Automation in the Terminal

A few weeks ago I had to go to the airport. I had not been to the airport in a while and some drastic changes had been made! At least from my point of view.

Big Trouble at the Check-In

I was dropping my kids off and we were running late (airport late, not late late), which really didn’t help the cognitive thinking. So we got there with a few minutes to spare and to my surprise the baggage check-in is missing. There were lots of touch screens and conveyor belts and people seemed to know what they were doing. But the one thing missing was a person to ask. We had about 5 minutes until check-in was closed, I looked about and found a counter and a person to ask.

Waiting, waiting, waiting… and when she was ready, ‘Hi, umm what do I do here?’. And she just looked at me as if I’d just removed my own head. Based on her meager instruction, I took to tapping on the screen. It was so simple, press button and type in flight number. Oh yeah, well maybe if someone got their shit together to get here earlier…

The last time I was at the airport there was a person to do this for you. And now that job has gone? Sure it was probably reassigned or something, and maybe it wasn’t the most interesting thing to do all day, but it was a job! Now that has been allocated to a program and savvy engineers.

Automation of the Soul

I have written about AI replacing human jobs previously. And I am still looking forward to a time where AI replaces many jobs, but it does need to be handled properly, especially in a service industry. In the airport case, it was almost an assumption that you would understand the processes. The ticket said NOTHING about automated check-in, and there was no one to help. A simple ‘help me’ button somewhere would have done it.

Automation has been replacing jobs for a long time, but more thought needs to go into training people on how to operate under the new regime. I felt completely in the dark. We are all busy being swabbed for bombs, but someone can’t help me load a bag?

As I said I don’t go to the airport all that often and it does feel like the place is run on the understanding that you know where you are going and what you are doing. There wasn’t even a sign pointing to arrivals, only departures – one has to figure that out. However after one visit I’m confident that I know what to do now and the next time will not be as challenging. Unless in the next five years it is all drones and personal flight systems… OMG.

Perhaps it was the shock, more than the experience. It was not as I expected, and perhaps that is the trick to dealing with fast paced automation. Be prepared to learn something new, give it a go because it probably isn’t all that hard.

Feature Image: That Way by Kerry Lannert (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Not a New Years Resolution…

I hate the term New Years Resolution. It has come to hold little meaning when discussing personal change. But I do like the beginning of a new year to try and make changes. I much prefer the idea of challenge over resolution, as one shows that making changes are hard and that they should be difficult, where resolution just sounds like something drunk people sprout out at midnight only to be forgotten by the morning. A challenge means some sort of thought has gone into it, something planned and nurtured.

The Challenge Habit

Month long challenges are something that I have been doing for a while; mostly they have been personal and I have rarely told anyone. Usually, they are to break a bad habit, or something that I don’t like about myself. I wouldn’t call them self esteem builders or anything, but completing the challenges and being successful does make me feel better about myself. Probably the most successful challenge I completed was to make my bed every morning. Not really that hard… But I’m a messy person, always have been and always will be. Turns out I love making my bed in the morning, and although the challenge was completed a few years ago it is still something I do today. It seems such a cheesy thing to be proud of, but it showed me that I can make changes in my life, no matter how small.

A Year of Change

So back to this year. A year long challenge, but I think I’m up to the task. Something I do a lot of that I hate is eating take out food; it’s wasteful, expensive and does not satisfy. When it comes to food prep, planning and cooking I am lazy and unorganized. So this year I am giving up eating out… But wait there are a few rules:

  • Once a month I can have a reward of takeout, if the previous month was successful.
  • Not including the Fam, only I must suffer.
  • Takeout means mass produced food – proper restaurants are okay, but need to be planned.

So far I’m 10 days in and I am yet to buckle or cave. It has me thinking more about what I’m going to eat and when. I am really hopeful that this terrible habit that can be broken. It may even result in eating better and possibly some weight loss? Who knows but I am looking forward to the challenge and what changes it may bring with it.

I will update this challenge regularly through the year, so follow this blog to keep updated.

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The Box Theory of Communication

When it comes to passing on information I believe there are two types of people; those that can talk and those that can show. While they are not mutually exclusive, but usually a person is better at one than the other. So what does this have to do with boxes?

The Box Theory Explained

The Box Theory is how you can determine in which category a person falls. Imagine this, a person is presented with a box and are asked, how do I open this? Your target (victim) will either tell you or show you. Think for a moment about yourself, what do you prefer to do? When someone asks you something, is it easier to tell or to show?

