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The Ecstasy of Influence, A Plagiarism

The ecstasy of influence:A plagiarism By Jonathan Lethem


This article is about a few things. It’s about appropriation, simulacra, auteurism, economics and the gift of art.

Lethem talks about the beauty in the tradition of taking, copying and redefining ideas. He also talks about the illegitimacy of trying to own a culture experience, […]

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Designing IN SPITE OF the Manufactured Normalcy Field

Venkatesh Rao argues in his essay about the “Manufactured Normalcy Field” that people, when presented with new experiences, will work hard to maintain a “familiar sense of a static, continuous present.” This is likely an adaptation mechanism employed by the mind to ensure that behavioral differences are minimized.


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The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism

“There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.”

The article discusses in great detail about the history and modern examples and implications of plagiarism and influence or inspiration. In literature we often see repeating themes, the same plot line just […]

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Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

This is a really interesting analogy article. Also, the author talks about three different issue in one time, but not use a boring way. He makes a fun of it. He uses video game to describe a real thing happen everyday. As a filmmaker, I believe most of great works done by the people who […]

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Explorable Explanations by Bret Victor

Throughout the essay, Bret speaks of how simple text can be used to nudge and satisfy the curiosity of the reader. He states how our instruments of reading have changed but the method of conveying information has not. The author encourages us to take advantage of the possibilities of text by creating an interactive textual […]

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‘A small world after all?’ by Ethan Zuckerman

The article is about the availability of information, and how internet should make us more connected. It states that no one expected the Iranian revolution of 1979, mostly because the resistance started in mosques and homes, instead of palaces and barracks. The calls to resistance were transmitted via leaflets and cassettes instead of broadcast media.


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What is the Element?

-A response to ‘The Element’ by Sir Ken Robinson.

The Element is the meeting point between natural talent and personal passion. It’s when you feel your true self. What you love most doing and lose all perception of time and space while doing it. We all have our individual talent, and I think it’s each […]