Be sure to Bookmark: www.ContinentContinent.cc

“We should not only use the brains we have, but add to it all that you can borrow.”
–Woodrow Wilson

Take a few minutes to visualize an elegant, 17th century Château salon where after a rigorous morning walk, and spending several hours revising your latest play, you’ve stopped to visit your dear Parisian friend Madame de Rambouillet whose graciously extended invitation to take tea. She’s also invited several philosopher/author friends: Voltaire, Émilie du Châtelet and Rousseau-it’s an intimate gathering this afternoon.  The chatter skips merrily between politics, the latest Sorbonne art exhibitions, and of course whose writing what next, or rather will so-so ever begin a new project that’s even more enlightening than their last one? The soirée concludes with a flurry of bon après-midis as everyone bids good day to one another.

When one visits the latest academic online salon – www.ContinentContinent.Cc – a rather unusual, antiquated feeling begins to make the reader feel as if they’ve instantly traveled back to a time when great enlightenment went sweeping through Western Europe faster than a bubonic plague. Fortunately however, this cultural epidemic produced more positive outcomes.

Strange things start to happen when one’s conducting thesis research because at some point along the research journey, I haphazardly bookmarked this fascinating site.  Upon first glance, it’s not toting headlines addressing South American higher education or anything relevant to Latin America whatsoever. But appearances often deceive and many times it pays to look beyond the landing page when searching for relevant articles.  Coincidentally, this academic journal published an outstanding exposè featuring University of São Paulo’s brilliant faculty Dr. Gilson Schwartz who discusses his latest Media Research project that’s engineered a ‘Creative Currency’ project to support young Brazilian filmmakers.

This site without question earns a well-deserved A…
Pros: Distinguished Editorial Board, Expansive/Admirable Content conversations, Engaging/Aesthetically creative site design/navigation, Global readership.
Cons: To say the least, if you intend to submit an article feature, the process will requires one to practice seriously saintly patience. Also, for a site with international credentials, their Twitter/Facebook channels tote low numbers.

Again, to reecho what the above chart explains using extreme detail, getting published by the .Continent Editorial board requires one to submit meticulous academic reporting that cuts into the many nuances surrounding art, technology, sociology, economics, etc. It’s also advisable to secure a divine intervention blessing whenever possible; that’s a caution but better safe than sorry right?

While the site www.ContinentContinent.Cc, comes across as an entertaining platform, written exclusively to bemuse an intellectually superior audience, there’s really a underlying whimsical and light-hearted tonality if one takes the time to move past the wry first impression. And although it’s certainly not kindred to a Conan O’Brien Tumblr, on occasion the .Continent crew knows how to cut loose and enjoy a much needed laugh.

I’m not sure that I’ll make it over to Tirana, Albania for the June 6-8, 2013 ‘Pedagogies of Disaster’ Conference, but I’d pay seriously big dollars to receive a legendary invitation to their Holiday Christmas party.  Hopefully they’ll post those details  to Twitter ASAP.  Tis’ the season tis’nt? 🙂

Amanda // @acmontgomery
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How Are You Using Social Media to Interact Across the World’s Stage?

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players..They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” William Shakespeare | As You Like It | Act 2 Scene 7

William Shakespeare crafted it.  Literary critics throughout the ages have toted it as prophetic genius, and it rings perhaps even more true now in the 21st century than it ever did when he wrote As You Like It in 1600 A.D.  In taking inspiration from the great Will.I.Am, this week’s emerging media question probes a bit further tainting the above idea with an emerging media context…

How Are You Using Social Media to Interact Across the World’s Stage?

Do you tweet to friends in France about how your dreams to one day live abroad exotically?  Do you swap emails with a Financial Analyst in Tokyo so that you know more about Asia’s financial context than your colleagues the next day at work?  Do you follow a design blog that always releases funky and cool fonts from that artist you ran into on Twitter during a #fontfantic chat and then traded contact info with?  Perhaps you’re even playing international fantasy football (aka Soccer) with a bunch of amigos in Spain since they will know how to trade players better than mates from England or Germany.  Thanks to social networks and evolving technology, you’re talking victory moves with World Cup winners.  You’re living in real time and digitally interacting across the World’s stage at the click of a mouse and the touch of a key.  Freedom reigns supreme, information is abound, and new relationships are forming while you travel through life’s journey.

In an age when employees perform 3 jobs as 1 person, 9am to 7pm is status quo and mobile devices operate as smaller laptops – tracking history, memories, and older data also employs using social media to a certain extent.  LinkedIn  users can archive messages sitting in their Inbox, Facebook holds vaults of pictures from Spring Break, former birthday parties, and family, Yelp files Digital records and catalogues comments we left about the Asian restaurants we favored and hated for future reference.  Again, every day life continues to interact at an increasing rate digitally through each of these mediums.  Conversations are stemming from what we have in common and we’re finding out what we have in common with one another when we connect online in some way.

For now I want to leave these questions open for reader comments and observations.  Share your stories, speculate on how society is using social media to interact across the world’s stage amongst various groups of players.  What parts have you held journeying across the digital landscape?  What role and where will you take on next?  We’ll mull over some other examples about interacting through social media across the world stage.  Think connectivity.  Embrace it digitally.