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#6 – Tiramisu Trailer

Above is a trailer that I made of local show, Tiramisu (2005) staring local actress Sharon Au as Sharon Ong and Thai actor Gof Akara as Steve Lee. As the title of the show suggest, the show revolves around the theme of food between 2 different cooks – one at a cafe and another who is just a normal hawker. Their different style of cooking and attitudes put these 2 chefs at loggerheads but their passion for food might just be the link between them that would bring them together. That would have been easy, without Steve Lee’s current girlfriend played by Jaymee Ong being in the picture.

The video is made from scenes of the first episode of the show. Hopefully it was good enough to entice you to watch the show. 🙂

#5 – It is all about making learning fun

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Education have evolved over the years. It is no longer just learning from the teacher and taking notes. In the past, we learn through paper, audio from radio/stereo, visuals from projector and many more. Today, how we learn differs greatly from the past. Aside from using computer, another important emphasis is interactivity. This has caused e-learning to be on the rage in this millennium, as we can utilize technology and make learning a 2-way communication process instead of 1.

One such tool that we can use is the Microsoft Surface. Also known as tabletop technology, it is the newest gadget to join the list of touch screen devices. The key feature of the tool – interactivity and information at the tip of the finger. Don’t believe it? See it for yourself!

According to Microsoft, there are 6 features of Microsoft surface that makes it unique.

For those who thought that the idea was developed to rival Apple’s iPhone or iPad, think again. According to Anderson’s interview with Microsoft here, “… this is not a one-off project intended to steal any thunder from the multitouch goodness of the iPhone. Surface has actually been in development at Microsoft for years. A team was formed in October 2001 to pursue surface computing, and the idea got the go-ahead from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates in 2003. A prototype, called T1, was up and running a month later, crafted from an IKEA table with a hole chopped in the center and a piece of vellum serving as a diffuser.”

So how does Surface really works? What is underneath that table top machine? The video here will explain some of the coolest feature of the machine, one of which is how you can transfer pictures from camera over to cellphone by merely placing them on the Surface, and use your fingers to move it over!

Aside from the entertainment features, this device can be used today for education too. With its interactivity as the key feature, learning is more interactive and everyone can participate together. One school in UK have invested in using Surface as part of their teaching/learning methods. The video below will give you an idea on how this device have been integrated into the teaching plan.

There is no doubt that the advancement of technology has revolutionized our lives. Something that used to be so mundane have been given a newer approach and made fun, further stimulating our minds. In years to come, education might change and be even better than today. What do you think about Microsoft Surface? Is e-learning really effective? Are there any more ways in which learning can be improved aside from it being interactive?

#2 – Asia’s version of twitter?

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Social media is taking over the world and Asia is not excluded. One of the famous social media site is Twitter, which was launched in 2006. As many of us would know, Twitter is a microblogging site that enables us to send and read posts of maximum 140 characters, better known as tweets. In case you are not sure what twitter is about, the video below OR this video would be helpful.

Not impressed with the international success that twitter has? Let the figures below blow you away.

           

With its international success, there are bound to be clones of the original. As the saying goes, “imitation is the greatest form of flattery.” In Asia, two microblogging sites that have been garnering attention in its country and slowly worldwide are me2day (South Korea) and Weibo (China).

According to Wikipedia, me2day is “a microblogging and social networking service in South Korea acquired and owned by NHN Corporation. It allows users to send and receive up to 150 characters to each other”. In an essence, me2day works the same way as twitter, updating and sharing content with your friends.

Unlike twitter, me2day did not receive instant popularity when it was released in 2007. However, numerous Korean celebrities are joining the micro-blogging blogosphere today. With many creating their own me2day account, more people (particularly fans) are creating an account just to feel a connection with their favorite celebrity. Ultimately, this helped in the growth of the number of me2day users. To date, there are 8 million accounts registered on me2day.

China too decided to join on the micro-blogging bandwagon with Weibo. Launched in 2009, the number of users has since reached 300 million users in just 2 years. According to Guardian, “The most commonly shared content on Weibo is jokes, images and video, most of which are retweets. The effect is less comment on shared comment, but there is also less sharing of news stories.”

Today, many of us use social media in our daily lifes in various forms such as blogs, social networking sites or microblogs such as those mentioned above. Although the interface and features of the microblogs differs from one another, its main use of sharing bits and pieces of information about our lives to friends through the use of Internet is still the same. Maybe the reason why microblogging is so popular today is that one can share information about their life without being too explicit. So what do you think about the 2 clones of twitter mentioned above?

#1 – All about intranet

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Intranet…

Internet…

Nope, I did not misspelled Internet as Intranet. Rather, intranet has been defined by Wikipedia as “a computer network that uses Internet Protocol technology to securely share any part of an organization’s information or network operating system within that organization”. Intra, a greek word for within, is a network that is confined within the organization.

On the other hand, the Internet is defined as, “a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide.”

From the two definitions above, the main difference between the two is that sharing of information is limited to a certain group of people as compared to the mass for the Internet. As such, the intranet is a great way of protecting privacy for organizations. With intranet, information sharing and collaboration in an organization can be improved.

Today, many enterprises set up an intranet to facilitate communication which each other regardless of the size of the company. One of the commonly used in organizations is SharePoint, which is a web application developed by Microsoft. The 2 videos below will give you an explanation on how SharePoint works.

