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Did our astonishment at new inventions fade?

Introduction When I was a kid, I would sometimes watch silent movies, especially when I was at my grandparents’ house and particularly the ones featuring Laurel and Hardy. This brought me a bit of curiosity for the early age of films. I remember my parents telling me abut different stories regarding the first years of cinema, the craziest of which was the…

Hybrid Cultures in the Digital Age [Video]

[Link for the Video] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N9JhkKryzDHf_dJPnd04Jfr9uJ4fyDD0/view?usp=sharing Bibliography Auge, Marc. Non-Places: An Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity(London, New York:Verso, 2009) Chung-Lan, Cheng “台湾の「38歳」デジタル大臣から見た日本の弱点 [Japan’s weaknesses as seen by Taiwan’s “38-year-old” Digital Minister],”Toyo Keizai Online, accessed November 23, 2020. https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/327954?page=3 Oxford Reference. “Supermodernity,” accessed November 23, 2020.https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100543119

(2) Universal: Digital Culture as non-place

During the lectures, we explored what we called “Digital Culture,” such as the development of computers, the social significance of GAFA, and wonders of digital games. Those are something universal, and people around the world share more or less the same experience. Probably, a Buddhist Priest in Butan enjoys his/her pastime on YouTube exactly in the same way as I do. Digital…

(1) Japan: “strange” mix of old and new

One common conversation that I often have with many of my friends from Japanstudies is that Japan is a really interesting place where old things and cutting-edge things are uniquely co-exist. My friends always wonder why Japan is so behind in digitalization despite the country is famous for its super advanced technologies? I once belonged to Japanese society, and such a “strange…

They are all fake

“Hi, there! I’ll be here to answer any of your questions.”, reads a chatbot, including a photograph of a smiling employee on the side. Were you always convinced of these ’employees’ to be real? Yes, same for me here. Let me tell you: we were wrong. These ‘people’ are made by artificial intelligence companies who sell images of computer-generated faces. Companies who…

Among Us: Art Reflecting the Society

Limitation: When we say that “art is a reflection of society”, there are various aspects that need to be taken into account and I wrote this article only on reflection approach, in a very generalized manner. Different interpretations can be made and we can also come up with different viewpoints on the relationship between art and society. By now, I don’t think…