Understanding News Consumption and User´s Attitudes

The power of social media grows with every second of the time.

Digitalization spreads at the speed of light, putting more and more people in connection online. Following latest data sets, Facebook seems to play an important role in the life of 1.18 billion people, who tent to use the platform on daily bases and with that number account for total of 17% increase year over year. With five new profiles being opened every second, Facebook succeeds in attracting more people than any other digital platform or company so far.

Once realizing the enormous power of the social media, being able to catch the attention of large amount of digital users, it is essential to investigate how this power relates to news content and the spreadability of information. Continue reading “Understanding News Consumption and User´s Attitudes”

The True Value of Reading Books

Think about it. How do you imagine a perfect night spend on your own? What do you necessary take with you when you are preparing for a trip? What happens if you are forced to wait for a long time and you are wondering how to occupy the dragging minutes of stillness – what would you grab first?

If the answer to all these questions is a book, then you and me – we are more alike than you imagine.

With the following lines I seek to explain the huge role books play in my life and how reading has helped me overcome personal challenges, gather hope when needed and expand the limits of my imagination. My attempt is to express the real value of reading, which I so often witness to be misunderstood by lots of people. Continue reading “The True Value of Reading Books”

Sickness is the new Health

Have you noticed we are sick all the time? And no, in this context, I do mean physically sick, not only mentaly, which is sort of obvious.

Big cities are contagious. Currently, I live in Brussels, Belgium and here every week at least one or two of the people I know is catching a fleu, having some physical exhaustion or simply not feeling quite alright. I wonder whether this is a state of living that needs to be so easily accepted or in fact we ought to consider whether not being in our best physical form is an issue we have to address seriously.

How come we get sick all the time? Continue reading “Sickness is the new Health”

I have consciously chosen not to understand the difference between self interest and common interest!

–> In response to the nature of advocacy and lobbying activities, so popular among the policy circles in the center of the EU.

–> Currently, there are around 30.000 lobbyists working for different interest groups in Brussels. Many of them are former employees at the European institutions.

–> This number almost equals the total number of people working at the European Commission.

Straight to the point: Extremism in Europe

Extremism is a phenomenon with many faces. It can manifest in different forms, ranging from extreme approaches in political, religious, economic or social sense of the term. In order to rightfully understand how extremism came upon us, the necessity to examine the origins of extreme attitudes in Europe is imperative. Only by addressing the real core of the issue, the possibility of overcoming the problem can be present. Continue reading “Straight to the point: Extremism in Europe”

Green Energy: Why is important to invest in renewable energy sources?

Recently, the efforts of more and more scientists are concentrated on exploring alternative energy resources. Change in the energy sector has become a major subject in science, economics and politics. Some scholars argue that it is pointless to invest in such resources. On one side they doubt the ability of renewable energy to ensure stable energy environment and on the other it is widely believed the benefits arising from such energy change not to be able to compensate the financial restrictions other sectors would have to undergo. A step on the path of energy change, however, would be a step made in achieving higher standard of living for all people.  Continue reading “Green Energy: Why is important to invest in renewable energy sources?”

In Search of Social Progress. Comparing Key Revolutionary and Protest Movements.

Abstract

The first section of the paper discusses the issue of social division, the term itself and provides current examples in the face of latest demonstrations and movements. Recent events such as the mass demonstrations in America, the Arab Spring and protests around Europe are doubtlessly emphasizing the depth of the issue. In the continuation of the work, a comparison between protest and revolutionary movements in the beginning of the previous and the 21 century is drawn with the idea of finding similarities among them and tracking down the line of development and social evolution. The comparative approach used is of fundamental importance for acquiring a broader perspective about the changes happening and provides the opportunity for individual interpretation of the level of development reached for the last 100 years. Focus is mainly put on the Mexican and Russian revolutions in the beginning of the 20th century, the recent protests in the US and the Arab Spring. Further basic knowledge about the difference between protest and revolution is provided and the historical perspective regarding the events is constantly taken into account. Nevertheless the core element of the analysis is to discuss the question, whether we are not heading to even less united state of affairs and whether we are not contributing to even deeper division within societies or in general – whether we have actually reached any positive societal change for the last century? The exact answer is specifically subjective, but this paper aims to highlight the need for individual awareness on precisely that matter and sets the goal to favor the reader in building up his own position. In the ending part, short analysis and personal interpretation is revealed on the bases of the factors discussed. Continue reading “In Search of Social Progress. Comparing Key Revolutionary and Protest Movements.”

Speak or Don´t Listen

Vienna, 2014

Lately I cannot stop thinking about one particular habit I notice in many people that makes me wonder a lot. How is it possible to go through many days, weeks and even years without having a single conversation with another human being? It really amazes me, but believe me when I say, many people do that… They wake up, go on normally with their lives, meet other people and talk to no one! When the night comes, they go to bed and on the next day – the procedure repeats again. After some time the lack of interactions with others turns into a habit and in the end they simply continue living their lives without communicating one to another in any meaningful way. Continue reading “Speak or Don´t Listen”

Do not dare not to feel happy!

Vienna, 2014

Have you ever thought about what you need to possess in order to be an average normally existing person in Europe?

  • Around 100 profiles on different online platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Gmail … Tinder?!.)

  • Around 100 types of cards ( Bankcards: at least 3 types(credit card, debit card, second debit card – just in case), student card, Mensa card, public transport card, ID card, drivers lesson card and all of the member and discount cards possible.

  • Around 100 different certificates ( Birth certificate, Educational certificates, Work certificates and recommendations, additional activities certificates)

  • All types of technological devices possible (Smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers…)

  • A place to live

  • Work to go to

  • Money

Is that really all of what brings value to our lives and if not then why the fuck are we so unable to admit that we exist just for the time to pass by?

Continue reading “Do not dare not to feel happy!”

Society/Deception/War

Vienna, 2014

Thoughts of a 21 years old….

Recently I happen to read somewhere we are now living in the most peacefull time of all. This bold statement made me think about the validity of that thought, as I felt there was something quite disturbing about it. Indeed if we think about it nowadays the world has developed to a point where it´s almost impossible to wined up in a situation, where your best friend is for example accused of treason to the crown and in your schedule you are supposed to make room for the public hangig ceremony on the local square in town. It´s true that the chances of losing your beloved one due to mobilisation by the state army in war times, requesting full protection of the country, are also not that high. Probably no one in our extremely civilized and developed part of the world would be forced to defend his position by engaging in a duel and stabing his oponent repedetly with a long, sharp stick, he knows better how to use than his toothbrush. Yet does that really mean we are not fighting battles even now? What exactly is your perception about peace, people, and if we have indeed progressed to entering the civilized era of social organisation, how come it´s so hard to trully feel peaceful? Continue reading “Society/Deception/War”