The cinema is often home to fantastic events and extraordinary tales. And though the conflicts in such movies are able to move audiences emotionally, there is an unavoidable disconnect between the content and the real world. For many viewers, L’Eclisse is a film that avoids that disconnect. Antonioni’s classic abides by what is feasible in the real world and as a result, allows audiences to absorb and empathize with the subject matter. In addition, the moral struggles presented in L’Eclisse are simple, realistic, and vague so that every viewer can connect with the film on some level. In L’Eclisse, the beautiful and well-to-do Vittoria is bored, surrounded by a culture of materialism, and lonely. And every aspect of the film, from the narrative to the mise-en-scene, emphasizes those themes.
From the subways of New York to the classrooms of Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC), tablet computers are appearing in every setting imaginable. Tablets have been available to consumers for almost a decade, but only recently have these portable touchscreen devices seen a massive surge in popularity. Although this sudden demand for tablets seems to have been fueled by a variety of factors, it wasn’t until the 2010 release of the Apple iPad that tablet computers really took off.
Like the iPhone, Apple’s iPad redefined the platform with its elegant design, iTunes compatibility, the App Store, and a simple, efficient interface. Since then, dozens of tablets have emerged that embrace the high standards set by the iPad. With such a saturated market, it can be difficult to identify the best product. So if you’re shopping around for a new tablet device, hopefully the following brief comparison of a few top models will shed some light on which device is right for you.
Over the last few decades, gaming has evolved into a respectable medium. The gaming industry has long been considered illegitimate compared with the music, cinema, and other media industries. However, with a projected global market revenue of $65 billion for 2011, the medium has matured into a booming industry. While the history of gaming has been tumultuous, it is the future of the industry that is most exciting. In the years to come, the profitable industry will continue to harness some of the most sophisticated technology available to consumers for the sake of entertainment. And with billions of dollars at stake, competition is sure to drive creative innovation and development throughout the industry in the following ways.
The problem is not simply that the Singularity represents the passing of humankind from center stage, but that it contradicts our most deeply held notions of being. –Vernor Vinge
Films tend to reflect the time in which they are created. Despite the setting or content, it is common for films to portray topical concerns or contemporary public interests. This is especially true of the typically allegorical science fiction genre. Science fiction texts can almost always be interpreted as political or social criticism. The combination of film’s mass media platform and science fiction’s cultural insight creates a unique medium for peering into the public’s mindset at a point in time.
One such public fascination is artificial intelligence (AI), which can be interpreted as a computer system that is able to perform tasks that would normally require human intellect. Interestingly, the idea of humanistic artificial intelligences or cyborgs existed in the science fiction genre long before the invention of the electronic computer. Films such as Metropolis explored the potential fusion of man and machine as early as the 1920s. But never before had artificial intelligence been so commonly portrayed in the mass media as in the latter half of the twentieth century.