The new media does not feed us fully formed chunks, but broken chips and blips of imagery. We are required to piece an identity together to create a configurative or modular personality. This explains why so many millions are desperately searching for an identity.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Chocalate Prompt

Can chocalate craving actually be an addiction? Food is generally craved due to external prompts in our immediate environment, including media, and our emotional state. Boredom, anxiety or depression are conducive states before these cravings occur. Chocalate is the most frequently craved food in woman and "chocoholics" insist that it is habit-forming and produces an instant feeling of well being. It even produces withdrawal symptoms during periods of abstinence.
When eating chocalate, serotonin is released making us feel happier. These cravings commonly occur in seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pre-menstrual disorder. The sugar and fat components are also likely to contribute to the soothing and calming effects. The sugar, mild stimulant constituents. (Theobromine, a relative of caffeine, Phenyethylamine, a relative of Amphetamines) and even trace cannaboid-related natural substances(Anadamide) suggests why it could be addictive. In fact, sugar alone activates the same reward pathways in the brain involved with drug, alcohol and nicotine addictions. Chocolate do have health benefits as well, partly from the antioxidants it naturally contains. Nutrients include potassium and magnesium, some calcium and sodium and vitamins A1, B1, B2, D and E. Chocalate consumption could even improve thinking and reaction time speed probably explaining the supposed (legal) addiction.
This craving also occurs on a monthly cycle, which would suggest a hormonal basis. Chocalate contains several biologically active ingredients that is reponsible for abnormal behaviours and psychological sensations like those of other addictive substances. This results in increased salivation in the presence of chocalate and cases of more negative moods and anxiety. Although not a true addiction the combination of the appealing characteristics of chocalate such as sweetness, texture and aroma, together with hormonal and mood swings, largely explains these chocalate cravings.
The addiction could also be a lifestyle phenomenon instead of a physical one with the relentless media changes.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Fools Day

April Fools Day or All Fools Day is celebrated around the world on April 1 every year. It is not a legal holiday but is widely recognised though as a day that tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness. Traditionally, the jokes last whole day, not until noon as commonly believed, hence UK newspapers will run the topical front page only in the morning edition. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). However, academics would suggest that the restoration of January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16 Century was responsible for the holiday. This theory does not explain earlier references to the holiday. Any developments or headlines occurring on this holiday would indicate that this pastime has yet to lose the ability to generate a relentless mob of jesters. Try to stay at home and do not expose yourself to any form of media.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Golden Land struck by consecutive earthquakes

Modern changes and globalised cultural blending have yet to shudder the Myanmar people yet two strong earthquakes struck Yangon less than minute apart - not huge enough to generate a tsunami though. In the Shan state, the 7.0 magnitude quake was just 10 kilometres deep and followed by another of the same strength but far deeper: 230 kilometres as released by the US Geological Survey. The Myanmar, Thailand and Laos borders were besieged by quakes about 110 kilometres from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai. Buildings rippled in Bangkok south of the epicentre and a 55 year old woman, who was sleeping at her home died when a wall collapsed.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The 1.5 Million Dollar Dog

"A perfect specimen" of a Tibetan mastiff was purchased in China for 10 Million Yuan ($1.5 Million) to officially become the world's most expensive dog. Affectionately called "Big Splash" or "Hong Dong" in Chinese these mastiffs are an ancient breed long revered as adept guard dogs. Cross currents created by waves of change are reflected in our work, family life, sexual attitudes and personal morality. These are manifested in our lifestyle choices constructing a radically different tomorrow. Inequality, however, remains inevitable.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

John 3: 16 Day

A convergence of pressures such as the malfunctioning of the main life support systems of society and the break up of the role structure tend to produce crises in personality. Christians are not exempted from these pressures which are evident in everyday spiritual life. John 3:16 Day was suggested by a Christian radio listener and gained momentum ever since.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"
This verse obviously raises questions of the spiritual awareness every Christian aspires towards or the lack thereof. Will this day really make a difference in the lives of Christians? That ultimately becomes a personal issue.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

TVNSPORTS coverage of the ICC World Cup

Sports coverage has split into ever-multiplying, ever-changing sets of mini-markets that demand a continually expanding range of options, models, types, sizes, colours and customizations. Sports entertainment, as most sporting codes have evolved into, reflects the growing diversity of actual needs, values and lifestyles in a socially diverse society. Audiences around the world have de-massified deviating from the dated mass culture approach. Countries with a strong criket culture can now be able to view the ICC World Cup using advanced streaming technology on their PC. Highly recommended for cricket fans around the world.