Showing posts from August, 2017

Future of Media|| Artificial Intelligence

Hello Netizens,  Everyday something new rises up, new technology, a new trend or a new form of art. It is not that we are shocked by this, but we expect Media to improve or advance,  and to a certain degree our standards are a bit high. 
The toy industry is currently incorporating traditional mediums with Virtual Reality (VR), bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In Hong Kong's Toy fair HKTDC (2017), the largest Toy Fair in Asia and second largest in the world, around 2120 companies from 45 different companies attended the fair, showcasting all their innovations. 
Parents are now interested in smart tech games in hopes it would help their kids at learning. Hence it switched the industry's focus toward educational toys, incorporating Virtual Reality, animation and video with traditional mediums. 

Recently in Hong Kong's Tech show RISE (2017), two robots debated each other on the future of humans, including other topics. I actually have seen the female (Sophia) robot previously, in a video…

History of Media

Hello Netizens, 
For today I am going to write about the History of Media.
However, before getting into the history of Media, I would like to brief you on Media and what it is. It is the form or tool of content, and it is purpose is to create communicationor or a way of communication. Media usually refers to Mass Media (examples: Television, Radio, Newspapers..ect), nevertheless, it also refers to other means of communication, such as; Smart Phones.
There are three main types of Media, and they are: Mass Media  Ancillary or Complimentary Media  Alternative Media What is Multimedia? Multi, according to the Oxford dictionary, means, "More than one; many, especially variegated." Multi comes from the Latin word 'Multus', and it means much, many. 
Hence, we can conclude that multimedia means: Multiple forms or means of media.  Media through Histroy The oldest form of media is 40 000 years old, and it is cave painting. They have been found in multiple continents; Europe, A…

Describe || Media and Society

Hello Netizens, 
On Week 6 (Foundation in Creative Multimedia, third semester), I, and everyone else in the lecture, were introduced to Media theories, and I was surprised by the sheer amount of theories that exist. But before tackling my main topic, let me revise on what is Media. 
What is Media?  According to the Oxford dictionary, Media is "The main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet) regarded collectively."
The word 'Media' is used to describe any means of communication. It refers to the platform or form of communication. For instance, using words to share your thoughts to other people is a form of media.
Media has the power to influence people. It Inspires, informs, entertains, motivates, propagates and educates. If used for the right purposes, media is beneficial but it can also be a deadly weapon on society - A double edged sword.
I have previously written a full essay on the topic of Media, and you can read it here. Media…

WEEKLY APPRECIATION || Lo and Behold (documentary)

Hello Netizens!
Lo and Behold, is a Documentary by an Oscar nominated Documentation, Werner Herzog. The Documentary explores the vast world of virtual reality from its origins till its outermost reaches. 
The Documentary opens up a discussion on the different ways the online worlds has affected the real world - from every aspect; businesses, education, space travel, health care...etcetera. 

What caught my attention the most about this documentary, is the cinematography, it is poetic, enjoyable to look at. Most of the time documentaries, or at least the documentaries I have watched before, tend to be gritty. Lo and behold, handles it self  with its visuals as a movie rather than a documentary, due to the nature of the topic tackled.  Although it looks nice at some points, it feels a bit distancing in others, for example: in the scene where we are supposed to empathise with the family, instead of making it feel more real it comes across fake. 

The Documentary starts at the University of Cal…

Poem || hopefully Dreaming

She thought, once in a dream  Of what could have been  and what have become  
She kept her eyes closed  as long as she could  waiting for an answer  to unleash 
She knew there wasn't any  coming to guide her  She knew waiting,  was helpless of her 
She kept her eyes closed  hiding behind thin skin  She kept lying on her back  swimming in her own dreams
But hope lingered behind her head and with delicate fingers hope played with the strings   

Poem || Solution

She weeped of pain  filled with confusion  What did she gain  How is that a solution 
Red eyes  Stared at the intrusion  She hoped she would end  The dabbing in her protrusion 
She wanted to explain  Her misery, of a situation  She entertained  the thought of rehabilitation 

Describe || Surrealism

Hello Netizens,
Surrealism was founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. It started as an artistic and literary movement. Surrealism suggested that the Enlightenment movement had restrained the superior features of irrational unconscious mind, and it's goal is to free the mind and the human experience from the suppressive limitations or rationalism.

