“Od mnoštva informacija više ne znamo šta je dobro a šta loše, šta je istina a šta laž. Danas svako može da produkuje vesti, što je dobro sa stanovišta slobode, ali istovremeno dovodi do prezasićenja.”
“Učenje i neodustajanje su tajne uspeha, ali je potrebno i da umete da se snađete u svetu oko sebe. Koliko god da ste veliki stručnjak, ako to ne umete – poješće vas nestručnjaci koji umeju.”
Forbes Communications Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Executives in Communications, Marketing, and PR.
Belgrade, August 8th 2018 — Tanja Tatomirovic, Communications Lead for CEE Multi-Country region in Microsoft, has been accepted into the Forbes Communications Council, an invitation-only community for executives in communications, marketing, and public relations.
Tanja joins other Forbes Communications Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.
Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.
„Aside from being exceptionally honored with the invitation to join Forbes Communications Council, above everything I do believe that this is a great opportunity to additionally highlight and enhance PR and Communications role in broader community. Public relations are important in every aspect and these are the relations that our company and whole of Microsoft team in the region and worldwide nurtures and develops with great care,” said Tanja Tatomirović, on the occasion of joining the Forbes Council.
Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Tanja Tatomirovic into the community. Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”
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This article is published via Thrive Global portal: Selfie: it is not a novelty in the human desire for (self-)expression
Nowadays, for most people everyday life comprises a comprehensive use of modern technologies, communications in the digital world as well as sharing information and content in real time via a large number of social networks. Mobile – Smart phones are with us almost all the time but their initial, primary function – telephone conversation – is increasingly giving way to other forms of online communication.
At one of the last conferences on the subject of arts in the United States, Marcus Romer, an actor and director, stated that while it took 38 years for radio to reach 50 million users from its founding, on the other hand, it took 13 years for television, Facebook achieved the same success in just two years. This is an indication of how the future of communication based on information technology is uncertain because the options are immeasurable, and the speed of development is unknown. (Tatomirović T., „Virtuelno komuniciranje u budućnosti: upotreba i zloupotreba”, CM Časopis za upravljanje komuniciranjem [“Virtual communication in the future: the use and abuse”, CM Journal for communications management,] 7/2008, 103-112.)
If we look at commercials for mobile phones only superficially, we will notice that few of them show people as they talk. Most commercials contain scenes with young smiling customers who are shooting entertaining photos, usually selfies (self-portrait photography), intended for sharing on social networks.
The use of modern technology in all aspects of life also inevitably affects the way we view and experience the world and people around us and the way we see ourselves in the environment. Photos of others, and more and more of ourselves, as well as portraits and self-portraits that we make with an unprecedented ease – are provided to us by tools that are no longer the privilege of a small number of people, but the mass means of communication.
The connection between the latest technological solutions and social networks has offered a platform in which a self-portrait gets its own mass version in the form of selfies and its visibility and distribution has been supported by sharing information in real time.
Opinions differ over whether the selfie is just a reflection of narcissism or it may represent a process of self-exploration, or a deeper needs to communicate with other people through the images – photos, reflections of ourselves. In this context, this paper deals with the question of whether through selfies their authors primarily want to “impose” themselves to the views of others or the communication which may be developed from such interactions is also important to them.
In relation to these issues, this paper analyzes the findings published in 2015 in the International Journal of Communication no. 9, which were reached by two teams of scientist exploring the potential importance of selfies, – Dr. David Nemer and Dr. Guo Freeman, and Dr. Theresa Senft and Dr. Nancy Baym, as well as the views of the authors of traditional self-portraits such as Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. This issue is dealt with by Dr. Pamela Rutledge, an expert on the subject of relations between psychology and media technologies within her work published on the portal Psychology Today.com (Rutledge, 2013).
Furthermore, monitoring hashtag #selfie on the social network Twitter, for a period of four weeks, from August 11 2016 to September 7 2016 (https://www.tvitni.com/campaign/at3PJ/mxh9Nv4,2016.) provided a quantitative analysis, i.e. an insight into the data on the number of users, in this case of the Twitter social network, which were during a randomly selected period in some way engaged in online activities that were related to digital self-portraits (selfies). Thus, we want to show that, although it is not a novelty in the human desire for (self-)expression, the frequency of the phenomenon definitely takes on a whole new dimension thanks to modern technologies and new media.
The aim of this study was to confirm the hypothesis that selfie, as a form of communication via self- portrait, is not basically a novelty but it is the phenomenon which is the result of the technological development, as well as to try to explain the purpose of self-portrayal ie. selfie phenomenon.
Selfie and a painting self-portrait as its forerunner
People have always felt the need to present themselves to others, but also to themselves, and thus the first known self-portraits emerged along with the improvement of the process of the mirror production during the Renaissance. Until the nineteenth century, they were most often created only by painters like the pioneer of self-portraiting, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).
The development of cameras and photos has enabled more people to capture themselves, of course with the cost and time which were linked with the development of the film. The first known photographic self-portrait was made by Robert Cornellius in 1839 (www.petapixel.com, 2014) ..
