Entertainment for Children, Are we doing enough?

by ExpertBlogger 11. July 2016 09:44

The children of 21st century are not generation X they are now generation Z or may be generation Y. They are a step ahead of generation X kids who somehow did not live into the world of internet completely but lived in the real world too. However the generations to come will witness everything at the click of their smartphone and every feeling in the form of virtual reality. Internet is the ocean of information from all around the world, but the challenge is how to search relevant content for children. It is like they are sunk into this ocean and there is no respite from it as Google is the answer for all the questions under the sun. As a result Google exposes the kids to numerous other content which are not meant for them. Entertainment industry especially outside US too does not offer a wholesome relevant entertaining package to children due to lack of audience in this segment. The animation and action both the forms lack a quality for children and they are largely dependent on foreign channels and movies for their entertainment needs. They like Avengers, Pokemon, Superman and many such animated and action heroes.

In India children have a scarceness of the animated films. Some shows being a class apart from its counterparts and most adored by Indian or other kids is the only such movie of our times which has changed the definition of kids’ entertainment. The monetary investment are high and returns are marginally lower. The producers and directors like to make commercially successful projects whereas the children want something of high quality visual and audio, they are exposed to the world of PS and internet and they like some really good high dimensional experience. The kids know exactly to maneuver most of the devices like smartphones, iPad, play stations and they are into high grade entertainment and amidst this if they are given a ham-fisted piece of art or animation they will not lap it and will slowly move to the world of virtual reality which is through gaming consoles which give them more liberty and enthusiasm. We lack the type of entertainment which Minions or Ice Age or Harry Potter yields to the children and it is because in Bollywood children’s film are not a category. Some movies hit the theatre once in years, and filmmakers are not at all motivated to make such films which cater to the children’s psyche. Children’s films may not give them enough profits which they sure to get when they launch a superstar in their movie. However the dearth is of engaging content for children, which could make them relate to their lives and things around them. Children have productive minds. Their inquisitiveness proportion is much higher than that of adults. They want to discover, know further, and unleash their fancy. Stories, songs and visuals partially fulfill this curiosity and leave them to want for more. 

 

Films help shape children’s artistic receptivity, polish their quizzical skill, and finely help to baseline their value systems. India is the largest producer of feature films in the world (over 1000 films a year), the number of children’s films it produces annually is appallingly low – just about a handful or so per year which is not an encouraging number. Though India does not have a scarcity of stories, there is a dearth of good screenplay writers and directors for sure who could render the stories into entertaining films. On commercial grounds the producers do not plunge into children’s meaningful cinema as they believe in the fact that there is a little take away for everyone in their mainstream films. The film fraternity should step up for the making of films meant for children and display a different sensibility in terms of art which can provide the needs of children entertainment and they should not resort to the unlimited and uncensored content on the Internet and indulge themselves in the films which are made for them, making them responsible as well prevent their mind to wander in the unbounded source of content available on internet.

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Entertainment Race in the box, who’s gonna win?

by ExpertBlogger 12. June 2016 12:11

You must have surprised with the title "Entertainment Race in the box, who’s gonna win?" what is the race in the box for entertainment , but if you have switch from one to other tv boxes then you must have got an idea that what is I am talking about.

Yes I am talking about the race of TV boxes by many companies out there, currently we have so many different kind of TV streaming box in market and it is just to complicate to choose for the normal non-technical user who has very limited knowledge about apps, resolution and connectivity option they provide and also the limitation of each box, which they realized after buying them. Each and every box has their own pros and cons but we are not going to talk about those there because you can easily go and check their spec side by side on net and find out difference if you get it, Here I am trying put the point is, why these TV boxes has limitation one over other when the technology is available for every company and they know about it. For an instance Roku, Apple Tv and Amazon fire sticks are head to head competition in this category.

Each one has their up’s and down some are good some are bad but every time they comes up new version and old version is just stalls, I can get that they don’t want to release everything at same time and stop their sell on that device instead they release it step by step and keep upgrading version also the software inside this. In my personal experience I had use both the box Roku and Apple Tv.

For just an example let consider Roku, the casting feature is really poor in that, I don’t have any idea that if Apple TV can make real progress in casting functionality then why cannot Roku go and work on casting feature and make their device good. On other hand Apple TV has good casting capabilities but when it comes to app they just way behind and has very limited apps and it just bound you and you start hating.

