Can we auto-correct humanity?

I spend my days connected to Canadians all over the world via social media. Discussing culture, technology, current events and what makes us all tick. I absolutely love the opportunity to “meet” so many interesting people and exchange ideas, opinions and content. As much as I love and embrace social media and technology, I do have major concerns about the effects that it is having on us as individuals and as a society. We seem to be so dependent on technology and the need to be connected to each other, that we’re actually losing touch with our loved ones and the the physical world around us.

I belong to the Millennial generation or Gen Y as some like to call it. Many of us are able to remember a time when the internet wasn’t an intrinsic part of our everyday life. We grew up learning how to deal with boredom and discover ways to entertain ourselves. Technology as it is today, wasn’t always something that was within arm’s reach.

I came across this video from rapper Richard Williams (otherwise known as Prince Ea) which really helps put this issue into perspective. One of the lines from this is, “I imagine a world where we smile when we have low batteries, because that will mean that we’re one bar closer to humanity.” Take a look and make sure to share.

Rendez-vous des communications – PR mixer in Ottawa

Yesterday evening, over 30 PR professionals gathered in Ottawa for #RDVcom’s inaugural event!  A big thank you to everyone who took the time to come out to network, exchange ideas and share a drink or two!

It was a great opportunity to connect in person with some of my counterparts who work for the various crown corporations, cultural and arts institutions in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. If you work in this area and would like to join us for the next event, check out our LinkedIn Group or get in touch with me and I can add you to the list.

Has a film ever caused you to actually visit another country?

BaggageHave you ever seen a film that has made you fall in love with a country and wanted to visit said country? Well, the brainiacs over at Tourism Competitive Intelligence found that 2012, 40 million international tourists chose their destination primarily because they saw a film shot in that specific country. Pretty interesting indeed.

Kate Bedingfield, VP of Corporate Communications with the Motion Picture Association of America wrote an excellent blog post about this that you can find on their site. There’s some interesting info on which productions sparked an increase in tourism in the US. Can you guess what series sparked thousands to flock to Senoia, Georgia? Hint…there are zombies involved!!

 

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