Robben Island revisited digitally

first_imgThere will be a travelling three-dimensional reconstruction of the prison cell where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years behind bars.The initiative comes 19 years after the end of apartheid, as a “born-free” generation – those young South Africans born into a democratic nation – deals with 21st century concerns rather than looking back on its history.(Images: Cape Town Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jacqueline Cawston   Serious Games Institute   +27 16 910 3277RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela prison anniversary marked • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Mandela TV series to start production • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • MK: in pursuit of libertyCadine PillayA multimedia project, Mandela 27, will bring the tales of Robben Island to life digitally as part of a new international campaign. Mandela 27 aims to highlight the social events that influenced change in South Africa and Europe during Mandela’s 27 years in prison.It was in launched at Cape Town’s gateway to Robben Island and will draw on cultural links between South Africa and Europe during the apartheid era. It is estimated it will cost about R5-million; part of the funding will come from the European Union.Mandela 27 partners are the Robben Island Museum, Britain’s Coventry University, the European Union’s Cultural Programme, Belgium’s Creative Stories project, and Elderberry, a content developer.Mandela’s travelling prison cellMost of the stories will be told through an interactive website with a map interlinking events of activism in South Africa and Europe.There will also be a video game that will be used as an educational tool to teach children about the island and anti-apartheid activists.Letters, poems and stories from the former political prisoners written between 1960 and 1990 will be exhibited at the Robben Island Museum Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and on the island.There will also be a travelling three-dimensional reconstruction of the prison cell where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years behind bars.The game and other digital components will be ready by February 2014, while the cell will start travelling in May 2014.Thousands of tourists visit Mandela’s former cell on Robben Island, a UN world heritage site almost 10km from the mainland.The replica of the cell will be a low-budget affair made of plywood but will feature information panels and multimedia exhibits. The travelling cell is likely to be displayed in schools, libraries and museums.The video game is described as a serious game in the style of a graphic novel, and not purely for entertainment. Based on interviews with former prisoners, it features five recurring elements of life in the remote jail: prisoners were not allowed to see children; they craved physical activity including football; education was a key pursuit; communications were heavily censored so that messages had to be smuggled; and hunger strikes were used to make existence bearable.It is being developed by South African students with help from the Serious Games Institute based at Coventry University’s technology park in the United Kingdom.Cultural lesson for born-freesThe initiative comes 19 years after the end of apartheid, as a “born-free” generation – those young South Africans born into a democratic nation – deals with 21st century concerns rather than looking back on its history.Elderberry’s David Powell said the target audience was 16- to 25-year-olds as the events took place before they were born. But, he added, players should not expect to find themselves in the role of Mandela himself as it was more likely that anonymous characters would be used.The untold talesJacqueline Cawston, the programmes director at the Serious Games Institute, stayed on Robben Island for three days during her research, and insists the story of the cultural events has not been told.“The way that we’re telling it will be engaging to an audience that hasn’t read history books and weren’t alive at this time,” she said. “The whole point of the project is to get the message out there. This graphic novel will depict life as it was on Robben Island.”Sibongiseni Mkhize, the museum’s chief executive, added: “This comes at a time when we are trying to improve the manner of how we tell what happened at Robben Island.”He said the project was about sharing untold stories of those imprisoned on the island for their political activism. It was also a way of creating inter-cultural dialogue internationally and sharing knowledge. “All those things were political.The poems, songs were a way for the political prisoners to get their message outside,” Mkhize said. “We want to tell story of not just Mr Mandela, but the values which he and other political prisoners shared on Robben Island.”There were plans for a reunion of former prisoners on the island later this year. Mandela, who was recently in hospital for tests, had not been consulted about read more