As mentioned from both video, the intranet also acts as a place to connect among the employees, aside from a place to provide and store information for the organization. Features of social networking are now integrated in the intranet. According to Intranetblog, Social media tools on the corporate intranet has became popular in 2009, thus creating the term social intranet. Also with social media tools as an added feature, the intranet has been upgraded to intranet 2.0. A short video below will provide a general idea of how intranet 2.0 works.

Just like the Internet, the Intranet has evolved over the years from merely a place to store and share documents to one that allow and facilitates discussion, collaboration and association among employees. It is amazing how technology, specifically internet is constantly changing. So how much more do you know about the intranet now? What other aspect of the Internet do you observe a change in? 🙂

Hiatus no more!

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Back from hiatus! This blog will be used once again for a communication class. All entries from January 2012 onwards are specially created for a class on Introduction to the Internet (COM125). Comments are appreciated! 🙂

#7 – Still doubting the power of Internet?

March 26, 2011 15 comments

The release of the above video had since became viral and caught the attention of netizen as well as the media. The ‘UCLA girl’ controversy had caused Alexandra Wallace to become an overnight sensation. Various news agencies covered the controversy and reported the story. However, I observed the 2 major opinions of the press based on the tone of media coverage – free speech versus the negative effects of Internet.

First, The New York Times gave coverage to this controversy with the underlying point that the content should be taken purely into the context of free speech, despite it degrading to the Asian group that she was talking about.

On the other hand, The Huffington Post covered it highlighting the repercussions of Internet fame and how youths are now more reckless with Internet (uploading pictures, sharing thoughts without even censoring and thinking about the outcome etc).

Based on this controversy and the media coverage observed, I believe agenda setting function was adopted to raise the issue. Aside from reporting the news, the difference in several of the media’s tone of coverage shows the difference in agenda the news agency is adopting. In the case of New York Times, they supported the stand of free speech, and that curbing it would only be a threat to education. For The Huffington Post, as much as they disagree with the content of the video, they highlighted what Internet has done to the youth of this generation. Based on the coverage, I agree with Huffington’s Post stand on the creation of reckless youths with Internet.

Based on the definition above, the Internet is a new communication technology, with facilitating communication as its aim. People seem to lack the grasp of the power Internet has with its ability to reach people across geographical location. Even though the purpose of the video was for Wallace to rant, her action showed her lack of judgment. Sure she is unhappy, but ranting on the Internet specifically uploading her video on Youtube is a dumb action. Did she really not anticipate her video going viral considering the content?

Since the video gone viral, Wallace had received death threats causing her to leave school (not expelled though). However, one of the thing that struck me was how is she going to move on from here. Is it possible for her to be accepted into a new school or even getting a job as she is widely known as racist? The Internet is a medium that can affect your future; people can look up information on you on the Internet and it might not be flattering. You can ultimately limit your opportunities in life based on the information and pictures uploaded on the Internet.

I still think Internet is the greatest invention. However, when you act recklessly thinking that you are too small to make an impact in this world, think again.

So what do you think about the controversy? Has the Internet created a reckless generation?

#6 – Glee bringing sexy back

March 12, 2011 14 comments

Recently, the sensational American hit series Glee featured the topic of sex and homosexuality in their latest episode, much to the dismay of The Parents Television Council (article here). Sexy, aired on March 8 featured the guest appearance of Gwyneth Paltrow (episode trailer here).

Firstly, the Parents Television Council is unhappy with Gwyneth’s character as a teacher, who rips her shirt with her students while dancing to ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me’. Next, the show mocked the celibacy club, defining it as a place only for nerds. Abstinence was deemed as un-cool in this school.

Lastly, they were also disturbed with the discussion of sex tapes. “Most notably was the discussion between a couple of students about wanting to become famous by making a sex tape,” said Isett, referring to Puckerman (Mark Salling) and Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) — who decided not to make a tape after Paltrow’s sub teacher, Holly Holliday, informed them it would be child pornography because they’re under 18. “Exactly what kind of message is that?”

Aside from those scenes, I noticed 2 more scenes from the episode that were not deemed as appalling. One of which is when Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris) were figuring out if they had feelings for each other, highlighting the issue of homosexuality (lesbian in this case). Another is when, “Kurt Hummel’s (Chris Colfer) father responsibly explained sex and the ramifications.”


Based on that episode, I observed the presence of cultural imperialism. USA is dominant in the exportation of their mass media products to all over the world. This includes their television series, which has a huge following and fan base worldwide.

Cultural imperialism is the one-way flow of international messages or media products that led to the dispute over cultural dominance. It brings about the messages of imperialism and ideological propaganda. One of the concerns is that it causes real damage through disruption of basic social and cultural institutions.

It seems that the USA is more receptive towards the exploration of homosexuality issues on television along with the ‘sex talk’. I observed cultural imperialism in place, where it is fine to talk about sex and homosexuality openly. Comparing the cultures of the West and East, the East prefers to discuss the issue in discreet. Are we supposed to accept this idea that contradicts with the Asian culture?

Then in this case, is cultural imperialism good or bad? Good in the sense that it is an outreach and opening our minds to touch on the taboo topic in the Asian culture or bad in the sense that we are merely accepting the ideas the West impose on us through the shows?

From my point of view, cultural imperialism need not necessarily be bad. I think the television programmes acts as a powerful tool that can help us learn about foreign culture but due to its ability to shape’s one mind, it can also be a harmful tool that cause us to merely follow what is seen. I do not think that we can resist cultural imperialism. All we can do is to stay open minded yet hold on to the values of our society.

What do you think about cultural imperialism? What are some of the shows in which you observe cultural imperialism?