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Two innovative creative videos remind us how social media can destroy not build relationships

October 16, 2014

Love in the Digital Age

Love in the Digital AgeBy British photographer Adam Gray

Our current obsession with social media and mobile devices seems to have improved our connectivity with each other, but it is also changing it for the worse. Here are two innovative creative videos that remind us how social media can destroy, not build, relationships.

Lee Ross’s creatively produced vignette brilliantly demonstrates the breakdown in human interaction; while Prince Ea intelligently raps about the problem, ironically pointing out what we’re missing. They both beg the question: Are we really living life, communicating and developing meaningful relationships?

I continue find and add relevant cartoons and videos, as well as some possible solutions to this modern problem.

1. From a comedic perspective 4gLove by LEE ROSS is a funny but sadly true depiction of cellphone addiction destroying relationships. This 5-minute film is available on Vimeo and YouTube.

2. We are so consumed by our phones and social networks, we sometimes forget how to live. Prince Ea says the obvious in this video: Why I Refuse to Let Technology Control Me: You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here. 🙂 If you like his message you can download the digital audio Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

Rick Hotton’s Holy Mole´ cartoon amusingly makes the same point. There are other videos out there on this topic. Here are two poems about the problem, Look Up by Gary Turk, and a counter argument, Look Down (‘Look Up’ Parody) by Spencer & Alex. Clever, both of them, with charming British accents.

The Human Experience tweeted this ironic cartoon about the problem.

Do you mind? cartoon

This picture posted by powerofpositivity says/shows the same problem: Cellphones bring you closer to a person who’s far from you. But it takes you away from the ones sitting next to you.

Cell phones bring you closer to a person who's far from you. But it takes you from theones sitting next to you.

See the brilliant depiction of the grip of modern technology over our brains by British cartoonist and animator Steve Cutts in these cartoons: OWNED, and this unusual selfie: SENT FROM MY IBRAIN.

This clever Instagram cartoon literally and visually nails the dilemma of people being prisoners of their cell phones.

New Yorker cartoonist Alex Gregory on what social media is doing to us.

Some Solutions to the Problem

Here is a brilliant solution to this problem I found two years after this posting: NoPhone Air: the Latest iPhone Aimed at Cellphone Addicts. Watch this brilliant TEDxUtrecht Talk Ben Langeveld & Ingmar Larsen gave: How a piece of plastic can change the world.

Here’s another solution. Watch what happens when this person reaches for their phone: the dog stages an intervention.

This cartoon shows another approach in dealing with the problem.

therapy for cellphone addiction cartoon

Maharishi University Students Win National Collegiate Hackathon Competition, Visit Silicon Valley High Tech Companies

March 9, 2013

Fairfield, Iowa: Maharishi University Computer Science students were among 10 finalists in a national collegiate hackathon competition to win a trip to Silicon Valley. During their visit they met with high tech leaders from 15 companies.

Hackathons are growing in popularity. Companies like Facebook, Google, and now the White House have employed this strategy to come up with innovative software solutions to problems. Last month a company called HackerRank announced a national collegiate computer-programming competition. Over 400 students from the nation’s top schools participated in the hackathon. Contestants were given 24 hours to complete six challenges. Some of the high tech companies sponsoring the competition were Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox.

MUM students Khongor Enkhbold and Khasan Bold were among top ten finalistsin a National Collegiate Hackathon Competition who won a trip to Silicon Valley

MUM students Khasan Bold and Khongor Enkhbold were two of the top ten finalists in a National Collegiate Hackathon Competition to visit Silicon Valley

Two students from Maharishi University of Management’s Masters in Computer Science program went up against students from tech titans Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Princeton, Purdue, MIT, University of California-Berkeley, and both made it into the top ten. Khongor Enkhbold placed 5th and Khasan Bold, 7th. The top ten final positions were: 3 from Berkeley, 2 each from Harvard and MUM, and 1 each from UCLA, Purdue, and Nebraska.

All finalists earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley where they met with tech professionals from 15 top companies. They had to sign nondisclosure agreements before entering each company and were not allowed to take any pictures because of work posted on the walls.

“We visited about 15 companies like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Palantir, Rocket Fuel, OpenTable, Dropbox and others,” said Khasan Bold. “We saw Mark Zuckerberg and also met with D’Angelo, the CEO and the founder of Quora.”

When they visited LinkedIn they noticed their neighbors, Google and NASA. Khasan remarked on “one cool thing—Google supports the entire city of Mountain View with Wi-Fi. That means we could have accessed Google’s Wi-Fi from anywhere in town!”

