Cybersastra.net

Author Archive: Patsy Berry

One of the Most Powerful Women in NYC’s Art World

Lisa Phillips, the director of the New Museum in Lower Manhattan, strolled into a coffee shop decorated in engineered timber frames on Broadway one late-winter afternoon attempting to take a couple of minutes for lunch – it was 4:30, nearly sundown. She had taken a look at her phone, and her eyes widened at a piece of news just then ricocheting around the art world, that Thomas P. Campbell, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 8 years, had actually resigned under pressure in the middle of budget plan and management issues.

“I don’t have any idea what the circumstances are,” Ms. Phillips stated, “but, look, no matter what, it’s just a very hard job.”

And she would know: At 63, Ms. Phillips has been running an art museum in New York City longer than anybody other than Glenn Lowry at the Museum of Modern Art (she took over in 1999, he in 1995.) She is among just 2 directors in the city who has actually supervised the largest slab crane construction of a new building (the New Museum’s unconventional Bowery house, opened in 2007; Adam Weinberg, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, opened his brand-new building in the meatpacking district 2 years earlier.) And she is now in the midst of an $80 million capital constructions and crane hire project to double her museum’s size, a job significant up until now for its sotto-voce nature, in sharp contrast to the growth Mr. Lowry is managing, which has actually included the extensively criticized take down of the previous house of the American Folk Art Museum.

“Even with the expansion, it’s not about bigger being better, which has become the reflex position,” she said. “Yes we need space. But it’s more about using the space and the money we raise to think about what the museum needs to become in the 21st century.” She included: “The concept of soft power has become a bit of a cliché, I guess. But it’s the way I’ve always thought about what I do, and I think it’s the way this museum has made a difference.”

As her organization commemorates its 40th anniversary, Ms. Phillips has completely gone into the dean phase of a museum profession. Yet she remains among the least openly acknowledged members of the museum-leader community, owing in part to a constitutional hostility to chest-thumping that has actually left her standing in the shadows of her contemporaries. (She has, for instance, over more than thirty years as a manager and director, never ever been profiled by this publication, and I might discover only one substantial publication short article committed to her.).

However her molding of the New Museum from a near-guerrilla, artist-beloved operation established by another female, Marcia Tucker, into what it is today – an extremely concerned, still-nimble organization that has actually formed its own character on the planet’s most overcrowded city for modern art and glue laminated architecture – has actually earned her the respect of those who compete with her for shows, clients and attention.

“Because she’s so low-key and doesn’t blow her own horn, I think that in 20 years, when she’s no longer a director, people are going to look back and say she was one of the great museum directors of her generation, I really do,” Mr. Weinberg said.

Is that Instagram Photo Making Us Eat Poorly?

We live in an age where everyone can take stunning quality photos on their phone, and some of those photos can even earn you big bucks. But is being an inspiring photographer putting yourself and your peers at risk of falling into bad dieting habits?

The National Osteoporosis Society is the latest medical company calling out dangerous patterns.

This week, the National Osteoporosis Society launched research caution that so-called “clean eating trends” that cut out significant food groups, such as dairy, gluten, and improved sugars, might jeopardize the health of young people that are heavily influenced by digital content on social media that glamorise clean eating and are topped with a nice filter to sweeten the deal.

The NSO surveyed 2,000 grownups, and found that 4 in 10 young adults have tried dieting. 20 percent of them had either cut out or restricted their consumption of dairy, badly restricting their calcium intake. This age was also the most likely to get their nutritional information from social media. The NOS now thinks that these dietary trends are putting this generation at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis. Depictions of prepared meals aren’t all bad; however it’s the photos with subliminal messages and an agenda that could hurt young adults.

The issue might be that numerous youths who try these diets aren’t doing their research study through reputable, certified sources. They’re simply looking at photos on social media and attempting to mimic what they see without seeking advice from any professional sources about what is right for their particular bodies.

Since fresh food has become a regular feature on social media platforms, issues that individuals’ health will suffer if they don’t follow suit have followed. Yet some experts think social media isn’t entirely to blame.

Nikki Ostrower, who founded NAO Nutrition after getting back on his feet from a series of eating disorders, thinks that a culture preoccupied with dieting is the genuine issue.”We’ve always been obsessed with dieting,” she told me. “Diets, whether in paid announcements or in books, have actually been around permanently.”

While Ostrower concurs that “social media is an easy [place] to get lost in compare and despair,” she thinks resolving unhealthy teen habits needs to go beyond managing their use of social media.

