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April 20, 2012 / TheycallmeKenneth

Reflection

The end of the road.

For this blog, that is.

A few months ago when it was announced it was required for students to write a blog for this module I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it. I have always enjoyed blogging, but when it comes to academic matters it is a different story. I remember I experienced the same doubts for a module last year and eventually the doubts led to failure. But what makes this time different though was the amount of freedom with regards to the content. The very first post I made here was traced back to my childhood, the second was an idea that sparked at four in the morning, while the rest were hours spent alone in the library cooking up ideas. The content isn’t too in-depth, but majority of it contains my opinions and personal experiences and I suppose that’s what makes a blog unique from the rest; the author’s opinion on the subject. It has been tiring, but at the end of it you get that naggy feeling that the effort made was worth it.

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March 28, 2012 / TheycallmeKenneth

Week 11 – Internet & Journalism

Gather around kids, let’s talk journalism.

Fact: more people have access to the Internet

Fact: more people have busier lifestyles

Fact: more people have less time to read

When you live in a busy city like Singapore and are constantly on the move, it would make sense to infer that you also have less time to actually sit down, have a sip of coffee while reading the local newspaper for a good half hour. No, we simply do not have that sort of luxury anymore, considering how much work we have in school/office, how late we return to our cribs, and how early we have to get up for a brand new day. What do you then? Do you stay disconnected to global and local news just because you have no time to read? No, but you will tend to read the news on the Internet from your phone and computer and focus more on the headlines instead.

Is Internet killing journalism? I would say it hurt it a significant amount, but won’t be killing it entirely, not when newspaper company knows how to adapt to the rise of technology. This is why top newspaper companies such as Wall Street Journal and New York Times has offered their content to their subscribers online. Is it free though? No it isn’t. But at least they know where their audience are, and they are bringing their content to them.

Now wait a minute, if they are posting their content online, why would people pay for the physical copy?

The trick for them is to offer the audience a brief overview of the news on their websites, but if you want an in-depth writing and investigation on the article, you gotta pay for it.

Let’s take a look at some examples.

Wall Street Journal

New York Times

Daily Telegraph

They even moved and customized their content for your smartphones and tablets in app form so you could access at ease.

Ultimately, quality content needs to be generated from quality writers, and these quality writers work for newspapers. The Internet may provide the same news, but their sources may be unreliable, and their facts may be wrong due to lack of resources to investigate. As long as newspaper companies continue to adapt to technology, they will be fine.

March 21, 2012 / TheycallmeKenneth

Week 10 – Politics

Gather around kids, let’s talk politics.

I’m going to be honest, politics bore the crap out of me. I’m not even going to pretend I know anything about the political world. Therefore I am going to do what many of my classmates did, talk about KONY 2012.

I’m going to be even more honest, I avoided the video till a fateful day in class where all of us had to watch it. However, I educated myself on the subject and have my own thoughts on it.

Firstly, what the video is about.

“there are more people on Facebook today than people on earth 200 years ago”

Creator Jason Russell from Invisible Children and his son Gavin

Touching stories of African kids living in fear

Want us to stop this man

Kony’s child soldiers called LRA

Telling us that every government isn’t doing shit so we need to stop him ourselves.

So at the end of it telling us that we need to give money to stop one bad guy.

Touching video, but the flaws of it?

1. Awareness

People claimed to spread awareness by sharing the video through social media, but that’s literally all they did. No action whatsoever. Want to know why? Because it makes people feel good contributing to a good cause, when they know they don’t have to struggle with doing the actions themselves.

As much as spreading awareness is the first step towards the solution, it doesn’t really accomplish anything else

2. Invisible Children

Much has been written about this shady charity organization, with the gist of it saying that they claimed to be a non-profit organization, while only a minority of their proceeds go towards their causes.

Another point would be IC not known to be a peace building organization, thus they have no experience trying with peace building methods. A former child soldier of LRA has disagreed with IC’s attempts to stop conflict with military action.

3. Uganda

What the video is showing you is that the African government isn’t working hard enough to stop the mad man, but what it isn’t showing you is the progress made over the past few years. Uganda was also voted the top few tourists destination for 2012, but with the video emphasizing on how dangerous the warlords in the country are, it would hurt their tourism industry, and thus affect the locals who work in it.

Uganda’s government considers the video to be totally misleading that the war is still in Uganda.

Locals who suffered under Kony are trying forget their traumatic past. This video reminds them of it.

4. Kony

Video suggested that Kony has in his possession over 30,000 child soldiers, yet the latest UN report states that the LRA has less than 500 combatants, and was dislodged by security forces in 2002.