Digital cameras and the Internet have facilitated for an even greater number of people to share with others the moments they recorded themselves in a short period of time. Then, the twenty-first century has brought smart mobile phones with front-facing camera (iPhone 4 was released later in 2010), as well as social networks focused on photo and video content, such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook , YouTube and others.
In its proclamation of the word “selfie” for the “word of 2013”, the Oxford Dictionary has stated that the reason for its proclamation that very year was that it had not gained wider popularity from the moment when it was first used in 2002 on an online forum until 2012 – but it experienced enormous expansion in 2013. Analyzing the frequency of the use of these words, the Oxford Dictionary has stated that it was used even 17,000% more in 2013 than in the previous year.
The word “selfie” was included in the Oxford Dictionary by the definition: “A photo of oneself, typically taken with one’s smartphone or webcam and posted on social networking site.” (Oxford University Press, 2013)
In order to be able to make a parallel between selfies and a traditional self-portrait, it is necessary to take into account the definition of the word “self-portrait”: “Portrait of oneself made by an artist and the word “portrait”: “A painting, drawing, photograph, engraving of a person – especially the one that displays only the face or head and shoulders” (Oxford Dictionaries) . From this, we can conclude that the only difference between selfies and traditional self-portrait is that the first does not have to be made by a famous artist, but by any person who subsequently may also become famous after the selfie was being shared on social networks.
Drawing parallels between selfies and self-portraits in the context of art analyses and evaluations is not something that this paper deals with. Another type of parallel will be discussed and it refers to the essence of what exists in both forms of auto-portrayal, and that is the communication with the reader.
Distribution and popularity of selfies can certainly be associated with the mass availability of technologies and platforms that allow them, but there is another aspect, the one that relates to human needs and desires. Most people see and experience themselves through relationships with others, beyond how other people see them.
The need to present ourselves to others in a certain way, and so to participate in creating a perception of who we are, also lies in the basis of older versions of (self)portraits. Throughout human history, painting, sculpturing or stonemasoning material have not always been easily and widely available and those who could afford the resources and talent to create works of art also sought to create their portraits, primarily as a form of documentation, “capturing” or status. Thanks to technological solutions, selfie excludes “intermediaries” (the artist who would make a portrait), but not the need to say or express something through the display, image of ourselves.
The past and the impact of technology on the development of the prevalence of self-portraits
How important are selfies in social and cultural terms, and whether their great presence contributed to a better communication among people – are issues dealt with by the International Journal of Communications no. 9, from 2015. It implied that selfie fosters relationships, communication between people who share, comment or like them – and therefore may serve to convey the deeper messages. (International Journal of Communications No. 9, Introduction, 2015)
This description, which unlike the Oxford dictionary also states interaction between people, and not just the act of posting photos on the social network, is also supplemented by explaining that the interaction is enabled through technological factors. Selfie exists thanks to mobile phones, computers and the Internet. This very technology is responsible for the fact that original selfie, which is made in real time and for the first time shared – will become a part of the infrastructure of the digital space – and therefore outlive the moment and place of its creation. (International Journal of Communications No. 9, Introduction, 2015)
From the cultural point of view, the selfie can contribute to a better understanding of different cultures, their traditions, the acceptance or rejection of various phenomena and attitudes. By detailed monitoring of online trends, we can come to the conclusion whether and how a certain attitude/message is expressed through selfie, accepted by people of different genders, ages, economic statuses, skin colors, religions etc. In short, selfie can help spread an opinion and accelerate discussion about it.
Opinions differ regarding the fact that the selfie is a phenomenon that primarily affects the society in a positive (encouraging communication and exchange of views) or a negative way (alienating us and satisfying our narcissism or objectivization).
Dr. David Nemer and Dr. Guo Freeman of the University of Indiana, in an article entitled “Empowering the marginalized: reflecting upon selfies in the slums of Brazil” (International Journal of Communications No. 9, Nemer and Freeman, 2015) say that exploring the phenomenon of selfies in Brazilian favelas they reached a conclusion that young people who live in them use selfies “to talk about the violence in their area, to document their lives and to inform their parents that they are safe during the day.” They post selfies on social networks as a form of realization of freedom of speech, interconnection, sharing of information which may be of vital importance. Therefore, selfies become a very important and powerful tool for expressing social and personal attitudes and concerns, as well as the means by which young people in the favelas document their lives. (International Journal of Communications No. 9, Nemer and Freeman, “Empowering the marginalized: thinking about selfies in the slums of Brazil, 2015)
Documenting personal life situations, statuses and the impact of broader social developments on an individual can be found in the self-portraits by famous painters.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is considered to be one of the most important painters of self-portraits. During his life, he made nearly 100 self-portraits, but he is not the greatest so much due to the number of self-portraits, but due to reality of his self-portraits. He painted himself as a young, old, poor, rich, serious, smiling man… He analyzed himself and his life’s ups and downs – trying to document them as closely as possible.
