The shoes I fell!

New Balance continues to release more dope colorways for the fall season. This delivery includes the traditional 996 ($150) sneaker taking on a grey, red and black colorway. A combination of suede, 3M, and mesh are highlighted throughout the shoe. Run through your city or wear these to your next casual outing, the 996BSN is a great shoe to have in your closet.


Technology “REFASHION”

 200 years ago then, Technology always referred to the machines because people are experiencing the second industrial revolution. The electronic makes people more convenient  for their life. Human begun to use electronic lights instead of traditional lights as well as they communicate through telephone displaying letter writing. Technology always is relevant to something about electronic.  However,In the last twenties years, people were experiencing the third industrial revolution because of Internet networking by which the digital technologies have an amount of proliferation. As the boosting development of technologies, older electronic and print media are confronting with a big challenge of new media. Consequently, such a challenging is compelling older forms to rebuild their status within our modern culture.

Jay David Bolter defines the representation of one medium in another remediation. The essence of remediation is borrowing which shift the representation of one or more preceding medium to another new medium for better improvements. Therefore, why the remediation is relevant to new digital media as a defining characteristic? The film Strange Days reveals a fascinating world by setting the world saturating with rich media technologies which ultimately satisfy use’s desire of immediacy to people communication. One of the most significant technologies is the wire that offers the virtual reality on hypermedia with which users enable experiencing other people’s experience. Such a technology contenting immediacy is designed to make users be unconsciousness of the presence of itself in order for erasing itself. This film reflects remediation employs a double paradoxical logic of immediacy and hypermediacy. Our culture ideally wants to erase its media in the very act of multiplying them. In our modern context, even though each new medium characterizes the advantages of its predecessors for a more immediate or authentic experience, people inevitably become aware of the new medium as a medium. The immediacy is dependent upon hypermediacy.

For now, the tendency of technology is combinative. The more representations one medium can contain, the more attractive the medium is, for example, the latest invention from Microsoft ‘Xbox One’, the meaning of which is “All in one”. According to Swider (2013) this machine is not only dedicated to gaming but also it mostly can deal with every daily thing else: Television, apps, services and music. Xbox One apparently borrows windowed frame style from ‘World Wide Web’, every single window operates one program and it allows players utilize different programs by switching the windows. While watching television a user can either return to overall interface and choose another programming window or insert another interface in the same frame so user can synchronously enjoy a TV show and program another project. This kind of technology involving everything makes customer become arbitrary when they use the medium.

Bolter, J. D 1999, Remediation: Understanding new media, The MIT Press,Cambridge, pp.2-16.


Unlecture #9

For the 9th week’s unlecture, Adrian, Brian, Elliot and Jasmine discussed for the knowledge of the concept of Hubs. Adrian brought out a opinions that Google is actually a hub, because the essentials of Hub is assembling people with great communication. Google somewhat is a medium with the wonderful power of internet to connect people who are in very different context.

Every hub possesses an adequate size containing people and we have one specific number of people in the same space to entertain with each other, however, how big is the google or whatever social network medium and how many people will we meet? Adrian points out “Internet has no limit, nobody knows where we can reach in such a world?” The online hub, like social network, offers us a huge place to communicate with the great energy internet provided. Such a place, we never what kind of people we will meet because it is too large to anticipate. Once we get online, everyone could come to us and have a chill. The wonderful thing is we would feel a limit in Network but rather than the real world.

Technology,Technique and Culture

The word ‘Technology’ that comes from the Greek ‘tekhne’ initially was used in the 17th and 18th century referring the study of arts. The meaning of one word is highly depending the social context point of view, for example, ‘technocrat’ was oscillated between its negative and positive senses. The gradually transition of culture makes the ‘technology’ shift to its modern usage by which its meaning has been described to the system of mechanical and industrial arts since 1860 when the second industrial revolution was happening. Somewhat, people found out our body is the technology and how we use it by our techniques.

Technique is the definition of the use of skill to accomplish something. Continue to the concept of our body, the idea that whether we writing, eating, walking or sleeping which is the method to use our body. We are naturally good at this technique, but we have to learn the technique from practice of using men-made technologies in modern context. Technique refers to the way of effective and traditional manipulating the technologies.

Culture is dynamic because of including massive factors from the space. Culture, generally, contains every single human activity in the world. It is meant for culture is opened for every different class, for example, the working class considers culture directs to high-art culture like Ballet and Opera. However, they are unconsciously partial of the culture as a consequence of the changes. In the case of containing everything, subculture is another imperative aspect to move forward the culture. Punk, homosexual, rave, hacker or any other is not opposite of the mainstream culture; these kind of subcultures appears necessarily born from the main culture. They rely on each other for being alive.