While neither has benefits over the other, understanding how a person likes to explain things can go a long way in better communication; especially if you are the opposite. If you like people to explain things verbally, having someone show you might appear demeaning. However understanding that this is just the way that person operates, you know there is nothing sordid behind what they are doing. They are just conveying the information in the best possible way they know how.

I feel that understanding this can have further benefits in many instances; for example, during a job interview. Not everyone is comfortable with a sit down talking interview. Many people think better on their feet, and walking through an environment can give them the chance to show you something rather than just talking about it. A perfect interview should have a mix of the two, as an ideal candidate would be relatively balanced.

Understanding in which category you fall gives you the opportunity to improve. Are you the person that can brilliantly explain what object A is and what it does, but the moment you need to demonstrate you’re all thumbs? Or, are you the person who built object A, but when asked to explain how you did it your eyeballs roll back and your tongue falls out?

The key is practice, understand which type you are and practice the opposite. Personally I’m a big shower, but I’m taking steps to improve on my verbal communication skills. I start with a simple task and work my way up. Something easy, like opening a box…

There are times when both forms of communication are needed and the more balanced you are the better results you will have.

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The Procrastinators Guidebook; How to Free Up Your Time

I am just brilliant at so many things, but what I am best at is PROCRASTINATING!! I love it so much (pause for effect) that I’m probably doing it right now…

// I actually went looking for a video to insert and dropped into the pitfall of YouTube //

Hold on while I pack away all this vicarious living that YouTube has brought me. Anyway, back to the point. Procrastination is basically, as I view it, the avoidance of work. It is the bane of those moments when we are relaxed and feel the need to fill the void with something other than staring at the walls. It’s a pause, a break or just a stop gap measure. But, it becomes a problem when it can’t be shaken off and you loose precious minutes (or hours) to the black hole of the procrastinated life.

The best and probably easiest way to slay the procrastination beast is to fill your day with things to do. And while that may be sound advice some days are just going to be empty, there will be times when you literally have nothing to do, so what then?

Well, your time has value and you need to ask a question, what value am I getting from this activity? You are giving up your precious time to some other thing, and you need to decide what exactly is it giving back? If it is giving you nothing, then it is not worth your time. Here, how about an example?

Often I find myself watching, or re-watching television to fill time. I get bored and flick channels until I find something that I’ve probably seen before, but it will do for the moment until I find something better. But what value am I getting from this seventh viewing? Nothing. I don’t even laugh at the jokes anymore. I’m not even getting a minutia of entertainment, the thing is just on so my brain can go bye byes for an hour or so. Now, when I find myself in this type of situation I peel myself off the couch and force a job into my head, something that needs to get done, something that is going to improve my life. Currently I’m growing a veggie garden (although it’s mostly fruit) so I can be a bit self sufficient. So my job of choice is watering or just going out to check on it. And then I have turned my wasteful procrastination into something productive. Then when the day is close to over, there is some sense of achievement. I don’t feel like I have wasted a large part of the day. Any time that I am able to step back and look at something I have done in that particular day, I feel good. I have used time effectively, and instead of feeling like I wasted time, I can reflect and take note.

Naturally we can’t make big sweeping changes to our lives. But just one small bite at a time and it will get better. Remember it is all about value! Get good value out of your procrastination and then it is not time wasted but rather earned and banked to use later.

And because I had to:

That video is 15 mins, but what did you learn? Coyote is wildly entertaining and informative. If your going to watch YouTube make it something that you can take back from, make IT pay for giving them your time. Then your time will come back to you. After all I got back into gardening by watching a few gardening videos, it inspired me to go out and achieve on my own, so in that way I don’t feel the time was wasted, instead it worked for me.

How do you free your time, and slay the beast? Comment below.

Feature Image: Posters Vintage by Camila Leite de Oliveira (CC BY 2.0)

A Short Guide to Plan Anything and Achieve Results

Having a plan, regardless of how simple, can be a massive time saver. How many times have you had a job to do, but instead of getting on with it, you find yourself staring at it waiting for inspiration to strike? Only to eventually give up and see what Netflix has waiting for you? If your reading this, then I guess this may be the case. Hopefully some of the simple ideas that I use every day can help you.