Sometime I feel that when these companies are working against each other they just have some kind of mutual agreement that they will have monopoly in certain feature so that they could survive in the market side by side, one simple thing is Remote , now why can they just come to an agreement and design some kind of remote which has simpler structure , I don’t want to limit the innovation and ability of devices but come on when it comes to kids and non-technical people who has very limited grasp over the remote and when you handle them apple tv remote they just hate it , why you want to replace the button with touch pad , I get it if someone want it that way they have an option , make to remotes one simple and one super complicated, this is my personal experience my 5 year daughter just struggle with apple tv remote and hate it whereas the remote on Roku was really good for handling , one more is thickness , I know apple is famous for their stick design but , when someone has their remote always sticking inside middle of couch or just goes below rug while dusting then you started thinking that why the hell they made this thing so small , every time I try to find it and it’s a job one of kind. 

I am not against the innovation they put in each product and comes up with unique and good ideas but when someone think about these just not only focus of tech oriented folk rather than consider from three year kids to 70 year old how they are going to use this.

On closing node I must say no body gonna win this race of box because each one has important one or another feature and it will always be a personal choice rather than what they offer.

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By Whom, When & What to watch? Decide!!

by ExpertBlogger 18. May 2016 15:24

We have been always choosing what we want to watch or not, we always cared about what our kids are watching and when they are watching. The filtering of the content that can be considered as obnoxious and irrelevant for the set of audience who would see or watch it is called censorship. It is not just a term but a colossal phenomenon that is practiced worldwide in order to prevent the common man from those thought processes or views that have come from a person or a group of persons through their piece of work in most cases it is the work of art, that is reviewed thoroughly before bringing it to the audience. Censorship plays an important role in shaping the society with its screening of the improper content. The most pronounce area where censorship plays a dominant role is the media and the film industry and to some extent the literary works of artisans. In the democratic countries of the world like India, US and many others the freedom for speech or expression is the basic and most important right of every citizen, until any of their citizen tries to exercise this right in a way where it would hurt someone’s sentiments.

We live in a society that is majorly driven by certain norms and following them makes us responsible and unfollowing them makes us a rebel. A section of society who are artists, performers or writers have a certain viewpoint for something that goes around them and they express it through their work of art or creatively depict it but this could hurt many others living in the same society who would found it objectionable or questionable for their values. Censoring such content which otherwise belong to a particular person or a group is the duty of the censor board or committee in any country. To run the checks against the set principles that a particular society harbors to that creative work. Acting as a mediator between the creativity and the societal norms the censor board ensures that the relevant content is produced and the relevance of it is not lost in this process. For example it is the portrayal of violence on television or films that could lead to an increased rate of crime in a society, as it will influence the young minds to do the unprecedented. United States of America is the most liberal nation of the world and it exercises minimal censorship on it’s citizens and the press. Censorship body is meant to protect the sanctity of a society by reminding the people that the norms should be exercised in order to form an egalitarians society.

However the sole purpose of this type of set up to keep a guardian for protecting the society’s customs may sometimes violates the rights of the people who want to bring forth their creativity to the public and give them a different perspective. A governing body to keep an eye on the artists and press so that any inapt material should not reach the public may be a cruel way to hamper the creativity of media and press. It curbs their rights to freely give something to this world which otherwise the world is unaware of. The most controversial of all is politics which should be popularized or defamed with extreme care. Now a days the press practices no control to publish any content on TV or in newspapers, in order to practice the yellow journalism and as a result it creates useless heroes before the nation to gain viewership. The numbers they present are mostly inflated, the facts they put before are exaggerated and the people they glamourize are often shallow.

Censor board has the authority to stop this however it has become increasingly difficult for them to filter out inappropriate from the appropriate content. Another sensitive topic is religion all works that are done based on propagating a particular faith like writing a book, making a movie or a documentary or painting a canvas requires a very careful restraint on the artist or the author in order to make sure that the final piece of art is not disruptive in nature and does not create any upheaval from any community. Censor board has a vital role to play in order to make and maintain a balance of paradigms amongst different sections of people with varied tastes and psyche.

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Special Mention of “Special Effects”

by ExpertBlogger 4. March 2016 11:54

I was watching one sci-fi film day ago and I remembered my days when I used to watch very few movies in month, yes that was 20 years back.  I started thinking in back of my mind that how this entertainment industry has been changed over the years. Everything has been so much improved the content the actors and mostly the special effect. I remember when I used to see a movie and if there is scene of someone disappearing then it was jaw dropping or something like someone flying then we used to cheer for it also I think it much be nightmare for the director to shoot that scene even blasting cars or jumping from heights and all other cool stuff which we see everyday life in today’s movies, which used to hard in back in days but in spite of that we used to love those movies and still we cherish it.