Repost: French New Wave: Cinema Revolution

With an emphasis on there-invigoration of cinematic narrative, French New Wave Cinema rejected traditional linear tropes of storytelling and created a new language of film. Inspired by both depictions of the common, lower class workers of Italian Neorealism and Hollywood’s beloved ‘Golden Age’, the French New Wave became a vibrant influence on international cinema which is still being felt today. Originating from the artistic philosophy of ‘auteur theory’; a concept that acknowledges film as a product of the director’s absolute imaginative and inspired aesthetic vision, New Wave filmmakers inspired the cult of the director as artistic icon on a par with writers and painters. Through their films, these screenwriters and directors also illustrated philosophical concepts of absurdity, existentialism and the human condition which were indebted to French literary and philosophical traditions. Technically, French New Wave Cinema was a brilliantly innovative experimentation with not only storytelling, but the process of filmmaking. New methods of editing and shooting films broke through limitations in the way in which narrative was created in the cinema.

The philosophical importance of the French New Wave, and their role in the development of a theory of film, was in large part due to one of the movement’s most influential and pivotal creators, André Bazin. Bazin, a theorist of cinema and renowned film critic, was the founding father of the French movie magazine Cahiers du Cinéma. Its initial publication in 1951 marked a crucial moment in the lives of many acclaimed French screenwriters and directors. In his belief in film as a highly intellectual art, Bazin was a meticulous academic of film who believed that cinema was far more than popular entertainment. Bazin’s emphasis on the crucial role of a director, the artistic creator who implements his or her own aesthetic and narrative vision to the screen was debated, interrogated and explored in various articles of Cahiers du Cinéma, specifically in an essay published in 1954 by François Truffaut titled, A Certain Tendency in French Cinema.

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Back from the non-teaching break, everything is moving forward to the 7th week. In this week’s topic, Adrian, Brian and Elliot talked a lot of ‘authorial control’ and how the author interacts with the context in their process. It was a very interesting unlecture for this week while having a great discussion between the lecturer and student.

Author is an important role in a production because he/she dominates everything. Considering of ‘French New Waves’, auteurism had  great contributions for French movies. Although the role author is somewhat detective, they gave a new power to film industries and audiences. Films were no longer with stereotype rules but rather to be personalizing, authors are enbling everything. The production will be fulled with author’s personality with the capability of creating something. With such a great responsibility, author must understand overall idea of his production. First of all, the context should be the first considering thing for project itself. Context is dynamic because of changes happening within things. Our modern contest has been totally different from 50yrs ago. How the author catch the key point of the context that could be the key of successful productions. Author grasp the significant issues from his context and spread the issues by filmming or writing, communicating audiences with picture or text.

If catching the point was not extraordinary enough for an author, Elliot and Brain brought out a points that we not only can understand the context but also anticipate the context. Good guess makes people think. This reasonable point just remind me of the film  that I saw on Monday screening, “The umbrella of Cherbourg“, in which the hero and the heroin were unable to get together because of the reality. Between love and life, this decision might have confused many people who have to make life but not being with something in love. The pressure from reality always interrupt the relationship. The story still happening for now.  We don’t know what did Jacque (the author) think 40 yrs ago, but the issue is, fair enough, existent in our modern society.

Another thing is that Elliot gave a excellent point that the goal of author is not controlling the story structure but the world you created! You can do whatever you want in your world.

Wk: #7 – The First Step into Network


In terms of Watt’s opening page, why do we call network as network? It looks a bit stupid but I really devote into the meaning behind it. Where does this word come from? What is the inspiration?

In the way, we are always connected by network but we hardly find out when, where and how we became connected. The structure of network basically is a point by point. In the level of art perspective, points, lines and planes contribute to one image that what we think it is beautiful. In the same way, the structure of network is constructed by spots. Every spots more or less connecting directly or indirectly is offering a devastating power to network. The powerful energy is created ourselves to produce the huge impact to the world.

The very interesting point from Watt’s view is the electronic power with which a modern world is running. We can charge our iPhone or laptop whenever we want but we cannot build up a giant battery to keep the city alive because we, so far, do not have good enough technologies to keep  such a big amount of electron that give the power to light up the city. What can we do now? The engineers take advantage of the idea of network with the tube as line that connects city as a spot, therefore, the structure of electronic network is dynamic! The power keeps transferring between city and city, the entire America, in this way, is a battery as same as the theory of internet network. The power is from ourselves!

Watts, Duncan J. Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age. London: Vintage, 2003. Print.