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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Topic: Out And About – Conversations on the Street about Questions That Matter: Has Social Media Changed How Much We Live Versus Perform Our Lives?

Has social media changed how much we live versus perform our lives? Ruth Copland

This week we consider ‘Has social media changed how much we live versus perform our lives?’ Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players”. The analogy of life as a performance is not a new thing; it has been considered for centuries by such people as Pythagoras and Petronius amongst others. In the past, however, musings focused more on who might be controlling the ‘play’ rather than on people acting out their lives. With social media, though, there is a sense of increasing self-consciousness as we consider what effect our posts are creating. Are we documenting our lives through social media or are we manufacturing our lives to fit an image that we want to project? Are we simply sharing our experiences or are we creating them with an audience in mind? Are we authentic online or are we playing a part? Even if we are not trying to control our image necessarily, are we able to live life in the moment without considering whether it’s a good photo opportunity or something to post about?

What do you think? Ruth Copland interviews people on the street for our Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Rama Chakaki Begins at 53 Minutes


This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Rama Chakaki, businesswoman, social entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Baraka Bits, the only media venture delivering EXCLUSIVELY good news from the Middle East, with a huge focus on the creative arts. We talk about the creative art of the Middle East and how art can both reflect and shape conflict, as well as give a more holistic voice to people living in countries that are often represented simply as areas of conflict in Western media. BarakaBits started with content from the region, changing the narrative in the media to an intelligent, optimistic and empowering one. Rama is also the co-founder of Baraka Ventures, which aims to nurture innovative social enterprises, and Baraka Advisors, which is a digital communications agency rooted in the region’s culture and values. Rama holds a Master’s in Multi-Media Systems and Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. She sits on the board of TechWadi and PACES Charity, was featured in Forbes and is one of 35 women featured in Arab Women Rising, a Wharton School Publication. In addition to her work with Baraka Bits she is also involved with promoting the arts through her work with Art In The City, Canvas Online, Alhoush (the equivalent of Etsy in Palestine) and The Arab Fund for Art and Culture.

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Hampton Sides – Internationally bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and historian


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