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The Revelations of Social Media

Back in April, prompted by some things I’d read on the internet and social media sites, I posted an article entitled Is Professionalism Passe? While it was inspired by many different people (most of whom I don’t know), a few of the twitterers and bloggers are indeed characters from real life — whom I’d immortalized in my book.

I don’t know when it became acceptable to reduce every little family dispute or personal problem into a 140-character status, or deliberately misspell (as opposed to abbreviate) words, but it seems that even the most professional and successful among us lose all sight of propriety when communicating in cyberspace. As I wrote:

…The topic is something that has been bothering me for quite some time, after having viewed some pretty idiotic twitter updates and blog posts from allegedly professional, busy and successful members of the business community. It doesn’t seem to matter how educated, knowledgeable or hard-working some people are; in their minds technology, unlike real life, simply does not demand a certain set of standards.

For example, why is it that we’d never purposely spell a word incorrectly in a business correspondence, personal letter or even an email, yet some of us think it’s cute (or worse, cool, as if middle-aged men should still be concerned with such things) to do so in a 140-word character status? I am not quibbling with the necessary use of abbreviations when limited to such a low word-count — I am talking about deliberately misspelling common words.

I get that for many, typing up a cutesy status update just for fun helps to blow off steam and adds a little levity to life — something we all desperately need in the age of Obama. And as I mentioned in the post, perhaps the English Major in me is being a bit too judgmental of those who are simply using social media as a way to connect with friends and family. Still, reading posts like “Getting ready to strangle mom-in-law” is a little off-putting.

Yes, I understand it probably wasn’t meant literally and that mother-in-law was most likely spared an untimely death; however,  is it really a wise idea to broadcast your in-law issues into cyberspace, a forum where nothing ever really goes away? And if your wife has already demonstrated she has no qualms about logging into your personal account on a social media site and pretending to be you, chances are she’s also checking out your twitter updates. Unless she either shares the same opinion of her mother, and/or has no problem with her husband disrespecting one of her parents, this seems like a great way to initiate an argument.

But we’re also talking about a woman who brushes off the plight of the unemployed in a terrible economy:

And in an especially egregious status update given the state of the economy, a small business owner with pressing deadlines laments about being summoned for jury duty when so many others are unemployed, implying that those “lucky” souls should be the ones inconvenienced by civic responsibility, not important people like her. Pardon me, but if you’re a busy entrepreneur during a difficult recession in which nearly 10% of Americans are out of work, I’d say a little gratitude — not to mention tact — is in order. Yes, jury duty can be a detriment to the bottom line, but creating a status update bemoaning a minor obstacle and simultaneously taking a potshot at others in retaliation is just plain rude and insensitive.

And after what I’d learned from my photographer friend’s friend, I wouldn’t be surprised if the mother-in-law status update was perfectly acceptable to her.

Growing up, my mom (like so many others) often told me to choose my friends wisely because we are judged by the company we keep; moreover, she did her best to carefully steer me away from any kids she thought might be a bad influence, since it’s so easy to succumb to peer pressure when you’re young and impressionable. However, this logic still applies in adulthood.

For example, I finally had to break away from a friend whose constant negativity and habitual doom-and-gloom attitude eventually became too much to bear. I gave it nine very long years until the sheer fatigue and depressing aftereffects of being in her company made it impossible to continue the friendship. I wish her well, yet at the same time, have zero desire to rekindle the relationship.

Is it possible this standard applies to marriages, too? Can one spouse’s personality rub off on the other’s until that person no longer seems recognizable?

Because the guy who wrote about strangling his mother-in-law — among other inane things — is not the one I recall; he’s certainly not the one I modeled a character after. And he’s definitely not the one I shared some honest, emotional phone conversations with just prior to releasing my book. But he’s for sure the “Ken” I choose to remember.

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Friday Funnies

Ah Friday!

Wonder what crazy liberal-talk I’ll be subjected to today. Yesterday, I overheard two gentlemen in a dining establishment discussing the rampant “racism” of the Tea Party movement, you know where they display all of those “racist” signs?

Remembering Jesus’ admonition about pearls and swine, I decided against arguing with idiots; these guys were clearly too far gone to listen to reason, let alone ingest actual facts. There’s a huge difference between reaching out to those who are persuadable and/or truly unaware of the radicalism of this administration — and those who are simply far-gone Kool-Aid drinkers. I will admit, I wanted to cry overhearing that yesterday, realizing that these two guys are not alone in their thinking.

It also made me incredibly angry on behalf all of the dedicated patriots I’ve stood with on the corner in Fort Lauderdale — Americans of all races, creeds and colors who are fighting so hard for our freedom, and to educate the masses about what’s really going on. The two men in the restaurant were maligning their character, without even having their basic facts straight. And they represent the real enemy; as Rush Limbaugh has stated, America can probably survive Obama, but not the fools who voted for him. We are up against colossal ignorance, and the the conversation between these two gentlemen yesterday is proof positive.

Anyway, to lighten it up a bit, I am posting something my good conservative friend John emailed me yesterday:

Virtually anyone can become a liberal. Here are the prerequisites:

1. You must believe the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.

2. You must believe the same teacher who cannot teach 4th graders to read is somehow qualified to teach them about sex.

3. You must believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korean Communists.

4. You must believe there was no art before Federal funding.

5. You must believe global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the earth’s climate, and more affected by SUVs.

6. You must believe gender roles are artificial, but homosexuality is natural.

7. You must be against capital punishment, but in favor of abortion on demand.

8. You must believe business creates oppression and the government creates prosperity.

9. You must believe self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

10. You must believe the military, not politicians, start wars where military personnel, not politicians, die.

11. You must believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution

12. You must believe taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.

13. You must believe standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides aren’t.

14. You must believe Hillary Clinton and Elena Kagan are ladies.

15. You must believe the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried is because the right people haven’t been in charge.

16. You must believe homosexual parades are Constitutionally protected, but manger displays at Christmas are illegal.

Yes, that about sums it up. Liberalism really is a mental disorder.

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Creative Content, Insightful Editing

I am a freelance writer, editor and blogger with a passion for helping others express themselves eloquently and effectively.  Whether you’re an author seeking to prepare your manuscript for the publishing world, a business-owner looking  for powerful website content or an organization desiring a compelling feature story, I can assist you in crafting enticing copy that best represents your message and professional image.

Please take a moment to explore my blog for samples of my work, client testimonials and a price list. And to learn more about my creative skills, visit my book site, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, where you can read a synopsis and preview five chapters of my debut novel.

Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to working with you!

Daria

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P.S. You can also find me on Blog Talk Radio, where I co-host Conservative Republican Forum with Steven Rosenblum, and frequently appear as a guest on several others.  The Liberty Belle Hour with Daria DiGiovanni debuted on wafs-tv on January 7, 2010, and broadcasts every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. Eastern.

Additionally, my commentary is featured on Smart Girl Nation, TemerityParcbench, and BrowardNETOnline, among others.

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Water Signs Earns Book of the Week Award!

I had the wonderful opportunity to create a three-minute blurb for Water Signs, as part of a fiction competition for an exciting Blog Talk Radio show called Blurb! Hosted by Sally and Dr. Kent, this creative, entertaining program airs select blurbs submitted by aspiring authors, alternating genres (fiction, nonfiction, etc) every week. The hosts then comment live after playing each blurb for their listening audience, before ultimately selecting a winner for “Book of the Week.” I am thrilled to announce that Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal is their choice for this week’s honor!

Thank you so much Sally and Dr. Kent. And for those of you who love to read, I highly recommend listening their innovative BTR show, which airs every Wednesday evening at 9 p.m.

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