Having Fun with Pinterest
The purpose of this Pinterest assignment in FNMS231 (Fall 2016, Wheaton College, MA) is to subvert the most popularly practiced function of this social media platform: sharing life tactics, food, beauty, and crafts based on image thumbnails linked to outside sources, a large majority of users being women. So instead of reposting most commonly seen Pinterest posts for leisure as mentioned above, here, I curated two boards: Digitized Senses: Jia Zhangke and Tsai Ming-liang’s Slow Cinema and Film and Media Studies Graduate Programs.
Pinterest has several major advantages:
- Display of pictures as hyperlinks
I think Pinterest works better than the browser bookmark folder in pinning web content for later reference. The Google Chrome bookmarks, for example, only allows saved websites to be arranged in a long list in the bookmark manager, which does not afford the function of adding descriptions or images to complete the impression of the bookmarks.
I encountered some difficulty while exploring Pinterest for the FNMS231 assignment. Since the description box allows a maximum of 500 characters, I was not able to summarize everything valuable concisely at once and went for several rounds of editing.
Some webpages I found cannot display images, and hence the pins would look inconsistent with other image-based thumbnails. There are two options to pin content: “Upload a pin” and “Save from a website”. If the second option does not display images, the first option takes a few more steps to save image first, and then to go back to the pins and add links.
The screenshot below shows the layout of board 1:
Given my fascination with the sociological depth of Jia Zhangke and the urban mysteriousness of Tsai Ming-liang, I decided to dedicate my first board to the independent slow cinema by these two iconic Chinese-speaking filmmakers. In the process of editing pins on this board, I was able to explore the growing ability of this medium to present accounts of history and society on screen. I have attached academic film literature and online film reviews to shed light on works by Jia Zhangke and Tsai Ming-liang. What these two directors have in common is that they often use long static camera work and minimal dramatic narratives typical of slow cinema, which express emotions of loss, nostalgia, despair, and confusion under the impact of modernization experienced by the demographics and landscapes in China and Taiwan.
I collected 20 links to renowned Film and Media Studies graduate programs in the US, UK, and China. These programs offer a wide range of opportunities to study filmmaking techniques, cinema business and cultures, and new media on a postgraduate level.
All pictures gleaned from Google and Baidu Images unless cited.