working report

The “factual” part of air pollution in Hong Kong is in process. I have done searching of the causes and figures. The documentary produced by RTHK named 再見藍天(Good-bye Blue Sky) is very useful. This brainstorms me more ideas and information of my project. However, I have not analyzed my findings yet.

I have found the asthma patients for interviews, but not yet confirmed the interviews of the staff from relevant non-government organization and the responsible persons of the Action Blue-sky Campaign. It is planned to be confirm in within this week. And this Wednesday I will go out for photo taking.

Video will not be used in my final project. Maybe it will convert into the form of slide-show.
 

Seminar on Chinese Grassroot Media:In Search of Free-thinking

This is Isaac Mao, the speaker of “Seminar on Chinese  Grassroot Media: In Search of Free Thinking”. He is a Shanghai-based blogger, software architect, entrepreneur and investor.
He spoke about the emergence of China’s new media and the barriers to free speech and free thinking on the mainland last Tuesday in HKU.

Issac indicated the Three walls in China: one is Free Access, one is free speech, one is free thinking. They all include censorship on education, political and media control , blockage of accessibility of websites, etc.

He also mentioned the current thinkg model of Chinese, about 90% are silent group, while only 0.5% group has free thinking model. Few are aggressive like Furong Jiejie, who harnesses bbs and blog(this is her blog) to realize her dream.

The thinking model:
90% Silence

7% Defence

1% Funtional

1% Aggressive

0.5% FreeAs showned in the table:

 Issac think that the blogging can improve free thinking in China. Since the blogging is a self-organized learning activities. In the process of writing ,editing and publishing, you will learn. In addition, you can learn how to collaborate with other bloggers and get involved in the trust network. Bloggers can gain new social identity in the web.Nowdays, there are 600,000 bloggers in mainland China. Admist those group of people, some just want to have a quiet place on their own. That’s why they become the bloggers.

Plan for my final project

According to the website Digital Storytelling, the configuration of the media can be divided into three

Parts: single media, multiple media, multimedia. I will use the multiple design for my final project.

I would like to use the story as the introduction of my topic. I think this would have more attractiveness to the reader as the topic itself may be boring to most people.

The approaches that used for my topic:

  1. Audio
    1. Interview staff from NGO(fight against air pollution) like Clear The Air.
    2. Interview Frank C about his personal point of view of the worsening air pollution in Hong Kong (I will do video if audio)
  1. Video
    1. I may use a video clip from RTHK since it is hard to capture the video of air pollution since it is too abstract and cost consuming. Like if I want to shoot the power plant in Lamma Island then I should take ferry to there; If I want to shot the worsening air pollution in Tung Chung, I may need to the suitable days for shooting.
  1. Photos
    Photographs can help us see things about a story that words cannot convey. However, there are not too many diversified photos I can take. Photos will add to text-based stories.

    1. Contrast the air pollution in the past and nowadays
    2. Anything relevant to this topic
    3. The people involved in the interview

  2. Graphic
    1. Tables will be used as to show the static’s of the air pollution index in recent year
    2. Pie chart will be used to indicate the source of the air pollution
    3. Number of people affected by the worsening air pollution
    4. Timelines will be made to show the government effort put on improving air pollution this year.
  3. Text
    Foust said, “Despite the Web’s great potential for delivering a multimedia experience with sounds and visuals, words are still the most important element of online communication.”

    1. I may email or call the Environmental Protection Department about my final project. The information I get will be converted into text.
    2. Interview the asthmatics troubled by the worsening air pollution (with photos)

  4. Hyperlink
    All the relevant website will be put on the website so that the readers can go further for detail and exploring of the topic

  5. Opinion from readers
    1. The readers can leave their comments.
    2. A link to my blog is provided .
    3. Email will be provided.

Audio recording

This is Amanda Tang, who have been interviewed me.

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This is the topic she takes for her final project.

Amanda’s final project topic is about homosexual people. Last year in May, a TV programme named Gay Lover launched by the RTHK became the hot debate in the society. In the past, we seldom and even put this topic public in traditional Chinese society due to high moral standard. How is the attitude towards Homosexuality in Hong Kong? You may not find difficult to find some homosexual people on the street. The Hong Kong society seems to be more open for acceptance the homosexuality. Is it the true case? Actually the parents will be furious and sad if they know you are homosexual. They urge you to have a right lover and remind you the importance of building up a normal family consisting of dad, mum and children.

