FAI TALKS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

Gone were the days we had to call each other or meet up with a friend just to ask “What’s up?”. It seems like everything we do nowadays are going to be publicly displayed on social media, be it through tweets, photo uploads, and even location tagging. Social media has definitely changed the way teenagers lived over the last few years. Now, if you are still someone who still does not have a Facebook account or a Twitter account, well, let’s just say you’re missing out on alot.

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Firstly, let’s talk about Twitter. I think I’ve only been active on Twitter since 2 or 3 years ago? When I first heard about it, I thought that it was quite redundant since Facebook was the ‘big’ thing then. I created the Twitter account just for the sake of it, since alot of people started using it. That’s the case with most of us isn’t it? When we hear about this new online platform, of course we are intrigued to check it out. Well, I didn’t really use it much until I got my iPhone. That was when I realised how addicted you can be to it. Okay, perhaps ‘addicted’ isn’t the right word, its more of a platform where you ‘go on to whenever you have nothing else to do’. For example, when you’re alone on the MRT or bus, your natural instinct will most likely be to use your phone, and of course Twitter will be one of the first things you check. I guess what makes it so popular is that its just so simple and easy to use. There’s not much features to it, but maybe that’s the thing which makes it easy. Its just a platform where you scroll and scroll and scroll to see what people are up to, and perhaps tweet your own thought every once in awhile.

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Facebook has of course been one of the biggest social media platforms over the past few years. I can’t think of anyone my age now who does not own a Facebook account. The cool thing is, Facebook isn’t even used by only teenagers now, the older generation are also hitching a ride on the social media bandwagon through this platform. Before Facebook stated getting huge, I remember when Friendster was the ‘in’ thing. Facebook of course took over with its better features and functions. From instant messaging, file sharing, to stalking, the online possibilities are almost endless with Facebook. Its even convenient for you to look for a long lost friend and reconnect the loose relations. You don’t even need to meet a person to know a person! It seems like even though I haven’t met a certain friend for quite awhile, it feels like I’ve been meeting them frequently since I can find out what they have been up to through Facebook! Of course, many use Facebook to cyber stalk certain people, just like I do.

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The latest craze in social media has of course gotta be Instagram. Although not everyone is using it yet, it is definitely a platform which is fast growing. Its plus point has also got to be its convenience an simplicity! Users can just upload photos anytime anywhere with their smartphones and share it with the world! I’m not sure who started the trend, but it seems like everyone uses Instagram to take photos of their food! Nowadays, what’s important is what your food looks like, and not what it tastes like.

I think social media plays a big part in my life now, especially as a media student. I really can’t imagine communicating without it! I can only imagine the world of social media in the future, and how people are going to turn into social media ZOMBIES!

Till next time:)

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FAI TALKS ABOUT MINORITY REPORT

I have never really been a huge fan of sci-fi or action movies. I’ve always only enjoyed comedies, chick flicks, basically movies that are simple to understand and can make me laugh. The only times I’ve ever had to watch these kinds of sci-fi movies are when my teachers decide to show them in class just because they are supposedly ‘informative’.

Ten years after being shown on the big screen, I finally got to know about this movie called ‘Minority Report’ starring Tom Cruise. The reason being of course, my lecturer showed it to the class for our New Communication Technologies tutorial. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to watching it. I never really paid much attention to it at first, but my classmates seemed to be glued to the screen. So, I gave it a chance and tried to understand the storyline.

Of course, I bombarded my classmate with silly questions as I tried to follow-up with them and understand the plot. Soon, I found myself intrigued with the interesting storyline. The technology displayed in the movie was definitely a key feature which catches the viewers’ attention. Thinking about it, I can’t really remember how technology was back in 2002, but it amazes me how the creators of the movie can think of such ideas and portray them so well into a visual illustration of the future. From the eye-identifying technology, high-tech cars, and of course, the Precogs who are robot-like psychics that see visions of future murders, everything was well-thought of.

I can’t say that I see an accurate depiction of the the movie to come true to life in the future, but some technology in the movie are indeed possible. Nowadays, its already possible for fingerprint identification for access to certain areas, so eye-identification is definitely a possibility in the future.

However, its impossible for me to believe that beings like Precogs would exist. Call me a sceptic, but I believe that no one in this world is able to see a clear vision of the future, even with the aid of any form of technology that has yet to be invented.

Well, we never know what is certain with the future in terms of technology. Movies can only widen our imagination into the endless possibilities. Humans are never 100% pleased with what they have, and perhaps its a good thing. It motivates us to constantly create and improve our lives.

That’s all for this post! I may not be able to see the future, but I can definitely promise more interesting posts to come!

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FAI WELCOMES YOU

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Welcome to the world of New Communication Technologies!

I go by the name Fai, and I’m a third year student taking Media & Communication. This blog is just a platform for me to share my thoughts and learnings about New Communication Technologies through the various forms of Media. Stay tuned for regular updates!

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