Content Farms: Why Media, Blogs & Google Should Be Worried

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#Analysis#New Media#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img I’ve been writing a lot about so-called ‘content farms’ in recent months – companies like Demand Media and Answers.com which create thousands of pieces of content per day and are making a big impact on the Web. Both of those two companies are now firmly inside the top 20 Web properties in the U.S., on a par with the likes of Apple and AOL. Big media, blogs and Google are all beginning to take notice.Chris Ahearn, President of Media at Thomson Reuters, recently published an article on how journalism can survive in the Internet age. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington also riffs on this theme, mentioning AOL’s “Toyota Strategy of building thousand of niche content sites via the work of cast-offs from old media” and quoting a Wired piece on Demand Media from October.I started my analysis of Demand Media in this August post. I wrote then that Demand Media operates based on a simple formula for success on the Web: create a ton of niche, mostly uninspired content targeted to search engines, then make it viral through social software and make lots of money through ads. Demand Media has been heavily funded to carry out that mission, to the tune of $355 million. In short, it’s a well-funded, well-oiled page view generating machine. In November I explored more about how Demand Media produces 4,000 pieces of content a day, based on an interview I did with the founders in September. I followed up by asking: is ad-driven content crossing a line?Low Quality, High ImpactThe bottom line is that the quality of content produced by these ‘content farms’ is dubious, which has an impact on both publishers and readers. Last week I analyzed the way wikiHow produces its content – its users do all of the writing and editing for free, via a Wikipedia-like platform. There was evidence that wikiHow’s model is producing better content than its Demand Media counterpart for how-to articles, eHow. More worrying though is that Demand Media is producing thousands of these types of articles a day.So is the Web becoming awash with low-quality content produced by content farms like Demand Media, Answers.com and now AOL? Yes it is. From my analysis of Demand Media and similar sites, such content is very generic and lacks depth. While I wouldn’t go as far as wikiHow founder Jack Herrick and say that it “lacks soul,” it certainly lacks passion and often also lacks knowledge of the topic at hand. Arrington’s analogy with fast food is apt – it is content produced quickly and made to order.Can Quality Survive?Given the impact that content farms are having right now, how can producers of ‘quality’ content survive?Chris Ahearn from Thomson Reuters claims that journalism will “do more than survive the Internet Age, it will thrive.” Ahearn notes that Reuters makes the “vast majority of its revenues” from subscription-based business models targeted to “vertical and niche markets.” Plus Reuters, he says, provides “valuable services – not just content.” Ahearn also implies that syndication technologies, like Reuters’ semantic analysis platform Open Calais, will lead to a new kind of “B2B content network” – where content creators and publishers can easily collaborate and make money together.Google Needs to Wake Up and Smell the CoffeeIn my view both writers and readers of content will need to work harder to get quality content. I know I’d rather read an article by The Economist on any given topic, than one generated by Demand Media. But we, as readers, need more help from Google and the other search engines. Right now ‘quantity’ still rules on the Web, ‘quality’ is hard to find. Perhaps that’s why Reuters is betting on the subscription model – it hopes that consumers will just subscribe to quality content, thereby removing the need to search for it. I think there’s something to that, which if true implies that Google will become less relevant in the future. Should Google be worried about that? Yes; and they are.I can only hope that Google and other search engines find betters ways to surface quality content, for its own sake as well as ours. Because right now Google is being infiltrated on a vast scale by content farms. If you thought it was bad enough that many professional blogs pump out 30 posts a day, often regurgitations of press releases or quick write-ups of “news” such as Twitter being down for a few minutes (note the irony of that tweet), this new type of Google gaming is on a far bigger scale. What Demand Media, Answers.com and AOL are doing is having a much greater impact on the quality and findability of content on the Web.See also:Demand Media Is a Page View Generating Machine – And it’s WorkingAnswers.com: 31 Million Copied and Pasted Web read more

What Is Dynamic Range?