Today we see everything which is dazzling, right from showing galaxies, spacecraft and even the car crashing it has been improved so much we can see very incredible story telling due to marvelous background score and dazzling special effect. Just think of any James Camron film without special effect would not have been record breaker for years. He has used the special effect to put realness in the story telling as well as showing the depth of emotions attached with any scene and more or less the impact in implacable and he did great job.

But again when we see every movie having lots and lots of special effect, I started thinking that is the real cinema is missing somewhere, are people are every much rely on special effect or they know that they can archive this stuff by clicking some mouse on computer screen then they did not even bother to try it in real world. Some time they exaggerate those thing beyond imagination that we start taking everything for granted that yes this is fake.

Murphy’s law “Too much of anything is bad”, this is the same way if film makers started using these kind of special effect in each and every movie. I must say if this continues then the day is not far when we stop believing that there could be good movies where we can see life, where we can see real people communicating, we can see love or even in sci-fi we can the thing which are real and human can simply relate to film.

 

My thinking might be to rational but if you love cinema and you really want to see good cinema is future then we should simply pass the message that we are ready for special effect but not ONLY that.

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Waves in the Air : Radios are Evergreen

by SuperUser 22. February 2016 09:46

It was an era of absolute serenity when noise pollution could only be caused by screaming people or the music being played over the Radio. People had hardly anything to celebrate except that one box which played the old classics and new songs for some time in the morning and for quite a while in the evening which would be followed by some national and international news. For rest of the day there would be that strange sound of buzzing bee that played out of that box. Until the television was invented and it became a household name, it was radio that filled the corners of the house with life. Then started the era of television, and in the 70’s people were using both the boxes to entertain themselves. Television industry was boosted with the advent of satellite channels /TV. 

There was an entirely new wave of change and television became a must have in every house and with hundreds of channels at the click of a button, people almost forgot the radio and to an extent the theatres. In the late nineties the Radio industry boomed and the makeover of the radio channels lifted the long forgotten Radio box. There was an increase in the number of radio frequencies. These Radio channels beautified themselves and made an impact on the listeners by their trendy RJs (Radio Jockeys) who were no less the entertainers than the VJs of the television. The RJs of the modern radio channels do not have a face to the voice that conquers the hearts of millions. The revamping of the Radio to come at par with the satellite TV has been successful to a major extent and now radio comes as an application in all the smartphones. People like this ‘on the go’ nature of the Radio and they truly find it ‘cool’ to play at just a tune of frequency. Radio is the new face of modern entertainment industry. The Radio signals reach everywhere as a result it is still the primary source of information in the remote areas.

Radio has undergone through a complete evolution. It is now accessible through internet just as television. Going to office and coming back to home, the most favorite activity that the people like to do is to listen the Radio. The perky jokes, the hilarious situational comedy done by the RJs comes as a relief in the mundane life style of the people. The programs that are telecasted on the Radio are so interactive and involve the rushing population on their way to office that people has made it a part of their lives so much that they kick off their mornings with the peppy Radio RJs. Besides sheer entertainment that these Radio channels do they also take the issues from the entire world and subject them for discussion to the common man. This bond between a talking machine and its listener is so integral that they feel incomplete without starting the day with the tune box. After the revamping of modern day Radio, the advertising industry has also been given a new boost. The local businesses have their sales doubled as their services and products can be advertised repeatedly over the Radio and people surely get influenced.  

The inexpensive nature of the Radio have made its popularity so widespread. Radio is a unique medium to visualize and to play images with music and words. The truth is that human mind is capable of producing a plethora of images out of the words that goes into it and make the audio effects dominate over the visuals. To an extent the audience do not like to be spoon fed by the idiot box but use their own intelligence and past experiences to create the images they like it to be. The Radio entertainment gives the audience complete liberty to plunge into the visualization and use their sub conscious mind for making the sense out of those flowing words or syllables that come from it. The best part is all this liberty of a yearning mind comes absolutely free of cost. 

No installation and no monthly payment of anything, what it needs is either an instrument with an antenna or an application in some smart device and a dedicated group of audience. Therefore Radio will always reigns the supreme!

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