The researcher begins with enquiring how cinema in general and documentary films in particular, have evolved as a form of mass communication and their transformation into digital realm. The works of Marshal McLuhan, Bill Nichols and Lev Manovich among those of other prominent authors were helpful in building a theoretical understanding of how the amalgamation of both the hardware and software components of digital technologies supports new forms and contents. The work also focuses on other areas of enquiry like the changing processes involved in the production, dissemination and reception of Indian documentary films; audience perception on the effects on the new aesthetics and styles brought in by digital technologies; the space for new narrative forms provided by a global audience who are digitally and visually literate; and its extend of reach into documentary audience
Boellstorff considers it to be deceiving because it is in being virtual that we are human. The author defines these virtual worlds as ‘techne’ which is a human practice that engages with the world and creates a new world and while also a new person. Second life residents have increased over the years.
How do Zygmunt Bauman and Stuart Hall engage with the problem of identity as a problem of modernity? How does Bauman extend the discussion of the identity question in the context of globalization? ANSHUMAN AGARWAL 201301110 Identity and modernity go hand in hand. To talk about one without involving other can not complete the discussion.
Jewitt (2008) defines multimodality as meaning “made through the situated configurations across image, gesture, gaze, body posture, sound, writing, music, speech” (p. 246). This indicates that although language is usually considered as the central channel of communication, there are also other routes such as verbal and body language, images, and voice through which individuals’ can represent significant meanings (Kress & Jewitt, 2003; O’Halloran, 2011). In this respect, the ways individuals communicate or make meanings are dependent on the use of various modes that are not limited to language or print alone, but are extended to the use of multiple forms of representations such as visual, audio, spatial and gestural. Given these, today’s literacy practices extend from just reading written text, to reading multimodal texts with images, sounds, and other forms of modalities, and interacts within different social and cultural
The fast development and proliferation of technology raises multiple and various questions that led to the reconsideration of the traditional concepts of human nature, dignity and freedom. By starting from the Transhumanist project, the present essay discusses the grade of freedom and privacy reduction that such technological progress involves. Nevertheless, the possibilities of surveillance and control over individuals. The first section of the article analyses the some of the risks implied in the Transhumanist movement focusing on its negative outcomes. The second section describes the current post-digital environmental situation with special attention to the issues concerning the risk of privacy and freedom loss.
The world of film is a complex web of discourses that try to understand, in a cinematic manner, the past without tarnishing it. Many films, especially historical films have tried to operate on a level that not only accurately tries to represent the past with all its intricacies, but to do it in a fashion that addresses real life truths and feelings that correlate with that specific historical figure, event or issue. While historical films may distort details about certain figures or events from a specific history, these films, however, reflect and expose truths that could be applied to the past. In the first two course films, Breaker Morant and La Grand Blanc de Lambarene it is clearly understood that the filmmakers are fictionalizing moments
Through publishing these pieces of different shots to create a series, I think Vertov wanted to present the effect of making the audience understand the difference between a narrative film and a database movie. The notion that the "Man With a Movie Camera" is not a theoretical film emerges as it does not have a basis on a traditional story line. The editing of the database shots also served to change the view of films as not only based on traditional narratives commonly known to be comfortable when
Moore’s films cannot just be tied down to one or even two modes of documentary film, as described by Bill Nichols. According to Matthew Bernstein, Moore pulls from mainly the expository and the interactive modes of documentary in his film Roger & Me (6), through an attempt to “escape documentary film entirely” – something that Bernstein does not believe he is able to achieve (15). Moore seemingly pulls from
Utilizing advanced cinematic technology and taking new box office high, the film Avatar ironically present the theme, the contrast and conflict between materialist and spiritual life, between dualistic/naturalistic and analogical ontology, between the power of technology and nature. This essay will begin by analyzing Avatar’s cosmology and the differentiation between the ways how Na’vi's and human society represented by RDA cooperation function and then move to reason out different values and worldview of these two races revealed by their behaviors and social structures. Finally, an evaluation of the film’s way to tackle these pairs of conflicts and some potential resolutions will be given. Na'vi’s social structure can be easily associated
As a result of the borrowing of ideas from other disciplines, Public Administration has become a field of practice based on applied sciences (Akor, 2008). Science according to Thornhill and Van Dijk (2010) depends on theories to investigate, explain and predict the phenomena to be studied. The same scholar further elaborates that “A science has to be founded on justifiable laws or acceptable theories to develop new knowledge and influence practices (Thornhill & Van Dijk,
In the article, New Media and Social Memory, written by Richard Rinehart, the thesis is how new media art can be last for a long time. Also, he talks about the challenge of preserve the digital forms of new media art. He uses a lot of example not only to discuss the issue of social memory, but also to prove some of his arguments. The primary purpose of the work is to show the public what is social memory and how it works. First of all, he breaks the social memory into two parts in order to be more clearly.
Many forms of media have emerged over the decades. Some die while others stay and thrive. Over the past few, a sensational digitalized type of media has loomed into the modern world; it is called the new media. This phenomenon has drastically changed the public-from feeling more informed and ‘united’ with their peers to perceptions of fear and even ignorance inductions. Media commentator Sherry Turkle gives an example of the damages new media can cause through her book excerpt “Connectivity and its Discontents” and author Dallas Spires, who also gives an exemplar of this case through her essay “Will Text Messaging Destroy the English Language?”.