“Parents are giving their kids control over their phones, and while technology can be addictive and exhausting, I don’t think that’s the problem. We were never given tools to build confidence and self-esteem,” she stated. She suggests meditation, positive affirmation, yoga, and naturally, the guidance of a medical professional.

But until more people want adopt Ostrower’s methods, and seek advice from an expert when aiming to change their diet plans, social media will be a looming risk to our health. There’s been plenty of research in the past to show the unsafe impact social media fad diets can have on young people in specific.

Back in 2014, Elle reported on the threats of social media-driven diet fads.

“There’s just so much information out there that I think it’s become confusing for people to wade through it and figure out what is actually a truly holistic, healthy approach versus this obsession with comparing and the weight-focused discussions,” Claire Mysko, director of the National Eating Disorders Association informed the publication.

And a 2015 Rutgers study tried to combat the sea of misinformation drifting around the internet about healthy eating: The authors composed that “some [information] is blatantly misleading and questionable, “and described ideas on the best ways to identity trusted sources for dietary information. They recommended making “sure the author(s) have the appropriate education and qualifications to share information on apps, blogs and websites. If social media does not meet these requirements, then search for sites or apps that can be considered peer reviewed and accurate. Social media needs to be more than just quick and efficient.”

And in 2015, the Guardian consulted with a nutritionist named Rhiannon Lambert who encountered a condition called orthorexia— a term created in 1997 for a “fixation with exemplary eating” (it’s still ruled out as an official scientific medical diagnosis).

“Young people lose sleep over this and cannot afford the lifestyle needed to maintain it,” Lambert said. “Health bloggers can be unqualified and offer dangerous advice…They often give advice on clean eating with no scientific backing.”

Self styled wellness gurus have actually taken over social media by writing content that promotes diet fads. Freelee the Banana Woman shot to fame on YouTube for her extreme vegan diet plan– she consumes 50 bananas a day– however rapidly dealt with the reaction for her incendiary, and unscientific, opinions on the best ways to remain healthy. Celebs like Nicki Minaj and Kylie Jenner have been promoting teatoxes on their Instagram accounts as an approach for weight reduction. Teen Vogue stated these teas as bogus– they merely include an FDA authorized laxative called Senna that will empty you out, but not in fact lower your weight.

However even though they’ve been exposed, detoxing trends still have more than eight million posts on Instagram, and Ostrower cautions that none are a one-size-fits-all miracle treatment.

“Detoxing is very serious. We want to monitor that. Everyone needs a different cleanse. It might not always be a juice. It could be a whole foods cleanse,” she stated.

All in all, when it comes clean eating you shouldn’t put excessive stock in what you see on your Instagram and Twitter feeds– unless it’s from a certified professional.

Voice Over Artists: How to Hone your Dialect Skills

The world has become a very small place indeed; consequently, voice over artists who can convincingly portray dialects are in hot demand. However, if you are on the path to being a dialect artist, you must continuously hone your skills.

See, you may think that you can handle a dialect well, but you may not be as good as you assume. Lets put it this way  have you ever heard someone talk in what he or she thinks is a British accent but which is absolutely awful? You certainly dont want that to happen to you when a voice over agent listens to your audio!

Therefore, you need get to and stay at the top of your game. Here, we will show you three great ways to perfect your voice over dialect skills.

1. Listen to People with the Dialect You are Imitating

There is no way on earth that you’re going to be able to pull off a persuasive dialect if you havent spent a great deal of time actually listening to the way people from a certain region talk. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to travel halfway around the country (or planet); thankfully, the Internet has made it easy to listen online to folks from around the globe.

As you’re listening to dialects, you should literally take notes for yourself to use later. For instance, if the person you’re hearing says the vowel are€ in a particular manner, write that down. Do the same with other vowels and consonants. Make note of speech patterns as well.

Additionally, pay attention to colloquialisms. Nothing is more maddening than when a voice over artist messes up on a dialect by inserting a phrase that the intended speaker wouldn’t say.

If you want people to listen to your voice over results, you have to listen to them first yourself. So get a recorder or use your laptop and start talking! Pick up the newspaper and just read a story or two in a particular dialect; then, play back your recording.

As you do this more and more often, you’ll become very aware of any mistakes you’re making. Thus, you’ll be able to (hopefully) correct them. This is really the best way to make sure that you’re being true to the dialect.

3. Start Attempting New Dialects

Even as you’re honing your voice over dialect skills, add new ones to the mix. Try a French accent. Attempt a South African accent (as opposed to a British or Australian one). See if you can differentiate your accents by region .

By challenging yourself, you’ll actually become better at your original dialects. Plus, you’ll become more versatile (and marketable) as a voice over artist in the process. It’s a win-win situation all around!