did think it was interesting that ticketmaster teamed up with the biggest social network right now. And in thus, reinforcing facebooks immense popularity between the generations .  Because ticketmaster offers tickets from opera to hard metal; people with all tastes and cultural preferences are finding the usefulness in facebook attractive enough to desire its resources even when purchasing tkx to live shows.

It shows that facebook has globalized the internet in a way that its face is literally commercialized on a variety of websites. Not only is this a smart business venture it is bringing people together with similar interests as well. Providing an effective example of Wellmans term the new ‘networked individualism’ :a more specialised social system which is base on having control over who is in ones circle of friends. We are now not predestine to make friends with the people we meet at school or at work; there is another option to enrich our social capita – through the internet. This change has made people even that much more dependant on the internet. Is this perhaps what big business has planned all along; to get people hooked. > and than seek out business ventures to stimulate profits. Ticketmaster as a Monoploy is also like facebook in that it becomes the only and most popular way to provide a particular service. Why are we all forced to buy tickets only from them anyway?  

Has the internet rather made people more dependant on their social networks than before?? Why do we want to know whos going to the same concert as us? Can’t we do anything alone anymore. In part the internet has sprung individuality in the way it supports human uniqueness but it also creates a feeling of need for constant social contact. Everyone I have ever met discourages me from getting on facebook because they say ‘Its Addicting’. > its a house party with a fluidity of conversation and events. With the whole world invited! With the most popular peps in constant attendance. It has fostered a new community of friends for many but the question is ‘ How easy is it to leave the party’ and eventually will the party die out?? > for perhaps more intimate parties where not everybody knows your name.

Kindest Thoughts,

Barb E

Check out this comic strip…. pokes fun at ticketmaster as a monopoly business for purchasing tickets….

http://bassistwanted.com/strips/stephen/2004/12/28/

 P.S ; so excited for Chris Cornell Concert in September heres a clip … And i love his version of Micheals ‘Billie Jean’. Despite some criticism he has recieved for bthe new version of the song.

 

Dearest Readers,

I heard that in Calgary ‘they’ want to make a new bylaw that bans the use of cell phones while driving. Obviously I am assuming the rationality behind it is to reduce distractions while being behind the wheel. Because I most admit while I am pretty good at multitasking, I still find myself getting lost by the conversation. Not to mention that of course I would never do this .. but text messaging while driving. Now that really takes your eye of the prize.

However, I think it would be extremely hard to get used to not useing your phone while driving, you would probably see a lot of people stopped at the side of the road. I know that historically nobody had cell phones less 10years before but lets face reality we have become one with our cell phones . AKA Haraways ‘cyborg manifestation’.

Final Thought: So How would we deal without our your cellphone while driving? Safer yes, practical Not so much.

Kindest Regards,

Barb E

Dearest Readers,

Today in class we made up our very own dating personality; I thought it made a really good point that perhaps you can tell a lot about a photograph. I think that with on-line dating you are in a way selling a product; yourself. The picture, the description and the tell a little about yourself section offers an opportunity to see how good you can be with your words. I think the problem with on-line dating is that some people may exaggerate parts of themselves and leave out others to come out looking desirable to the popular public. You want to place yourself in higher demand: for example when musicians go mainstream to sell records. No one wants to be last the kid standing as the team picks players. So whoever took marketing this will be a walk in the park; your niche.

This makes dating even that much more difficult, instead of just worrying about how to meet people face-to-face now you have to play the guessing game.  Who is being truly honest and who is trying to tease members with their web of lies? I think there are positive and negative aspects to on-line dating. Online dating  communities  have increasingly become more specialized, having services which suite different kinds of social networks such as ethnicity, religion, sport interests and so on. Just as a world becomes increasingly interconnected through globalization also comes more specialized services from around the world to serve the needs of the masses. But really lets just say it; we are a culture that wants to be entertained. Internet dating and social networking is just another medium to use to entertain ourselves. 

Since cities are increasingly becoming corporate jungles and people are using computers in their everday functionality; online dating appears to be a nice way to pass the time.

The question is whether social networks such as MySpace and FaceBook are better meeting place for singles than on-line dating such as Lavalife? Are these social networks just like going to the bar? Another avenue of a meatmarket. Bottom line I think single people looking for love are looking whether it be in the grocery store or in the halls at school or the Internet. So heres to love !!!

 

Kindest Regards,
Barb E 

Dearest Readers,

Last night, I watched the movie Lonely Hearts and it made me realize a stunning similarity between how criminals work via communication networks from 80 yrs ago and today. p.s ; Salma Hayek does an amazing job acting in her very, very, creepy role of Psycho Jealous Killer Girlfriend. Salma and her man would befriend women seeking companionship through personal ads hence the title Lonely Hearts and then rob them. However, their plan backfired as soon as the jealous green monster started to affect Selma’s better judgement, and the murders started to stack up. Before these criminals worked through newspaper ads and love letters but how is this different than online creepers today. Its just made the medium easier and now they can work in real time.   

The use and tools of communication technology have always been used as a tool for crime. Since the mail, then the telephone and now the internet. I think the Internet has just made it easier. Final Thought: I would like to know how has romantic crimes such as the one present in this film increased because of the Internet? And has the escalation of technology through time also had an escalating effect on crime?

 Kindest Thoughts, Barb E

Check out a preview of the film. Ita a Gooder.