Looking at his works, three stages of creating self-portraits can be recognized, each of which has portrayed a situation which he was in. His early self-portraits give the impression of freshness, curiosity, creativity and desire to undergo self-experiment and research. Then, followed a phase of life in which he was recognized, famous, respected and wealthy. Self-portraits from this period reflect the dignity, although they seem to have lost the immediacy that distinguished the previous period. Before the end of his life, impoverished Rembrandt returned to a more direct and introspective style of self-portrayal.
Although Rembrandt’s work, such as Night Watch and numerous portraits of his contemporaries, are among the most famous artistic works of this period, self-portraits are distinguished by their wider significance. Art historian James Hall even believes that: “In a way, self-portraits are what makes Rembrandt famous more than his art. Copies of his early portraits were distributed everywhere, so that everyone knows what he looked like even though they never saw another work of Rembrandt’s” (Hall, 2014)
While Rembrandt sought to portray himself as closely as possible – both in the spiritual as well as in the physical sense – other great painters of selfies from later eras were replacing physical reality with imagination and allegory, or simplified it – at the same time trying to primarily depict their spiritual condition in self-portraits.
Among them is Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), the author of more than 30 self-portraits. In his letter to his sister, van Gogh wrote: “I am searching for a deeper resemblance than that which a photographer manages to achieve.”
He wrote to his brother: “… it is difficult to know oneself. But it is not easy to paint oneself. Portraits which were painted by Rembrandt are more of the viewing of nature, they are more like a revelation.”
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) represented her mental and physical pain by over-painting her broken body. Often staying alone and bedridden, Kahlo said: “I paint myself because I am often alone and because I am a model who I know best.”
This sentence largely explains the urge to make selfies. People still know themselves best, so it is not surprising that they selected themselves as models that they show and explore. Therefore, behind selfies can stand and a deeper desire for self-exploration, not only mere vanity, narcissism or the tendency of self-objectivization.
In the aforementioned International Journal of Communications no. 9 – Dr. Theresa Senft and Dr. Nancy Baym oppose the generalized opinion about selfies as a reliable indicator of narcissism and vanity.
Most young people have less need for privacy than the people of the older generations, and therefore they make more selfies and are more active on social networks. Their selfies can be a reflection of vanity, but not always – but we must consider the fact that selfies are also made by politicians in order to convey an attitude, celebrities to get closer to the fans, ordinary people who want to make someone laugh (International Journal of Communications No. 9, Baym and Senft, 2015).
Addressing the possible link between taking selfies and low self-esteem, dependency and narcissism, the authors claim that “… we have not seen a single reviewed work of scientific literature that demonstrates convincingly that the creation of selfies and mental illness are correlated.”
In other words, selfies in most cases cannot be linked to the development of mental illnesses and the desire to impose on others, but it can be linked to the need to people connect and communicate with other and convey a message to them.
Dr. Pamela Rutledge also wrote about selfies impact on everyday life on the website of “Psychology Today”: “People are social animals, governed by the need to stay connected and respected in society. We all want to be appreciated, respected and included in groups that are important to us.” In these groups, it is possible to express one’s attitude, belonging to a or the artistic gift. Selfie can help others to analyze us and better meet through the large number of photographs. It can be a tool in ensuring acceptance by those whose opinion we care about or the incentive to self-analysis. With selfies, it is possible to win or lose supporters and fans, it is possible to be yourself in real life too, or play a role. (www.psychologytoday.com, Rutledge, 2013)
Not even in the context of creating different roles and personae, selfie does not deviate too much from such form of communication applied in the art of earlier periods.
The pop-art artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) had no desire to represent himself realistically, either in the physical or the mental sense. “Who wants the truth? That’s what business is for – to prove that it does not matter what you are, but what they think you are“, Warhol wrote in 1980.
Creating a traditional portrait in the past, and digital self-portraits – selfies today – certainly does not provide arguments for the equalization of these two processes. However, the space for analyzing similarities found in communication and interaction that is consciously or unconsciously initiated in relation to the author and the viewer. In this sense, modern technologies and global networking are a means that make this type of communication more widespread and transform it into a sort of a phenomenon.
A quantitative analysis of the hashtag #selfie on Twitter may also show us to what extent the phenomenon of selfies is widespread and which scope it has (performed by a service www.Tvitni.com). Until a decade ago, hashtag or the symbol # meant only a term that refers to phones or is marked only by the term “sharp” in the music field. All these perceptions have changed in the meantime, but this simple symbol represents one of the basic tools for communication and has grown into a phenomenon of popular culture without which the communication on online channels is almost no longer possible and is increasingly expanding in communication outside social networks.
Analysis of hashtags has been conducted for four weeks (period from November 8 2016 to September 7 2016). Research has shown that the total number of original tweets with the hashtag #selfie amounted to 199,629, while together with retweets (repetition, quotation of tweets) that number increased to 291,717. In addition, 147,584 people marked the activities with the hashtag #selfie as the content they like in this period.
