Wrong Century is an ‘everything wrong with’ blog that scrutinises aspects of the modern world and collates them here. All views belong to the author of each post and are, of course, bias. The intention is to portray these views that some might relate to and others might be curious to read as a provider of insight into the minds of the cynical.
My blog name and signature is Hermioneina, but my real name is Nina. I’m a full-time English student at University of Hertfordshire to pass the time away while I also get on with my preferred job of writing fiction novels. My first book is completed and awaiting publishing and I have plans for many more.
But, believe it or not, I don’t read much and there was no chance of me doing English Literature past GCSE level. So, here’s a fun fact: I scraped an A in the subject at GCSE without having read more than a chapter in total of any of the set books and with diagnosed but uncredited dyslexia. After trying so hard to do well at primary school and three years of secondary school filled with anxiety to hold onto places in good class ‘sets’, I was, at fourteen, told I was dyslexic. With me, it was slightly hereditary. However, my delightfully rubbish school told me I would get no special consideration for it. It was not until recently, aged 18, that I finally got the ‘official’ diagnosis, but more on that some other time.
I wanted to write this blog because I was born in the late 90s and wish the world could have stopped progressing from that point. I am a believer that this generation, this world, is missing out on the important things in life – living it to its fullest. And if you’re taking time out to tweet, Instagram or Facebook all the fulfilling things you’re doing, I’m going to be the one to tell you that that proves my point.
Now, I’m not saying I’m innocent of all social-media and technology related offences I will talk about, but that is only because technology has become so fundamentally ingrained into our lives that it is harder than you would think to shift it. My only means of communicating with anyone outside my household is via my mobile; a good day for me to keep my spirits up depends on the TV schedule; and without social media, no one would have a clue I even existed because I am permanently stuck in that place between friendship groups.
But I will complain about life, nevertheless, and my views will sit here, to be read, or are embedded into my writing.
My goal is simple but big: change the world. I don’t expect one blog to do that. I don’t expect one book to do that. But our world is a real mess, and I don’t want to die unless I know I’ve done everything I can to try and make a difference to it, even if my efforts are futile. I just want to be able to say, ‘I tried’.
And in the meantime, I hope I can provide some entertainment to whoever may stumble upon this page. Enjoy!