Presentation Number One

Presentation Number One

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I had to do a presentation with three other members and I was terrified! I haven’t done one in quite a while and it was to a new group which I wasn’t used to. We had to sum up a text by Glyn Davis and it was called From Mass Media to Cyber Culture (2005). I chose the chapter called Life Online: Fear and Loathing (pg. 223-225) which I found easy to understand. Basically it was about the negative aspects of the internet which included:

  1. The dangers of online gaming: how some gamers can become detached from reality and think they game is real
  2. Paedophilia
  3. Pornography
  4. Racial and Homophobic hatred
  5. Sites that show how to make dangerous weapons
  6. Lying about your Identity

At this stage of the presentation I included this video of an advertisement about people hiding their identity:

This video created by Save the Children Organisation created in 2009, is quite strange and I didn’t think it was going to turn out that way (trying to type without giving it away). I think from the reaction of the viewers they were quite disgusted and found it creepy so the advert obviously got their point across and received the right response from viewers.

The presentation wasn’t being marked but overall I think it went well and everything ran smoothly, if I could improve it I would try and feel less nervous and sound more confident as well as maybe adding more images to the slides. The nerves aspect I guess I have to practice more maybe and try visual techniques of it running smoothly.

After our presentation we looked at Modernism, a break down of the word:

Modo (latin) – just now, recently

Modernus -living in the present

Temporal – present time in contrast to past times

Qualitative – something progressive in contrast to something traditional.

Adolf Loos (1870 – 1933) – a theorist, designer and architect said that a beautiful object requires more than just skills – they need to think more deeply than just what it is.

Post Modernism – Paintings in the late 20th Century was the first art form to be classed a post modernism. It captures the revival and merging of old historic painting techniques and styles.

The difference between Modernism and Modernity:

‘Ism – Often refers to an artists movement.

‘Ity – Refers to any aspect that concern the world at the time.

Post Modernism in Illustration

An era that used a mixture of styles but using traditional techniques from past art. It also included reproduction of famous work that could be now placed in anyones home. Technical reproductions of:

  • Photography
  • Musical Performances
  • Computer simulation
  • Prototypes

Philosopher Walter Benjamin spoke of the loss of aura of an artwork through reproduction, not getting the grand scale of it – the whole feel. We are exposed to experiences or events before we even see them in reality. I agree as you can enjoy a piece of work in the comfort of your own home but when you actually see the genuine piece there is another level to it. Reproductions of work don’t have the same feel compared the the original, maybe thats due to the quality difference or the atmosphere you are seeing the work in.


Benjimin Loeb, Ken Tsui, Randy Che, 2009, Save the Children Commercial [internet]. Available from:, [Accessed 18 February 2014, 3.44pm].