Good Kid, Maad City: Week 2

A short but sweet entry….

This week has been quite a different working experience. As Edwin (my boss) headed to Ghana to supervise the latest water project, myself and my fellow intern, Ben, were left to our own devices. This was my first real experience of working independently and having to make my own decisions regarding design, content and organisation.

Unfortunately, the week as well as current week 3 have been cut short due to an unfortunate diagnosis of tonsillitis. Not only has this hindered my work, but also affected my 21st Birthday over the weekend. For those of you who knew me in my school days, you would understand why this is so frustrating. I hate breaking routine due to illness and I would just go into school anyway. However, this time, I’ve had to learn that sometimes things are just out of your control.

Depending on my health, I shall have some more exciting updates soon! It is in times like these that internet technology is a lifesaver!

Over and Out!

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Good Kid, Maad City: My First Week

Walking into the Google Campus everyday is quite surreal. The burst of entrepreneurial energy really does shine through and you can tell everyone has an exciting story behind their decision to start their own business. I must admit, this last week, although there has been quite a lot of work, there has been a significant amount of people watching!

Work wise, I’ve been really lucky to gain on-the-job experience from day 1. I’ve learnt how social media acts as a really important form of marketing in today’s business world. Many people think the significance of social media is overstated. Maybe, I used to be one of those people, but my perception is definitely starting to change now that I am on the other side of business and I have a lot of control over the platforms. Apologies for all of those who just see ‘Sanum has liked GiveMeTap’s photo’ every hour and ‘Sanu has retweeted GiveMeTap’ every other hour. Actually, i’m not sorry… please like the Facebook page and make me look really good. 

I’ve done some press related things also, however I know that the meat will come when I’ve built a bit more of a relationship with people and also when I get to know how everything works a little bit better. It’s going to be exciting.

EVENT OF THE WEEK: So, some geeza comes up to me and asks me what I was doing at the Hub. I explained what GiveMeTap was, and my role, and he suddenly asked if I could do an interview for The One Show. This was really bizarre and random, but I thought WHY NOT – Perfect press opportunity for GiveMeTap. I was really proud of this opportunity. However, when the camera started rolling, and I had a GMT speech ready at the tip of my tongue, I got HIT with “So how do you feel about Google having access to so much of our data?”. My heart dropped, my legs went to jelly and my throat closed up. It was awful and I was just so thrown off with no briefing or warning. But within 3 seconds, I realised I had to turn this around. I managed to coherently discuss with presenter Alex Riley about this topic which I had very little concrete knowledge about and I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself. After signing one of those film shooting forms, part of me was really eager to watch it, but come Thursday, I was quite relieved that it didn’t get picked to air. It was slightly embarrassing and I had no make-up on. Not one for the memory bank!

Hope you enjoyed your first weekly update! I’ll leave you with a picture of when Edwin (my Boss), Ben (fellow intern) and myself randomly went to this random Museum of Water exhibition and partied hard with shots of water. Tap Water. Did I mention how random it was?

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Good Kid, Maad City: An Introduction (London, GiveMeTap & my journey)

This week I have embarked on an exciting journey. I have moved to UK’s concrete jungle as the PR/Social Media Intern for social enterprise, GiveMeTap.

I must admit, I didn’t realise how ‘loaded’ that last sentence is; A move, a title, a company and a name. It is impossible for me to tell this piece of news to anyone without being subjected to a list of questions about each of these components. These are all questions from people I know, love and very much miss now that i’m far from home. I wish I could explain in depth to everyone about the amazing work I will be doing over the Summer, helping villages in Africa through reducing plastic waste in the UK, however, after a long day it just won’t be possible. Frankly, you know I’ll be too busy watching The Mindy Project…

Hence, Good Kid Maad City. This feature series will act as a communicator to all of those who I wish I could talk to personally. I will (most probably, weekly) update you all on what i’m actually doing at GiveMeTap, as well as my experiences in London, outside of office hours.

This week, I have already learned so much about water and about how social media can be effectively managed for business. It is only the end of day 2, but I have invaded the Twittersphere, improved my writing through a Press Release and have even brainstormed some great 1000883_10151497305901915_11996461_npress ideas with The Water Guy himself. I have taken a shot of water, tweeted a really lame ‘selfie’ and have realised that a lot more of this behaviour will occur. Hopefully my blogging activity (and quality) will increase through managing the GiveMeTap blog and posting my  stuff on here.

I cannot wait to share this journey with you all and subsequently the message of sustainability. I hope I can encourage you to buy a bottle and suggest a tap… also please find me a great job so I can spend more time on this than job applications…

Catch up with you soon!

Exams eat the soul…

Apologies for the lack of content over the last month. During exam period, it is so hard to stay creative without going overboard as a form of procrastination! Here are some things to look forward to when Sanum Jain and adosofpersonalwhim are back in full force…

A piece on the Abercrombie & Fitch marketing strategy.

My experience of racial tension since the Woolwich Murder.

A small insight into my first week as an Intern at GiveMeTap.

MAYBE a new feature based on the weekly Caitlin Moran page in the Times Magazine.

and of course, the ImageOfTheWeek feature will be back…

WATCH THIS SPACE!

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For the love of Ganesh… ImageOfTheWeek.

For the love of Ganesh... ImageOfTheWeek.

One of Topman’s latest from the Summer 2013 range, is this basic Men’s tee displaying Ganesh, the Hindu deity of Knowledge. However, how many people who buy this tee will know this? How many will understand the background to this image?

Throughout the 21st Century, religious symbols/images have been commercialised and mass produced. The Christian Cross is a prime example of this. You’re not a rock star if you aren’t seen sporting a Cross Pendant… even Bollywood actors have started accessorising, regardless of their religion. This will always be controversial and will always have people on both sides saying it is either blasphemy or just freedom of expression. However, the point I wish to make, free from a religious point of view on my part, is that of Corporate Responsibility.

