This live stream on Al Jazeera (with Eat your Kimchi) is an interesting discussion about PSY and the internationally famous Gangam Style. While watching this, I thought instantly of the The Culture Muncher , and the blog post that rings true to so many of the topics raised in this video. The blog post talks about South Africa’s own Die Antwoord/Zef Culture and looks at how Die Antwoord and PSY use their music for more purposes than entertainment alone. I can only agree with the points raised in both, that these two acts have effectively used multimedia as tools to comment on social issues in their countries ie: the large inequalities in South Africa. These commentaries stretch much further than that, just look at the global attention both groups have attracted. It could then be a comment on global social issues? Hmmm… incentive to think twice about the kind of music you listen to? You bet your horse-riding, yellow-chappies-dress I will! *Let me know what you think below in the comments section*
My grandfather called me this morning to say that our family dog, Brutus has passed away. He had become an old soul and could hardly stand up after he had found a cosy spot on his blanket. When I last saw him over the June vacation, I remember thinking that he was going to leave us soon , but it became so real when my grampa told me over the phone.
I guess I also feel a bit more bleak about the whole situation because now is the time when so many chapters in my life are closing: Varsity and my studies, the last time you’ll go home for a ‘school’ holiday, the last time I’ll see so many of my friends and peers… At least I feel comforted knowing that I have a book full of memories that I can open at any time.
I took this picture a while ago when Brutus was still a young chap. I’d like to remember him just like this. RIP you old man, you were loved xo
The Believer has a wistful Q&A with Maurice Sendak, most famous for his book, Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak died in May, 2012.
What do you think of e-books?
I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book. A book is a book is a book. I know that’s terribly old-fashioned. I’m old, and when I’m gone they’ll probably try to make my books on all these things, but I’m going to fight it like hell. [Pauses] I can’t believe I’ve turned into a typical old man. I can’t believe it. I was young just minutes ago.
Is the problem with e-books partly a problem of color?
Yes. Picture books depend on color, largely. And they haven’t perfected the color in those machines. But it’s not that. It’s giving up a form that is so beautiful. A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful. Even as a kid, my sister, who was the eldest, brought books home for me, and I think I spent more time sniffing and touching them than reading. I just remember the joy of the book; the beauty of the binding. The smelling of the interior. Happy.
The full interview can be read here -- bitly.com/Un2H91
Because I am a lover of things radio and I worked with a group of high school kids this year teaching them about broadcast, I found that the youth have so much to say and have just as many solutions to those problems. The Children’s Radio Foundation is another example of a platform dedicated to the young people and their concerns. They are based in Cape Town and they teach children around South Africa all about radio while engaging with social issues that the kids are interested in. When trying to explain something to the six that I worked with, I would very often let them listen to the amazing work that the Children’s Radio Foundation does.
This is my first time putting together a soundslide using my own photography and audio. I followed around Betty, a Grahamstown resident who volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Enjoy and let me know what you think! One more thing, just click the “play” button a few times to get the soundslide going, not sure why it’s being strange?? It will play :)
I was reading The Culture Muncher (an amazing blog that needs your attention!) this morning and Deva, the author, writes about her experiences of beauty in South Korea. In her post, she talks of some of the terminology used when speaking about beauty in South Korea, and she was exposed to one such term in a film being made in South Korea about the education system. This is a preview to the documentary being made by Kelley Katzenmeyer. If you want to see the full preview, click here. This documentary (and Deva’s post) has helped me to start thinking of ways to use my degree (Journalism) while in South Korea next year. To not only document my travels, but to engage with the social issues I encounter…. ideas, ideas, ideas…