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

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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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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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

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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A Disconnected World

Imagine. A world where you can only talk to people face to face. A place where if you wanted to know something, you’d have to go to a library or a school to learn. Somewhere when if you wanted to listen to a song, you’d have to go to the store and purchase a CD. Sounds exhausting right? It’s hard to believe that was life just 30 years ago. Now for myself, and the rest of my generation, we have not experienced this world. However, I think it’d be interesting to see how we’d fair.

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Why Your New Favourite Artist May Be Hiding On Bandcamp:

 

 

Music is right at the heart of our everyday lives, whether you’re into the latest and most popular stuff in the world of music, or you dig a little deeper into the industry, at the end of the day everyone loves a good tune. By now though, you’ve certainly heard of streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify but you might not have heard of Bandcamp. While there are definitely some similarities between the two streaming services, each site sits firmly in its own league of internet streaming services.

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