He noted that almost every company they visited provided many games for their employees to play like PlayStation, Foosball, Ping Pong, Billiards, as well as a lot of free food and drinks.

Khongor Enkhbold at Twitter headquarters. Note the logoed lawn game and color-coordinated deck furniture.

Khasan Bold at Twitter headquarters. Note the logoed lawn game and color-coordinated deck furniture.

They also took time to speak with employees at Twitter. Khasan said the trip gave him a “real quick screenshot of the top US IT companies” and hopes it will help him find his future job here in the US.

Khongor and Khasan have won computer-programming competitions before. In 2010 they were on a 3-person team that took the championship cup for all of Mongolia. In 2009, they won bronze medals in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition, sponsored by IBM, in the Asian region in Shanghai, China. In 2010 and 2011, Khongor also won bronze and silver medals with different teammates at the same venue. When asked why they compete in these events, Khongor replied, “We don’t compete because we need to… We compete because we love to!”

Khonger Enkhbold and Khasan Bold have their picture taken by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge during their trip to high-tech companies.

Khasan Bold and Khongor Enkhbold by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge during their trip to Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies.

Khasan and Khongor heard about Maharishi University from their friends. They applied to the MS in Computer Science because of the unique opportunity MUM affords its students in gaining practical IT experience with high-level US companies, as well as the cutting-edge curriculum offered by the University’s top faculty. They also found Fairfield, Iowa to be a peaceful, creative city making it an ideal place to study.

Founded in 1971, Maharishi University of Management (MUM) is a unique private institution that offers Consciousness-Based℠ Education, a traditional academic curriculum enhanced with self-development programs like the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Students are encouraged to follow a more sustainable routine of study, socializing and rest without the typical college burnout. All aspects of campus life nourish the body and mind, including organic vegetarian meals served fresh daily. Located in Fairfield, Iowa, MUM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 or visit

PRWeb press release posted March 09, 2013, 9:40 a.m. CST: MUM Computer Science Students Win National Collegiate Hackathon Competition and Trip to Silicon Valley.

For more information on Khasan and Khongor, see the Computer Professionals Newsletter announcing their win.

See Maharishi University Computer Science Students Continue to Solve Problems and Win Competitions.

Oprah meditates with ladies in MUM Golden Dome

November 19, 2011

This photo, with text, was posted on Oprah Winfrey’s Facebook page. OWN also showed previews from her upcoming shows, including a few clips from her visit here. This episode is scheduled to air early in the year. Watch a sneak peek of Oprah’s Next Chapter. Read more: First Look: Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Now more clips available from Doctor Oz’s Dec 7 exclusive interview with Oprah. In this candid one-on-one interview, Oprah discusses her life after the Oprah show. She details her aspirations, challenges, how she knew it was time to make a change and found the courage to do it.

Part 3 at 1:00–1:15, shows clips of her visit with the Vedic Pandits, and Part 7 at 1:15–3:00, Oprah discusses rush hour in Fairfield, Iowa, TM Town, where everyone goes to the domes to meditate, how TM benefits her and all her employees who do TM twice a day at work, and the value of taking time for your Self in that way.

Oprah’s Next Chapter

Oprah Winfrey joins in evening meditation at The Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge in Fairfield, Iowa
Photo Credit: (c) 2012 Harpo, Inc./George Burns

Oprah in a small town in Iowa devoted to the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Oprah’s Next Chapter debuts January 1 at 9/8c exclusively on OWN. Find OWN on your tv here:

See related events/posts: Reports of Oprah’s visit to Fairfield, Iowa and Oprah says she and her staff meditate, enjoy a Quiet Time twice a day—Facebook Live interview. Here’s a report on the interview with Dr. Oz, reported in Miami Spirituality Examiner: Oprah Discusses Her Life After the Practice of Transcendental Meditation. And a recent post on the TM Blog Oprah Winfrey talks TM with Dr. Mehmet Oz. For more, see: Some Reports on Dr. Oz’s Interview with Oprah about TM and her Next Chapter. And this latest news: Oprah writes in O Mag about her visit to TM Town and meditating with ladies in their Golden Dome | OWN: Oprah Visits America’s Most Unusual Town, Sunday, March 25, 8 p.m. CT, 9-10 p.m. ET/PT.

Oprah says she and her staff meditate, enjoy a Quiet Time twice a day—Facebook Live interview

September 17, 2011

Oprah and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg enjoy a lively discussion.

