Monthly Archives: April 2017

Social Media and Our Lives

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The different forms of social media available today have in no little way affected the cause of human existence. As a matter of fact, as different forms of media continue to spring up in addition to television, the print media, radio and the internet, so many lives are being influenced either positively or negatively.

Social media as experts have been able to decipher have appreciable effect on both young and old. The popular saying that we are products of what we read, watch and hear cannot be overemphasized. In point of fact, a good number of children have been found to derive some of their characteristic behavior or certain pattern of behavior as a result of movies which they’ve watched. Children can take on very remarkable traits from what they’ve seen on a social media such as TV or what they heard on radio. A good example is a young child who disturbs the parents to get him an attire like the one the surgeon had on him for a TV advert. The toddler may even mimic the way the surgeon speaks. And of course, this can go a long way to arouse the curiosity and the genius embedded in that little one. Adults are not left out of this too. However, on the other hand, a lot of vices in society have erupted today as a result of some of the scenes, even advertorials being featured on some of the social media. In fact, in very many cases some of the adverts and appearances on the TV and a good number of websites are targeted at arousing sexual feelings. Truthfully, quite a number are even dedicated to pornographic images. And of course, these can go a long way to affect the psyche of anyone that stumbles on such corrupt social media practices for a lifetime, either old or young. In fact, most cases of rape are as a result of some the appearances on the media.

How about violence too? Again, one of the ills of the media which has culminated into evil in the larger society is the issue of violence being featured on the mass media. As a matter of fact, as good as the social media is, it has also been to the detriment of a lot of people around the globe.

Well, quite lot is actually being done to put a check on social media ills. We now have Parental control features on some devices and many countries also have regulatory bodies which have been empowered to put a check on some forms of social media. But in this crucial issue, it is not the checks by the regulatory bodies or the parental control that matters. We ourselves must clamor for a society which is healthy and void of vices. So are we willing to change as individual? Or are we ready to go the extra mile to give children the opportunity to grow up in an environment void of the negative extremes which social media may at times bring? The choice is ours.

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LDS Art and Media

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In 1986 – 1987 the Mormon church released films to the dating back from the 1940s to more contemporary. The films were placed in a series which is commonly called “Church Films”. These films were in a 27 VHS set. At this time not everybody had a VCR and DVDs were not invented. Most churches in North America were setup with a television and VCR. Each library was stocked with these films. They were available to the general public, however, most individual homes were not equipped with home theater systems. Most LDS church libraries still have these films or at least a portion of these films. Many youth in the 1980s and 1990s will remember “Johnny Lingo” or “The Phone Call”. However, these films did not actually replace filmstrips, an older technology, until the late 90s.

Films strips are 35 mm still framed images that are projected by light onto a wall or white screen. An audio tape provides the sound. When the slide needs to be changed you simply turn a dial on the projector, and a small beep or buzz indicates at what point during the presentation the slide needs to be changed.

As VHS tapes were replacing film strips, the Mormon church authorized some film strips be converted to VHS; they were just still images that were transitioned.

Many people think that LDS cinema started with the film “God’s Army”; however the LDS church has been producing films since the 1940s. These films might never have been released in conventional theaters, but film has been an important part of LDS culture for many years.

LDS films are a form of art. The LDS motion picture studio is located in Provo, Utah and actively creates films to this day. Many of these films can be seen in Salt Lake City as a way to introduce people to the Church. There have been three major films played exclusively in Salt Lake City.

  • “Legacy” – a film about the early pioneers
  • “Testaments” – a historical drama of Christ’s visit to the America’s from the Book of Mormon
  • “Joseph Smith The Prophet of the Restoration” – a film on the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith

LDS art can be in many forms, and one great form of art is film. LDS people love film and believe that it is a medium for sharing their faith with others as well as to strengthen their own testimonies.

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Multi-Media Systems for Home Televisions

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If you have a PC or laptop that has XP Media Center Edition, or any premium version of Windows Vista or Windows 7, you already have the tools you need to start building your own home media system. With your own multi-media system, you can control your music and TV with one remote control or your mouse.

Its designed to play your videos and music from your own hard, drive, any location in your home network, or any optical drive it has access to. Media which is managed by Windows Media Center can also be forwarded from your home network to TV sets when you add a Windows Media Center Extender or an Xbox 360.

Add a TV Tuner card to your system, and you now have the ability to play back and record your favorite TV shows in HD or Digital Cable. The recordings can be saved in DVD form, or they can be transferred to a portable media player.

WMC can add your music into the mix through the use of RCA type cables from devices such as cassette decks or video recorders, microphones, and other inputs. Windows Media Player also organizes music on your computer. Unless you specify another location, the music files are stored under My Music, and are arranged in alphabetical order. You can make your playlists so you can hear the music in any order you wish. Windows Media Player allows you to pause, fast forward, or rewind and repeat the music just like any other media player you have used in the past.

WMC can also play back video from URL’s when you add a third party plug-in, and this also allows you to access server and client side playlists on your network. Media Center also supports all FM tuned radio stations so you can tune into your favorite radio show anytime you like. You can also synchronize your smart phone and other portable devices with Media Center.

Windows Media Center is the place to start synchronizing your very own home multi-media center. With the recent release of Windows 7, Windows Media Player has been revamped and now has even more options for making your music and TV experiences the very best ever.

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