The Big Decision

For first year students, deciding what field you want to specialize in can be a difficult decision.  For Interactive Media Arts students, prior to registering for the program, there were two different sides: Interactive and Media.  Now that we’re in the month of April, both the Media and Interactive students have another decision to make.

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Is Binge Watching Taking Over Our Lives?

With the introduction of streaming services binge watching TV has become the newest trend that most people have adopted. Binge watching TV has become a staple with on demand TV with services like Netflix leading the charge with hundreds of TV series all available with the click of a remote. Binge watching can burn away those extra hours before bed, but binge watching has began to have some negative effects on lives. Read More

Nostalgia Trip: Cassette Tapes Making A Comeback?

The year is 1989, you’re cruising down the street listening to your brand new copy of Tom Petty’s “Full Moon Fever” on cassette tape and life is good. Then suddenly cassette tapes just sort of fade away, succumbing to the infinitely superior CD.

Being born in the very tail end of the 1990’s I’m barely even old enough to remember a time when cassette tapes were one of the prefered choices for music distribution, Read More

Getting Over the Creative Block

A big issue that happens all the time in this industry, and just in general is having a tough time finding inspiration to do a job. Many tasks that we as media people have to do is use our imagination and be creative to do what we have to do. This can be draining on our minds and we lose inspiration and the ability to try and be as creative as possible. Once we start to run out of ideas, we end up with lackluster creations and work that we aren’t that proud of.  Read More

Sam Hyde Is The Shooter: A Look At The Dangerous Side Of Memes.

There are several facts in life which cannot be debated; What goes up must come down, grass will grow, and the Internet is a dark and scary place. At the best of times the ‘information superhighway’ acts as the biggest game of schoolyard ‘Telephone’, information passes from source, to recipient through several dozen channels which dilute the information. Much like Telephone on the playground, often what is heard wasn’t near close to what was said. The relative ease of accessing information, and of spreading information, across the internet has made miscommunications abundant. Never has this been more apparent with the rise of the ‘Sam Hyde is The Shooter’ meme. For all intents and purposes, here’s a quick rundown on who Sam Hyde is, what the meme represents and why it is dangerous.

 

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A Call to Action

So, imagine this: we are at the start of the second year, life is good. But you feel like you want to get more experience. Of course, you have the opportunity at WCGTV. But maybe that isn’t your speed, well look no further I have a solution. We have a hidden gem nobody seems to talk about, our sports programs. You often see the sports at ACC are so underwhelmingly covered.

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AMD Navi: Pushing for a Better GPU Market

With AMD focused for the better part of their career on the entry and mid-level GPU market, it has become more and more apparent that Nvidia is in control of the high-end side of things. Products like the GTX 1080 and its “Ti” counterpart offer so much to the gaming and creative market that it almost seems like a no-brainer to go with the green team. But AMD has been quietly scheming; they recently announced their next GPU architecture. Goodbye Vega.

Hello Navi!

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Chromosphere Isn’t Just A Science Thing Anymore

I’ve always love the idea of creating your own art style and own identity that makes you stand out from the crowd. One day while was I scrolling through YouTube I came across this video:

I fell in love with this video, but also with the animation and style. So, I decided to do some research into finding out who created the video, it wasn’t until one day when @rebeccasugar on Instagram tagged @chromosphereLA, was went I drove head first into this creative and wonderful world of Chromosphere.

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Forgetfulness… Wait, What Was I Suppose To Write About??

If you are a fan of Steven Universe, then you might be familiar with a character named Opal. Opal is a fusion and “Giant Women” named by Steven between Amethyst and Pearl and has the traits of Agility and Accuracy; however, she has one trait that makes her a unique and funny character: She is forgetful.

I have come to relate with Opal somedays and I created this little theory known as the Opal Paradox. The Opal Paradox is the theory of; “There are days where I knew I have an important project that’s due tomorrow, then suddenly I forget about that project I was working on because I got distracted by technology, work, or by other distractions.” Long story short; The main reason that I forgot to submit this blog by 12:30 PM and missed my deadline.

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Here’s Why Vinyl Records Are Back, And Here To Stay:

There’s no better feeling than coming home after a long day, sitting down and listening to your favorite album but I’ve noticed one thing as of late: It’s becoming a growing trend between music listeners of all ages to sink their money into intangible objects, things that don’t exist. Sure it’s easy to spend $0.99 on the latest single from your favorite artists, or pay $10 a month to stream almost every song ever, but where’s the fun in that? Read More

Is Virtual Reality the New Reality?

A simple idea that has grown into innovation for the future is Virtual reality. We are exposed to this technology everyday even if we do not realize it. It started out as a simple concept like the Snapchat filters that we use almost everyday. Eventually this filter moved to other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, but is this simple filter becoming the new norm? It has definitely evolved in becoming more than just a simple filter but a big step for other augmented reality ideas. Read More

Applying Our Skills

We first year students finally got to use our technical skills in a more real world situation at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.  At the beginning of the year, most of us didn’t even know how to use a DSLR or Adobe Premiere Pro.  It’s now the near end of the first year and we have learned much as Interactive Media Arts students.

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Is Our Data Safe?

Imagine having a platform that you can post personal information about yourself, which then helps you find your friends whose done the same. Then allowing you to connect and share information between each other, connecting you on a virtual level. Welcome to 2004’s Facebook. A Social media platform that allows friends to connect from anywhere in the world, or people to share ideas that can reach millions of people. Facebook has over 2/7th of the world’s population on its site making it one of the largest social media sites on the internet. Making it have a constant flow of information from person to person. But what happens when that kind of information is mishandled?

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Too Much Information

Dear those who like to overshare on social media,

Oversharing has long dominated all the websites  that traffic our personal essays, Facebook Statuses, Twitter threads and even Instagram posts. You may not realize that you are doing it but from all of us who know way to much about you through the other side of the screen: please stopRead More