“I would have got away with it too if it wasn’t for you meddling kids…”

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So in sheer lack of being able to produce a ‘Frivolous Friday’ post which seeks to embody either a sprinkling of my silliness or just a random posting, I bring to you an interesting article that I sourced from Demos, the think-tank. The article in question is on the new political actors in Europe and how through the use of social media, an Italian blogger and comedian by the name of Beppe Grillo was able to “communicate, recruit and organise” his anti-establishment movement ‘Moviment 5 Steele’ established in Italy using Facebook.  Primarily centered around the discussion of populism and our fundamentally changing channels of communication, it seeks to understand how effective social media is when employed fruitfully to the extent that virtual activity moves to real-world activism.  It also makes for particularly grand reading, so go take a ganders!

“I can see it, look just over the horizon…” – Japanese Girlfriend Coat

Girlfriend/ "Riajyuu Coat,"

Girlfriend/ “Riajyuu Coat,”

BREAKING NEWS over at Mashable:Japanese students invent a ‘girlfriend coat’ that simulates the feeling of being hugged from behind – it even whispers quotes in your ear like “Sorry I’m late”. The actual name for the coat is “Riajyuu” which derives from the slang meaning “someone who is pleased with their life outside the Internet,”.

I don’t know whether this is a depressing thing or a tale of things to come really. If you were to look past your initial reaction and consider both psychological and cultural adaptations in recent years, the true essence of how a burgeoning % of relationships are now developed online only seems a hop, skip and a twirl from this concept. Whether its through online dating or ‘Rent a friend’ – all these ideas could only come to pass by running alongside a society’s need or lacking thereof.

There has been various articles documenting the psychological repercussions of wholly living one’s life online and the constant and burgeoning use of technology overall, so does this ‘coat’ really surprise you? I don’t know, am i rambling? I feel like I’m rambling or toying with Pandora’s box here, I mean there was even an article where a dad had to hire an virtual hitman to kill his son’s avatar so he would get a job!!! We now have technology rehabs, people having affairs online, people selling their lives online, remote controlled lovers, sex robots and so much more branches that I couldn’t even begin to fathom. So i guess what I’m trying to say is no, I don’t think the invention of this ‘girlfriend coat’ is far fetched, its just sad that it has arrived so soon.

Whilst you’re waddling through that emotional fog, why not try and take a ganders at Sherry Turkle’s talk on TED ,where she discusses how relationships are now being framed and dissected by the use of technology. A very much hackneyed subject though still interesting.

 

DOHS – Death of High Street?

“There are big changes coming. And change is positive. If you look at any social shopping site…the really successful ones are the ones that tap into our narcissistic values.”  – Dean Fankhauser

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Screen shot of Nuji.com

CEO & Co-Founder of NUJI, Dean Fankhauser discusses his new dynamic social shopping platform which operates on three principles:

  • Creating a social wish list of items that you wish to pruchase – a lifestyle e-commerce mood board of sort
  • Saving items that you like from any store
  • Following your favorite retailers
  • Bing inspired by others ‘like you’
  • Lastly obtaining points to be activated as discounts

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