Think Obama – “Yes, You Can!”

24 03 2009

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        Ever since President Barack Obama has been eected or even way before that — back when he was just in the elections, people saw change through him. Change for a better world. He became the first black President in the history of the United States. He is different from the other black senators, because he was not trying to become a President of Black America. He was quite democratic and paid equal attention to both parties which form the United States as a whole. Through him, the media have channelled so many advertisements and he became much more than a president to the world. His face could now be seen on shirts and other kinds of apparel. He is a form of Postmodernism. Such change have affected, not only the lives of Americans, but the lives of many peoples all over the globe. Being elected was a big step for a brighter future for many other countries who were influenced and affected by him winning the elections.





All Your Blog Are Belong to Us

24 03 2009

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        Who hasn’t heard of the famous slogan from the Japanese vieo game, Zero Wing, “All Your Base are Belong to Us”? lt is one of those internet phenomenons that will linger forever. The game was poorly translated, because the company, Taoplan, rushed its production for the European market. The phrase was originally popularized and was given attention by “Something Awful” forums; a website which shares a very similar concept and purpose of YTMND.com — pure humor. Over the years, people have printed this slogan on shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, and even utilized this phrase in their everyday lives. From Rick Asley’s Rickroll oto the 2 Girls 1 Cup video; from Numa Numa to “THIS IS SPARTAAA!”, these sorts of phenomenons mark important points in the history of the internet. We’d expect to see more and more of these vyral videos nowadays as people have come well-aware of how such things could bring out some sort of fame that spreads like wildfire across the globe.





Ravetube

24 03 2009

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        I finally came to my senses and realized what I will discuss in my first blog.I decided to share something with you all that I do during my leisure time and also do very passionately. When I’m not at school, the majority of my time is spent following the rave scene. A rave is word used for a big party where dance and electronic music is played.  I have been raving for the past five years of my life and I have witnessed the culture of this scene grow to accommodate to the many pleasures of all types of people. At first, when the term “raving” is heard people are inclined to think of dark, underground, after-hours, and more obviously, the use of drugs. Those are all common stereotypes and assumptions of the rave scene; however, the other side of it is the gathering of people, who share a common interest in listening to the beautiful sounds of electronic music where genres such as house, trance, tribal, and progressive tunes are played by talented artists know as Dj’s. .

 

        Most rave events are located in Montreal, Quebec in massive venues such as The Bell Center, Le Palais De Congrès (Montreal’s congress center), and The Olympic Stadium. The three main events held in Montreal are Bal En Blanc, Black and Blue, and Resolution. The event I most recently, attended was Resolution. This party took place from 9pm to 10am the next day. The idea behind this specific event is to have a celebration on New Year’s Eve an attendance of approximately seven thousand people, held at The Bell Center. However, this year’s Resolution event occurred on New Year’s Day.

 

        At this year’s Resolution, there was a great emphasis put on the usage of communication technology such as cell phones. Ravers constantly used their cell phones to capture video footage of certain memorable moments that they wanted to keep and share with others later on. Ravers also use websites such as YouTube to share their experience with the world. I must admit that the only time I really ever use YouTube is to find and watch clips of what fellow ravers captured.  The moment I see a clip of a rave I had attended, it instantly takes me back to the exact moment of that party. One tends to recollect and relive the very feeling and sensation experienced at the rave. The same idea applies when re-listening to tracks that were played by the Dj at the rave. Because video cameras are forbidden in these events, I believe YouTube has created a form of communication allowing others to see what occurs in today’s rave events such as Resolution. This widespread accessibility not only occurs in regards to rave events, it also takes place in the music industry overall. People are capable of using their camera phones to film certain moments during the party whether it is in a concert, musical, or live play. I find that it is a great way of sharing through the various means of communication and media technology. This not only applies for the people who view the video and were present to savour the moment, Moreover, its purpose is to use today’s advanced technology to inform and widen the horizons of people around the world who also have access to the internet and entertainment websites and who may not be aware of the amusement factor that raves encompass.





“It’s all about your Status, baby!”

