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A Romantic Rant against Technology

Language has become vulgar. Romance is rare. Courting has evolved to one night stands.

One thing to blame is the advance of technology and how it reduced waiting time. Super markets, text messaging, contraception are all products and enablers of instantaneous materialistic, communicative, and sexual satisfaction.They have provided convenience but challenged a balanced and sustained lifestyle. Preserved and over seasoned produce vs. fresh goods from the local butcher. Unconsciously typed messages (you know you can multitask) vs. carefully selected words and tidy calligraphy. I am not discrediting the skills required in the modern alternatives, but don’t you miss the times when a pursuer can’t read about all your likes and history on one page, and they make an effort to find out what you liked? Or making plans to have a nice dinner a week in advance instead of meeting up wherever convenient through Whatsapp?

Tom Ford, when reflecting on the present, said: Continue reading

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Terror

CBS reporter Lara Logan assaulted in Egypt: CBS News

This was the first news I heard this morning and it really disturbed me. I usually wake up to Hong Kong’s local news but I switched to TVB Pearl for CBS late night news for international reporting and I find that American journalism is much more graphic. The segment on Lara Logan was a short statement – which I respected and found had a greater impact than the teary-eyed testimonies that followed of female soldiers being sexually assaulted on duty by male colleagues and the army turning a blind eye. I lived in the bubble of HK and Canadian media and four years of Comm studies could not compare to the three minutes that made me fully recognize the American Terror Tactic.

There are more issues to discuss, but back to work in my shallow, commercial city…

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Communications student with international experience chooses to work in Toronto

March 15, 2010 – Toronto, Canada – The year 2009 has been tough to not only the finance and manufacturing industries, but it is especially depressing for its graduates competing with newly unemployed seniors. One of them is choosing to stay in Toronto to tough it out, even when a management position is waiting for her back home. Continue reading

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More or Less: What is the internet doing?

During my courses in Communication Studies, we repeated the theme of many paradoxes of communication and media nowadays. I began to wonder about how 20 years later of the internet…  (and here you can follow my train of thought):

We are more resourceful… but less productive.
We are often unconscious of what we do online. How many hours do we kill surfing funny sites and playing online games? Most of our friends on social networking sites are usually people we’ve met. We find out more about global catastrophes and issues, so we join Facebook groups, but how many of us get up and make an impact? Or even a $1 donation?

We experience more… but live less. aka Been there, but not really done that.
We know what the 7 Wonders of the World look like but we don’t even want to step out of our rooms. Teenagers get images of sex and alcohol binging before they are ready. Unrealistic expectations have solidified in their own rooms; it becomes life as they know it and want to live.

We connect more… but bond less.
The main topic discussed in lectures: global communication, yet greater isolation. Continue reading

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