first_imgPanasonic VariCam LT14 Stops* Sony F5514 Stops* Sony a7S II14 Stops URSA Mini 4.6K15 Stops Camera manufacturers constantly tout the dynamic range of their gear. What are they talking about? Here’s everything you need to know.Top image via B&H PhotoWhat Is Dynamic Range?Dynamic range is the “ratio between the largest and smallest values of a changeable quantity.”  This range between the largest and smallest can be measured with light or sound. With sound, it’s the measurement between the “noise floor and the maximum sound pressure level” and what a microphone can capture. In terms of light, it revolves around the ratio between the brightest to the darkest.Image via Aversis 3DIn terms of photo and video, this is the range in which a camera can capture the brightest and darkest areas of an image without the loss of details in the image. If the camera moves beyond this dynamic range, then that’s when you’ll see the brights being washed out or the darks becoming noisy.So, the more dynamic range your camera has, the more leeway you have to capture your image. If you’d like to know more, check out this great video from Lynda.com. The clip comes from more of a photography angle, but the theory and principles of dynamic range are the same.Is It Really That Important?Camera manufacturers are constantly upgrading their technology with the goal of getting closer to the capability of the human eye. While they end up falling short, it’s not for a lack of trying. The human eye is an amazing optical receiver — and if it was a camera, it would be the most expensive camera ever.Image via Photography-101The dynamic range of the human eye is something that current camera technology just can’t match. However, dynamic range is vital to the filmmaking process in the digital age, especially as creators try to duplicate the look of film. Giving filmmakers wider dynamic range allows them to have so much more room to make adjustments and capture that desired look. Plus, with wider dynamic range, you won’t have to rely on artificial lighting to achieve the look you want.Which Cameras Have the Best Dynamic Range?Now that we have a solid understanding of dynamic range and how it works, let’s take a look at what options we have when it comes to camera technology. The interesting part about the table below: The varying dynamic range capabilities of prosumer cameras versus big-budget production cameras. Panasonic GH411 Stops ARRI ALEXA14.5 Stops CAMERADYNAMIC RANGE Canon C50012 Stops Canon 5D Mark III11 Stops *Measurement of dynamic range when using log or raw. Was this breakdown helpful to you? Is dynamic range something that is important to you? Give us your thoughts in the comments below! BM Production Camera12 Stops RED WEAPON16.5 Stops*last_img

Shahid Kapoor challenges Saif Ali Khan, asks him to ‘watch out’

first_imgShahid Kapoor has thrown Saif Ali Khan an open challenge. Before your minds start racing, let us clarify that Shahid has said that he might just grow a longer beard than Saif.For the uninitiated, Saif has been sporting a full facial fuzz for Navdeep Singh’s Hunter, in which he is playing a Naga sadhu. Meanwhile, Shahid has been growing out his beard, as well.In an interview with a leading channel, Shahid was asked, “What’s with the long beard?” He laughed, “Saif’s beard looks bigger than my beard, though. I am still waiting for it to get to that length, his looks really good. This is for Arjun Reddy. I’m doing the remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy.”Shahid will start shooting for the film in October, which means that the beard is “going to get a lot bigger than this”. Who knows? He might just beat Saif at having the bigger beard! Shahid laughed, “I might. I might just get there. Watch out, Saif!”Earlier, Saif had joked that his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and son Taimur are not too happy about his beard. “She says she likes it and he pulls it very hard but neither of them has kissed me very much. If I ask Taimur to kiss my hand, he kisses it. If I ask him to kiss my face, he just tilts his head on my cheek. Pretty much the same with the missus,” he had said.However, Shahid’s daughter Misha is “okay” with the beard. “She has been a part of the growing process. If I was away for a while and I came back, she would have been a bit thrown off. But she has seen it grow every day and she has asked me on many occasions after touching it, ‘Papa, yeh kya hai?’ And I have to explain to her that it’s a beard. Those conversations have happened, yeah,” he laughed.advertisementALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput welcome second child. A baby boy after MishaALSO READ: Saif Ali Khan reveals why Kareena Kapoor Khan and Taimur don’t kiss him anymoreALSO WATCH: Media troubles my wife Mira, but she can handle it, says Shahid Kapoorlast_img

Mourinho: I don’t like a circus

first_imgManchester United Mourinho in fresh Guardiola dig: I don’t like a circus when you win Iain Strachan 21:11 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Jose Mourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United The Manchester United manager claims the club quickly returned to normal after a volatile conclusion to a derby defeat against City at Old Trafford Jose Mourinho appears to have renewed his criticism of Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, claiming he prefers to strike an emotional balance in both victory and defeat.The Manchester United manager was reportedly furious at City’s noisy celebrations in the wake of their 2-1 derby win at Old Trafford last weekend, prompting a confrontation between the players that remains under Football Association investigation.United responded to that loss by battling to a 1-0 home victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Mourinho, speaking ahead of his team’s away match at West Brom on Sunday, insisted the atmosphere at the club had cooled considerably soon after the post-match confrontation with their neighbours and rivals.”The next day the place was normal — as I like it,” he said. “I don’t like a circus when you win and you’re happy. I don’t like a sad place when you lose. I like an emotional balance. Bournemouth was difficult and we coped. Back to normal.”Romelu Lukaku cut a restrained figure after he netted the only goal against the Cherries in the 25th minute.Questioned about the striker’s apparent lack of desire to celebrate, Mourinho replied: “I didn’t either. I control my emotions. I’m not acting to the cameras or the fans.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