One defense of this view, would be that of cultural appropriation – adoption of a culture by another culture. However, here, we would be getting into a messy web of differences between culture and religion. Should Ganesh’s image be printed on an item of Indian clothing, then yes, you could say it is cultural appropriation. However, this tee is a modern item of clothing.

So why do I think this is a case of Corporate Responsibility? Because this level of controversy acts against a “regulation of social good” that businesses should ethically adhere to.  I put it in the same basket as Primark selling kid’s padded bikinis. Nothing can really stop it, but it’s just not right.

To me, this tee shirt is a symbol of a religion. Wearing it requires the respect of the traditions and values held by that religion. Mass-producing this image onto a mainstream item of clothing, to me, effectively diminishes the meaning behind it. Although the UK is multi-cultural, it is not yet socially aware enough to be ready for this type of commercialisation. It won’t be long until you see young people wearing it while obliviously eating a beefy Big Mac. This wouldn’t be out of direct disrespect, but out of a lack of knowledge and appreciation. It is about as socially aware as a person, wearing a peace sign t-shirt, casually car-jacking

On a practical note, I don’t think that the tee will do that well and feel that it is a terrible addition to the summer line. After showing the image to many of my friends, the general response has been, “..but who would wear that, though?”. Stick to the retro look, Topman.

Over and Out.

Shiny Happy People… ImageOfTheWeek.

Shiny Happy People... ImageOfTheWeek.

I found this today, on Buzzfeed (click on the pic to read the article): ‘No, Seriously, This Guy Is Holding A “You Deserve Rape” Sign’

For a bit of context: “A University of Arizona student [Dean Saxton] sparked outrage Tuesday by holding up a sign reading, “You Deserve Rape” and preaching that women who dress like “whores” bring rape upon themselves in protest to a sexual assault awareness event being held that night.” – Buzzfeed.com

The awareness event in question was “Reclaim the Night“. In a nutshell, this event is a brilliant movement of Women reclaiming their right to safety on the streets, protesting against the idea that they should feel scared and intimidated to go out at night.

Back to the picture in question… It is quite hard for one to explain how they feel about such an image. The first words that sprung to my mind were ‘angry’, ‘upset’ but also, unfortunately, ‘not surprised’. Many of the arguments about gender equality are pretty self explanatory and obvious in this context, however, I think a few points specific points need to made here.

Firstly, this is a universal attack. Not only is this image/campaign an attack  on Women, but it is also insinuating that Men believe that they have the right to rape based on the actions of the Woman. Furthermore, this is an implicit attack on Male character, assuming that men are unable to control their sexual capacity. In a patriarchal society that dictates how Women should act/dress, surely these are indications of a repression? What is even worse, is that it doesn’t even take into account the real reasons for rape. Most of the time, it isn’t even about Sex, but about assertion of male dominance, a struggle for power and issues that are a whole different “kettle of fish”.

Secondly, after reading one of the passages from Saxton’s blog, it occurred to me that this Christian extremist is mixing up two very different issues – That of Rape and Sexual Violence, and that of Sexual Liberation. He refers to the American Greek-life culture as a “whoredom” where young men and women are committing “sins” however this is an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ISSUE about sexual behaviour, and more specifically, college culture for young people.  This isn’t an issue about men criminally forcing sex onto dis-consenting Women.  Yes, I agree that there can be some overlap in these environments whereby peer pressure and intoxicants can blur the lines of consent, however, this is not Saxton’s arguement. He is insinuating that if a woman engages in pre-marital sex, than it is inevitable that men may want to rape her – this is a disgusting belief and one similar to the justifications made by the Dehli gang-rapists for the crimes against their 19 year-old victim.

Thirdly, I will make a point regarding “issue-overlap”. As with many extreme views, single prejudices against gender, sexuality, race, religion, class do not really exist. These factors are interlocked and have been throughout history. The only difference in the 21st Century, is the increasing voice that minority groups have in the globalised era. Saxton states that “fat lesbians will get raped”, putting them in the same camp as Feminists and whores. Why is it that one’s weight and sexuality determines whether they get raped? Does your own prejudice permit you to believe that those different to you deserve to be subject to the worst forms of violence? Where does this end? Do other religious groups deserve this same fate?

Lastly, I would just like to express how unfortunate it is that these views are being expressed in today’s world, and worse, that free speech protects these views. All types of inequality stem from extremist views such as the ones held by the man who produced this image. More to the point, he is arguing that rape is okay and his university paper saw it fit to publish it. This view has no place in a publication and no place in any society.

Over and Out.

REBLOG: The tragic irony of Censorship

I stumbled across this brilliant blog post today about American gun law. It provides the perfect example of how the “Free World” is one of the biggest hypocrisies on this planet. Had I not stumbled across my ImageOfTheWeek today, this would have definitely made the cut!

Enjoy!

Over and Out.

PostScript

A new publicity campaign from the ‘Moms demand action for gun sense in America’ project has struck chords. One image has reached viral status on Facebook and other social networking sites over the past week. The haunting photograph depicts two girls, roughly 9 years old, sat cross-legged in a classroom with an American flag hung dutifully in the corner. Writing above the two girls reads ‘One child is holding something that’s been banned in America to protect them.’ The girl on the left holds an illustrated copy of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’: the staple children’s tale of a wolf, a grandma and a girl. In stark contrast, the girl on the right sits devoid of emotion; however, with impeccable posture, she grasps a semi-automatic assault rifle, her fingers resting loosely over the trigger.

”Meticulous attention to protecting irrational, incredulous and irreversibly damaging firearms rights presents a multitude of tragic ironies.”

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