All entries for January 2006

January 31, 2006

When Hong Ying talks

Hong Ying (author of _K: the Art of Love _etc. ) presented a talk in SOAS this afternoon.

She was much as I expected. Looked like a girl in Belle and Sebastian's songs, beautiful and edgy. She spoke with a strong Sichuan accent, as well as a strong sense of self. So much so that you can distinguish her without open the eyes. Under the strength of high self-evaluation, there was always a tone of uncertainty by inserting all the words of making certain. However, she's got her beautiful language to cover it all. And that was the power of Hong Ying.

She was not as much as I've read from her novels and poems. She flies on the paper, she sank in her melancholies, memories, and adventures on the paper, but after all, she reasons, and all developed in rational layers. Whereas when she talks, only the passion left. And I appreciate that. Because a write is to deprive what is written to what is happening, thus possiblities for the readers to develop the understanding of the text can be expanded out of the writer's initial intention.


January 20, 2006

Quoting about Happiness

I read this in the begining of the week and thought I should put it up here to share with people. This is a book called To Have or to Be by Erich Fromm

It mainly discussed, as I understand, how things go wrong in a capitalist system (based on the dominant philosophies) in a social psychological perspective.

Fromm suggests that the failure of free the human being of the system we are in now is due to two basic psychological premises:

(1)that the aim of life is happiness, that is, maximum pleasure, defined as the satisfaction of any desire or subjective need a person may feel (radical hedonism)
(2) that egotism, selfishness, and greed, as the system needs to generate tem in order to function, lead to harmony and peace

There has been a sequence of western philosophies to support such premises dating back to thousands years ago. Nonetheless, he noticed that there was one exception of Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus amongst the hedonists

Epicurus:

pure pleasure meant 'absense of pain' (aponia) and stillness of the soul (ataraxia) … pleasure as satisfaction of a desire cannot be the aim of life, because such pleasure is necessarily followed by unpleasure and thus keeps humanity away from its real goal of absense of pain.

I think apart from the terminologies applied, the quotation is much like what I read about Buddhism previously (refrain from suffering – pain etc.). It leads me to think of two things:

1. Is there a universal culture that if we seek back to the history, people were actually thinking of and pursuing the same things, it is just the development of history that segmenting the cultures, and there maybe a force now to push them back together again? (does it sound naive? I do have came across the notion of universal culture somewhere else before)

2. Or, could it be that the western readings of eastern philosophies are totally based on the interpretation of existing western philosophies? (orientalism?)

:D

Social psychology of economic life is fun!


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January 13, 2006

Media Studies and the mediaGuin

Writing about web page http://mediaguin.blogspot.com/

Only till recently when I had my head down in struggling to putting up pieces of thoughts into essays with delight and despair have I realised how interesting the field I'm studying can be.

In the light of this new discovery, I decide to create a new blog dedicated to my work! It will mainly record what I encounter in daily life, what I read, what I develop into theories, and most importantly, as a media observer!


January 12, 2006

A cultural production, a quasi–ethnography research, and a translation

Jacky Cheung: She listens to my concert (1999)

bq._(歌曲:她来听我的演唱会
歌手:张学友 专辑:走过1999)_

*她来听我的演唱会*
在十七岁的初恋第一次约会
男孩为了她彻夜排队
半年的积畜买了门票一对
我唱得她心醉我唱得她心碎
三年的感情一封信就要收回
她记得月台汽笛声声在催
播我的歌陪着人们流泪
嘿陪人们流泪
她来听我的演唱会
在二十五岁恋爱是风光明媚
男朋友背着她送人玫瑰
她不听电话夜夜听歌不睡
我唱得她心醉
我唱得她心碎
成年人分手后都像无所谓
和朋友一起买醉卡拉ok
唱我的歌陪着画面流泪
嘿陪着流眼泪.
我唱得她心醉
我唱得她心碎
在三十三岁真爱那么珍贵
年轻的女孩求她让一让位
让男人决定跟谁远走高飞
嘿谁在远走高飞
我唱得她心醉
我唱得她心碎
她努力不让自己看来很累
岁月在听我
们唱无怨无悔
在掌声里唱到自己流泪
嘿唱到自己流泪
她来听我的演唱会
在四十岁后听歌的女人很美
小孩在问她为什么流泪
身边的男人早已渐渐入睡
她静静听着我们的演唱会

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a very literal translation below (by me)
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She listens to my concert
from the first dating at her 17
when the boy lined up for her through the night
half a year saving, in exchange of tickets a pair
I sang, haunted her heart, tattered her heart
three years affection enclosed in a letter
she remembers the train left whistled and prompted
on the platform my songs accompanied people in tears
ah, accompanied them in tears
She listens to my concert
At her 25s, relationship is bright as sun-shine
but the boyfriend sent roses to someone else
screened the phone, she stayed up with my songs
then I sang, haunted her heart
tattered her heart
the breaking-up seems apathy to the grown-ups
Karaok and alcohol would cure alone
she sang my song, flickering pictures accompanied her in tears
ah, accompanied her in tears
I sang, haunted her heart
I sang, tattered her heart
True love seemed so precious at age 33
but the youngster pushed her away
only the man decided with whom fly faraway
ah, with whom he flied away
I sang, haunted her heart
I sang, tattered her heart
She tried to regain her vigour
years go by, we sang
we have no grudge against god or man
in the applauses my songs prompted my tears
ah, my song accompanied myself in tears
She listens to my concert
lasting passion in music lingers a 40some woman in charm
she was accompanied in tears, her child concerns
man on the side sleeps and snores
she listens to our concert in silence

(will disclose my analysis later, when I finish it as a part of my essay under construction lol )


January 10, 2006

Rationale of audience studies

Lies in Radway's manifesto towards her sophisticated designed ethnographic projects for investigating popular culture tribes. At least, this is the first time I got so much touched and made my mind up – 'yeh, this study makes sense.'