The aforementioned tweets, retweets and likes comes from the 152,733 Twitter users.
However, when taking into account all users’ followers (potential reach) – we come to a remarkable fact – during less than four weeks, there were as many as 547,697,200 of them. More than half a million people were in some way involved in online activities related to the hashtag #selfie.
Since the analysis was performed only on one social network, without taking into account the media like Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat (primarily intended for sharing photos and video content) – it is clear that mobile technology and social networks played a major role in turning selfies in global social phenomenon.
Traditional and digital self-portraits are essentially formed as products of the same aspirations – to capture the moment of one’s life and to offer it to the insight and analysis of others. In this way, a self-portrait, as well as a selfie, open up the possibility of creating relationships and communication between the author and the viewer.
In the case of selfies, considering their value might choose a negative approach and interpret the popularity of this trend as a reflection of the overwhelming crisis of society. However, the angle of viewing may be similar to the attitudes presented by the Dr. Pamela Rutledge (Psychology Today – selfies: Narcissism or Self-Exploration?, Rutlidge, 2013), where it is clear that there are potential positive and constructive aspects of creating and sharing selfies. Self-analysis and understanding of one’s own identity can significantly improve a transparent and open communication with others, where viewing oneself by the eyes of others can also help in the growth and development of personality.
The result of the analysis of the representation of #selfie hashtag on Twitter says a lot about the potential power of this phenomenon. Through it, the large number of people any information can be transmitted to suggest something – or research public opinion. In other words, the real power of a selfie lies not in self-promotion, but in the promotion of an idea – and connecting people.
It remains to be monitored how this type of interaction will thrive, i.e. how the growing development of technology and the increasing digital networking will affect the communication and exchange of notions that we have about each other and ourselves.
Rembrandt had the talent and time to document his life on canvas. Most people today have none of these two preconditions – but they have the front camera on their smartphones, and an incredible number of people who they can potentially get in contact with through social networks, to present them an idea and to perceive themselves – through their eyes, and their own photo, too.
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This article is published via Thrive Global portal: Do you have the strenght to play the Game all over again?
DO YOU HAVE THE STRENGHT TO PLAY THE GAME ALL OVER AGAIN?
How much death can a man take? How long is my Pacman game going to last and when is Pacman going to win and eat everything that crosses his way?
One of my first memories is the memory of death. I was two years old. I was standing next to a heavy two-and-a-half-meter high wooden gate at the end of the passage and slumped in a corner to watch Gaga being taken away. Gaga was a woman who lived in a part of the old German house where my grandmother and grandfather had moved in after the war. Several young men took her out on a stretcher… put her in the van and drove away. The gate was closed. In her will, Gaga left her part of the house to my grandmother. The walls were painted. Pacman was making a party.
If this is your first memory in life, all the deaths come as the continuation of the game. It bites off a piece by piece…, and you have no idea how many pieces there are in the advanced version of the game called life.
Pacman attacked me when I was just a few years older. My mom had her kidney pulled out. Her seven-year-old child stood next to her silently. Pacman bit another piece of me.
My mom came home. She was lying in bed for days. Žuća the parrot which we let out of the cage was sitting on her shoulder all day and making her company. Shortly after that, Žuća died because of the stress caused by Dad’s colleague’s unruly children kicking the cage. Pacman had a good meal that day. A part of me was gone.
He was still attacking me … and the game was never reset. The game was double or nothing. I wasn’t adept.
When I was not even 12 years old, my mom’s dad died. I loved him just like my mom. Pacman said: “I am winning, but you can get an extension of the game if you feed your grandfather last.” I agreed to the extra time. I swallowed Pacman and he has been biting me inside since then. I still don’t like the little orange bowl which I sometimes come across in the family home. I have fed my grandfather from it and got the extra time from it.
When I was 16, my dad’s sister died. Pacman said: “I am winning, but you have a challenge if you want to have another life. You’re going to be the last one who cuts your aunt’s hair.” Double or nothing. I was the last who cut my aunt’s hair.
When I was 20, the grandfather, whom I often mention as someone who has been married five times to four women, died. I got the opportunity to skip a level and avoid that Pacman and that is what I did. The grandfather was not my favorite one.
At the same time, Pacman told me over the phone that my elementary school crush was ill with brain cancer … but that by including some other players, he stays in the game.
Twenty years later – I didn’t have a spare life to give it to him.
At the age of 25, I got married for love, young and crazy, which does not necessarily go together because I am now less young but still crazy. When I got divorced at the age of 35, although it would mean a few extra lives as a reward, the big-tooth Pacman came following me everywhere where we used to go shopping, spending our summer vacation, drink coffee … to take a bite out of me every time and reduce the number of lives every time.
In this game I got a plane to fly over the levels … I was flying over them, but a lot of passengers were actually hidden dangers that were taking away the energy.
