By ANASTASIA ASHMAN
Rounding up zillions of links resonant to our community that cross my screen…
- The internet is over. That is, “the boundary between ‘real life’ and online has disappeared.” We digital diasporans already knew this, of course, and internet media theorist Leon Tan explained the concept in the expat+HAREM “Virtual reality” interview on the meshing of our networked lives.
- On a related note, Tyler Tervooren at Zen Habits shares suggestions for bridging the gap between two worlds — the physical and the digital — that once existed as separate entities. One action item to “get comfortable with shedding your past lives and evolving into new ones“: off-load the old profiles and newsletters and communities that no longer address who you are today, and who you ‘re becoming.
- “A global perspective is no longer something special,” writes Third Culture Kid Gregory Collins at Denizen magazine, about the paradigm shift currently underway. And yet, how can globalists tell universal stories when so many listeners are hung up on life-details they find too damn “exotic”?
- “Don’t touch me, I’m British” is the title of a Financial Times essay about the intimate social interactions of different cultures. Each region has it’s own intimate zone and when they intersect often lead to the kind of faux pas Sarah Melamed wrote about for us in “Awkward greetings.”
- Apparently we’re on “the cutting edge of what has to happen in the world” says international entrepreneur Joanne Huskey, speaking at the Families in Global Transition conference in Washington D.C. — ”a whole conference that talks about being cultural chameleons and transnationalists“. And this, reported by Judy Rickatson that speaks directly to expat+HAREM’s global niche seekers: What advice would you give to your younger self? “Find a way to integrate all the different aspects of my world.” See the whole archive of #FIGTconf tweets.
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Anastasia Ashman is a California-born writer/producer of neoculture entertainment based in Istanbul. This series covers what’s crossing the mind and desk of expat+HAREM’s founder.