The new media does not feed us fully formed chunks, but broken chips and blips of imagery. We are required to piece an identity together to create a configurative or modular personality. This explains why so many millions are desperately searching for an identity.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Doing something memorable each day

When last did you change your routine and succumb to that nagging impulse to do something new? Break away from those repeatative cycles during the agonizing 9 to 5 may be as difficult as we make it. It certainly changes the way we feel about ourselves and life itself. We will need to break free from the daily doldrums and inject some excitement into our routine. We can simply begin by having that one new experience every day. This is where the possibilities become endless and encourages the individual to think laterally and embrace open mindedness. How about not reacting when someone shouts at you? Starting an interesting hobby perhaps? Or taking a different route to work? Life is now as you will never get today again. These new experiences can particularly become important when we age as they tend to take more time to process, making time appear to last longer. The more familiar and mundane the world becomes the less information our brains record and it seems that time is passing at a quiker rate. Hence, when we are older we will probably wish to slow down the years. It is not our age that becomes the problem but the continuous processing of familiar information.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

New “Evil Dead” has old school feel

All fans of retro horror would hail the "Evil Dead" franchise as effortless splatter horror and its classic elements were essential to the development of the sub-genre. It was mainly remembered for its relatively crude, yet histrionic, special effects and straight forward plot that was simply orgasmic for us gore junkies.
The films were spawned around the theme of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, an ancient Sumerian text which wreaks havoc on a hapless group of cabin inhabitants in a wooded area in Tennessee. The series includes The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992) all written and directed by Sam Raimi.
Horror fans are generally not easily fooled and the latest installment will have to compete, probably unintentionally, with the original, basic formula. It could be the unfortunate case of due modernization that actually taints the intended result. The new “Evil Dead” remake was directed by Fede Alvarez in his feature debut and had teamed up with Sam Raimi and the original star Bruce Campbell who were the producers of this lofty project.
Critics are divided though on whether this new version has done justice to the franchise or provoked contempt amongst fans who have endured a marginalized genre. Mark Olsen of The Times wrote that the remake “has a gleeful exuberance of its own analogous to the mad invention of the original”, and added that it “nimbly walks the fine line of tribute, update and doing its own thing” and provides “plenty of over-the-top gore, great gushing geysers of it”. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, however, stated that “it feels like a lot of other remakes of the 70’s and 80’s horror titles”. Personally, old school rules once more with a modern presentation. Expect more of these to come with the genre slowly regaining its prominence it enjoyed in the eighties.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Retroscope: 2 April

2 April 1983: Progressive Rock band, Pink Floyd scored their third #1 album with “The Final Cut”. This concept album was the last of the band’s releases to include founding member and lyricist Roger Waters. It was originally planned as a soundtrack album for the band’s 1982 film Pink Floyd – The Wall. The direction of the album shifted with the onset of the Falklands war as a gloomy critique of the conflict as well as the perceived betrayal of his father.
2 April 1987: U2 started their 29 date North American Joshua Tree tour at Arizona Activity Centre.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Humanity’s quantum leap

A new civilization has emerged in our lives bringing with it new family styles, changed ways of working, loving and living, a new economy, new political conflicts and naturally an altered consciousness as well. We may have already adjusted to this new tomorrow but many, terrified of the future, have been attempting to restore their dying world that have given their identity evading all thrusts of this explosive new civilization.
The First Wave of accelerative change erupted ten thousand years ago by the invention of agriculture followed by the Second Wave with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. The next phase of transformation, or the Third Wave, was described as a Space Age, Information Age, Electronic Era or the now banal term of global village. Zbigniew Brzezinksi had fashioned a term called “technetronic age” while Daniel Bell described the coming of a “post-industrial society”. Soviet futurists even spoke of the STR, a “scientific-technological revolution”. All this histrionic intellectualization cannot, however, expand on the full force, scope and dynamism of future changes or the potential pressures and conflicts they trigger.
Humanity faces the most significant social upheaval and creative restructuring of all time. The habitat for humanity will change as families are torn apart, economies shattered, values disrupted and political systems and fragile political systems providing an indicator of what the key power struggles of tomorrow will be.
Our new way of life will be based on diversified, renewable energy sources; new, non-nuclear families; novel institutions such as online communities or chat rooms and on radically changed schools and corporations of the future. The Third Wave civilization will, as Alvin Toffler suggested, will “heal the historic breach between producer and consumer giving rise to the prosumer economics of tomorrow. This phase could possibly be the first truly humane civilization in recorded history.