The Perfect Time to Plan

Picking a time to plan is a personal choice. I find that the best time is when your mind is at rest. I like the quite of the morning, but if my day hasn’t gone as planned I will create one before going to sleep. When failure happens, it’s best not to dwell on it, as only fools get things right the first time every time. Failure occurs due to a poorly made plan. When this happens you need to reassess if the plan was actually achievable and start again.

Steps to Planning Success

  • Set the Goal

A goal can be anything, but it will be nothing unless it is defined. What is it? What needs to be done? You can call it different things, such as a task or an achievement, but I find that goal suits better as it reflects an idea of something tangible. Try to make the goal as simple as possible, if you can’t fit it into one short sentence then it may be too complex.

  • Break it into Smaller Parts

Even though a goal may be simple, it could still be herculean in scope. In this stage examine if the goal can be broken down into smaller parts. This step is pivotal if the goal has already failed to be completed once before.

  • Set a Time for Completion

Give the task a time frame. This step can be difficult if you are not aware of how long things can take. If it is the first time you are completing a task, set a timer and see how much can be achieved in a given time. I find that thirty minutes is a solid block to start. Once you are aware of how fast you work, you can begin to set more reasonable times. Timing your work is also beneficial in self evaluation.

  • Reward Yourself

Everyone loves getting a pat on the back. If you achieved your results then you deserve something for it! Self-rewarding is a valuable part of slaying the procrastination beast that dwells inside us all. Eventually you will see sitting down for a bit of Netflix (or what ever feeds the beast) as the reward, instead of the distraction. Just make sure the reward fits the task, so no trips to Paris for cleaning out the car!

Working With Others

It is very easy to let yourself down and not get that thing done. Having others that rely on your input can be a brilliant motivator and can be the flint that lights the fire. Collaboration comes in many forms and you don’t necessarily need to work with people, find an online group that you can share your work with. Support from peers can lead to dramatic swings in achievement.

Keep on Trucking

Best of all don’t get down on yourself if you fail the meet your goals. Review the plan and have another go!

Feature Image: Jetty Sunset by Lenny K Photography (CC BY 2.0)

And now for something completely different…

For some time I have been considering what to do with this blog. A part of me wanted to make it work related and another part wanted it more relaxed with no general theme. It all leads into the question of who am I? And often that is a very difficult question to answer. I have never felt that I fit into any sort of standard personality. I also often question my own mental state. Does everyone do this? I don’t know, and I guess it is impossible to determine. It is actually one of the main questions that I fumble whenever going for a job interview; the old ‘so tell me about yourself’. I know that this question is a ruse, generally the interviewer is trying to see if you will fit with the group, do they like you, how personable are you, are you going to be one of the gang? I was once told that anyone can be trained for any job and it is more about your personality than your abilities. Perhaps this is why I struggle so much in interviews, maybe I don’t know myself as much as I think I do. Indeed what makes me… me?

I know what I love to do. I love to create, taking things apart and seeing how they work, putting them back together (sometimes) successfully. I enjoy trying to find faster and more efficient ways of doing tasks. I love change and progressive ideas, even if it effects me in a negative manner; a challenging opportunity to find the positive in every outcome.

I enjoy consuming media of all sorts, I love analysing and discovering new ways of thinking about particular topics, what motivates the antagonist. Why are we not hearing their story? What is the author/director trying to say with their work, are they saying anything? How about sensationalist journalism? Are these real stories or nothing more than advertisements masquerading as social injustices? I absolutely love going to the cinema, and while I not a first week out person – hate the crowds – I will usually see a movie every few weeks. I like to take my kids along, so the films I see differ wildly in theme and rating. But there is usually something worthy about the film in question… sometimes the car ride home can elicit striking conversations, as I challenge my children to think more deeply about what they just watched. What did you think of… and why did they do that? It can be enlightening to hear their responses and add to my own enjoyment of the film.

Anyway… so onto the blog. What will it be? It’s going to become something that I do for myself. I will still publish to the world, ideally it will be about what I do in my life. But what can we expect! I hear the empty crowd cheer. Well it could be anything! I feel that I am a free thinker – I like to approach topics with an open mind. At the moment I have a schedule to work with, I think the best approach is to assign topics to certain days. But this is more to help me with thinking of something to write about. I plan on writing content four times a week as a minimum, but it may be more if something happens that day that I feel I need to discuss. All my posts will be open for comments for about a month after it’s published, I encourage any comments and will only moderate spam.

