My outlook on the Social Networking concept

I don’t know about you but I am currently favouring Plaxo Pulse over Facebook. Pulse is not yet bloated with a zillion pointless applications and is (in a sense) what Facebook used to be at the very start. Don’t get me wrong I love the concept of social networking, its changing our lives but for the better? or for the worse?

I am a big fan of Twitter, mainly due to its simplicity and clever features. I love the new tracking service that allows me to see who is talking about those important tags out there on the “twitter-sphere” and then I can follow them to keep up-to-date with what they are doing. The funny thing is everyone has a different way of using the service, some will almost run a commentary on literally everything they do, others impart words of great wisdom, some share great links and people can even chat with one another in a roundabout way.

Twitter is now fully integrated with Plaxo Pulse, Facebook and probably a few others, so that everyone knows what you are doing. Thing is this could actually backfire on you if you aren’t careful! Can you be too certain who is following you and that certain things you may say could be misconstrued.  Having said that this can happen through email, text or any form of written communication where the receipient can’t see the face of the sender to determine the context of what you are saying.

So in essence I think its a great thing, this social networking malarky, jusy don’t send me any more Vampires or Zombies, waste of bandwidth and above all my time!

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Event: Handcrafted Films – May 15th 2008, Royal Geographical Society

I am delighted to announce a fantastic event that’s taking place in May and organised by Tim Lewis (my brother) Director of Handcrafted Films, please read on to find out more about it:

May 15th 2008, Royal Geographical Society

An evening of screenings and discussion on illegal logging in South
East Asia and its impact on forest communities.

Films shown…

5×5: Voices of Change from the forests of Indonesia by Handcrafted
Films. Each of the 5 films examines the human stories behind illegal
logging and deforestation in Indonesia. These films deal resolutely
with how the villagers themselves are finding solutions. Travelling
through Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Java and Papua these programmes
gain unique access to the people from the forest and examines close-up
their battle at the front-line of deforestation (http://www.handcraftedfilms.net/projects.html)

Special Guests:

Bruce Parry, BBC Tribe, The Penan. Known as the ‘Guardians of the
forest’ the Penan’s way of life is under severe threat as commercial
logging continues around them.

The latest investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency
into the Vietnamese UK garden furniture trade. Using undercover
investigations and hidden cameras this film reveals the traders that
ruthlessly exploit the people and forest of Laos for supply to the
western furniture market.

David Attenborough introduces his 1971 program ‘A Blank on the Map’
about his journey to Papua. The film that realized his boyhood dream
of stepping into the heart of the jungle and ‘discovering’ a tribe.
The film ends with his insight into how Papuans need to be introduced
to the modern world so they can deal with the exploitation that is
bound to ensue.

Finally a series of UNIQUE films showing the impact of forest
exploitation upon the people of Papua, Indonesia. The set of films
made by Papuan NGOs in collaboration with villagers, tell how their
communities have been adversely affected by destructive logging and
oil palm plantations. The four short films, launched under the
collective banner: Save the People and Forests of Papua give an
insight into a country which is currently off-limits to journalists.
The groups were given equipment and trained by EIA in their capacity
building program (http://www.eia-international.org/cgi/news/news.cgi?t=template&a=428&source=).

Q&A and discussion.

At the same time as the screenings an exhibition will take place of
images by Handcrafted films and the EIA showing the unique nature of
Indonesia’s forest communities.

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