November 25, 2016

Unity Culture Club – On Your Radar 25.11.16

We live in an era where online media rules, where subjective information is readily available over and above the facts – and it can be hard to know who to trust. Yes, we watched Hypernormalisation a few weeks ago too. But on a serious note – we are living in a post facts society. Here at On Your Radar we believe that creative interpretation is to be admired – where it’s necessary – but also firmly believe that facts should remain facts. So on this frenzied day of shopping – Black Friday – we’re shopping for ideas and experience. In the words of Mulder and Scully; ‘the truth is out there’…


We’ve all ‘wiki-d’ something that we didn’t know, or have an answer for. Although it is an online resource, Wikipedia rejects the idea that facts can ever be subjective and believes that a true encyclopedia can only ever have one article on one subject, so contributors are in constant pursuit of consensus. Wikipedia is a place where people of all backgrounds and ideologies can come to find neutral ground together, free of charge and free of criticism. They are campaigning to keep it that way by raising funds, and if you want to support then make your donation to protect it.

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If you were intrigued and mildly petrified by the concepts outlined in Adam Curtis’s Hypernormalisation, then it’s worth checking out a short film by Keiichi Matsuda and Fractal. Hyper Reality presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media.

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Is our reliance on online information in part thanks to the anonymity that the Internet provides? This is a concept explored in an animation of the pitfalls of finding love in the digital realm, by Victoria Vincent, called Find True Love. Of her project, Vincent said: “We google questions we don’t know how to ask other people and face anxiety over sending/receiving messages. It’s something that I think every Internet user can relate to.”

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Developer Vpro and studio Moniker have designed ‘Clickclickclick’, a game questioning the value of personal data, and how much of our data we unknowingly give away to the websites we spend time on. As Hypernormalisation touched upon, the data we unwittingly give away shapes our online experience – this game explores the concept in a mildly creepy yet amusing way. The game begins with you pressing a ‘button’, starting the documentation of your actions. Every time you move or rest your cursor, Clickclickclick takes note. Clickclickclick takes you from the position of owner of your actions, to a “subject” having their actions charted. Clickclickclick is not totally weird and serious though, as your actions are verbally documented by a somewhat sarcastic and droll Dutch man.

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CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour has been awarded the Committee to Project Journalists’ Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom”. In a transcript of a compelling interview she gave after accepting the honour on Tuesday night in New York, she made an appeal to protect journalism, speaking about the sanctity of facts and retaining the truth.

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