This group of minority has faced lots of difficulties in their life. I don’t know whether we should call these difficulties as “discrimination”. If every one is equally granted the right of love freedom, can we choose what gender we fall in love?

In some western countries, it is already justified for homosexual marriage. The gays or the lesbian decide to live together with the respect of the society.  How does Hong Kon society look at this issue nowadays? Will it be possible that the homosexual marriage become justified?

This is my interview tape, please click and listen to it. It helps you understand the homosexual people more.

week 5-photos

This is the photo taken in Sai Wan. The visibility is so low that we can not clearly see the building on the opposite side.

Smoking worses the air pollution in Hong Kong and caused the lethal health problem to the smokers.

According to the Thematic Household Survey performed in Hong Kong 2003,there were 819,700 daily smokers, accounting for 14.4 % of population aged 15 or above.

 

This is Cheung Sha Wan, one of old industrial district in Hong Kong.
The buildings are on the road side. The wall of buildings are blacken by the gas emission from the buses.

This is a photo take on the way to Lamma Island. The top three chimneys are the location of the power plant of HK Electric. The power plant is the major source of air pollution in Hong Kong.

This is a photo about clear blue sky taken outside my room last year. However it is seldom to see this beautiful sky now. What I can see is the sunny day with fog on the sea.

Creatvie Commons

To work in Hong Kong today and putting images on the web, we can avoid breaking the law and getting in trouble by doing followings:

 

 

Firstly, according to Foust, ”as an online journalist, you should generally assume that anything you encounter on the Internet is copyrighted, unless it is expressly offered for public domain use.” We should get the permission form the copyright holder first before we put or copy others’ image onto our own websites. For example, if you take a photo from your interviewer, you should ask her permission for publishing her photo and exposing her nick name or full name. If you are not sure you can use something, and then do not use it.

 

 

Second, if you want to use the article, the concept of fair use allows you to use part of a copyrighted work in certain situations. Referring to Foust, fair use is designed to “allow criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching and research involving copyrighted work.”So, as an online journalist, we often excerpt copyrighted material, like video clips, images, journals, etc., and then you should know very well about the concept of fair use. Fair use can protect you from many copyright disputes.

 

 

After all, we should attribute our sources so that the readers know where it came from.

 

 

But, you should be very careful that others will copy the image on your websites for illegal and commercial use. It’s difficult for you to keep “all right reserved” to your work. It is simply because the copy and paste is so common and easy via Internet. Piracy is common and seems to be more rampant.

 

Under these circumstances, do we have the third way for protection of our copyright?Yes, Creative Commons. It shifts the focus of “all right reserved” to “some right reserved”. Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization that has released a series of copyright licenses that allow you to say how you want your work – your articles, photos, music and so on – to be used by other people. There are four type of license including Attribution, Non-commercial, No Derivative Works and Share Alike.

 

Simply by adding a button , you can choose the type of license onto your website.

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I think the CC license approach is better than the traditional approach in terms of knowledge accumulation, flow and recreation.The traditional approach to copyright focuses on “all right reserved” and fight against the piracy by enhancing laws. It results two extremes: the strict control over knowledge sharing and flow and the expanding of piracy.

 

 

Lawrence Lessig (Here is the blog of Lessig), the creator of the CC, mentioned “the file-sharing provide access to content this is technically still under copyright but no longer commercially available”. CC authorizes the public for free use of the online material under specific conditions so that it enables the freedom re-creation. It can stimulate great potential of creativity. For example, readers can remix the images on the web for their own non-commercial production.

 

 

“And the P2P networks enable the sharing of content the copyright owners want shared, as well as work already in the public domain.”Currently, more than millions of entrepreneurs, artists apply CC license. These both bring the benefits to authors and society.

 

 

As what Heavens mentioned from personal side, if all your photos are attached to CC license, people will write for your permission for using your photos for specific use. Moreover, some of the contracts brought Heaven further paid work, and even make you a lot of friends from all around the work.

 

The CC also enables the creativity-continuity of photo which may by used by others in many other meaningful and creative ways. Especially for photographer journalists, they can maximize the use of their work by putting them online and license them.

 

 

Of course, while preserving the benefit, we should also consider how to minimize the harm it causes to artists. The CC is more flexible in current technology-oriented era.