For now that is about it. Feel free to follow along, I hope this will become what blogs started out as being, nothing more than an online log. I’m not here to sell anything. Any advice I offer is just how I personally solved a problem, it may work for you it may not. I like to think I’m funny and I hope I may be somewhat entertaining. Now join me and together we can rule the… um yeah.

Feature Image: Sunset Drive-In by Nicholas Erwin (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Thoughts on Entering the AI Age

The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the next incarnation of our ever evolving digital landscape. But what does this mean and what impact will it have on society?

Some believe that it will have a massive impact on the employment rate, and others disagree. Personally I am on the side that it will affect the employment rate. We are already seeing jobs being affected by automation and while it may not be true AI, as they are not thinking, these changes have started and it would take a massive effort to reverse the trend. Think about self service machines that are appearing in many big box retailers, everyone one of these are doing the job that a few years ago was being completed by a person. Self-serve checkouts exist for one reason, to make the companies more money. Although it has resulted in an increase in theft, intentional or otherwise, these companies have determined that the resulting loss to profit is more cost effective than standard employment. Essentially it is a numbers game and one in which researchers are combating with interesting techniques.

Again while it is not AI, but rather a sophisticated multimedia device, the programming involved does seem to be teaching the program to ‘learn’, in that it may be able to predict what items are often bought together and perhaps suggest meal plans and so on to increase sales – this is something that a traditional server might not have been able to offer. However the ability for a program to ‘learn’ does not make it AI, a true AI machine would be capable of deciding if it wanted to be stuck somewhere selling people grapes. These machines are replacing a workforce, however it is nothing more than a progression of consistent workforce automation.

So here we have that machines are already replacing some jobs, but this is not something new. Machines have been replacing jobs since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Think about the job you currently are doing, does it have elements that are being completed by automation? Even the act of pouring your morning coffee has elements of automation, as at one point in time a person had to milk cows and this has long disappeared as an employable skill with the invention of the milking machine. How about a bank teller? When was the last time you walked into the bank for something as simple as making a withdrawal of funds? ATM’s (automated teller machine) have been doing this job since the 60’s. Ever bought a drink form a machine? These have existed since the 1860’s. So you can see it is a slow progression but it is certainly nothing new – jobs come and go, automation makes things easier in general.

AI and further development of automation will affect the workforce. But it is not something that any working person should be concerned about. Times change and probably one of the key indicators of intelligence is the ability to change and develop. I for one am looking forward to a time, where we have driver-less trucks on the road and completely automated shopping facilities. I believe with out the constraints of completing mundane tasks, the human population will become an artistic utopia where people will have more time available for self expression, and as long as it is not hurting anyone else, this will continue to be a great time to be alive.

How do you feel about AI and automation, does it make you fear the future or excited to see how far it will go?

Feature Image: robot by Jem Henderson (CC BY-ND 2.0)

 

Using Memes in the Workplace

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R. Williams – 2016 (created at imgflip.com)

The above image is one I created and put in a farewell card for my boss. When I did it I was really unsure how he would take it. Confidence is not my thing. I asked a few of my colleagues and they thought it was perfect. So I stuck it in, and it tuned out he thought it was hilarious. I still think it was a risky move as he is a serious about work, but chilled about social aspects of work – be on time, but a bit of a ‘havachat’ is cool.

It got me thinking about how something that is largely present online has started to creep into real life. Are they appropriate, and would you send one in an email to a colleague that you may not know very well or at all?

Recently my workplace was the recipient of large inter-store transfers of old and deleted stock, that we were going to clear out. The workload was going to be immense and create functionality problems for the store. When one store sent me their transfer list I replied with a meme:

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R. Williams – 2017 (created at imgflip.com)

Maybe a little context is needed… a part of the transfer consisted of eight replacement covers for an outdoor dog bed that we no longer sell, or have sold in over a year. I thought the meme was funny, and I still do. Although I never heard back from the person I sent it to so I have no idea if they thought it was or even understood it. That is one problem with memes, for it to work you need to know the character in the picture and the reference that it is alluding to:

The meaning is essentially – when an apparent impossible task is meet with unrelenting optimism. Which is how I started to view the task at hand – besides getting bothered doesn’t achieve anything.

