all in all project

In an age where new media content is increasing in many different ways, and contexts we can notice how it is being different than its original things that we used to see. Understanding all these contexts and their pros and cons is very crucial. I personally think that the new media has been taking over people lives and every now and then we have to see a new development coming over way that adds up more interesting stuff than the previous one, which of course makes life more fun in a way and more challenging in another way. All people are looking up to such investments that help them in many ways they want. Nowadays, with the new media it’s so natural if you’re online to go to the place where people are already consuming media themselves too.
My project for social media class is about what people think about the new media; its core pushes us to look into the affects of this new media on our environment and on us. Moreover, we are going to see how it effects our daily life process, and whether it makes it better or worse, we will try to know the answers from different age groups of people who tend to be 3, and through them we will actually know how this media effect the people around us, and in what ways, and if they are addicted to it or not. I intentionally added a new question just to know what people think that the new invention in the media would be.
After interviewing the three people, I realized that they vary in their answers. Some think that new media such as FACEBOOK which was a major subject in their answers is a total waste of time; while others think that It is very interesting and fun in a way. Looking back at the three videos I noticed how some people make use of the media in an effective way , and how others doesn’t make use of it because they think it is time consuming and there is no way they are going to benefit from it.
The slight difference that took place between the three recording is that first of all, they all weren’t ready for being video tapped, and not to mention that a lot of people doesn’t like the idea, the difference was due to the way they think and the different in their ages made them think about media in various ways, and this goes back to the age difference. On the other hand, the similar things that I found is that FACEBOOK was a major issue in their talks I personally wasn’t surprised because we all tend to know how FACEBOOK these days is the TALK OF THE TOWN. They all discussed how they access it daily and how they all use it in different ways whether commenting or being updated to statuses, they all somehow have the same views about the face book.
To being with the process of doing this project:
1-  I tweeted up about my project on twitter just few days before starting.
2-  I interviewed three different people from different age groups
Started with Sasi she is a 19 years old
continued to interview Sara who is 26 years old
and ended my interviews with nermine who is 12
3- After finishing with the interviews I uploaded them on the computer, edited them windows live making, where later I uploaded them on you tube.
4- After uploading them on you tube, I edited the descriptions, the tags, category, thumbnails’, date map broadcasts sharing the video, privacy etc…
Of course I have to mention that the use of my blackberry phone made it easy for recording the videos.
The videos were easy to upload and being edited on the YOUTUBE, the hard part was setting up the subtitles for each and every video it was a hectic work. The process for setting up these subtitles, there is a bottom after uploading the video which says edit when you press it you can notice that there is another bottom at the top which says subtitles you click it and here you go you start editing the subtitles of your interview.
My favorite part of this project actually was only the interviewing part because I kind of found it interesting and fun at the same time. Whereas my least favorite part was the subtitles.
As a conclusion, this project was interesting it made us aware how different people of different ages view the new media from their own view points. It is a new experience to interview people, know am able to add subtitles to videos I upload on youtube which I didn’t know how to do before, know am also able how to edited a video which I also did not know how to do before. Therefore, this project was very interesting from all sides.

Steps to Final Project

What new media means to us.
The 5 following questions will be asked:
1- what does new media mean to you?
2- do you use any of the new media such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Youtube etc…?
3- How addicted are you?
4-do you think that you’ll be able to pass along the day without accessin the facebook for example?
5-What do you think are the new media inventions going to be ?

The 3 people that will be interviewed are:
Nour Shatila ( 20 yrs old, lau student. She will be asked because she’s a college student and she must have access to new media in her daily life)
Sana ( 46  yrs old, a mother. She will be asked because Sana is a facebook addicted lets see what she will think of new media)
Aya ( 14 yrs old, Rawda high school. She will be asked because everyone knows that new generation is well equiped of the new media, and they know everything about them).

Session 11

Session 11 conference room at 3:30 Friday the 24-4-2010
the moderator of the session was: Wafaa Halawi

The conference started up with the first presenter JM-Ilias from the Indian Arab cultural center, New Delhi. Ilias talked about the boundaries of imagination in the Arab and the Bombay cinema, specifically about bollywood cinema and its effects. It’s a cinema that appeals to the global community it first looked like as a fight between the local and the global world. Bollywood cinema. was a counter hegemonic to Hollywood where most of the films started up in the nahrus. The reason why bollywood cinema looks up to the Arab in that way might be economically rather than historical or political.
(However, I have to mention that it was kind of hard to understand to the Indian presenter talking English the words were mixed up)

