3 Things You Need To Experience This Week

by - 3/18/2017 11:08:00 am

 The F Word, Faces, and Funny Puns


Happy Saturday! So last week I posted about feminism and the issues that it is facing today, linking to Emma Watson and to the WoW Festival. I received such a positive response to what I'd written that I have decided I want to write seriously more often. So alongside my other more fun and 'lifestyle' posts I want to offer you a little round up of the week's stories and how you can learn more about them.

1. Read some stories of forgiveness

On Friday last week I headed to London to see Russell Howard's Round The World Tour with my Dad, not wanting to miss out on an opportunity we decided to spend the day there. It was a toss up between the Star Wars exhibition and a forgiveness exhibition  called 'The F Word'. I plan on returning to London for that Star Wars exhibition. We spent about two hours in the OXO building for this exhibition which presents the stories of several people who talk about learning to forgive.

"The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness exhibition is a thought provoking collection of arresting images ad personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity."

After writing last week about the TED talk by Thordis Elva and her rapist Tom Stranger, the exhibition fit perfectly with the idea that in order to gain peace for yourself you have to forgive. You can read most of the stories here. Forgiveness is not an instant thing that we can deal out, for some it takes longer than others. The exhibition shows forgiveness on a grand scale that most people can't ever understand but it actually made me think more about forgiveness on a smaller scale.The exhibition is intense but so rewarding, it's over now but will most likely pop up again around the country. It's totally free and you can spend as little or as much time as possible there so look out for it.

2. Listen to a podcast about bias in algorithms

Moving on and into the rest of the week. As algorithms take over our lives more and more in attempts to make our lives easier and easier, we are failing to recognise the implications that this has. An algorithm is a type of code used today in technology, they're used to determine what each individual sees and more importantly don't see. Due to this individuality, no one truly has control- it's all automated.  Joy Buolamwini spoke about how algorithms in facial recognition are bias under a phenomenon called 'the coded gaze' meaning they don't include a wide range of skin tones and facial structures.

 "It's an eye-opening talk about the need for accountability in coding as algorithms take over more and more aspects of our lives."

If there are such huge gaps in facial recognition algorithms then it could be the case for any algorithms, including Facebook and Twitter. True, algorithms could be the answer to our problems with cyber bullying and online abuse (as Twitter is currently testing out) but algorithms could also be what's causing the issue as demonstrated by this Buzzfeed article.
In the article the author describes how Facebook uses your 'likes' and 'clicks' to bring forth content it thinks you'll enjoy. In this case, the experiment was to eliminate the friend aspect of Facebook in order to truly test the algorithm. He started by simply liking a few right-wing pages and by the end of the week he had an actual Neonazi page recommended to him on his news feed. Yet here we are wondering why youth are being influenced by extremist groups - 1 or 2 likes can draw you into these circles. I remember Facebook being simply to chat to your friends and to play mini-games - seriously what happened to Farmville?! - now it's laden with fake news, adverts and easy links to more sinister activity. Zuckerberg argued that to use Facebook without the friends aspect eliminates the real use of Facebook which is why the algorithm didn't work, I think that's a weak attempt at defence. We're letting them rule our lives and that's increasingly dangerous.

3. Laugh at some of the best puns this nation has to offer

Finally, if Russell Howard taught me anything this week it's that we need a little light in this world of darkness. If you've had a rough week and just need to relax then I fully recommend you take a look at these puns to give you a boost. You can make it to the end of this week and you can ace it.

P.S. These are my photos from the top of the Tate Modern in London last week, just thought you'd appreciate something pretty, or pretty ugly, depends on how you look at it.



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20 comments

  1. It is nice to welcome a week with these goals awaiting. Thank you for giving me this great idea. I will be listing 3 things to try before every week starts!

    Xeph | engineerxeph.com

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    1. Thanks for reading, it's definitely a nice thing to do in order to reflect on your past week and give others some things to look at.

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  2. The idea of listening to stories of forgiveness is actually so wonderful! I could honestly use that, it is true that the way to find peace within yourself is through forgiveness. I also love TED Talks so I think that would be eye opening to watch. Thank you for sharing these refreshing ideas!

    Sending love & light your way,
    My Lovelier Days

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    1. I think forgiveness is a really overlooked concept, it's not just about relieving the other person it's also about relieving yourself. People torture themselves with it.
      Loved your post on it aswell.

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  3. Love this post! xoxo

    - ladolcenina.wordpress.com

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  4. These are all great tips! As silly as it sounds I never thought to read stories of forgiveness. I think that's definitely something a lot of us have never really thought about doing though that could help us see different perspectives.

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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    1. Thanks for reading Stacey. I like to read one or two a day just to give myself a little refresher and reminder haha!
      x

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  5. This is great! Honestly I've never really thought to read stories of forgiveness but it's a great idea. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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  6. I love your tip #3. It's important to be able to laugh it off sometimes.
    http://doreensstylediary.com

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  7. I love this! I think it's such a fab idea to set goals each week and this F, F & F goal sounds like such an incredible thing to do! I've opened the puns link and can't wait to read them! x

    TOUCHOFGS // BLOGLOVIN 

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    1. Haha, thanks for reading and engaging. It's nice to know people actually read the post rather than skimming! x

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  8. Love this idea for a post, such a great way to do and learn new things! x


    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

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    1. Thank you! I think it's a really nice starter because it gives you a chance to think about your week and what you want to share with others x

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  9. Oh, my! All these three experiences sound incredibly good. I really want to go to that exhibition of forgiveness. I love the idea of it. Also, those puns are something I really need right now! Thank you for sharing these. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I hope it reaches Lithuania, that really would be an achievement! Or come visit England?! Go get your pun on, they made me laugh so much.

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  10. Well that is certainly a beautiful F word - forgiveness. <3

    www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

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  11. We all need more of this in our life and I am a sucker for puns - laughter makes everything better :)

    findyourownhope.blogspot.com

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