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Stories from Jordan & beyond.

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By: My Own World: Internet addiction – the black side of the Internet

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 22:45:47 +0000

[...] I don’t know if what I will write is related to this post but I just want to share u my story if u r interested; maybe it will help u ...I have to admit that I have been addicted to the internet for almost 2 years but not on roll, the first year when I was 18 years old the net was some how new for me and for every body, I wanted to know every thing going on in this magical web trying to talk to every body from all over the world, I was so much addicted that I couldn’t feel the time running; it has never been enough.***The addiction stopped when I joined my university I seldom checked my e-mail and my work on the net was pure scientific; University was great I thank allah millions of times that the addiction stopped during that time so I enjoyed my university with my friends and studied well to earn my degree.***After graduation; here it comes the second year of my internet addiction; I joined a forum where I wanted to spend as much time as I can there; On knowing every body to the point of eagerly wanting to meet as much members as I can; in Jordan or when I visited UAE also members who came to visit Jordan from out side, I was really excited to meet all since career life is not that sociable and I still have this good view from university life where every body is kind and honest (at least that was my case). I ended up meeting almost 70 members !!!!*** How did I know I was addicted ? Well I used to think of every body (members) all the time even when I was setting with my family; some times I was Itching to have a computer and internet connection loooool just to know what every body is doing or talking about; that point when I knew how much addicted I am and how addicted people act (alcoholics and smokers)I Just wanted to scream for help.***Then suddenly I stopped and gave it a though! mmmm does it really worth all this ? What a waste of time!! I spend all this time with fake people all what we do is just talking about each others, lying, pretending, gossips, secrets r no longer secrets, people u call friends don't reach under the level of ur friendship standards, grudges, silly girls, manipulative guys,Childish behaviors, I am not an angel but I discovered that all this new for me and I am stupidly kind with every body !! and Spending that time with people where the internet became their life !! OMG it's starting to be mine !!!!!No Wait a minute I don’t want to be like this!***I started to question my self why do I have to do this? Spending my precious time with people whom I don’t really know ….. and u know what I started not to be interested in knowing any, some of them I won’t even think of talking to in my real life … I don’t say I am better than them but they just not my type !on the other hand my family and friends were beginning me to spend a little time with them !!ok this is wrong !!***I knew how involved I was when It started to effect my personal life !It had to stop and I had to heal my self but it should be step by step …. First of all The spark started to be extinguished with time; which helped a lot, secondly I kept in my mind the troubles I’ve been through from spending all this time with all these people which u daily discover new unpleasant things about them; When I didn't ask to know but hye I am already involved ....***I can’t say I quit using the internet or quit participating, but it’s not like before and I started to be very picky meeting any body and there was a big difference especially after I created my blog; I can say I am healed; I am not addicted any more thu sometimes I wish I am cuz it's my space I mean I can be here as much as I can not waiting any body to judge me, hate me or like me ….But lately I feel am wrong and it’s just the same case !Sorry to say that but I rarely spend time browsing other blogs since I get bored easily and don't have much time, also completely not trying to know so many in person unless the once I already do***I wish I know why I was so much addicte[...]

By: The Arab Observer: Am I really after Controversy?