People who knew Kony before said that the attention given to him thanks to this video is exactly what he seeks, he is enjoying his 30 seconds of fame. Worst, the fame might even motivate him to do more evil.

With all these said, the video doesn’t offer any solution to the problem. At the very least, it makes things worse. At the very most, it makes things much worse.

March 14, 2012 / TheycallmeKenneth

Week 9 – Multimedia on the Internet

Gather around kids, let’s talk multimedia!

Multimedia, by definition, is a computer-based interactive communications process that incorporates text, graphics, sound, animation, and video.

*take note of the bold words

Out of the million of companies that are embracing multimedia in their workflow, there’s only one I feel like talking about tonight.

Pixar

You have seen the movies, you have grown up with the characters, you have weeped at the end of Toy Story 3. And really, which other animation company makes movies that tugs your heart strings as well as Pixar? Every movie wheeled out of their studio deserves a mention some way or another.

Heck, they even create bloopers for their animations. Which other animation company does that?!

Toy Story 2 bloopers!

Let’s take a look at their website and their use of multimedia.

Under the How We Do It section.

You can actually click on the little handle by the side so the description will change!

Text

Sound

Graphics

Animation

*Remember what I bolded before?

Under the Short Films section.

Just by clicking the arrows allows you to read through the descriptions

You could also watch trailers of their videos!

The interactive content on the website allows Pixar to connect better with it’s audience.

To end off, here’s another blooper of their animation film, Monsters, Inc.

March 13, 2012 / TheycallmeKenneth

Because laughing is good.

Made with iMovie.

March 7, 2012 / TheycallmeKenneth

Week 8 – Cybercrimes

Gather around kids, let’s talk cybercrimes!

Or maybe more specifically, computer viruses and worms.

Ever wondered what are/were the most dangerous viruses and worms? Here’s a list.

1. I Love You

When: 2000

How: People were curious enough to believe that their friends from their contact list would send them an email titled “I Love You” for no reason. People were also curious enough to click on the attachment and get their computers infected.

Damage: 50 million users

2. CIH aka Chernobyl 

When: 1998

How: Launched in Taiwan, infected Windows 95, 98, and ME executable files. It remained in the machine memory and continued infecting other executables. It also prevented the computer from booting up.

Damage: $20 – $80 million

3. Melissa (1999)

When: 1999

How: Melissa was a lady who had an obsessive stalker named David. David loved creating viruses and named one after her. It spreaded by email with an attachment and the message: “Here is that document you asked for, don’t show anyone else.” Famous victims of the attack include Microsoft and Intel.

Damage: $300-$600 million

4. Morris

When: 1988

How: Believed to be one of the first worms to spread in the Internet. It was named after developer and Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris. The developer said the goal was to discover how fast and far a worm can spread over the Internet. He was later sentenced to 3 years probabtion.

Damage: 6000 – 9000 machines

5. Nimda

When: 2001

How: Used every method in the Internet to spread. Hailed as one of the fastest and most widespread virus ever.

Damage: Not reported

Ever wondered how to prevent all these complications? Here’s the answer.

Buy a Mac.

Till next week!

February 28, 2012 / TheycallmeKenneth

Week 7 – Google Search

Gather around kids, here are some tips to search Google more effectively and narrow down those results!

But before we go on, get it clear in your head that Google always place their ranking results based on popularity, importance, and terms.

Alright? Alright.

1. Add more search words

Let’s say you want to know who does Justin Bieber’s hair, don’t just search the simple term ‘Justin Bieber’. The amount of results shot back to you will drive you insane! Go for additional and specific search terms such as ‘Justin Bieber’s hairstylist’ or ‘Justin Bieber’s barber’. Heck, you can even ask a question in the search bar such as ‘Who does Justin Bieber’s hair?” I’m sure many Beliber (a term for his fans) has already address that in their blogs dedicated to him.

vs

372,000,000 vs 39,500,000. People really do love his hair.

2. Punctuation

This usually works for me when I have a line stuck in my head but I’m not sure what song is it from. I would add punctuation (“…”) to the sentence so as to return results with the words in that particular order of the sentence. Tough to explain, refer to the picture below.

When I wanted to check who was rolling in the deep.

3. Think of other ways to say it

This is a pretty clear point. If the search term “is Jersey Shore the best show ever” did not give the results you wanted, go for an alternative, such as “is Jersey Shore the worst show ever”.

The correct answer is yes.

4. Use uppercase ‘OR’

When you are need results for the link between two search terms, type uppercase OR as seen below.

 

And that’s it! Simple aye?