I think that using memes in the workplace can add tone to an email, or a workplace sign. Take a look at the Mr T one again, it is not negative in any way, it’s humorous but it also conveys an important message without being preachy. The Barney one I sent was to demonstrate that there were ‘no hard feelings’ about my store being dumped with left over stock from another. If these were typed out without the image reference how would they sound then? The Mr T one would come of as threatening and the Barney one could be interpreted in many different ways, from smug to anger, it all depends on the reader.

Using memes in the workplace, as long as it doesn’t take too much time to create, is perfectly fine. I would probably think twice about sending one to a manager that I wasn’t that familiar with, but for everyday communication and if it is a part of your personality then go for it. We all need a laugh every now and then at work. They’re also a great deal of fun to create.

I’d love to hear stories about memes in your workplace, feel free to comment below.

Title Image: R. Williams – 2017 (created at imgflip.com)

Finding Something to Write About

Bulb – Trish

All discussion is the prequel to inference…

One of the biggest challenges that arrive with having a blog is finding meaningful content to write about. Previously, I wrote a short post that contained a timeline of potential blog post titles and in the time that it took to write it, about an hour and a half, I came up with many ideas. Some may flesh out and gain life on this blog, others may not, but it did provide a loaded springboard that could be used when the urge to write struck. In coming up with the ideas for the timeline I used two main questions; what do I want to learn more about and what am I interested in? Another possible question to ask yourself is; how can I help others? However, sometimes sitting in front of a screen is not the best method for extracting the creative juices. Many times I have sat down with  nothing more than a proverbial wall to smack my head against, get frustrated and give up, but there are ways around the problem of and idea drought.

To The CuckooRay Sadler

It is best to remember that ideas can occur at any time, and they usually occur when we are the least prepared, like driving or in the shower and so on. To capture these you need to have the tools at hand. If you are a dreamer have a pen and paper next to where you sleep; while driving have a voice recorder ready to go at all times; the shower is tricky, a water proof sharpie and write on the tiles? The point I’m getting at is you need to have some form of recording implement ready for when the muse slaps you on the back of the head and then darts back into her cave. Whatever your method, don’t rely on your memory as it will often not capture your passion when the idea first forms.

Other means of coming up with ideas include:

  • Reading the paper and highlighting particular stories that you feel you could comment on. This may take the form of criticism, comments, opinion or a more in depth look at a certain topic. Most newspapers are set out so that at least something on the page will appeal to the reader, skin through a select, then go back over it in more detail. Sometimes the smallest stories lead to a bigger one.
  • Facebook can be a gold mine for ideas. When someone makes a comment that is of particular interest to you instead of replying write your answer up as a blog post, but be sure to balance out you opinion so it doesn’t come across as too one sided. Recently I used this technique to write a story about saying ‘Happy Holidays’ at christmas. This is something I have strong ideas about and I didn’t wish to ‘unload’ at my mates on FB.
  • Twitter is another excellent source, probably more so than Facebook, for picking up blogging stems. Make sure you are following people that have similar interests and be ready to latch on to ideas and bust out that 140 characters into a sweet 1k blog post.
  • Study your interests and write about your experiences. I love reading YA (young adult genre) and I spend probably more than too much money on the procurement of books, but when it comes to finding a new author the world of the web can be some what lacking. Why wait for someone else to do it? Blogs are easy enough and the research is already being done when I go looking, why not help others that may be in a similar situation? The bonus is that I get something to blog about as well. Take your own hobby and explore it in more detail, you may be surprised what is out there.

One last resource is to have drafts ready that may be nothing more than a title and a brief description, something that can be built upon later. No one ever need to see drafts and you can add them or delete at anytime. It is a perfect tool to use when you have an idea but not enough time or research completed to fully flesh it out into a coherent post (currently I have seven stub drafts just waiting to get their wings).

I really hope this post has given you some new and interesting ways of finding ideas and subject to blog about, it was a part of a self learning exercise; if it any way helps others, then that’s awesome as well.

 

Using Categories and Tags in WordPress

It’s not the destination, but rather the experiences that we encounter…

A blog, or website is a location. It is one particular point on an ever expanding plane of information. How that information is navigated can be crucial. If the best and most powerful ideas are hidden in a maze of dead ends and false leads, or worse, trails of misinformation, will it ever be consumed and unpacked. It seems unlikely, after all the internet is not a rat maze leading to the juicy piece of cheese; most users get distracted on the way and start eating at the cardboard walls (we’ve all been sucked into the time vortex of YouTube). One way to solve the ever shrinking attention span of the user, is with the correct use of categories and tags. 