Breton was very knowledge in the  psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud and he had studied psychiatry and medicine. He was specifically interested in the concept that the unconscious mind -which is the source of dream- is where artistic creativity comes from. Breton considered surrealism to be a revolutionary movement that is able to free the human mind from the rational view or order of society. But how could an individual achieve this freedom of mind? 
Automatism  Automatism is the practice of free association or a stream of consciousness, which gave surrealists a way to channel their unconscious artwork. André Masson's, a …

Describe || Semiotics

Hello Netizens,
For today, I would like to introduce you to Semiotics. It is the study of creating symbols that carry meaning, which includes; signs, sign processes, likeness, indication, designation, allegory, analogy, metaphor, symbolism, metonymy, communication and signification.
According to the American pragmatist philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce Semiotics is, "theory of meaning which identifies the content of a proposition with the experienciable difference between it being true or false." History Signs have been used through out history, be it drawn on caves, carved on wood or typed on your keyboard. They are a significant part of our society, and they have been recognised though out the history of psychology and philosophy. 

The idea of Semiotics rose as an interdisciplinary system in the late 19th and earl 20th centuries with the work of Saussure and of the American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce. Peirce's work in semiotic was linked with logic and p…

Poem || Out Of The Dark

I have wondered  pondered  thoughts scattered Between the lines  I stared  starred the words  before they leave crossed in between  what did you mean  conflicted thoughts  expressed  heard  shut deep within  in the dark  I saw  Binded by shadows  I saw  Through the lies  I realised  The game I was stuck in between 


Hello Netizens,
On Friday, I had the chance to watch 'Life Is Beautiful' (1997), an Italian film directed by Roberto Benigni. It is a comedy-drama set in Italy and takes place before and after World War II. 

It tells a story of an Italian Jewish man, Guido, falling in love with a school teacher. The film is inspired by the book 'In the End, I Beat Hitler', and Begini's father's experience in a German labour camp. 
The film has won multiple awards, Grand Prix, nine David di Donatello Awards, Best Film in Italy and three academy awards.

Life Is Beautiful is a film that is meant to illustrate the beauty of life and plant hope in the hearts of the watchers. The main character is an over-optimistic individual with an extremely charming personality, and when faced with tragedies he laughs at the face of misery and smiles till the very end. The love interest is Dora, a conserved woman who then shows a little more of her perkiness.

Their relationship starts with the cl…

Describe || Postmodernism

Hello Netizens,
Postmodernism is a movement that erupted mid to late 20th century. It is not only limited to arts, but it has spread through philosophy, architecture and criticism. The premise behind it is removing the rules and limitations and allowing for a challenging and/or new set of thoughts.
It brought with it a sceptic or ironic attitude and challenged social norms. It includes with is critical views of art, literature, culture, philosophy, economics, linguistics, history, feminist theory, criticism, fiction and architecture.  Postmodernism is also associated with sets of thoughts such as post-structuralism and deconstruction, along with philosophers, like; Fredric Jameson and Jean-Francois Lyotard.

According to Oxford dictionary postmodernism is, "A late 20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism, which represents a departure from modernism and is characterised by the self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, a mixing of differen…

An Inventor, Johannes Gutenberg

Hello Netizens,
This week's figure is a German inventor and printer Johannes Gensfleisch Gutenberg. He was born on 1395 into a modest merchant family in Mainz, Germany. Johannes Gutenberg is known for inventing the mechanical movable type printing press.
His family was exiled in 1428 due to the craftsmen of the town revolting against the noble class. They then settled at, where it is now known as, Strasbourg, France. And that is when he started experimenting with printing.  
Johannes Gutenberg's early life wasn't documented, hence the lack of factual information about it. However, it is speculated that he learnt either goldsmith and/or blacksmith trade. Historians also believe he attended the University of Erfurt after moving to France. 

For a while. Gutenberg worked on developing special mirrors that captured light that erupted from holy places, and they were usually sold to pilgrims. He was skilled with metal working, so he started developing printing presses. He took l…