World of Media

Hello readers, this post is going to be different than my everyday content. This is about a communication course, from my secondary field, called “Alternative Media” and I would like to share with you those that interest and enlightened me during the semester.

The world of 21st century belongs to media that rules our minds. Obviously, in today’s Internet age, it is accessible and affordable for anyone that it went through many shapes and forms bringing out alternative media. To be honest, I must confess that as a very passive reader all those I learned are very new to me. I was aware of the fact that there were media sources that are less popular than those we hear every day yet I did not know that they were called “alternative or “critical” media. It is undoubtedly very different than the mainstream media when the production, distribution, and content are considered. As a reader what I used to use was limited to the popular newspapers and their web pages since I used to believe that they are preferred because they are the most trustable ones. However, I learned that there is more of it. Fortunately, now I am aware of the fact that the popularity does not reflect the righteousness of a source since mainstream media is under the influence of many factors such as power relations, advertisements, and individual profits that are affecting the news quality. For sure as conscious readers, we should not judge the quality of the news by classifying them just as mainstream or alternative. For instance, while studying for a class presentation, I came across with some alternative media examples that use inappropriate language and mainstream that speaks against the government. So, it is true that mainstream media is under the control of governments and alternative news media is more flexible and free in that sense, however, things may not be as we generalize all the time, there might be some exceptions. Continue reading “World of Media”

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Hello again!

Long time no see. Some time off was plenty much needed after the busy and sleepless semester. So, I am sorry for being away for too long.
A very snowy winter holiday is about to come to an end[:(], yet I am excited for the new architecture studio waiting us. Our university (TEDU) is going to welcome its architecture students in a new building which is just across the street of the main campus. To be honest, even though I always complain about how tiring to be an architecture student is, I really missed my coffee scented studio nights and can’t wait to make the new studio smell like a coffee shop. Plus, what is nice about changing the studio is that you have a new place to redesign. (Yey!) I am really excited for that!

I will be with you more often here on my blog starting from this week with my architecture school projects, writings on art and artists. Enjoy winter!

Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.

Toyo Ito

Going Back in Time: China

I was looking for some photos from 3 years before when I was in China. It is one of the most significant incidents of my life since we (me and my twin sister) went there alone when we were just 15. I am in love with the culture of far east: bamboos, architecture of Asian houses, traditional clothes, foods and almost everything you can think of and this feeling pushed me to share this fascinating experience with you.

A brief information about the cities that I have been to;

Beijing is the capital of Peoples Republic of China where the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and more are located. It is the second largest city of China after Shanghai.

Chengdu, namely hometown of Pandas, is the capital of Sichuan province with a very old history and the city where we spent most of our time. We may call it as the most green city of the country.

Songpan is another town situated in the Sichuan province. It is one of the small cities where Tibetans live.

For more about Chinese architecture please check the post “Spirit of Chinese Architecture” on The Void.

Prejury [On Air]

Here are some scenes from our pre-jury.Sorry for the quality of the images. Lightning conditions were trying to have fight with me. These photos were taken by the parts remained from me after this fight. 😥😅