24 03 2009

        Apparently, people are now hooking up and dumping one another on Facebook. All it takes to let your so-called friend, life partner, or whatever, is to either change your relationship status or delete them off your Friends’ List. People are avoiding confrontation nowadays, however the drama is still evident. From poking, to sending gifts, to spamming..It’s endless. It’s just modernized now. On the other hand, despite the fact that relationships, friendships, and such still exist, people are much less connected to one another in real life. Facebook is but another medium to ease yourself out of a messy relationship or get rid of somebody’s consistent whining, regardless of being a friend or more. In a 2004 Public Opinion Research poll, more than 62% of teenagers in Japan use Facebook to end some sort of a relationship. It is much more convenient back there. People tend to care much about “losing face” than anywhere else in the world. This, however, is turning out to become a problem. Relationships in families and with relatives are becoming much more fragile. People do not need to visit one another to check on one another anymore. All they have to do is look at their pictures and comment at one another’s status. The visual advantage that Facebook provides is much more influental than, let’s say, the usage and impact of the telephone. Some experts say that the introduction of the VideoTalk on chellphones will have a stronger impact as well. At some point, people will seriously not find it necessary to go out of their homes to do anything. Life is becoming too convenient and it is not for our own good.





WoW Finals

24 03 2009

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Funny thing is, I never thought that this sort of thing was possible. I never thought that people would make a big deal out of a game to air some world-wide tournament on the Korean television channels. It all started with Starcraft. Another hit game by Blizzard Entertainment which was so popular in Asia that companies began sponsoring kids who played it and got them to challenge one another in tournaments live on television. It was quite the new trend bac in 1998, however it’s not that much of a big deal anymore. People go to these shows and watch two people destory one another from their computers. In the case of World of Warcraft, it’s more of a teamsport. With the introduction of a new Player  vs. Player system known as the Arena, players were able to create teams for organized manslaughter. They would ravage each other for Arena points and of course, a rating. In this video, the top two teams in the world fight each other for a reward of $30, 000 dollars. It’s a large sum of money, but the publicity these guys are getting is huge, and the publicity that Blizzard is getting out of this is much much bigger. This isn’t the ordinary purchase-the-game-and-play. It’s a Pay-to-Play game on a monthly basis. The money that Blizzard is generating out of the millions of people playing WoW across the world is unreal. My friends, Germain 24, Aftab, 23, and TJ 22, have an Arena Team as well. They’ve told me that not only do you have to pay like the rest of the world to play the game, but you have to pay for the Arena Team to enter the world tournaments. At the moment, their team “We Gave Up on Girlz” is rated at 200th in the world and they’re playing daily to raise their ranking. Germain says that one day they will get there and hopefully get a chance to brawl with the big dogs, SK Gaming and HON.





World of WarCrack

24 03 2009

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        Here is my friend, Adam, falling asleep while playing the most popular Massive-Multiplayer game, World of Warcraft. Not only did he fall asleep, but he continues to control his character while sleeping! An internet survey was made in 2008 of WoW gamers and more than 80% of them (Seven million at the time) spend over six hours in the game everyday. I, myself used to spend approximately that much time everyday. It’s fun, especially when you’ve got friends to play together with. The feeling of progress and most importantly, e-peen, your reputation in the game, is what keeps us playing for hours and hours. I’ve quit a long long time ago. Last time I played was about fifteen months ago, and it was the best decision I ever made. WoW was like work for some of us. You go into the game and there you are, mining, knitting, blacksmithing, and what not. But, it was fun. You made money in the game and increased your power over all. The survey also found that most people play WoW for the feelings of success and progression that it provides its players with. Most people reach a dead-end at some point in their lives, but in a game like WoW, it never ends. Anybody can progress and develop, however the speed at which you can achieve things vary. That’s why people play more and more. It is addictive, because you always feel the need to get this or that item in the game no matter how long it’ll take. And, when you get it, you’ll enjoy it and show it off for a couple of days until you start to realize that everybody now has it. And then, the developers from Blizzard Entertainment create a new tier of items..And, you’ve got to start all over again. It’s a never-ending process.