I love Bremen: Refugees Welcome

refugee camp Bremen

Inside one tent of the refugee camp at the University of Bremen.

Now this is something else than what I originally intended with my little “series” about Bremen. But I never had such a good reason to love this city before because it is literally overflowing with helpfulness for the refugees who come here.

“I love Bremen” – Part Two: How Bremen welcomes refugees

Since a few weeks – I think it may be about one month – there is hardly any other topic on the news than the arrival of refugees in Germany. Suddenly they were not in Greece or Italy anymore – they were here, on our doorsteps. They are also in my hometown Bremen.

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Social Media and Journalism

I will soon finish my Bachelor thesis. (And if I repeat this sentence often enough it will become true! 🙂 ) I would like to share some of my scientific insights with you. This way this thesis which steals my time and brain capacity for blogging is at least good for something. I am exploring the relationship between journalism and social media. Social media in my definition are all internet-based applications that serve the interaction, connection and relationship building of people. The most common are of course the social network Facebook and the microblogging platform Twitter. But I also include comments or forums on journalistic websites into my work.

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So I made a Facebook Year in Review.

I admit: I did it. During the last two weeks or so the Year in Reviews of my friends popped up on Facebook and I was slightly irritated: What was this? How did they do it and why? I didn’t read one of them. Yesterday Facebook lured me onto doing the same foolish thing. It showed me my personal Year in Review and the design was quite pretty so I thought: “Nah, that won’t hurt” and shared it. Afterwards I thought: “You little idiot.” Until today not even one of my friends liked this post. That’s my rightful punishment! 😉

Apart from being useless this little display of jolly moments is a big lie. Most people use a social network to show off with only the shiny highlights of their lives. What does Facebook know about my life? About the hard facts I fear it knows far more than I wish – but when it comes to emotions the algorithms fail completely.  Continue reading

No digital native

Sometimes I am nostalgic. I say things like: Do you remember when there were no computers? Do you remember there was a time before the internet? When photos had to be developed and nobody posted things on Facebook? Everybody would call me a “digital native” because I am “a person who was born during the general introduction of digital technologies” (Wikipedia). That’s correct, but I still think I am not one of them.  Continue reading