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 10:15:03 +0000

[...] The Arab Observer have made it to be in the list of Qwaider for voting for your favourite male Jordanian blogger, but unfortunatly, it didn't really compete well with only few votes for the Arab Observer (around 8) compared to Bakhouz who dominated the competition with nearly 80 votes so far. Does that upset me? Not really! Maybe a bit :P (damn you Bakhouz!)Two days ago, Nas talked about bloggers identity. He advised bloggers to create a unique identity consistent that seperate them from each other. He claims that being real is what would keep your readers interested in your blog. He ended his post with a question "Isn’t being yourself what blogging is all about? "While I don't agree with all Nas's claims where I don't think that a blogger has to be himself , I find that a blogger identity comes by default. It is a matter of a good identity that appeals to the masses versus a bad one that does only appeal of few people. If a blogger can't manage to build a fan base, then maybe he sould look into ways to make changes to his identity (unless he doesn't want a fanbase in the first place)People have categorized the contenders of the favourite male blogger competition based on their percieved identities. Batir for instance are percieved to be a progressive political writier, while Ahmed Humed is an advertisement/media/marketing expert, Nas is identified with his professional journalism way of writing and the others have their own identification criteria.The Arab Observer seems to be identified by being a Controvesial blog! Secretea said "The Arab Observer always has an interesting take on issues that we, the Jordanian population (from my perspective), rarely think about, like homosexuality, satanists, ...etc. very interesting ;)", while Who-Sane linked to me with a link that have a caption "Controversial Topics"! RedRose recommended me to Radio Monte Carlo to be a young talented writer under Controversial category!The question is do I really love talking about Controversial issues?Some people have accused me before of talking about controversial issues to gain more hits to my blog. While I agree that Controversial issues do gain more people attention, and yes I admit of loving having more readers for what I write, I don't really write about a topic just to gain more hits.What I am after in blogging is a real connection and sharing of ideas between me and other people. I love more when someone disagrees with me than when he agrees. It is always a pleasure to discover a new line of thought or gain a small information that you haven't heard before. I find communicating with people to be the most effective way to learn and grow.I guess that what really identifies my writings is not controversy. If you are a dedicated reader of this blog, you would know that TOLERANCE is what highlights most of my posts. What really drives me to write is an inner need of making other people feel better.Our life is not an easy run. We, human beings, give each other even more hardship than what life gives us because of our fear. We build a wall of rigid rules and ideas refusing to look closer at each individual case and treat the other as much as we hope he treats us.Whether it is women, jews, blacks, homosexuals, satanists, prostitutes and evil holy religious men, we are all human beings. We act according to our circumstances. No one is better than the other (even in his religious believes).I write to draw a smile. To touch your heart. And to open your mind. To feel your humanity and share it with others.No it is controversy I am looking after. It is a call for more compassion and a better life for all of us. [...]

By: Hamzeh N.

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 23:31:22 +0000

The fact that the online world allows us more time to react, to think, to formulate responses, to interact.
Not many people stop to think about this and appreciate how it relates to the way we interact with each other. It was nice to see it mentioned in the article.

By: Global Voices Online » Sneak Preview of Jordanian Blogger Identities

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 16:53:52 +0000

[...] Naseem Tarawneh from Jordan gives us a sneak preview of the identities of bloggers on the Jordanian blogosphere. Share This [...]

By: Maha

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 14:53:17 +0000

"Isn’t being yourself what blogging is all about?" Is it really? i used to think that it's easier for someone to be themselves online and to voice their ideas and thoughts i thought people online are "real", but time and time again i've been proven wrong, why do we assume that people will choose to be their true selves? if i don't like myself i wouldn't want to be myself...and another variable is changes..from being at work to being with family to being online...people have blogging personalities. Being whoever you want to be is what blogging is all about...people can call you a fake lying hypocrite ..but so what? they don't know you. Tangent...I used to think that with so many Jordanian preaching intellectualls on the web that our country is heading for a big change in the direction of corrections and improvement...but it's all talk..very few people actually live their words.

By: Nas

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 14:27:28 +0000

laila: my contact email is listed above nasnas27 at hotmail dot com

By: laila

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 14:03:34 +0000

Hello, I have an inquiry I want to ask about, is it possible to get an email address to send you? Thanks

By: Verbal Alchemy

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 11:44:37 +0000

i have to admit i agree with mo a lot on this one, zakartouni bi mahjoob, inno why do ppl take virtual communities so seriously? its just for fun, and speaking our minds off. inno why do we love to over analyze ppl's characters and their vanity and intentions (human nature im presuming), write whatever u wish and be whoever u r, its ur space! why do blogs have to be personal in the first place, they can simply exclude all daily details of our lives, and our names and our whereabouts and job descriptions, it can just be a place for our intellectual input.. and/or artistic interests, and/or sarcasm on social issues. it doesnt have to revolve around us. and why do ppl meet bloggers anyway! bastaghreb sara7a, what happens in vegas stays in vegas, or so it shud. u deal with ppl online, why do u have to drag em out to ur real world? i think curiousity shud have been one of the deadly sins!

