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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Editing Christmas

This year I will be celebrating my 23rd Christmas. It is amazing how the meaning of Christmas changed for me from childhood to a young adult. It feels like you edit what Christmas is to you as you become more mature.

When I was a child Christmas meant new toys, delicious foods, and party games. As I grow older, Christmas started to mean family gatherings and seeing my relatives who live far. As I came to know more about Christ, Christmas became something really special because I realized how it is a celebration of the birth of the Man who died for us.

This holiday have different meanings for different people. Whatever this means to you, you just have to remember to respect other people's reason for celebrating. I learned that it is better to greet other people by saying Happy Holidays instead of saying Merry Christmas to make sure that you don’t offend anyone.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Editing poverty

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". -Chinese Proverb

Most of us probably experienced being asked for change or cigarette while we are out smoking or walking. When you go out of the streets, it might not be a surprise to see different faces of poverty. Some are obvious, and some are not.

A lot of us might think that when we give out change we help lessen poverty. It may actually help, but that help may not last long. We should start editing the way we help people. There are other ways of helping the people who are experiencing poverty. We can choose to assist them with our short term participation like giving out goods during Christmas or other holidays; however, we can create greater impact when participate in projects that promote sustainable development.

Sustainable development compared to one-time outreach programs, involve creating projects that will help people who experiencing poverty stand on their own feet after you or your organization's intervention. The types of projects may include building schools, developing livelihood projects, microfinancing, etc. I think that if we focus more effort in implementing these types of outreach program the effects may not be readily seen, but we will go further because we can help them not to become dependent of other people's assistance.

It is not wrong to participate in short-term outreach programs because it still helps address immediate concerns of people experiencing poverty. If we come to think of it, Maslow's hierarchy of needs shows that before we can move further towards self-actualization, we need to first address our physical needs. It would still be a big help if people put efforts in addressing these needs. However, it will be greater help if we can assist people in poverty find ways to earn for themselves, stand on their own, and live with dignity.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Changing the way we work

What is your ideal office? If you ask this question at the time when internet was not yet invented, you'll probably get answers like a big office room with a big reclining chair, own fridge and coffee station. 

Technological advancements changed the way people work.

Nowadays, a lot of people would probably say, an ideal office is a home office. There will be less possibilities of hearing someone say that they’d rather be somewhere than in their office because there are already options to have the work done outside the company offices.

Technology change the way people communicate and conduct business. Projects can now be done with just the use of electronic communication.
There are workplaces that take advantage of working remotely. The companies can save money by having fewer workspaces but still meeting their work needs.  Employees can also benefit from not having a specific workplace. They can multi-task and do personal chores while getting their work done. They can also freely choose to work where they can think clearly.

Here is a video that shows how a modern workforce conducts business. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Editing builds multiple meanings.

Editing has the power to create different meanings of the same event. Below is a video that can give us an idea on what happens when reality TV footages get edited.

This made me realize that writers and editors should really be careful when choosing what to include in a material. They have to ensure that the story is told the way it happened and not the way they wanted it to happen. Though it is hard to be completely unbiased, everyone should aim to retell a story as close as it is to reality.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Parodies: Positive editing or negative editing?

I enjoy watching parodies from different YouTube channels. Most of them are really funny that I go on for a few minutes just watching parodies. 

Parodies involve a lot of editing. Unlike copyediting and substance editing, editing parodies should have other motives for changing the content of another person’s writing, film or song but still use a lot of the elements used in the original work. The changes are made in the content to either make fun or critic someone’s original work. Though YouTube has a lot of videos that are just trying to be funny, there are also some that bring both comic effect and substance.

I think parodies are both positive and negative.

  • It helps publicize the original song, film or book. Whenever I watch parodies, it makes me want to watch the original and check out its content.
  • It encourages thinking. There are parodies that go beyond just being funny. There are those that criticize the original works and prove a lot of good points.

  • The owners of the original works might feel disrespected. We know that writers, film producers, and songwriters put a lot of effort in their work. Some of them might feel bad if their work is used just for fun, like the makers of the film Downfall who banned the YouTube parodies of the film.
  • It may show cons of buying some products and might encourage people not to buy.

Overall, I think the effects of parodies still depend on the contents of the parodies. I have here two parodies from YouTube. One is just trying to be funny and the other one proves a point.

This is a parody, which criticizes how iPad is just a bigger version of iPod Touch and nothing more. I think for some people, it might make them think twice about buying an iPad if they already own an iPod touch.

This is a parody that just turned the Bruno Mars' song Just The Way You Are to something really hilarious. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Write with your heart. Edit with your head.

Sean Connery said, “you write your first draft with your heart and you re-write with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not to think.”

We always need to generate new ideas for the different things that we do and there is no strict rule on how to do this. At times we edit in our minds before we even start writing or executing our ideas. Developing an outline for a written project or creating a sketch for visual arts projects saves us from wasting our time doing and redoing things. However, there are times when we think too much that we come to a point where we are already censoring our creativity.

Let's take photography as an example. In photography class, we learned how important it is to use the correct camera settings and identify what setting would let us create good pictures. Sometimes we lose the opportunity to capture photographs of interesting things because we already preempt our own thoughts that it won't look good because we lack a certain camera feature or we don't know how to do something. Since we failed to take a picture because of over thinking about what is technically expected to fail, we didn’t have an actual product to evaluate or edit.

Sometimes we have to trust ourselves in order to make things happen. Don’t expect everything to look good when you first write, draw or create it; don’t always avoid doing something because it looks bad in your mind. The famous philosopher Albert Camus said, “all great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”

Here is a video from Langara College that challenges us to push our creativity, and shows us the value of evaluating our work after we’ve executed our ideas.

Rethink Scholarship at Langara 2010 Call for Entries from Langara College on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's in a name?

Do you ever wonder about business names and ask why did they come up with that name? In my opinion, business names should capture the nature of the business and the image that they want to communicate to their target audience. 

I was out last Saturday when I noticed the name of the gym in front of Northgate mall. It says Snap Fitness 24/7. The lights inside the gym were closed and it looked like no one was there. 24/7? Aren't they supposed to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week? 

It looks funny to me, but it can be confusing to others.

Choosing a business name is like editing a headline. The name should be catchy yet descriptive. The business name is one of the factors that could either make or break the business; it is usually the first thing that will bring people to your business. Aside from creating a catchy and nice business name, the owners should make sure they deliver what their name or tagline promised. If they can't deliver that promise, maybe they shouldn't put it in their business name after all.