I have arrived at the Frankfurt airport from Malta and a vicious German Pacman met me at the terminal and said: “Entschuldigen Sie mir bitte, your mom will pass away, it’s just a matter of few hours. “Can I risk anything to skip this level?” I asked. “No, you’ve lost all possibilities …”
My mother died on April 2. At the age of 41, I yelled that I want my mom, but Pacman came and pressed the “mute” button.
That same year, my life partner number 2 appeared, a tough guy from the streets of Germany and Belgrade with soul, decided to move to the next level of the game, sit in a plane, use all backup points and go away from here. It was a one-seat airplane. Pacman was clapping his jaw and approaching me.
The game was now close to the end. The level of life was in the red.
There was some new energy. It cost a lot, I had to clench my teeth and risk and say: “Ok, Tanja, so that Pacman does not eat you now alive, clench your teeth and take all your energy. Bet it all. Life is a gamble. It’s not smart, but you live today and not tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow all the batteries will be wasted and there will be no more games.”
And so it was.
However, the last remaining energy was being wasted faster than ever before by giving dangerous signals that my Pacman, the one from the beginning of the game when people from the undertaker’s company took Gaga away on the verge of victory.
Although having been muted, the game started to beep … Red alert … and the “Do you want to stop and to upgrade the game?” button.
“Yes!” – I pushed a button.
The screen was black.
A few days later, the messages was still there: “Please Be Patient With Us! The End Product Will Be Well Worth The Wait …” with the plane in one corner and Pacman in the other. I chose the plane, paid it with extra energy, and the message will still be there until the plane takes me to where I belong – whether to the place where Pacman is or where he is gone.
And, yes, the game is still beeping. We are in the red … even when we are on the plane.
So Pacman is eating even the last parts of my life, and I am waiting for the game to upgrade… the message “Please Be Patient With Us! The End Product Will Be Well Worth The Wait” is still there. When is the upgrade is going to be complete and how — it is uncertain. You know how it goes with technology … same as with life. You may get only blue screen. Uncertain, until someone wins or turns off the power and says: “Go away, god damn it, I will play without the purpose to win the game. Because I love the game and want to play now! Tomorrow I might not be here, either. I will play until my batteries last.”
In such a game, my opponent is just me. And yours is just you.
Do you have the strength to turn a game?
IMAŠ LI SNAGE DA OBRNEŠ IGRICU?
Koliko jedan čovek može smrti da podnese? Koliko je duga moja Pacman igrica i kada te Pacman pobedi i pojede sve pred sobom?
Jedno od mojih prvih sećanja je sećanje o smrti. Imala sam dve godine. Stajala sam pored teške dvoipometarske drvene kapije kojom se završavao ajnfor i zbijena u ćošak gledala kako odnose Gagu. Gaga je bila žena koja je živela u delu švapske kuće u koju su se posle rata uselili moji baba i deda. Nekoliko mladića iznelo ju je na nosilima… unelo u kombi i odvezlo. Kapija se zatvorila. Gaga je testamentom ostavila svoj deo kuće mojoj babi. Zidovi su okrečeni. Pacman je pravio žurku.
Kada ti je to prvo sećanje u životu, sve smrti ti dođu kao nastavak igrice. Grize jedan po jedan deo…, a pojma nemaš koliko delova ima u toj naprednoj verziji igrice zvane život.
Pacman me je napao kada sam imala samo nekoliko godina više. Mami su izvadili bubreg. Njeno dete od sedam godina stajalo je pored nje bez reči. Pacman mi je gricnuo još deo.
Mama je došla kući. Ležala je danima u krevetu. Papagaj Žuća kog smo puštali iz kaveza po ceo dan je sedeo na njenom ramenu i pravio joj društvo. Nedugo potom Žuća je ginuo od stresa izazvanog šutiranjem kaveza od strane razuzdane dece tatinog kolege. Pacman je dobro večerao tog dana. Deo mene je nestao.
Napadao me je i dalje… a igrica se nikada nije resetovala. Igrali smo na sve ili ništa. Nisam bila spretna.
Kada sam imala manje od 12 umro je mamin tata. Volela sam ga kao i mamu. Pacman je rekao „Pobeđujem, ali možeš da dobiješ produžetak igrice ako nahraniš poslednja dedu.“ Pristala sam na produžetke. Progutala sam Pacmana da bi od tada počeo da me grize iznutra. I dan danas ne volim malu narandžastu činiju koju ponekad sretnem u porodičnoj kući. Iz nje sam hranila dedu i iz nje sam dobila produžetke.
Kada sam imala 16, umrla je tatina sestra. Pacman je rekao „Pobeđujem, ali imaš izazov ako želiš da dobiješ još jedan život. Ti ćeš biti poslednja koja će ošišati tetku.“ Sve ili ništa. Poslednja sam ošišala tetku.
Kada sam imala 20, umro je onaj deda kog često pominjem kao nekog ko se ženio pet puta sa četiri žene. Dobila sam mogućnost da preskočim nivo i izbegnem tog Pacmana i to sam uradila. Deda mi nije bio omiljen.
