Perception Is Reality

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I apologize for having taken so long for this post. I’ve been tied up with university stuff.

On the plus side, here’s an interesting topic: Persistence of vision.

This term refers to a theory in science in which an image that the eye is sees stays on the retina for a brief time period until it is replaced with another image.
In Film, this theory led to the creation of “motion pictures” as we know them. By tricking the eye, a number of images could be presented to a subject and, by this theory, they would not see the images as static, rather as moving, giving this illusion of motion. This is where all the film making or motion picture finds its roots.

Barsam, in his book “Reality Perceived and Recorded” talks about this theory and technologies associated with it. He talks about the devices invented to show motion, by scientific (mostly for scientific purposes).

Persistence of Vision may be explained through the initial work of the Lumiere Brothers in their film about the men breaking down the building, particularly the brick wall. This was a first motion picture.

Another example, also by the Lumiere Brothers is the train arriving at the train station. This again, demonstrated this scientific theory using projection and filming apparatus.


I was on Ayeshah’s blog where she posted the following video:

A Vision of Students Today

 It is indeed something to think about.

Too Much Information

As the video tells us, we ‘browse’ through so much information, it is almost impossible to keep up. So much information is created, modified, deleted or becomes obsolete everyday, that to keep up with it, we need to multi-task and, ofcourse, need more time. It is legitimate a thought that all this information can break us down, restricting us from thinking logically. Is all the information relevant? Is any of it relevant? Is any of it true? Define truth.

Problems Created By Technology

Here’s what I think: In a world where time has become money, in turn leading us to need more time, there is an element of technological determinism: but it is a reinforcing spiral. We want faster machines. We need to multitask (something only machines would do at one point). Have we become machines? We sleep lesser hours, work more, spend less time with family, more time studying, less time eating and more and more time keeping up. We have in a way, rescheduled our priorities due to technology, as a result, technology adapts, and as a result, we adapt. I hope this point is clear. If it’s not, think about it. Or ask.

The Good of Technology

What good comes of technology? Better learning environments, living conditions, better utilization of time and new jobs. There was once a misconception about digital technological gadgetry replacing the human labour force. Fortunately for us, these gadgets still need a human to operate, to make choices which are not defined in the preset scenario banks. New ways of looking at things: at society, at the world, at the pace at which it grows, and for that matter, the pace at which it thinks. Technology has enabled us to think at deeper intellectual levels about things like life, duties, priorities, and even mutually assured destruction.

Technology Can Save Us

Can technology save us? Or have we/are we becoming pawns of these technological instruments. With the advanced equipment used in homes, offices and classrooms, you’d think we would benefit more. Why then, with so much effort being put into making these aspects of life interesting, do we Facebook more, chat more, and for that matter, blog more? Who are we? Do we need to be saved?

What was missing in a previous technology, such as the chalkboard was that you could not show videos and photographs. With a combination of digital tools, we can now enhance the learning, working and living experience.

Can technology save us? Do we need to be saved?
Or is technology fooling us? Dumbing us down?

These are important questions to think about and the reactions will inevitably vary from continent to continent, country to country, region to region, even people to people. What is more important though, is that we ask these questions. We need to stop and ask ourselves (and others): “What is going on?” Do we need all of this?

Who Are You Amidst All Of This?

Who’s afraid of citizen journalists? – Chapter from “Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book” « ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

This is perhaps one of the most interesting pieces of blog entries I have read in a while, and I would like to congratulate the author(s). I myself am looking forward to reading this book

The author of the blog (who is also published in the book) draws a small sample (although very important and insightful) saying,

Disasters are about resilience – how we pick ourselves up after a human tragedy and slowly return to normalcy. ICTs help us understand how we can help communities spring back to life after a disaster. They humanise a tragedy, the scale of which may be too large to otherwise comprehend. Citizen journalists, flawed as they may be as individuals, are nevertheless tremendously powerful as a group. They have the potential to capture, over the long term, a multiplicity of rich and insightful perspectives on disasters not often covered by the traditional media.”

This is all true when we humanize disasters. Disaster management and preparedness is more than an entity that exists reified of the social structure. What I don’t understand, however – and this gets a little philosophical, is that no tragedy has a scale which may be too large to comprehend. No tragedy, is larger than humanity to understand. What then, does the author mean when he states that the scale may be too large? That it is beyond humans? That it exists separately of humans? What I’m trying to say (and I don’t know if this comes out clearly) is that no tragedy is larger than humans, so what scale is the author talking about? What exists beyond rational beings? What is the underlying meaning?

Again, I do not know if I come out clear, but I hope the author understands and explains.

The author also briefly touches on an important issue (although in passing) in his blog entry about the “deplorable” conditions of media independence in countries like Sri Lanka. This may or may not be related to the media conditions in Pakistan versus media independence in the west. A word of caution to anyone who debates on the topic of media independence: take into account the social, historial and political context in which the media were born and given independence (if that) to be able to better compare and contrast between different countries. It is not sufficient to say that media in the West is free whereas in the East, particularly Pakistan it is under stringent, unfair control. The media in the west, particularly in the United States predates WWII and has seen a long history of changes and political scenarios before it has come to what it is now: a place where biases and hatred for others (whether fellow citizens or other countries) is disguised under the idea of freedom of speech.

The F.C.C. Loosens Restrictions on Big Media « The Political Inquirer

In a controversial decision, F.C.C. commissioners voted to overturn a 32 year old ban on broadcaster ownership of newspapers. The new rules apply to the nation’s 20 largest media markets and were passed despite requests from the Senate to delay to vote.

Click the link above to read more.

