Monday, May 7, 2007
Hmmm, think its kinda cute too. Hee. Pretty short and silly comic, but thats all the inspiration that I've got. Haha. My brain is on holiday too. =)
Saturday, April 28, 2007
We were told to get creative and this was how we presented our work. Haha. It was quite a fun way to do so I guess. Anyway, my favorite scene is the one where the main character stands on top of the building and looks down. The tiny cars and humans below are just so cute. Hee. Oh well, that's just a pretty good experience.
Friday, April 6, 2007
With the fun part being explained, here comes the frustrations. As much as I wanted to get on with my twin’s life, I was unable to do so. To begin with, there was the “laggy-ness” of the computer that I had to battle with. My twin was having a slow reaction. Then,
After several poses, I decided to leave my beloved dragon to venture into the other parts of the island. Perhaps when I get tired of walking about, I might go back and keep the dragon company. Not far away, I spotted a runway. Since there was nothing much for me to do, I decided to climb onto it and see if I looked good on the runway. Here, is my best pose.
Guess I was just fantasizing too much. This is what happens when I am bored. Daydream and more daydreams.
Apart from that, I managed to make a few friends which I forgot to capture those moments down. One of them started chatting to me and even volunteered to help me out a little as I seem lost. It was great to know that there was someone who was willing to lend a helping hand to the poor me.
I guess attempting Second Life was not that bad after all. It might have some hiccups but the experience was worthwhile since I managed to make some new friends.
Friday, March 30, 2007
With the increment of leading edge technologies, the ways in which people communicate has transformed. Technology has given us a new medium – the Internet – that allows us to communicate in more than one way. Now, we can have one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many communications all via the same medium. With such advancement, citizens are able to contribute to journalism without professional training (“Citizen Journalism”, 2007).
Citizen journalism can also be known as “participatory journalism”. It means that people without professional journalism training can use the tools of modern technology and the global distribution of the Internet to create, augment or fact-check media on their own or in collaboration with others (“Citizen Journalism”, 2007). Blogs are one of the most common tool that people choose to use when exercising citizen journalism.
Just last year, The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holding’s flagship newspaper decided to go beyond its 161-year-old newspaper medium. It decided to engage and interact with its readers through the use of a fully-interactive website known as STOMP (Straits Time Online Mobile Print) (SPH, 2006). Singaporeans are able to post new and interesting findings that they want to share with others through this website.
In order to increase interactivity and easy connection, STOMP allows the public to communicate with them in more than one way. The public can use the mobile to call in, or use short message service (SMS) or multimedia message service (MMS) to share their news. Alternatively, they can send an email or log onto the website to talk to the newspaper. Apart from that, they can also participate in the online forums and chats found within the website. In addition, there are other features such as photo galleries, online polls and even virtual clubs (e.g.: food club and digital club). With the rise of blogs, STOMP also included a “Star Blog” section in the website. Readers are able to interact with their favorite bloggers (includes Dawn Yang and Xiaxue) by commenting on their blogs.
Personally, I found the content rather interesting. It encompasses a wide range of news which included happening events that took place around
As a whole, STOMP has done quite a good job in exhibiting citizen journalism. The content is entertaining and it certainly does attract Singaporeans. Currently, STOMP may not seem that ideal because it is still relatively new, but it does not mean that it will not become an ideal form of citizen journalism for Singaporeans. Personally, I feel that in time to come, STOMP will get better as it matures.
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Friday, March 16, 2007
According to Fernback and Thompson (1995), the concept of community commonly refers to a set of social relationships that operate within specified boundaries or locale. An online community consists of a group of people that may or may not primarily or initially communicate or interact via the Internet (“Virtual communities”, 2007). Apart from that, different virtual communities have different levels of interaction and participation among their members. According to a survey done by Horrigan (2001), it was found that almost 90 million Americans have participated in online communities. This shows that online communities have found its way into our lives.
By being a member of an online community, it allows one to have the ability to interact with other like-minded individuals across the globe. For instance, at petlovers.com, pets enthusiasts are able to share their information with one another. Besides that, they are also able to post and share their pet’s photos with fellow members. With the use of online communities, it is no longer impossible or difficult to ask distant acquaintances and strangers for advice and information (Wellman & Gulia, 1996).
As part of this week’s blog requirement, the class was told to join and explore Twitter. And ultimately, decide if Twitter can be considered as an online community or not. As told, I signed up for it and started setting up my profile. Friends are then being invited to join this site or added in to build up the social network. From there, members are able to update their friends with what they are doing as well as what are their thoughts. This service is almost instant. Other than that, like Friendster, Twitter allows members to personalize the background of their homepage.
After being part of Twitter for two days, I personally believe that it can be considered as an online community. The basic fact that it allows me to interact with fellow members online and form bonds with them, shows that it is an online community. In addition, it also allows users to send messages via phone or instant messaging. (“Twitter”, 2007) Users are then given the option of receiving messages in more than one way. Due to Twitter’s ability of letting one post their thought online for their friends to view and even reply to, it sort of resembles a blog. Probably, the only differences between the two is that blogs has no limitation of characters while Twitter has a 140 character limitation for each entry.
When compared to huge online communities such as MySpace and Friendster, Twitter may seem small due to its limited features, but this does not mean that it cannot be considered as an online community. In fact, Twitter’s capability for immediate response makes it stand out from other online communities. In my opinion, I feel that in time to come, Twitter will evolve into an even better online community with more features.
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