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Social Media = Gun

“Knife don’t kill people, people with knife kill people.”

But not all members of the knife family are equally designed. Keris (traditional Malay dagger) for example are made purposely for combat. The serrated blade was designed to vibrate exacerbating the wound inflicted. Sometimes it even laced with poison.

But if you refer to a machete, then it is a member of the knife family that is equally good at daily work and combat. You can chop wood, crack open coconuts, and clear bushes. At the same you can use as a combat weapon to slash enemies and parry other blades.

Or to be more true, it’s actually designed to help people survive attack from wild animals. But then, other humans hell bent to kill you is no different from wild animals at that particular point of time.

But there’s a caveat, it requires skill to use it in both daily work and combat. Combat is especially hard because fighting with a machete requires you to see eye to eye with your opponent. At the very least, you need to get close to them so you know roughly who you slashing. Be it male, female, young, old, etc.

This is where gun is different, you don’t need skill and you can kill from afar. Heck, you can even kill without really looking. (Case in point; random shooting event at schools)

Gun is designed to kill. You can’t separate the intent from the design.

Machetes are not designed only to kill, it is a survival tool.

The Internet is a machete, cobbled together to satisfy the human urge to reach out and get our heads together. It is a network of network, designed to survive attacks that will take out other form of communications.

But social media is a different animal all together.

Social media is designed to be addictive, to surface stories that are visceral. Furthermore, the visceral stories are helped to find audiences. In a way, social media is like a shotgun which each sharpnel is a homing missile.

Thus, social media is not neutral. It is tuned in a certain way. Another way to describe it is as a self-perpetuating customized tabloid machine.

I’m not calling for a ban on social media. I just pointing this out so everyone realize that it’s a gun and not a knife.

And remember, “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.”

Mengapa Ajar Filmmaking di Sekolah Agama?

Alhamdulillah, saya diberikan peluang oleh Ustaz Rohidzir Rais untuk mengadakan kelas filmmaking di Sekolah Islam Nur al-Azhar. Bunyinya agak janggal pada awalnya kerana itu bukanlah perkara biasa. Selalunya aktiviti ko-kurikulum di sekolah agama adalah kelas nasyid yang sewaktu dengannya.

Bila kita sebut tentang muslim atau mukmin professional selalunya kita terbayang para doktor, jurutera, arkitek, dan peguam. Jarang kita membayangkan mukmin professional sebagai pengarah filem, komposer, wartawan dan profesion media yang lainnya.

Kita tidak boleh terus jadi konsumer media semata-mata dan harus menjadi produser. Media terlalu berpengaruh untuk dibiarkan dalam genggaman orang-orang yang jahil (dan buat-buat jahil) agama. Tetapi orang agama dan beragama tidak boleh terjun dalam dunia media tapi menguasai kemahiran media. Sesuci mana pun niat di hati video yang buruk tetap tidak akan ditonton.

Oleh itu, anak-anak di SINAR didedahkan dengan skill filmmaking lebih awal. Hasrat kami ialah mereka dapat dibekalkan skill asas tanpa perlu membuang masa bertahun-tahun mencari sendiri. Apabila sudah ada skill asas ini mereka dapat mempraktikkannya dan menjadi jauh lebih hebat berbanding guru mereka ini. (Khabarnya Ustaz Rohidzir juga akan menurunkan ilmu teater beliau)

Berikut adalah topik-topik yang akan dipelajari sepanjang 2 melalui kelas mingguan:

  1. Filmmaking Component & Process Overview
  2. Story
  3. Refining Story & Pre-Production
  4. Photography I – Exposure
  5. Photography II – Framing & Angle
  6. Videography – Basic Shots & Camera Movements
  7. Sound Recording & Editing
  8. Video Editing
Mencari dan belajar sendiri, saya menghabiskan masa lebih 2 tahun untuk mendapatkan skill asas ini. Semoga mereka cepat menguasainya dan mula berkarya!

Keyboard Warrior

Bila disebut keyboard warrior, banyak muncul konotasi negatif. Terbayang para blogger anonymous yang kerjanya komplen dan fitnah orang. Cakap sahaja banyak tapi apa pun tak buat.

Tapi dalam zaman sekarang, sekurang-kurangnya keyboard warrior bukanlah pengguna internet pasif seperti touchscreen zombies. Keyboard warrior ada juga hasilkan sesuatu dan tidak telan sahaja apa yang orang lain siarkan di Internet.
Hasil kajian terbaru Google mendapati 35% rakyat Malaysia bergantung kepada smartphone semata-mata untuk akses internet. Dengan jumlah pengguna internet seramai 25 juta, ternyata kita ada ramai rakyat yang bertpotensi menjadi touchscreen zombie!

How to Pick Fight With Ten People

a.k.a Manual for Keyboard Warriors

Social media brings many experts & wise men to our daily life but on the flipside it also connects many jerks & idiots. One is an ardent conspiracy theorist, the other non-stop politicking, the list goes on. They are super annoying and you want to correct their stupid opinion.

Let’s say there’s ten jerks you wanted to bring all of them down. Make them realize their error and shame them from spewing any more stupidity.

Surely many of us are sorely tempted to fight and bring down all these jerks at once. But seriously, don’t — you might win a battle or two but you will not win the war. More importantly, it will make everybody hate you far beyond the original ten jerks.

There’s a better strategy that will conserve your energy through the battles and help you actually win the war. It’s simple — pick on them one by one.

When you fight just one guy, the other nine can rally behind you and pummel the lone ranger. Surely you can get it done quite quickly and efficiently.

Then you pick another guy, this time you can have the other eight behind you. Repeat until there’s only two guys in your list.

At this stage, you can either:

  1. Divide and conquer — defeat one at a time
  2. Make them fight each other
  3. Defeat them both at once since by this time you are much stronger

Congratulations! Now you win your war against stupidity!