Ready to Sacrifice for Your Wants?

The new NETFLIX original series AR*S wants to know.

The psychological drama premiered on Friday, January 17, 2020, and not only ask what do you want but what you are prepared to sacrifice to get it.

“AR*S” stars 26-year-old Dutch actress Jade Olieberg who plays a multi-ethnic medical student who’s had enough of people in her world phoning it in. She wants more and is willing to do what’s necessary to get it. The fact that she comes from a working-class family with a mom who is struggling with mental issues -advances the series’ plot in ways that are not obvious in the beginning.

After viewing the 8 episodes, my initial reaction was the .5 % wealthiest of society will not be happy. But then this portrayal of secret societies targets any of us who “belong” to one.

Cutting to the chase and without spoilers, the series forces us to look within. It wants us to answer if we have what it takes to conquer the world or even our hamlet?

The message focuses on the family legacy, ambition, desire, and last and the often forgotten, love. The streaming series turns those concepts on its head. It reveals the greatest of these things, but without any consolation.

image of a scene from Netflix series ARES
Photo Credit: NetFlix

The show’s message remains with you long after you’ve switched to something else. I couldn’t binge-watch the series – it was a little too intense.

AR*S  is Netflix’s first Dutch series, but it’s dubbed in English. Although the lip movement syncs up better than most international programming – I enjoyed listening to the original language while reading subtitles.

AR*S is not for the easily offended. This show doesn’t care about your “feelings.” If you’re not ready to investigate your triggers. Don’t watch it. If you do,  share with me what you think about “AR*S.”

Let Your Fingers Do the “Talking”

Above is a play on words of the famous 60s slogan “Let Your Fingers do the Walking” for the Yellow Pages commercial business phone book.

Even today, with internet search engines, we still let our fingers do the walking to find information. But while communication technology may be more efficient for business transactions, according to my mom, it comes at a high cost to our interpersonal communication and human interaction.

“Even with all these devices and numerous communication channels, we talk less, and phone etiquette is a lost art”  ~A former 1960’s PBX555 switchboard operator. (my mom).

front view of a phone switchboard
Bell System by Western Electric Switchboard PBX 555: Photo credit Live Auctioneer

Less interaction leaves us with fewer opportunities to practice humanity. And if you’ve spent time on social media, it’s evident the internet can sometimes be hostile territory, the antithesis of social networking.

So, if your livelihood depends on putting the network back in networking, like the switchboard operator, make sure the friendly voice on the line is yours.

I learned this lesson the hard way after trading in my Blackberry Storm for an iPhone in 2013. My Blackberry was a perfect digital assistant, but it wasn’t social, so I focused on maintaining my connections.

Once I got the iPhone, I spent so much time on social networks and iMessages – I didn’t want to take any phone calls.

My motto, “if I wasn’t in you, you in me, or had something on me -we didn’t need to speak on the phone.”

If someone left a voicemail, I would reply with text.

Unfortunately, my no-voice rule resulted in my virtual network growing in direct proportion to my real network’s shrinkage. When I deleted my Facebook account in 2014, I left behind hundreds of virtual friends -and very few traverse digital to join me in the real world. 5 years later, I’ve slowly built up my professional and personal network. Today, I spend hours on the phone, either interviewing subjects for features, brainstorming with prospects, or just to shoot the breeze with friends.

And the best part is it’s so satisfying. It feels like an actual in-person visit. No, carefully thought out responses, no lolls. It’s spontaneous, and there’s a lot of real belly laughs. A gift I’ve given to myself because I used my fingers to press accept or punched in a number, and they answered.

In Architecture, there’s a saying, “less is more.” When it comes to communication technology, this minimalist approach works with phones too.

As Bell’s 1965 ad promotes:

“Long Distance, It’s the next best thing to being there.” [1]

I do have one question about personal phone calls.

If someone phones you, is it to check up on you – or are they calling to talk about themselves. 

Truth Hurts: Website content might not have copyright protection

Recently, Popular recording artist and songwriter Lizzo came under fire for using a 2017 tweet by Mina Lioness in her #1 Billboard top 100 single “Truth Hurts.”  Lizzo conceded and gave writer credit to Mina Lioness in October (2019). Today, Mina Lioness is a songwriter with a record-breaking, chart-topping hit song.

And for now, all is well in the music world.

But with all this intellectual property consistently being promoted on social media websites, protecting valuable content might be an arduous but necessary task.

And before anyone thinks copyrighting artistic content applies only to music, think again.

Original content on your WordPress website or anywhere on the internet may not enjoy copyright protection, either.

Updated in March 2019,  Circular 66 Copyright Registration of Websites and Website Content says there are specific circumstances in which website content can get copyright registration.

“The Copyright Act does not explicitly recognize websites as a type of copyrightable subject matter.”

So what is a website owner to do to protect their original digital content?
In short,  Circular 66 indicates the content owner will have to register content the same way they would submit a manuscript for copyright registration.

“The deposit requirements for websites and website content are generally the same as for any other work. If the work is unpublished or if it has been published solely online, you must submit a complete copy of the work. For example, if you want to register an entire website, you must submit all of the pages as they actually appear on the site, regardless of volume. If you want to register an individual work that appears on the website, the deposit must depict the work in the context in which it appears on the website or web page. ”

It took two years before Mina Lioness received credit for her iconic tweet on Twitter.  And that’s because she had so many witnesses who retweeted or liked her original content.   Most website owners don’t have that reach.  In the absence of that level of support, copyright registration is the next best thing.  Especially since a certificate of registration is required to bring a case of infringement.

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