Istih tih godina Pacman mi je javio telefonom da je moja ljubav iz osnovnoškolskih dana obolela od tumora na mozgu… ali da ulaganjem nekih drugih igrača ostaje u igrici.
Dvadesetak godina kasnije – nisam imala rezervni život da mu ga poklonim.
U mojih 25 udala sam se iz ljubavi, mlada i luda, što nužno ne ide zajedno jer sam danas manje mlada, a opet luda. Kada sam se sa 35 razvela, iako je to značilo nekoliko dodatnih života kao nagradu, došao je veliki debeli zubati Pacman da me prati na svim mestima gde smo kupovali, letovali, pili kafe… da me svaki put gricne i smanji broj života.
U igrici sam dobila avion da preletim nivoe… preletala sam ih, ali su mnogi putnici zapravo bili skrivene opasnosti koje su oduzimale energiju.
Stigla sam do frankfurtskog aerodroma vraćajući se sa Malte i na terminalu me je sačekao neki opaki nemački Pacman koji je rekao „Entschuldigen Sie mir bitte, ostaćete bez mame, radi se o samo nekoliko sati.“ „Mogu li uložiti bilo šta da preskočim nivo?“ pitala sam. „Ne, izgubili ste sve mogućnosti…“
Mama je umrla 2. aprila. Sa 41 godinom života vrištala sam na sav glas da hoću svoju mamu na glas, ali je Pacman prišao i stsinuo „mute“.
Te iste godine, moj životni saputnik broj 2, čvrsti momak sa nemačkog i beogradskog asfalta, ali meke duše, odlučio je da pređe na drugi nivo igrice, sedne u avion, potroši sve rezervne bodove i ode odavde. Bio je avion jednosed. Pacman je kliktao vilicom i bio mi sve bliži.
Igrica se bližila kraju. Nivo života je bio na crvenom.
Pojavila se nova energija. Koštala je mnogo, morala sam da stisnem zube i rizikujem i kažem „Ok, Tanja, da te Pacman ne bi sad pojeo do kraja, stisni zube i uzmi svu energiju. Uloži sve. Život je kocka. Nije pametno, ali živiš danas, a ne sutra. Sutra možda sve baterije pocrkaju i igrice više neće ni biti.“
Tako je i bilo.
No, taj poslednji ostatak energije trošio se brže nego ikada pre dajući opasne signale da je moj Pacman, onaj sa početka igrice kada su ljudi iz Pogrebnog odneli Gagu, na domak pobede.
Iako na “mute”, igrica je počela da pišti… Crvena upozorenja… i dugme „Do you want to stop and to upgrade the game?“
„Yes!“ – stisnula sam dugme.
Ekran se zacrneo.
Nekoliko dana kasnije poruka i dalje vrti „Please Be Patient With Us! The End Product Will Be Well Worth The Wait…“ sa avionom u jednom uglu i Pacmanom u drugom. Izabrala sam avion, platila ga dodatnom energijom, a poruka će se vrteti dok avion ne stigne da me odveze ili doveze gde pripadam – da li tamo gde je Pacman ili gde ga više nema.
I, da, igrica i dalje pišti. Na crvenom smo… čak i kada smo u avionu.
Tako Pacman jede i poslednje delove mog života, a ja čekam da se igrica upgradeuje… poruka „Please Be Patient With Us! The End Product Will Be Well Worth The Wait…“ je i dalje tu. Kada će se upgrade završiti i kako – neizvesno je. Znate kako je to sa tehnologijom… isto kao i sa životom. Možda dobiješ samo blue screen. Neizvesno, dok neko ne pobedi ili isključi struju i kaže „Marš, bre, igraću bez namere da pobedim. Igraću jer volim i želim da igram sad! Sutra me možda neće ni biti! Igram dok moje baterije traju!“
U takvoj igrici protivnik meni sam samo ja. I tebi samo ti.
Imaš li snage da obrneš igricu?
Distinct growth of populism which expands on the global scene in the last ten years, and can primarily be explained by economic and political considerations, but special attention should be paid to the media, specifically online media platforms. Internet and more networked global society provides almost unlimited freedom to use social networks and online media, and thus redefining the limits of freedom of expression.
Most of the developed societies define the frameworks of freedom of opinion and expression, as well as the communication in the media by a series of legal regulations, but when we speak about the Internet as a medium – the situation is much more complicated because of its inherent characteristics of anonymity, fluidity and openness.
Social networks and online media as a platform from which the wide variety of beliefs could be promoted with near absolute freedom, are especially suitable for political or public communication, which favors the width of the audience, mobility and constant availability of information that is interspersed with incredible speed. In relation to that, there is a question to what extent such a platform leaves space for objective reporting, detailed analysis as well as for thoughtful, balanced and constructive criticism and communication.