In her paper titled ‘Reception Study: ethnography and the problems of dispersed audiences and nomadic subjects’ she rationalised a core purpose of doing research in fields of popular culture: articulating the production of subjectivity. Popular cultures, in her eyes, are the remains of sites where the individual is to distinguish from the dominant culture institutionalised self. From the very first instance we were taught to confine our play space to a bounded space by our parents, the line of social productive time and personal time (maybe what we’d like to call wasteheads time ;)) was drawn. The borderline is strengthened in the school demarcation of classroom and playground, and in sequence, scaled to the leisure spaces we then automatically define as private and non-serious throughout the adulthood. For Radway, the hypothesis of the studies on those sphere is that these are ‘of empowerment where individuals experience pleasure and affective intensity and therefore construct themselves as knowing, powerful subjects’. In other words, these are places where people stop being societal productive as only a part of the collective whole and think, with the remaining part of self (if there is such a thing), 'what’s the meaning of life to me', and exactly where the core of subjectivity is produced. Thus she suggested that ethnography is the very suitable way to investigate such articulation where dominate culture of the superstructure is interacted, negotiated, and resisted hence consequently make meaning in personal lives. The validity of ethnography here is due to its flexible departure of conducting in the discourse, well not even discourse, the whole context of particular politically bounded/regionalised collectives; its processing of observing the subjectivities of such collectives as it flows; its premise of not to base the research fundamentals on any particular disciplinary circuit; and its requirement to the researchers of not being high up the sky but to be an objective part of the observed groups. Ethnography is a research method originated in anthropology where it was presented as ‘a written account of a lengthy social interaction between a scholar and a distant culture.’ It has been so far widely applied to almost all social studies disciplines. In media studies, it is especially widely conducted in audience research. In some cases, it was also carried out with production groups to examine in the face where the legitimated culture has its subjectivities derived. (I think it’s a research carried out by Roger Silverstone with a BBC science programme production group, can’t remember the name now.)

Radway, Janice. (1988) ‘Reception Study: ethnography and the problems of dispersed audiences and nomadic subjects’ in Cultural Studies. 2 (3)


January 09, 2006

Hamid is the hero of the day!

Saved me from miserable line of death.

:D


This is called essay writing distraction

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1581445,00.html

Nine Million Bicycles rewritten in a good sense of science:

We are 13.7 billion light-years from
the edge of the observable universe,
That's a good estimate with
well-defined error bars,
Scientists say it's true, but
acknowledge that it may be refined,
And with the available information, I predict that I will always be
with you

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I like this guy!


January 08, 2006

Post–feminist culture under destruction

Post-feminist culture align us the obligation of love, it is thus to be crucified. What we want to do, we do not yet know. But it ain't lovers and the state you and I flow.

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Something less relevant:

伴侣是经受了时间的筛选一直留在我们身边的人, 他可以与时间一起安静地陪我们往前走, 让我们心头上曾经留下的伤一点点的愈合, 让我们的每一天都可以充满信心充满期待. from ChelC

Partners are filtered by time. They stay with us when we are pacing, as quiet as the time. They see us through pains and helped us to recover. Everyday they make us confident to expect life yet to come.
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I think she's right. So those who sees time goes by and one person remains with you, do consider grap your limited chances pls. Otherwise, you see, it will grow into to those more common cases that time is like a broken pipe, all the encounters come and leak away, and in the end of the day, you find the word partner is just another trick. All the forces to cause pain, develop recoverment, and fertilise confidence are actually with, and only with yourself.

Time is another idiot.


January 05, 2006

写情书

写情书若不是发自肺腑,便不可能持久。往往是,想得到的感情一旦拥有,情书就自然退出。但情书也可以持久。一个人的经历,可以变得如此琐碎的多,自然是要累积肺腑之言。把肺腑之言跟一个人倾诉,就成了很好的情书。并不一定要谈情说爱,只是感受对方的存在,就已经足够美好。

我在这里写中文,看不懂的,自然不会知道我说什么。看得懂的,就是那些我觉得看懂了也好的人。

一大清早的,也不知道自己在说什么。只是收到了一封邮件觉得有些细微的上蹿下跳,却又不想过度沉浸在其中忘记了要写论文的事情,所以写在这里,叨一点出来,就放轻松一点了。

我们都不明白爱,但我知道,爱的形式因人因对象而异,我好象爱过好多,强烈程度从未低于中强水平,但只要我还有能力继续爱,我就对这种爱有失落感。因为这不过是其中的一种。这些爱,都是我心上的刺青,偶尔褪色,却从不消失。所以我要说爱,我要写我爱的人,我要让他们轻如写在纸上的印记,因此便不会再把爱和占有混淆。

但是相信我,每一份爱都是独特的。对你的那一份,更加是。


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