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(Reflection Paper) A photograph representing Guy Debord’s ‘integrated spectacle’ during the pandemic

Reflection Topic: Post a photograph that represents an integrated spectacle during the pandemic and provide a short explanation. A reflection paper for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Images and Guy Debord's essay "The Commodity as Spectacle" Ligo Sardines produced a simple yet playfully striking ad displaying the owners’ political stand on the country’s state of affairs at the time the president asked for special powers to address the pandemic. Regardless of whether their political statement is genuine or plain marketing

The art, science, and business of filmmaking

Film is a magical medium that has the power to combine the many forms of art, science, and even history together (photography and visual arts, sound and music, culture, literature, dance, martial arts, physics, chemistry, and the list goes on) as it expresses and chronicles bits and pieces of life stories and people’s thoughts, words, and convictions. You laugh, cry, and feel for a character while in front of a 4-sided screen in front of you… How more magical can that

FILMARTworks is Now Officially a Podcast via Spotify’s Anchor Platform

I recently opened an Anchor account for my FILMARTworks podcast. This initiative came into fruition after working on my online classes for a couple of weeks now. After getting my feet wet on this Spotify-led podcasting platform, I received an email saying they took the liberty of coming up with a video version of the audio I utilized for my podcast trailer. It rendered 3 versions specifically with 3 different aspect ratios. Here is one of them: https://youtu.be/d5e6d1rA6No FILMARTworks Podcast Trailer (wide-screen version) It

Create-Destroy, Divide-Connect: The Political Economy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s “Free Wi-Fi for All” Program

Final paper for my Political Economy of Media class Given the changing nature of capitalism in this age of information and communications technology (ICT), Jonathan Hardy’s examination of the complexity of power dynamics and modalities of power and the influence of power on both Internet provision and on policy-making in his book “Critical Political Economy of the Media: An Introduction” became quite apparent in a number of critical events in the Philippines’ ICT sector, particularly those that ensued in the country’s

The Impact of the Critical Development of the Internet in the Current State of Philippine and Global Media

Midterm paper for my Political Economy of Media class The Philippine media and global media in the Information Age are clearly evolving towards the critical development of the Internet, forcing existing media systems to integrate with the world wide web. Cyberspace has gone a long way since its milestones in the 1990s when a household that could afford Internet service back then primarily used the email platform and chat messaging services as alternative forms of communication, alongside the utilization of search

(Essay) The Pleasure in ‘Toys’ and ‘Adventures’: An Analysis of the Branding Successes of ‘Ryan’s World’ and ‘Nas Daily’ Using the Lens of the Culture Industry

An essay for my Media Theory class using the lens of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" The integration of various media platforms after discovering an oasis for economic surge through the Internet remains consistent with the theory of the culture industry of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno. In The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception, their statement about how culture infects “everything with sameness” (Adorno & Horkheimer, 2012) continues to ring true in the age of the Internet.

(Reflection Paper) A short analysis of the 2020 RC Cola ad in the simulacra of Jean Baudrillard

Reflection Topic: Identify and analyze a simulacrum you have encountered over the Internet lately. What are the social and political possibilities of that simulacra? A reflection paper for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Postmodernity/Posthumanism and the Jean Baudrillard essay "The Precession of Simulacra" The latest RC Cola ad recently went viral. Now, people are bending themselves trying to understand it. It is clear that as an ad meant to be talked about through content that visually presents signs and significations

(Reflection Paper) Top 3 trending topics in Twitter Philippines analyzed through the lens of Horkheimer, Adorno, and Benjamin

Reflection Topic: Go to Twitter and look up the top 3 trending topics in the Philippines. Briefly analyze them through the lens of Horkheimer, Adorno, and Benjamin. A reflection paper for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Ideology as Instrumental Rationality through the Walter Benjamin essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" and the Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer essay "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" I found the following as the top three trending Twitter

Elon Musk-funded OpenAI threatens spread of convincing fake news at an alarming rate

Media outfits from respected broadsheets to renowned technology websites recently reported a breaking news about the Elon Musk-funded artificial intelligence (AI) software that has the ability to build an authentic-looking fake news story with minimal resource in a matter of seconds. With the current global problem on the spread of disinformation, including those for political propaganda, cultural attacks, and capitalist ventures, this developed AI system called OpenAI threatens to revolutionize the dissemination of convincing fake news stories at an alarming rate. An AI-written news article

Free domain name for life for www.phoenixrana.com

I’ve been with my web hosting company for over 2 years and I’ve never been happier. Since I started blogging using my own domain name (riannehillsoriano.com) in 2006, I miserably failed in choosing a reliable hosting company. I suffered endless lost blog posts, rebuilding web pages and blog over and over, hacking attempts, out-of-control spam comments, suspended pages for reasons I have no idea of, and not receiving any reasonable customer service help for any of my concerns. Add up the

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