Weekly Snapshot Issue: 30 – 31 May 2019

Case we are discussing… 

With the ever-expanding advent of social media influencers, people are often finding themselves in sticky situations because business law or agreements are not traditionally cyber. 

Recently a casein the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT) garnered attention because it dealt with the question of what happens when the informal verbal contract between social influencers and business owners regarding advertising services, ‘goes sour’. 

The matter was heard within the small claims divisions of the VCAT and concerned a social media influencer, Chloe Roberts and Con ‘Costa’ Katsogiannis, the owner of a Melbourne café. 

Mr Katsogiannis claimed that he had orally engaged Ms Roberts to advertise his café on her social media page. He did not dispute the quality of Ms Roberts posts and agreed to up her pay from $200.00 to $300.00 per post after her followers increased from 80,000 to 123,000.

The dispute, however related to the duration of time in which the posts remained on Ms Roberts page. Mr Katsogiannis argued that he should pay Ms Roberts $1678.00 for the ‘prematurely’ deleted posts. 

The Tribunal ultimately found in favour of Ms Roberts and likened her advertising service to that of a billboard. Her argument that she was entitled to be paid for posts that she later hid was accepted.  

Ted Talk we are watching …

In the current era of ‘gold star for trying’ we have been told by psychologists, and self-help gurus that aspiring for perfection is dangerous for our mental health and we should not burden ourselves with the stress of striving for perfections because ‘no one is perfect’ and therefore aiming for perfection is stressful and pointless. 

For Jon Bowers, however he argues that ‘good-enough isn’t enough; and when the situation demands it, you need to be perfect’.

Herehe explains why we should all be equally diligent about striving toward perfection in everything we do, even if it means failing along the way.

Word of the week…

tete-a-tete: a private conversation between two people. 

In a sentence: It so happened that their tete-a-tetewas in earshot. 

Quote we’re pondering…

“Often love between two people intensifies not because of beauty or some advantage, but because of sheer spiritual affinity”

– Al-Ghazali. 

Podcast we’re enjoying…

For all you wordsmiths (and just basic nerds); check out “The Allusionist”; a podcast hosted by Helen Zaltzman (also host of “Answer me this!”). Far from being dry, the show is genuinely entertaining in its exploration of the English language; from etymology to profanity. 

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