Chapter 7: Social Commentary

Election as Pop Culture.

It might as well be covered as a tv reality game show. Instead of voting, we can all text our choice to American 'President' Idol.


Each vote costs 25 cents, some restrictions may apply, contact your provider for extra fees that may apply.
Stay tuned next week when your votes are revealed to see who will become the NEXT AMERICAN PRESIDENT IDOL!


Chapter 6: Home-Work

So I've been on a sabbatical of sorts from work for awhile. Recently, I've started a new job getting to work from home. It's still generally the same career line without the emphasis on career.

It's so true what they say. About how your priorities change as you grow older. Ideals get torn down, optimism dies, and realism sets in. Those all sound like bad things but I actually am pretty settled in learning the lessons of life.

I think everyone should get to go through these phases of life. I think it's a natural mechanism so we can learn to live with each step of our progression to death. LOL. Okay, yeah, I'm still a little morbid.

Anyhow, working is great. It's a chore of course but it's great to feels great to be financially productive again. Plus, I love having little distractions in life that make me feel like my brain is being exercised.

I was always a workaholic. I worked 70-80 hour weeks at my peek. I never saw weekends for months. I always did my best and always pushed as far as I could go. But one day I woke up and realized that I was wasting my life trying to "become" instead of just "being"...

At some point, I think everyone starts to decide, is this how I'm going to live the rest of my life? Is this it? And for me, sleep-eat-work seemed completely useless. Sure, I could have propelled myself into a high-track career and I could have become extremely successful.

But honestly, I don't really care what anyone thinks about me...whether or not I'm a great famous Architect! At the end of the day, I just want to be with the people who make me laugh. And some people might think I'm just settling but if settling means that you're finally happy, I'm okay with that.

So I'm pretty excited about the new job as it affords me the lifestyle that more suites who I am today.

Chapter 5: The Death of the Personal Homepage

Back in 1996, when the internet finally exploded into the main stream, personal websites popped up all over. Angelfire and Geocities were highly populated with "new neighborhoods" added every week. Unfortunately, where the people are, is where the money follows.

Everyone probably can agree now how commercialized the Internet is in present day. The idea of coming across someone's personal homepage is far less accepted than major ".com" sites. Instead, the personal sites have all been sized down to the blogosphere. In a sense, what happened to personal websites is that the static data is now gone. Meaning you won't find the typical pages of the 90s, pictures-bio-poems-cams-pets-thoughts-guestbook-etc.

Actually, it's not that those types of sites are gone so much as segregated into multiple profiles. For the most part the personal website of today is a blog with dynamic links to other sites which house the "static" data of the personal websites. All the data is housed now in sites like Flickr, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Etc.

Also, based off the context of the content presented by most people, personal blogs or whatnot no longer are about personal expression so much as networking. I don't see this as a bad thing necessarily but just rather limiting. Before, it used to be me and the void so you tended not to care so much about what you expressed or said or shared.

Now, it's very intentional and usually directed with intent. So when I move from site to site now, I feel a loss of intimacy in those sites....mine included. It's far more about expanding the scope of viewership and getting exposure than anything else.

One thing I can say is that the more personal and transparent you are about your life on your site, the more people feel connected and want to stay connected. Again, one of the greatest limitations I face right now with trying to shield my personal identity from merging with my meta.

That might crumble soon. I'm not sure.