Supported with case studies, this paper will consider the role that online media and social networks can play in the advancement of populism and promoting the type of communication that characterizes populist way of thinking and expression in Serbia political scene. It seems that the only safe rule of online media engagement at constant acquisition and sharing of information is the one that should enable the greatest ‘flow’, i.e. the highest number of hits and “shares”.
The case study that has been used in the paper is the empirical analysis of the online media sample in Serbia and their reporting on the situation – “affair” in which an opposition party member of the parliament used the Twitter social network to express his inappropriate comment about the ruling party. A selected example should show the way in which the announcement of news and information on online media and social networks, as a platform of mass communication, can contribute to a wider acceptance of the populist approach in public discussions and exchange of criticism of opposing political parties.
Due to the nature of these digital platforms of communication which leaves space for set-up and giving comments on information and news in real time, the two-way impact that occurs between online media and their users must be considered. In this context, the work will reflect on the nature of the comments of analyzed online news in the analysis of case studies in order to display a more comprehensive image of the exchange of information and views with strong populist attitudes.
The role of new media in the development and rise of populism is complex but indisputable. In the last couple of decades, there were exceptional changes in the way the media and the public/political speech function whereas internet and new media influence on the ways in which we receive, seek and prosecute news and information in an increasingly important way. The audience is changing and the traditional media are facing different user needs. Such reality leads to a transition from “newspaper publishers” to “information content provider”, a quest for profit on the Internet, a growing interest in investing in the management according to the model of “integrated newsroom” through the production and delivery of news. This model of media organization aims to adapt adequately to the same requirements of the environment and thus achieve optimal results.
Here, the key factor is the perception that the interactivity with the audience/users is an inseparable part of the online media space and that such a relationship is changing the role of the media, but also the audience itself as well as those who communicate with the audience through the media.
Traditional media and their online versions, but also social networks, are the most powerful modern platform of populist ideas. Speed, wide availability and security provided by the anonymity of the Internet to a large extent – all these are instruments invaluable for publishing attitudes that are primarily characterized by unambiguous and simplified views on certain issues.
Such Internet dominance in a globally networked society seriously shakes confidence in political systems, and the nature of the “network” is transmitted to all spheres of society. Types of civic engagement, level of trust in political institutions/systems, as well as the relationship that is created between them – varies from one society to another, and here we come/go back to a space that allows the development of populism and populist discourse.
[Full article is available in Serbian language here]
At the age of 11, somewhere back in 1984, I wrote an application to increase the allowance to Tatomirović family council, which consisted of mom, dad and me. Inflation had eaten away my budget and I acted as an equal member of the council of each family. The request had an appropriate date, a stamp, as well as an appropriate facsimile next to my signature. A couple of years before that, the family council had decided to motivate me with such a gift, because my mom was in hospital, and I was pretty terrified of her absence, or, even more, of the time that I spent with my dad, so I wanted to formalize my requests, pleas, feelings and desires. By facsimile. To my family. To my home council.
My parents, being afraid that I will become a spoiled only child, got me involved in all discussions, resolving dilemmas, decisions about buying cars, furniture, about travel, about family budget… I had a right to say that I think they are wrong, that someone has made a mistake. I had a right to characterize grandma’s actions as wrong, but also to point out to my dad that it is his mom and that he may be very similar to the grandmother, and so may I. I had a right to raise my hand and rebuff a decision concerning the savings and the purpose of the budget.
We had our ups and downs, Dad’s infrequent stays at home, my mother’s mind and her sensibility, all in one package. We had a tough time when my dad wanted to take another woman into our home because why would any Muslim be better than him, so he has only one, and they have four. There was also hard time because of my grandfather, who had written his will 19 times. The family council has analyzed and perceived each of the stones on our way of life and resolved in some way, no matter how hard it was. Together. There was also hard time with my other grandfather, my mother’s father, who suddenly fell ill and quickly passed away. Hard times with my mother’s illness seemed like a space diagnosis and completely confused both herself and us around her so much that only a few years later we realized what actually lupus is, when we sat down, and, as always, tried to consider all aspects of each “external enemy”. And when my mom shot at dad, because, as she put it, she was fed up with his ideas, our little family home was in session to analyze that act.
At 24 years of age, I left our home. Our little family council did not work well that year, I quit the role in the family and left. No decision, decree, open or diplomatic threat was relevant. At 25, I got married … at 34, I got divorced because I was not able to establish a new family council. At 37, I tried again … and I failed. It has always been Russia and America, opposing sides, lack of support and trust. Always some attitudes, suspicion, accusations and compromises, although I cannot say that there was no love. But, there never was a family Council.
Today, at 43 years of age, I am not asking for much. I am asking for a family council again.
I am looking for love. Confidence. I am looking for a best friend. I am looking for commitment. I am looking for balls on both sides. I am looking for understanding. Everything on both sides. I am not looking for the cold war. Diplomacy. Compromises and lex specialises. I do not want double standards. I do not want paranoia. I do not want to indecision. Selfishness. Egoism. Fear without cause. Fears with cause. I do not want that at all.
