Perfecting your Craft
Christoph Waltz, one of the great actors of the moment; a favourite of Quentin Tarantino and has just been cast as the new Bond Villain.
He was recently featured in the British GQ magazine and comes across unassuming, typically old-school and passionate about his craft. What becomes apparent early on in the interview is how uncomfortable he is talking about his personal life, his children and parents. He shuns these questions in such a way that would lead you to believe that he dislikes fame. And you would be right. He says: “if you become famous because of your long career, that’s one thing. As motivation in itself, celebrity is foolhardy and stupid.” he [Waltz] complains, ‘I hate it’ but the craft of acting is what drives him.
As I turn over the next page of the magazine I am met with a different type of article – ‘Yacht week: Holiday hedonism for the super-rich’. Essentially the participants get a yacht, spend loads of money and carnage and debautory ensues.
I was recently reading an introduction to the psychologist and linguist Jacques Lacan. Much of his work involved making sense of how we understand and conceptualise our reality into language. Essentially Lacan argues that
I noticed an interesting report on the BBC news website a month ago or so. The article concerned itself with the growing trend of excessive use of social media by school children. It states that many parents find it hard to regulate how they use the internet. Many will say: “There have always been distractions. I can remember being told off for reading Jackie magazine inside my textbooks.” So, has anything changed?
I received a Twitter comment from @forwardtherapy concerning my last blog entry labelling internet addiction . The comment stated: “My professional experience is, the label is less significant than discussing Internet use as a response to life circumstances”.
Much of my blog is focused on the rise in attention many of us are putting into the internet and technology. To me at least it seems that tech is taking up more and more of our time and changing the way we relate to each other, society and indeed ourselves.
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The ALS ice bucket challenge has made $100 million for research into ALS which is 3500% more in donations than this time last year. I can’t help but be overwhelmed with the response and generosity of the world population. It’s such a great example of how the internet can bring people all around the world together to help the needy.
I was recently struck by the behaviour of a young boy on the street. He was running around stepping on manhole covers and yellow hose covers in the street – seemingly oblivious to others around him. His father apologised for his behaviour saying: ‘He’s just trying to get his bonus.’ ‘Sorry? How do you mean?’ I asked.
The next item on our Christmas lists is set to be wearable technology. Apple and Samsung has revealed its new watch range which links to your phone, to give you all of your notifications that are usually in your pocket, on your wrist – whilst Google is making its ‘Google Glass’ which is in essence a head display for our everyday lives.
I know you have, come on admit it. There is no shame in it, everyone has. We all want to look our best and now we have a camera with us just about wherever we go. Who hasn’t been tempted to take a picture or 50 to show the world how good we look or the cool things we’ve been up to.
When speaking to many of my friends and peers, what has come apparent to me is how people seemingly flit from one technological innovation to another; whether that be Candy Crush to 2048, Myspace to Facebook, or even the latest laptop or television. We’re desperately looking for the next ‘thing’ to help us relax, connect to the world or take up our time.