This was news to me. Did you know that Oprah was interviewed on Facebook Live? Live Interview with Oprah Winfrey – Sept 8, 2011. Since I’m not on Facebook I didn’t go there to look for it. So I did a Bing search and found it posted on Oprah sat down with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg for an enjoyable talk. Besides Sandberg, members of the Facebook crowd also got to ask Oprah questions, along with online participants.

Oprah is quite the talker. She is a great communicator and teacher. She sincerely wants to bring more consciousness into the lives of her viewers, and shares some revealing valuable lessons she’s learned over the years. Around 9:15 minutes into this enjoyable 1 hour interview, Oprah tells Sheryl that she and her OWN company offices in Chicago and LA have now incorporated meditation, a Quiet Time, twice a day into their schedule. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about this in a future show.

There were so many wise things Oprah said about her life, the evolving philosophy of her program, from entertaining and shocking her viewers, to helping them empower themselves. She feels her mission is to help people become the best they can be. Here is a partial transcript from the section on meditation. Sheryl asks Oprah what was it in her that helped her become who she is today.

Oprah: I think that the same thing that is in me is in everybody else, and when you close your eyes sometimes and you get really still…like one of the things that we are doing at my companies now is everybody is learning to meditate. And everybody gets all thrown by the word, meditation. So I said to them the other day: Let’s not call it meditation, let’s just call it Quiet Time, because…

Sheryl: Like my kids. They get Quiet Time.

Oprah: Yes, yes. Because when you teach your children meditation, you don’t say, we’re going to me-di-tate. You say, let’s have some Quiet Time. So twice a day now, at OWN, in Chicago and Los Angeles, we take Quiet Time…where you…literally…

So I have…having grown up in rural Mississippi, alone with my grandmother, I had a lot of quiet time. I had a lot of time to touch the stillness inside me. And the truth is, that’s where God lives. God lives in the space of stillness. Whatever you chose to call God, or not call God. It doesn’t matter whether you chose to call it or not, that stillness is always there, that awareness space.

…where you live, where the capital You resides, is not in the thoughts, but in the awareness, in that space. So I have lived in that space, of awareness for myself for a very long time. I can’t even remember…

You know, all of us has that space were you’re willing to get still, because the world will try to tell you everything about yourself, and…we have so many voices, in our heads and on our Facebook pages telling us everything. But, to know, really, what to do and how to be guided in your life, you have to go to that still space where the bigger You, the greater You, resides. And I have it, and so does everybody else who’s listening to us right now.

Sheryl: Get ready Facebook, we’re going to be meditating. (Sheryl gives the peace sign).

Oprah (laughs): Ya…ha ha ha

Sheryl: Twice a day.

Oprah: It changes the energy of everybody in your company. I mean, for years I’ve wanted to do it. And I knew that, because I didn’t start out that way. And I started out my school doing it too in South Africa.

Have a moment where you can go into that space, so that you’re not just talking and operating outta the top of your head, and you’re not just moving in your action-external self, but that you’re bringing a deeper sense of who you really are.

For a review of the show with quotes, here’s an article about it in The Huffington Post: Oprah At Facebook: Incredible (VIDEO). The video is posted there, as it also is on Oprah Forces Her Employees to Meditate, which is unfair since Oprah doesn’t force her employees to participate in such programs, she just provides it to them as a Quiet Time option, a time to chill out—something we can all benefit from in this fast-paced crazy world. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

This first show is now posted on Facebook:

It’s a great interview. Enjoy!

Also see Reports of Oprah’s visit to Fairfield, Iowa in the news Oct 19+20, 2011: Fairfield Ledger: Oprah visits Maharishi School, Fairfield | KTVO: Oprah and her jet land in southeast Iowa | Oprah Winfrey Meditated in Fairfield Iowa Tonight with Other Transcendental Meditation Meditators: Oprah Jets into Fairfield and MeditatesInspiring Developments | Mount Everest | Emporium. And Oprah meditates with ladies in MUM Golden Dome, which includes links to an interview with Dr. Oz, reported in Oprah Discusses Her Life After the Practice of Transcendental Meditation. And a recent post on the TM Blog Oprah Winfrey talks TM with Dr. Mehmet Oz. For more, see: Some Reports on Dr. Oz’s Interview with Oprah about TM and her Next Chapter. And this latest news: Oprah writes in O Mag about her visit to TM Town and meditating with ladies in their Golden Dome.

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