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The Dilemma of Social Media

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One of my true regrets in life is falling a victim for social media, for having this constant urge to check my news-feed. It seems after all, that social media is indeed highly addictive.

I often find myself despising the medium that has displayed everyone’s world out there in the open, the platform where now almost everything is shared and posted online. Well, of course not everything, but the good parts that make a person looks good.

The dilemma of social media is in its irony, in its positive aspects that can’t be denied or disregarded, and the aspects that gets you to doubt yourself.

Don’t get me wrong, I value social media for giving a voice to the bright minds, for being a platform for young entrepreneurs to kick off their business startups, I value social media for it offered me the chance for scholarships, trainings and job opportunities.

Social media has also taught me a lot, from those who shared their experience on health, beauty and self-care. It introduced us to a new community, and brought us tighter with others. But at the same time, didn’t it somehow drift us apart from some?

Texting have caused me the loss of friendships, and yes, to that extent it caused me damage. Texting is often misread, and has blurred the advantages of having a real sit down to talk things out. Now that’s one damage social media can cause, the simplest kind.

Some of us may unconsciously start to compare their life with others on social media, and this can lead to a number of questions that one often tries to leave unopened. Questions like: Am I on the right track? Am I falling behind? What am I doing with my life?

When in fact, you ARE doing okay, others may have checked countries out of their bucket list but that doesn’t mean that it is too late for you to start your own adventure. it may seem that others are going somewhere and you’re stuck in that same place. But this should inspire you to move, to take an action, it shouldn’t at all hold you in that place forever.

Numbers shouldn’t be in control of our lives, it shouldn’t  set a standard for beauty or rate popularity, they are just numbers, that is what they are, meaningless numbers. Because at the end of the day, the likes of a few closed one are all the guarantee and validation that you need.

I hate that some people are becoming popular based on that, that they hold power over others even though their influence is one we all better live without.

One thing that I know for sure is that a user can solve the dilemma. A user get to choose whom to follow and whom not to, a user can fight harassing comments with positive ones, a user chooses how to be influenced and the kind of content they shall be exposed to.

So, what kind of user shall you choose to become?

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Suspends Services for One Month

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox churches have announced the suspension of masses and other services in both Cairo and Alexandria as of Monday and the suspension will last for a month.

The suspension comes in light of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases among clergymen and churchgoers.

The Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday released an official statement that says the suspension includes Sunday’s schools, meetings, services and masses, and that priests in each church are allowed one mass weekly with a minimal presence and a maximum of five deacons only.

As for funeral services, they’re allowed to be held but with the participation of only one priest and one deacon and of course the family of the deceased. However, the halls that are designated for mourning services will be closed until the improvement of current conditions.

For Baptism services, the maximum number allowed are four member of the baby’s family.

The statement added that study at institutes and educational centres will carry on but with a reduced maximum of 25%.

As for the dioceses, each bishop get to decide what is most suitable to the health situation in his diocese, in partnership with the congregation of priests.

We urge all worshipers to remain safe and adhere to all the precautionary measures needed.

 

 

 

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The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually

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According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.

The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.

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Catch The Arab Premiere For Short Movie Henet Ward During Cairo Film Festival

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Egypt’s short movie ‘Henet Ward’ will have its MENA premiere at Cairo Film Festival, where it will compete with other movies.

The movie has participated in more than 95 international festivals around the world in (50 different countries) including 20 festivals that qualify for the Oscar and BAFTA and the film has won 12 international awards since its world premiere in the official competition of the “Clermont Ferrand International Festival” in France.

The movie is directed by Murad Mostafa and will be competing in the Cairo Film Festival.

Henet Ward tackles the life of “Halima”, a Sudanese henna painter living in Egypt. She goes to one of Giza’s local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding and her 7 years old daughter “Ward” accompanies her and starts to wander around and discover the place.

The movie also stars Emad Goniem, Halima, and Hagar Mahmoud, among others.

The following are the screening times for the movie:

Arab premiere
Sunday December 6th | 3:30 PM | Hanager cinema hall in the Egyptian Opera House

Playback
Monday, December 7th | 1:00 PM | Odeon 2 cinema downtown

Share with us what you think of the movie when you catch the premiere!

 

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