So a couple of nights ago, my friend and colleague got me on to Twitter, as one of his recommended strategies to stay on top of the Internet…. for me it”s more like stay in the same marathon before they close it down. Last night I decided to try it for the first time, still having no idea what Twitter really is. I”ve come to the conclusion, it”s much like an organism on a far away planet that you would see in a Star Trek episode where they spend the whole episode trying to figure it out, only to get some great revelation due to Gene Roddenberry”s brilliant script themes. (Yes I know I should hyper link Gene Roddenberry to Wikipedia and I will once I get the knack of it. For now it”s all I can do to remember to go to Google and put his name in the Search to make sure I”ve spelled it correctly :>).
I’ve been fascinated by this Twitter, and knew that if Jon was captivated by this medium of expression, there must be something to it. I did see a lot of people wondering the same question as me…. what is this… is it just a weird form of hot-mail chat? Does it have a large degree of voyeurism? Does it provide something new, that hasn”t been captured on the Internet yet? Well the answer to all those questions is yes. You”ll just have to try it and form your own opinion.
So once I figured who was on it that I knew, I realized that there was a million plus people I didn”t know talking about everything…. picture 50,000 people talking at Time”s square to other people, many of whom are on the other side of the street, while they are talking to someone else… all at the same time, but….. at different frequencies. The different frequencies and the mass connection is really what is fascinating about Twitter. Now I began to play with it using my media research background and using one of my pet topics; Motivational Positive Music. Wow, lots of conversations going on there, but that”s a topic for a whole other Blog entry.
As we are developing the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative in conjunction with each other, I am continually looking for ways and ideas of where and how they intertwine, which are many. However capturing and effectively employing them will be part of our ongoing journey. As it comes to the notion of Positive Music, I have for the past three decades used music as a positive influence in my own life, be it to help me physically train for a triathlon, my every day work outs, or to send a song to give someone a boost….yes another Blog topic. So one of my 7 laws I used to teach my music industry students dealt with the law of displacement. Glass half empty vs. half full and what do we fill it with.
Using another one of my 7 laws, that of leverage you can put the two together with the notion of Positive Motivational Music and you have something very powerful. Another notion I have long held is that music (not just meditation new age music, although I include that) is a great agent for nurturing positive mental health. The law of displacement says that it will also aid in negative mental health as well. Now before I go and search for the biggest medical disclaimer in medical history, I want to stress that Positive Motivational Music is one important tool in a holistic approach which would also include everything from diet, proper quantities of light, personal support, a positive direction in life, values etc etc.
Back to Twitter. So I do some combinations of searches on Motivation, Positive Music etc. and bingo… I start to get it. I soon find myself answering a Tweet! OH YES I TOO SEE A LITTLE BIRD AND SYLVESTER THAT CAT BEHIND THE CAGE and think I”m beginning to lose it? But this Tweet, coming from a Twitter… I can”t believe I”m typing this… is talking about being so depressed and needing help and obviously listening to her Christian band the Casting Crowns isn”t doing for her at this time, so I make some suggestions about other WOW artists like Nichole Nordman and her song Legacy and Point of Grace and one of my favourite songs Turn Up The Music Of course the conversation goes on and I include some more suggestions. Further down the page of Twitters I notice another entry from a girl who looks to be about 15-17 named Cass__ #__ and it is this……:“I want to DIE!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know why the opinion of one person can make me so depressed. I need HELP! (maybe today is a good day to die). My heart skips a beat, and the reality I know to be true hits me again. A number of years ago, I was the President the board of a distress centre in London ON and know that teenage suicide is a virtual epidemic in our society and a huge in the teenage population. Reported (and there are so many unreported because of the stigma) suicides out number homicides in both Canada and the US. So here is this comment in black and white too graphic to be anything but real and to volatile to think anything thing other than it’s sincere. So I can”t help but wonder about the negatives in her life, but more importantly are those that hear her going to answer her cry or are they even listening?
PIQ = Positive Imperative Question, something more than just to ponder, but take action with and be the positive change. So my question is always, what did you know, when did you know and what are you going to do about it. Is there a teen or someone in your life who you know is depressed and are there positive actions you can do, like give them a hug, an ear or send them a positive song or if it”s an extreme case suggest some positive options like counseling, or a help line that can make a difference. This will be seen in too many places to have one location to look but as long as you look on the internet and educate yourself on depression and mental health you”ll be in a much better position to RESPOND!
For now this will get you started. http://www.dbsalliance.org (Overview of depression/suicide.) So as I said re: the Internet and Gene Roddenberry. it”s all three, and now more than ever before. The Internet is a live breathing thing. its greatest virtue will be connecting humanity. I”ll update on the Blog when I have more on Cass. but in the interim…she”s still fine, that entry was 30 days ago, but it doesn”t change the cry. So a couple of nights ago, my friend and colleague and mentor got me on to Twitter, as one of his recommended strategies to stay on top of the Internet…. for me it”s more like stay in the same marathon before they close it down. Last night I decided to try it for the first time, still having no idea what Twitter really is. I”ve come to the conclusion, it”s much like an organism on a far away planet that you would see in a Star Trek episode where they spend the whole episode trying to figure it out, only to get some great revelation due to Gene Roddenberry’s brilliant script themes.
Victor Sinclair. Author of the forthcoming books; the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative, has a wide background in teaching, broadcasting, the music industry and business and most recently served as a founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada). He has also dedicated more than 30 years of his life to volunteerism and not for profits including Big Brothers, Memorial Boys and Girls Clubs, Minor Leagues Sports and as a President and board member of several not-for-profit boards. Interests include family, biking, tennis, reading, music and PI/PMI of course.