Disclaimer: What follows is a work of pure fiction and not foresight. The views expressed are just a creative piece or writing and nothing more. 

It’s January 21st, 2008. Geo is back on air, stronger than ever. the PCO has been done away with and PEMRA’s objectives and role distorted. Oh and, I almost forgot: Musharraf is dead. Yes, he had been asassinated. An EMP destroyed all the remote jammers, leading the way for a detonator to blow up his car: A bomb secretly planted inside the bonnet of his car by his driver who had been coerced, threatened, bribed and everything possible by the so-called democratic leaders of Pakistan. Once again, Pakistan finds itself in ruins, quite like ancient Moenjodaro, except, people are still alive. The media and telecommunications sector is booming more than ever, catering to the zombified minds of Pakistanis and Talibans alike. Each Provincial Capital is a state within a state. Life goes on as if nothing happened; monotonous, mechanical.

The Chief Justice has unfortunately died of a heart attack as it is now clear, however, during Musharraf’s regime some illicit drugs were planted in his office and closet along with supposed records of phone conversations with members of the Anti-Narcotics Force who had been providing him with drugs. The Musharraf regime claimed that he had overdosed on Cocaine and traces of alcohol were found in his system. All this to defame the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Chaudry.

Nawaz Sharif has gotten rid of his wig and is back with rigour. Benazir Bhutto and Sharif have amalmagated parties to multiply their profits and power over the Pakistani Federal Reserve and the people, respectively. A new mind warfare game plan developed by the military had leaked whereby the Pakistani citizens’ minds have been effectively brainwashed. They now carry on about their business as the political premieres discuss deals with Washington, the Koreans and the Taliban about how to make more money. In their heart of hearts they plot against each other, leading the world to mutually assured destruction, an idea coined initially under the Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado.

The stock markets have stayed pretty stable, fluctuating ocassionally, the exchange rate too. All of this is unpredictable however, since a big hole in the vault of Pakistan’s reserve building has allowed a few rats to sneak in, steal a bit of the money which has blood scent all over it – apparently something only the rats can smell… and enjoy – and many a times come back with I.O.U’s or the equal amount of reserve money.

The nuke reserves have been relocated, half of them under the military’s control, a quarter dismantled and the uranium sold to the highest bidder, the remainder hidden somewhere in the Cayman Islands inside a large underwater cave. Who owns this, or how it got there, no one knows.

Indian officials come to Pakistan more frequently sharing drinks on national television with prominent figures, from musicians aiming to improve their self-image by working for World Peace and government officials trying to find more political entertainment. But they’re just looking out for their own benefits: I call this Mutual Hypocratic Facade.

Kashmir has been forgotten about by Pakistan, the attention of the people that matter has been diverted to international political power. India seems to be conducting some non-nuclear missle tests (they do not want to feel the effects of radiation ofcourse) and military training near the borders of Kashmir – perhaps where the takeover will begin from. Something says that there is a love-triangle here: America has vested interest in the economic gain India will receive when it takes over, and so to cash in, has offered a couple of high grade military equipment disguised under a large shipment from Ford Motors to India as it sets up its business there. The Ford Motors representatives have flown into India with sensitive equipment – something they say could not have been shipped along with the rest of the cargo since the rugged conditions would cause terrible damage to their investment. They are actually high-ranking officials from the U.S. military in engineering who are going to run a standards test on the Indian arsenal.

China seems to have sided with Pakistan, trying to work for its own benefit regardless of who runs Pakistan. The Gwadar port is where China has kept its eye on: Provide cheap equipment for the port; everything from construction, maintenance to surveillance equipment, logistics and freight. The Silk Route is seeing considerable capital expenditure to improve its state for the influx of all the machinery. China has estimated atleast $200 billion dollar gross profit in finalizing and running the Gwadar port. For some odd reason, the Taliban are nowhere to be seen here and extensive manpower has been deployed from government-independent security forces (mainly operated under the names of retired CIA and U.S. Military officials).

What happens next?

(Part 2 follows soon).


I noticed something very interesting recently. I went to the Geo website and it had a link to the Jang website which was covering the Geo TV shutdown and what the international media was saying. It also had a bulletin about Geo Super. I do have to agree that shutting down the Geo TV entertainment channels such as Geo Super is not really fair. I also noticed that Geo had cross linked to The Jang and its various other services (Jang Multimedia, Jang Searchable, Jang Blog) and The News.

I am happy to see this solidarity between all the media giants in Pakistan and how they are all together. Not something we see often. Just an observation. Also, for the cricket scores, Dawn’s website has them live as far as I can tell at the bottom of the navigation bar. Interesting.

 Stay strong, Pakistan, we’re only reaching the eye of the storm.


From WeCite:

Gulf News has reported that Pakistan’s Geo TV has said it has been given the go-ahead to recommence hourly news bulletins on its entertainment channel in the Middle East, the UK and the US, but not in Pakistan. It is unclear if the permission for the broadcasts has come from the Pakistani government…”

Update 2

From ArabianBusiness

“Al Rustamani said both GEO and ARY were respected business partners in Dubai. “Our relationship with them has been strong and friendly. We are in discussion with them in regard to the telecast of their news components and we are confident we will resolve this matter in the best way possible to protect their interests and those of the UAE” she told Wam.”

Geo TV has been shut down by Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf at 1:00 a.m. according to Geo TV’s website.Geo said, “Pervez Musharraf himself intervened to stop all GEO news transmissions from Dubai…

“Popular news anchors came on Geo News around midnight Pakistan time to announce that their channel had been ordered to go off the air as result of the continued deadlock between the Pakistani authorities and the media channels, following the imposition of the emergency in the country.”

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