9 months agoReal Madrid chief Butragueno on Isco: I won’t question Solari

first_imgReal Madrid chief Butragueno on Isco: I won’t question Solariby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno refused to comment on Isco’s situation after victory at Real Betis.Real coach Santiago Solari left the midfielder on the bench for the 2-1 win.”It’s a decision of Solari, I should not enter it,” replied Butragueno when asked about Isco.”A coach makes those decisions and belongs to his world, I insist, we should not enter.”On new signing Brahim Diaz, he added: “He’s a boy with a lot of personality, we have a lot of hope in him, we have to give him time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoMan Utd to scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali tonight

first_imgMan Utd to scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali tonightby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will have scouts posted for Brescia’s Seria A clash with Juventus on Tuesday night.United will have Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali watched, says Gazzetta dello Sport.The 19-year-old, who has been compared to Andrea Pirlo due to his playing style and long sweeping hair, is enjoying his first season in Serie A after earning promotion with Lombardy outfit last season. United have sent scouts to this evening’s clash at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti to take a closer look at the Italy Under-21 international.Opponents Juventus are also believed to be keen on Tonali. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Birth alerts are racedbased genocide says Mikmaw lawyer

first_imgMi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater has harsh words for birth alerts. (Justin Brake/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn Indigenous couple in B.C. is living the nightmare all new parents fear – keeping their newborn out of the child welfare system.“It’s quite devastating,” said Cora Morgan, the First Nations Family Advocate with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC).“The most violent act you can commit against a mother is to steal their baby.”APTN News has been reporting all week on the hospital or birth alert involving Baby H and the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Kamloops.The stories have sparked strong reaction – even from Morgan.“These babies go into foster homes and shelters causing emotional damage,” she said Thursday.“There can’t be any nurturing when children are ripped away.”At-risk babiesGovernments and child welfare agencies say alerts are used by health professionals and social workers to flag at-risk babies especially when parents are under age or have themselves been in care.But the damage forced separation inflicts on parents, children and their wider communities is becoming better known.Two major Canadian reports identify such alerts as ‘genocide’ and ‘violence’.Both the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada called for major change.“End the practice of targeting and apprehending infants from Indigenous mothers right after they give birth,” said the MMIWG inquiry in its 231 Calls for Justice released June 3.“Indigenous peoples should not be subjected to any act of genocide or violence, including forcibly removing children of the group to another group,” added the TRC in its June 2015 release of 94 Calls to Action.“Indigenous peoples have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.”B.C. CFS moves in to seize 90-minute-old baby on report of neglectMi’kmaw lawyer Pam Palmater said evidence against the birth-alert system is piling up.“What happened in B.C. is a prime example of – how can a baby be endangered in the first 90 minutes after a mother has given birth? Unless she was physically assaulting the baby – and that wasn’t the case here – there’s simply no justification for this.”Palmater called bedside apprehensions “race-based genocide” against Indigenous women.“We all know that moms who have had their children stolen from them – especially Indigenous moms – are more likely to suffer from suicide, heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety, addictions, homelessness,” she said in an interview.The TRC suggested parents-to-be receive prenatal services and preventive care to learn how to safely care for their children.First Nations Family Advocate Cora Morgan (left) testified against birth alerts at the MMIWG inquiry. (APTN News)Instead, Morgan said many experience “impending doom” as they give birth.Manitoba has the highest per capita rate of children in care and apprehends about one newborn a day.And the Saskatchewan government – only days after the MMIWG inquiry released its final report – confirmed it would continue to track or seize at-risk babies.Palmater said that’s wrong.“The report said these apprehensions effectively erases the possibility that Indigenous women can create the relationships and care necessary for children, especially if they have been prevented from doing so in the past through forced separation,” she said.“We’re not talking about historic events, we’re talking about the crisis that’s going on now.”With files from Dennis Ward and Justin [email protected]@katmartelast_img