Foucault and social media: life in a virtual panopticon

For those of you who are very much invested in social media, craving to get more likes and adjust your social life to fit to your social media presence, please read this.

Philosophy for change

This is the first instalment in a three-part series.

Part 2. I tweet, therefore I become
Part 3. The call of the crowd


You start the day bleary-eyed and anxious. You stayed up late last night working on a post for your blog, gathering facts and memes from about the web and weaving them into an incisive whole. Has it produced a spike in the stats? You sign in on your iPhone as you brew the coffee. But it’s too early to slip into the professional headspace – you decide that you don’t want to know. Someone has messaged you on Facebook, so you check that instead. Japanese manga mashup! Killer breaks off the cost of Lombok. Lady Gaga is a man and we have photoshopped evidence to prove it! A friend will appreciate that one, so you share it with her directly. Perhaps not something that you’d want…

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Part 2c: Capture Medium – Film beats digital in…

My thoughts exactly, and adding to it film stock gives a more organic look and captures the cinematic reality perfectly when placed in right hands. This simply cannot be achieved in digital. Imagine Godfather shot on digital it would completely ruin the mastery of Gordon wills.

A Cinematographer's Journal

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In the last post, we discussed how the accessibility of digital makes it, by default, the primary option for many filmmakers. In this post, however, we’ll discuss an area where film is superior.

“Film is better than digital in…Craftsmanship!”

It’s not that film automatically makes someone a craftsperson in as much as digital, has de-emphasized some of the basic tenets of being a craftsperson. How so?

Self-promotion With digital, anyone who can pick up a camera is all of a sudden a filmmaker/cinematographer.

Think of this, just because someone has a license to drive does not make them a race car driver. Similarly, being a cinematographer is more than name or title; it’s about an experience level, a manner of approach, and attitude towards the craft.

I started in the production field as a grip/production assistant. After that, I spent time as a gaffer. Both these jobs required…

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