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Censorship in the time of Post-Penmanship
Bill of Rights: Amendment I “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” *      *   […]
The Power of Social Media: Part II (Cont.)
Continuing the conversation on the negative repercussions of utilizing social media… *      *      * Social Media and Face-to-Face Interaction:  A few years back I had the opportunity to meet Portland, Maine artist Tanja Alexia Hollander and the creator of the Portland Museum of Art exhibit, Spring 2012, “Are You Really My Friend?” One day, […]
The Power of Social Media: Part II
Well now, here we are, caught within the ferocious throws of the tango.  We ventured forward in the Social Media Vortex, and followed with The Power of Social Media Part I.  Now we frame our partner and show them the other side view of the social media tango. *      *      * […]
McDonaldization of Language: Reality or Hype?
When I was in high school, the English department was utterly manic about conforming to very strict grammatical set of rules.  In fact, we were provided with a “Blue Sheet” that told us exactly how to structure our sentences and every thought– a very classical and conventional approach to teaching writing, right?  Rather than focusing […]
The Power of Social Media: Part I
From reading my bio, you are well aware that I am a walking contradiction.  I play with fire, yet I fear being burned.  I am a luddite, however I use the Internet and have a Facebook account.  And, perhaps to no surprise, I am a fan of playing devil’s advocate. In contrast to my dissenting post […]
Thomas Paine Page
What if Thomas Paine had social media as a resource during the American Revolution?  Oh, the things he could have done… perhaps made worse. What would his twitter handle be?  The_originalTPaine76? His legendary Common Sense would naturally be turned into blog format, while he linked his Instagram and Facebook to the blog to create more […]
Social Media Vortex
It is hard to remember the days when the realm of social media had yet to exist.  People picked up the phone and called their friends and loved ones. Children played pickle outside on the neighborhood street with all the kids on the block only needing to be home in time for dinner at 6 […]
Who I am; Who am I?
I am a dynamic figure, often heard scaling the walls of unmarked territory overhearing hidden secrets no one else should hear.  I am small, yet I rise above death and fire.  I find revolution fascinating.  The evolution of mutiny throughout our precious world history is the spark that ignites my academic drive. I am a […]
Conflict and the Viral Documentation
Image via “Working Word Blog.” Working Word Blog RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________ A few years ago, I read an ethnographic text about the recent Egyptian Revolution called Tweets from Tarhir.  The book stayed true to the observational documentary style, yet of course as in all works, displayed mild subjectivity when the authors described the […]
The Olympic Paradox
“To the athletes, you have come here with your Olympic dream. You are welcome, no matter where you come from or your background. Yes, it’s possible even as competitors to live together and to live in harmony with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason. Yes, it is possible even as competitors […]

An Introduction to the Tango

First a Definition of the Tango:

New Oxford American Dictionary defines the “tango” as “a ballroom dance originating in Buenos Aires, characterized by marked rhythms and postures and abrupt pauses.”

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The tango is a game of seduction, and like any ploy of seduction, it all begins with an astute glance of the eye.  Once eye contact is made, two bodies meet in the middle and become one.

When one body steps forward, the other moves back.  When one moves left, the other angles right.  The two move as a combative dominion that conjures immense sexual tension.  The male figure caresses his hand upon the female’s waist, yet the female figure stays framed as she positions her hand firmly atop of the male’s shoulder.

As the male speeds up the pace, the female counter attacks, yielding to his pace yet ever so slyly using her subordinance to manipulate his every move.  The dance turns into a battle of domination, passion, and intense emotion, where elements of great balance and precise movements dictate the course of the tantalizing tango.

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In this technologically driven era, the age of post-modernism has evolved into an instantaneous gratifying answer via a google search.  The very essence of hidden innuendo is gone, never to return, due to the restless culture we live in today.  Individuals who fail to understand can simply “google” their questions:  Why did the cat where a hat?  Where is Waldo?

Today, no one ever dares to suffer through the frustration of ambiguity.  We must know the answer to all!  When one fails to follow the trend of society, one potentially can lose their job, a scholarship opportunity, or in some instances, friends.  The way society works in this modern era is astonishing, and a little ludicrous.  However, it is not entirely our fault.

The creation of social media praxis began at the turn of the new millennium as a means to connect a divided world.  The idea was absolutely revolutionary— in the sense that one had the newfound ability to instantaneously bond with someone a world apart, and by the fact that users began to realize the effect social media could have on world revolution and change.

From the Egyptian Revolution to taking down an African War-Lord, social media has and continues to make an impact on society.  This online world is the new way to turn simple communication into instant conversation, proving itself to be the most influential cultural phenomenon perhaps since the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11).

In this project I undertake a creative, critical analysis of social media’s modus vivendi– the paradoxical tango between the favorable and detrimental ramifications of the Internet alongside networking praxis.  In my first post back February, I propose the overarching theme of sports vs. politics in media through the examination of the Olympic Games.  Following the Olympic paradox post, I introduce a major progressive component of social media: social revolution.  Through subsequent posts, I continue to comment upon the revolutionary aspects of social networking, investigating the positives and negatives of using the Internet for social reform.  In my last few posts, I discuss the international influence of social media and its vorticular qualities, particularly upon an individual, depicting the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Social media may appear to be a detrimental component to society as we know it; however, as always– it takes two to tango.