The conference continued up with the 2nd presenter Ifdal Elsaket from the University of Sydney Australia, who talked about the modernity in the early Egyptian attitudes towards the cinema… Ifdal mentions that the emergence of cinema industry in any country is the symbol of national progress and the indicator of its moral and traditions, and no doubt that the cinema has a great influence on people. She continues her presentation by saying that Taha Hussein once said that he appreciates the cinema because it is advancement to the country in all its aspects.  The second point that Ifdal talks about was the modernity device which was about educating the peasant and the propaganda at home. The 3rd point that she dealt with was about shooting back at the empire combatry negative stereotypes through films. Cinema believed to educate the masses and increase the propaganda, and combating negative stereotypes. Moreover, the modernist showed images of the country modern landscapes and the primitivisted criticized for not showing enough of modern Egypt and Egyptians. She later on mentions that commercialization of the film was particularly for after the 2nd world war and that was the call for the nationalist films to replace the frivolous films. However, the excess of modernity condemned and equated to westernization.
Lela bent madares 1941
laila momtera 1939

the 3rd presentation was about the representation of men and masculinities in contemporary Egyptian cinema by Koen Van Eynde from the Netherlands-Flemish institute Cairo.  His first point was about that cinema was a source for gender studies; it’s a cultural expression in particular to any culture. Therefore, the cinema was known to be a rich source for gender studies, where analysis where made indoor to indentify the problems. We should always focus on the content as it is represented as well as its nature.
Analysis of the movie Aw’at farage (free time) was done was Koen, he says that the director prefer to take new actors having the same age playing the roles in the movie. Ahmad one actor in the movie comes from a very stricken family, where he always wants to be the center of attention. Throughout the whole movie Ahmad is represented differently from the rest of his friends, for example where they are in the car his friends would be flirting out with the girls next to them while he is at the back of the car alone rolling the joint (hashish). Ahmad’s relation with his father was not good, he always had this defensive behavior, but then he breaks out his father’s dominance by taking responsibility of his own. This was not only towards his father; his negative behavior was also towards other men.

My view point of the presentations, I agree with what koen was saying his analysis of the movie makes allot of sense. I liked how we were able to get information about Arab cultural societies towards cinema, and how they dealt with it.
The online coverage helped us allot, I personally was able to follow up the tweeting of the conferences that I wasn’t able to join, and I actually understood what most of my friends were live covering. I worked very well, most of my friends were surprised how it was actually happening, however, the only thing I wished for was for the presenters to be more responsible of the conference and for their presentations, because most of the times we weren’t able to understand what they were talking about, and the other times they were reading out from there papers

Session 11

Id be attending session 11 at LRC 21
time: 3:30 Friday 23rd of April

The session will be moderated by: Wafaa Halawi
Its going to be about
a) modernity in early egyptian attitudes towards the cinema by: Ifdal elsaket from ( The university of Sydney, australia)
b) The representation of men and masculinities in qgyptian contemporary cinema by: Koen Van Eynde from: ( Netherland Flemish institude, Cairo)
c) pushing boundaries of imagination arabs and the bombay cinema by: Jm Ilias from the india- arab cultural center, new delhi

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Maya Zankouls Visit for the 2nd time!

On Thursday, April 15-2010 Maya paid us a 2nd visit to our class…Unfortunately,  I wasn’t able to join the class because I had an emergency.
What i noticed from reading my friends posts about the visit, and while following the class tweets to follow up what was going on, i realized that the session was very interesting, my friends learned about the creative common licenses which i had to learn alone, but got it done anyways. I never even knew that something like this even existed its like copyright. Am glad to get one of my own 😉


Prince, Madonna, Toto, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Deep Purple, Slash, Eddie Van Halen, The Beatles, Steve Vai, Santana, Depeche Mode, Placebo, Symphony X, U2, Muse, Yngwie Malmsteen, Alphaville

Neverland is about pop music. Its importance, its magnificence, its flamboyance.
Neverland is about a common passion for Michael Jackson, the King of Pop.
Neverland is also about musicians realizing they all needed each other at the perfect timing

Come and dance to the immortal sound of the King of Pop’s rhythms!
JOE HADDAD – Keyboards / Samples / Background Vocals

Time:8:00PM Saturday, May 22nd

The Passionate Artist

Today, thursday 18/3/2010 a creative person with an exceptional talent payed us a visit to LAU.
MAYA ZANKOUL is a true image of a Lebanese girl, we are all proud we met her, she encouraged us a lot, am sure everyone noticed how she can make someone laugh through her drawings. A big thanks to maya for giving us a way to breath when our lives might get a bit harder on us. I must say who ever didn’t meet maya today missed the opportunity to meet up with a person who has an exceptional talent, not only that but a very unique sence of humor.
Maya, I was glad I had the chance to meet you today, again I say hope this session didn’t end. You really are a true inspiration to us.

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