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Human as Media

The tools that we believe make our lives easier simultaneously enslave us.
The Internet is not just an opportunity, a gift of progress. It is an obligation that contemporaneity imposes upon us. When we go to the depth of the country, for some reason, and without fail, we tell our friends that we will not have any Internet access. We seem to be apologising for this. If John Doe disappears for a while from a forum or from Facebook, his friends begin to ask, “Where is John? What’s wrong with him?” If nobody is looking for him, poor John, right? Nobody is interested in him; he’s out of society.
If we want to buy a package holiday from a particular tour agency and we can’t find any information about that agency on the Internet, we won’t use them. In modern business, a company cannot function if it has no Internet…

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Captain Phillips (2013)

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.” IMDB.

The good – Tom Hanks is back to his best after a couple of duds, (Incredibly loud & incredibly close; Larry Crowne), this man has been so many good films it’s ridiculous, so it’s good to see him at the top of his game again.  Also, the narrative grips you and doesn’t let go right until the end.

The bad – Not much, possibly ‘clichéd’ US military scenes.

The rest – (Shamelessly pinched from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535109/)

Trivia

During an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, Tom Hanks said the first time he met the actors playing the Somali pirates was when they started filming the pirates taking over the bridge.Paul Greengrass mentioned he did this intentionally to build up tension between the actors on board the ship and the actors playing the Somali pirates. See more »


Goofs

When Captain Phillips is on deck at sea near the beginning of his voyage, the ship is obviously stationary when it should be moving. See more »

The verdict – 4.5/5.

Gravity (2013)

“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.” – IMDB.

The good – Amazing special effects (Mr Walkinshaw’s brother-in-law won an Oscar for his work on the film!), surprisingly strong performance from Sandra Bullock, it’s in space (I’m a space geek).

The bad – A bit reliant on artistic license/unrealistic physics.  Narrative can suffer from ‘oh what-now?!’ syndrome.

The rest – Watching it on a 6″ airplane screen sucks.

The verdict – 3.5/5.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/

 

Active Audience

Audiences that, rather than sitting passively in front of a TV, positively interact with what they are seeing and hearing.

The proposition is that, rather than TV doing things to audiences, audiences do things with TV.

For example, households use TV to avoid each other, or to provide family warmth.

More importantly, however, audiences turn to social media to interact with one another and influence TV institutions.