By: Ola

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 10:11:26 +0000

That last analogy was superb :D You know I've developed aphobia for meeting bloggers or anyone I know online in person! That should say something, because when I first started mingling in the cyber world I hadn't expected someone could be so different from reality,I don't mean those who are shy or stuff, I mean those who fake a totally different personality on purpose...

By: Who-sane

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 09:37:47 +0000

I think the problem of having a different identity online stems from the fact that the blogger is writing for his audience, similar to a journalist who writes for a living and takes assignments from his editor in chief to write about topics he might not quite believe in or support. For some people here, blogging is a daily job.

By: Mazz

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 09:32:17 +0000

so you found out about me have you? well i might as well fess up... ladies and gents, my real name is zorg from the planter zorpina. i have super witty statements and sharp come backs. not really being one's self is easier when it comes to blogging and the online world. however, this has become somewhat of an issue as the internet world and the real world are now very slightly separated and are merging into one giant organism. but i like it, bit by bit people will adopt their online character and it shall become their off line character. which will eventually result in more tolerance towards differences and cultural beliefs. but at the same time, it exposes people to all sorts of media. which can corrupt our identity as arabs, muslims, christians, jews, or whatever that identity is. wait, maybe corruption is not the right word...whatever it is, people will have to get more educated to cope with this rapid change in our community. excellent post nas, keep up the good stuff.

By: Qabbani

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 07:58:53 +0000

walla 3ala rasi :)

By: bambam

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 07:10:37 +0000

one question, whats the connection here to the issue ? whether the mask that they wear is "fake" or not in your eyes it is still pretty much part of them and didn't come from a void so it is regardless of your observation part of their true identity. why is that really relevant, why do we have to get along with each other like KG play ground kids ? if i don't like something i either observe from the distance or I erase their existence from my world no need for being immature and childish about it. for this to be an issue in and by itself is more of an issue that issue itself (hows that for a convoluted statement)

By: mo

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 06:58:24 +0000

it never ceases to amaze me how seriously some people take the virtual world .. your talk about a fight in the blogger world and pro and anti camps reminds me of all the fights ive witnessed at mahjoob lol .. really i am amazed by how intense some of those things get considering that the whole thing is taking place on a monitor!! regarding the why do people blog q - is it an escape or a chance to be someone else or a place to vent or or or .. personally .. i see my blog as my own personal newspaper if you will .. i can write my own column or op-ed piece if i wish, or just share some news from around the world, maybe some photos .. and i hope that people find it interesting enough to want to continue reading it .. it's just my little contribution to the online community :P

By: The Observer

Tue, 07 Aug 2007 05:48:04 +0000

Isn’t being yourself what blogging is all about? No, it is not! I don't care if any of the bloggers I read for them are being themselves online. What matters to me is the content they right. If, as you said, they are being more funny for instance online, then that is good. No one can reflect his complete real self. Maybe there is no a complete real self as even on my daily life I find myself acting differently with different people. I sure have an identity, a certain characteristics that distinguish me from other people, but it might not be clear to all, some would see part of those characteristics, others would see a different part. Online, I discovered a new way of communication. Very different than my daily chat with different people. Something like documenting my inner thoughts and share them with others. It is not easy to find time and people to talk to them with such sincerety without an interruption to the sequence of your thoughts. I enjoy the exchange of ideas and love the exchange of feelings between people online. I guess that identity comes by default. Each one of us is different than the other. There is no need to work on that. It just shows itself in everything on your blog and the way you communicate yourself. If some people build a fake identity, then it is their matter. Readers would decide what is good to read. Sometimes a liar can be more interesting than a complete honest person. The most enjoyable part of our blogsphere is its diversity. Let each one of us express himself in the way he finds more suitable.