I just want a family council. Not more or less than an ordinary family council which considers everything from all sides and makes decisions. It can do even without any facsimiles. Signed with a simple emotion and a sense of belonging. With a feeling of confidence. Just as the family council was usual back in 1984 when I asked for the increased allowance which was seriously eaten away by inflation … And If I had not got it, I would have felt good, because then I, so little, knew that next time everything will be okay … because family council will always find a way so that everything is okay. With decision. With sense. Sensitivity. CONFIDENCE. .. as the only facsimile that is important.
Sa 11 godina, negde davne 1984., pisala sam kućnom savetu porodice Tatomirović, koju su činili mama, tata i ja, molbu za povećanje džeparca. Inflacija je nagrizala moj budžet i ja sam delovala kao svaki ravnopravan član kućnog saveta. Zahtev je imao uredan datum, udaren pečatom datumarom, kao i uredni faksimil pored mog potpisa. Kućni savet je par godina ranije odlučio da me motiviše takvim poklonom, jer je mama bila u bolnici, a ja prilično preplašena njenim odsustvom, ili, više, vremenom koje sam provodila sa tatom, pa sam želela da formalizujem svoje zahteve, molbe, osećanja i htenja. Faksimilom. Svojoj porodici. Svom kućnom savetu.
Moji roditelji su me, plašeći se da ne postanem razmažena jedinica, uključivali u sve rasprave, rešavanje dilema, odluke oko kupovine auta, nameštaja, oko putovanja, oko kućnog budžeta… Ja sam imala pravo da kažem da mislim da nisu u pravu, da je neko pogrešio. Imala sam pravo da okarakterišem babine postupke kao loše, ali i da napomenem tati da je to njegova mama i da je, moguće, i on vrlo sličan, a onda i ja, babi. Imala sam pravo da dignem ruku i oborim odluku vezanu za štednju i namenu budžeta.
Imali smo uspone, padove, tatine retke boravke kod kuće, mamin razum i njenu osećajnost, sve u paketu. Imali smo teška vremena kada je tata želeo da dovede u kuću još jednu ženu, jer zašto je bilo koji Musliman bolji od njega, pa on ima samo jednu, a oni i po četiri. Teška vremena i sa dedom, koji je 19 puta pisao testament. Kućni savet je svaki od kamenja na tom našem putu života analizirao, sagledavao i, koliko god teško bilo, rešavao na neki način. Zajednički. Naišla su bolna vremena sa drugim dedom, maminim ocem, koji se iznenada razboleo i brzo nas napustio. Bolna vremena sa maminom bolešću koja je izgledala kao svemirska dijagnoza i potpuno zbunila i nju samu i nas oko nje, da smo tek posle nekoliko godina shvatili šta je to lupus ustvari, kada smo seli i, kao i uvek, pokušali da razmotrimo sve aspekte svakog “spoljnog neprijatelja”. I kad je mama pucala na tatu, jer joj je, kako je rekla, „dokurčio“ sa njegovim idejama, naš mali kućni savet je zasedao da analizira taj čin.
Sa 24 godine sam otišla od kuće. Naš mali kućni savet nije najbolje radio te godine, ja sam dala ostavku na ulogu u porodici i otišla. Nikakve odluke, dekreti, otvorene ili diplomatske pretnje nisu bile bitne. Sa 25 sam se udala… sa 34 razvela, …jer nisam uspela da oformim novi kućni savet. Sa 37 sam pokušala ponovo… i nisam uspela. Uvek su to bili Rusija i Amerika, suprotstavljene strane, manjak podrške i poverenja. Uvek neki stavovi, podozrenja, optužbe i kompromisi, iako ne mogu da kažem da nije bilo i ljubavi. Ali, kućnog saveta nikad.
Danas, sa svoje 43 ne tražim mnogo. Opet tražim samo kućni savet.
Tražim ljubav. Poverenje. Tražim najboljeg druga. Tražim odlučnost. Tražim muda na obe strane. Tražim razumevanje. Sve na obe strane. Ne tražim hladni rat. Nikakvu diplomatiju. Nikakve kompromise i lex specialise. Ne želim dvostruke standarde. Ne želim paranoju. Ne želim neodlučnost. Sebičluk. Egoizam. Strahove bez povoda. Strahove sa povodom. Nikako to ne želim.
Želim samo kućni savet. Ni manje ni više nego običan kućni savet koji razmatra sve sa svih strana i donosi odluke. Može i bez faksimila. Potpisano običnom emocijom i osećajem pripadnosti. Osećajem poverenja. Kao što je bio običan i onaj kućni savet 1984., kada sam tražila povećanje džeparca kog je ozbiljno nagrizala inflacija… I da ga nisam dobila, osećala bih se dobro, jer bih i tada, tako mala, znala da će sledeći put sve biti u redu… jer će kućni savet uvek naći način da bude sve u redu. Odlukom. Razumom. Osećajnošću. POVERENJEM…kao jedinim faksimilom koji je važan.