If a blog is thought of as a destination, then categories are the cities, towns and villages, and tags are the experiences that may be found.

A blog in itself can be as broad or as narrow themed as possible, and you may need many categories, or only a few, but that is all up to the writer. However if a blog becomes to broad it may be worthwhile to separate the content into different blogs, or countries to maintain the map analogy.

Let’s assume you are writing a blog about film, the categories could be the genres, such as animation, fantasy, action, and so on. The blog could be set up in such a way that the reader could navigate to the category that most interests them. A reader may only have one particular interest, such as science fiction, then they don’t want to be burdened by scrolling through other posts to look for content. Instead they would most likely see nothing of interest on the front page and bypass the blog all together as not being for them. One of the great things about categories is that they can be nested and a page can be placed in more than one, but overall it should fit into the general theme.

Tags operate in a different but equally important manner, they are used to find key words and ideas. In the film blog example, the name of a director could be a tag when the post is not purposefully about them; if it were, then it should be prudent to place the post under a director category. Tags are important especially if a user was researching a particular topic, it can help link pages that otherwise may not appear to be related. They are a second stage of sorting out blog posts and ideas. In the director example a reader may want to discover other works that they have made, in order to discover something new.

Categories and tags can be added to posts at any time. If you have already started a blog and if it is not too big then it is possible to start again and lay the ground work so your reader can divulge the content in a more user friendly way. It provides a mapping network and helps the reader focus their efforts and feel less lost in an unfamiliar territory.

The use of categories and tags can also be beneficial for the writer, as you may want to reflect on an older post or link back to a post or check to see what you have written about a certain topic before. There cant be something much more embarrassing and hurtful to your credibility than contradicting yourself in two separate posts. While it is true that over time a writer grows and develop and opinions may change it is best to be consistent in your writing. Doing this could potentially create a new post if you are stuck for something to write about, how had something changed your opinion. What a better way to show that you can be a trusted source, a learning writer is much better than one stuck on a treadmill.

For more information on how to change and set categories and tags:

NOTE: I haven’t exactly been following my own advice, but then we are all learning as we go…

 

Developing Divergent Identities on Socials

People are akin to a strand of copper wire; until you open them up you can’t know what is hidden under that plastic exterior.

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Cable Confusion – Eric (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Some people have centralist ideologies based around one main interest, but many are divergent and can’t be defined to form fit into standard ideals. I have always hated how some people feel the need to box you. They make an early judgement put you in a place and that is where you sit forever and no manner of accomplishment can shift you from this shelf; you will always be oh that person. Even worse though, as there can be an expectation of being an expert in this box they have you sealed up inside. Although it can be maddening, this personality trait can be used to your advantage especially when it comes to promoting yourself online.

One of the main components people look for when following someone online, especially with an unknown, is being consistent. For someone that has many different interests and even some that may contradict themselves, such as I enjoy novels and their film adaptions, I’m fine with dog and cats living together, but probably worst of all… Star Wars and Star Trek!

When you follow many different interests the feed can become confusing and hard to compile the individual stream into a coherent message. This can lead to missing information or worse believing something that is false to be fact. It was this type of misinformation that may have resulted in people voting certain ways in the recent US election.  It seems highly plausible that fake news was just more appealing, that it made the unaware share and promote them as though they were factual and therefore perpetuating the problem. If messages were received from one stream of collaborated consciousness it would have been easier to spot the anomalous fake message. After all it is easier to spot an orange in a bowl of apples rather than a blended smoothie.

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Apple Puzzle – Salvatore Gerace (CC BY-SA 2.0)

To combat this, I am planning on splitting my socials into categories, and each will follow proponents of particular interests. If I pick four or five main interests, it will be easier to disseminate information and hopefully lower follower loss due to inadvertent unwanted information being provided. In the need to find work I really don’t feel that it is more beneficial to be a generalist reporter, as most fit into a category, such as: political, entertainment or scientific. While it is good to be able to provide employers with a sense of an ability to write and produce content on varied topics, I figure that having one group of social accounts themed to produce content on one major theme is the better way to get notice, rather than the scatter shot approach.

For the moment my main account will focus on my writing, which can include most of my content pieces as, despite the topic, they would all fall under a creative writing theme; these posts will be focused on the writing of the article rather than the content. In the not too distant future I hope to include new blogs and twitter accounts for my other interests.