Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Latest Vogue Paris 

I need to get a new iPad but this is the reason why I can't reorganise the pics.

This was the French interpretation of Princess Di.

Every person in the Commonwealth knows she didn't ride.

I do wish this editorial wasn't so literal.

It would have been nice to have a French version of Di.
This just seems a bad version of the truth.
We all remember the sad Di - but it is almost as if the French are saying that they are happy they had a revolution.

Good hair, small earrings, gentle cream turtleneck with a beige/camel coat.
So classic.

This is where French Vogue goes all fetish.
Necrophilia much?

What a waste of skinny models to make them lie down.

I don't like excessive photoshopping.
And yet I feel guilty because I am in magazine mode and not used to shadows of any kind so paused at this photo.

The rest of the magazine was rather dull.
But nice excuse to say Hi! x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Mercury Retrograde and Social Media

I have cancelled and deleted my Facebook account with the recent news.

I think we all know that the findings are going to be a lot worse than we thought.

My first inkling something was off was during Brexit when I blocked certain political parties who were bombarding me and even after blocking them, they were allowed to feature on my feed and even direct message me to change my vote.  

I am on WhatsApp however and know that it is linked to Facebook but I had to at least make a stand and a gesture. But I am toying with getting rid of that possibly.

It seems that due to the closures that Instagram might actually listen to the users and bring back chronological feeds so perhaps these account closures are having a small effect.

But today I had another incident.

I liked a comment on twitter on an american politician's feed about a fast food that originated in Italy and now is common place in the world which is linked to a controversial matter that was on wikileaks before the US election. ( I am not going to get into that with any commenters just so you know.) 

I don't want to write it because it will only come up on some algorithm. This was a sparsely active twitter account that I have had since the beginning of twitter and never had any problems until a few hours after I liked this comment.

Twitter said I had 'suspicious twitter activity' and they wanted my phone number to reactivate my twitter account.

I have declined and they can have the handle back. 

I refuse to to give up the beauty of the internet and treat a social media outlet like a bank KYC ( know your customer ) protocol.

Then today I tried to log on to Hayu - this is a UK online version of all the trashy Bravo TV shows.

However, I couldn't log on as it was linked to the now defunct twitter account.  So I tweeted on my husband's twitter account asking for help in this specific situation.

They said that I had to follow them for instructions.

I asked them again and got them to confirm that if as a paying customer I still had to "follow" them to get help.

They confirmed.

I then tweeted the UK Ombudsman tagging Hayu explaining that they were forcing me to do something on top of paying them which is all that is needed to get commensurate service.

Only then did I get help.

I unsubscribed of course so any help was redundant. 

Plus this season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is so dull thankfully.

But it makes you think.

I thought it was ridiculous to chase followers but apparently now it is such a commodity that you may not get due service unless you 'follow'.

It is tainting rather a lot and making me a social media Debbie downer.

I wish I didn't care and to be honest I feel we are already at the sand pit of the slippery slope so why should I bother fighting.

I might go google 'off grid living on an island' now.

It really is strange times we live in.