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Lacking Formality.

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After the recent April Fool’s day pranks, hosted by various prestigious companies, I have come to the conclusion that social media and the internet have played a crucial role in the increased informality that has swept across the nation – and I love it! It’s all down to our generation and our predecessors, changing the world in our wake, allowing companies to tweet customers apologies and worldwide witticisms like:

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Their reply is probably one of the most convention shattering incidences to happen on the internet. When before have companies been allowed to publicly speak to their customers in such an informal and colloquial manner? – great banter.

That fact that people are using their positions of power (newspapers) to have a laugh with or at the general public is genius – there is a growing expectation that this will only increase. You only have to look at the Google, Facebook, Youtube and Pixar offices to know that the world is changing into a comfortable, young, purely internet-orientated place – aren’t we lucky.

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You can’t tell me that you don’t think working here would be like the best thing ever! – Right? I bet they’re all sipping cocktails, tail-gating tequilas and smoking Cubans in the Head quarters like – who should we commemorate today?

The worlds a changing place, becoming more electronic everyday, but with that is coming a break in the tradition of 9 till 5 offices, wearing the same charcoal suit everyday, staring at grey and daringly dull walls – I guess we owe them a thank-you?

Not every job is like this obviously, but the day you get offered a job at Google, Facebook, Pixar, Youtube, Twitter or any other social media website you damn sure better take it – I mean look at those chairs! According to sources: Pixar, instead of offices, have their own cottages in which they work – one is themed around pink unicorns. Yep, I said it. Pink. Unicorns.

This change is wonderful, and can only continue to grow (unless Fallout 3 isn’t a game but, in fact, a true prediction of the future) and eventually, when enough advances in social media and the internet are introduced, formal will be the new informal. A world where people in suits walk around being all formal with all the informals in positions of power like stop being so formal, freaks! – what a strange world to imagine.

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Seeking Prestige

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Our human instinct (they definitely do exist) often shows a side of us that we would preferably not show. What I’ve come to realize is that Prestige runs through every walk of life. When you join a new friendship group, it is said, that you will accommodate your own idolect (an individuals ways of speaking) to fit into the group to try and gain prestige within the group, as well as that after a heavy night of lip-smacking tequilas and guzzling pints of ice cold suds acting out can often occur to impress and maybe gain trust within these groups – alcohol taking precedence and injecting a surge of animal instinct that pressures the actions of a drunk. This act of accommodation, shows itself when talking to the elderly, small children and even pets; relevantly it depends on the environment. Interestingly it displays how influential others around us are and highlights our need to prove ourselves, seeking this ultimate accolade that we so desperately seek – unknowingly, as it derives from our unconscious mind.

Maybe that is why we write blogs, take pictures, update statuses and tweet all for that three second adrenaline injection when a colleague/friend/family member/teacher/anonymous gives you your prestige and utters what we all crave inside – “well done”…ah how wonderfully glorious it feels for someone to announce their articulation and transmission of prestige and allowing you to enjoy your moment. There are two parties for an exchange of valor, after giving the individual their glory, the individual taking second command will realize their immediate jealousy of the other participants current achievement/act/accommodation, slowly sinking in and pressuring them to seek their own prestige – a never ending cycle jealous prestigious events.

Our distinct and definite need to impress and gain prestige only shows our imperfection as humans, and boils down to our innate desires and unconscious wishes, unfortunately for us this is unchangeable, the only solace we can take is to hope that one day evolution will allow us to give oneself their own prestige – lets hope.