Sunday, 12 November 2017

Audio Book

By: Ameer Tajalser.
Al-Doha Magazine October 2017.


Nowadays the idea of the audio book is severely tackled, which means the transformation of written works, especially the creative ones, into audio books, via the voices of capable readers, and these books could be heard whilst driving or going through - browsing - the mobile phone which will has specified applications for the task.
Believers and promoters of the experience, ensure it is not a complete replacement of the paper or electronic book, but it is a fine replacement that could compete other book applications, which might also attract many readers, who perhaps seek to spare their eyes the exhaustion of reading, and listen to books in the voices of others, especially that the readers who record the books, must be linguistically capable, smooth ones, with pleasant feelings touched through the voice. And there might be an educational feature - as well - of the correctly / mistakes-free read books when aspiring foreign Arabic language learners listen to them.
I believe the massive advantage here, might benefit blind people, or visually impaired people, due to age and ailment, but still are fond of reading, for they will be able to listen to their favourite novels, with toned voices and some interaction.
In fact I observed these modern projects, and also agreed to transform some of my narrative works into audio books, which will be published through iPhone applications, and I await to listen to one of these read books, to determine if I enjoyed, or if I lack this ability. In a discussion session with friends, of all generations, opinions were diverse as usual, and it must occur with a new issue, which does not relate to the old method of publishing audio books by means of ordinary recording. Youth readers supported the establishment, because the audio book spares a lot of time which we exactly need, unlike the paper or electronic book which entails special reading rituals, and time, barely, specified for reading. As for our generation, it was the exact / stark opposite, where old paper, distinctive scents and book covers came savorily first, and some declined the idea of the audio book completely, and declined even the electronic book which its controversy allegedly ceased a while ago, for it became an essential knowledge source, that must be utilized even by the disbelievers*, specifically if the reader needed an unavailable valuable study resource, yet it is available on the internet amongst millions of other books.
There is yet another issue relevant to the seriousness of the audio book which some have referred to, and that is the characteristic of stressing versed poems, within the applications, for poetry has been always more audible than read, by which I mean the pleasure drawn from poetry - usually - drawn audibly, whether by the poet or by a capable poetry reader, but I see the new audio book, does not tackle poetry - in general - or does not ask the poets to supply its companies with their production, yet it does ask the novelists, perhaps because the novel has become the divan* of the Arab, and the intended audience of the audio book as listeners, is the audience of the novel not the poetry.
Generally we are awaiting the initiation of the sky-high voices of our novels, to see what happened? And what could happen?!.



* Disbelievers of the electronic book.
* "a collection of poems in Persian or Arabic usually by one author." (Merriam-Webster)

Monday, 6 November 2017

Here هنا

By: Alessia Cara
أداء : أليسيا كارا

(I guess right now you've got the last laugh)
(أعتقد أنك حصلت على الضحكة الأخيرة الآن)

I'm sorry if I seem uninterested
آسف إذا كنت أبدو غير مهتمة
Or I'm not listenin' or I'm indifferent
أو إذا كنت لا استمع أو غير مبالية
Truly, I ain't got no business here
حقيقة، لا يوجد ما يمكن أن أفعله هنا
But since my friends are here
لكن حيث أن أصدقائي هنا
I just came to kick it but really
أتيت لأمضي بعض الوقت لكن حقا
I would rather be at home all by myself not in this room
أفضل أن أكون في المنزل بمفردي وليس في هذه الغرفة
With people who don't even care about my well-being
مع أناس لا يهتمون حتى لسعادتي
I don't dance, don't ask, I don't need a boyfriend
أنا لا أتمايل، لا اسأل، أنا لا احتاج إلى صديق حميم
So you can go back, please enjoy your party
لذلك بإمكانك العودة لما كنت تفعل، من فضلك استمتع بحفلتك
I'll be here, somewhere in the corner under clouds of marijuana
سأكون هنا، في مكان ما في الزاوية أعبق تحت دخان الماريجوانا
With this boy who's hollering I can hardly hear
مع ذلك الفتى الذي أكاد لا اسمع صراخه
Over this music I don't listen to and I don't wanna get with you
مع هذه الموسيقى التي لا استمع إليها و لا أريد أن أتواصل معك
So tell my friends that I'll be over here
لذلك اخبر أصدقائي أني سأكون هنا
Oh oh oh here oh oh oh here oh oh oh
أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه
I ask myself what am I doing here?
اسأل نفسي ماذا أفعل هنا؟
Oh oh oh here oh oh oh here
أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه هنا
And I can't wait till we can break up outta here
ولا أطيق الانتظار حتى نستطيع الخروج من هنا



Excuse me if I seem a little unimpressed with this
اعذرني إذا بدوت غير متأثرة بكل ذلك
An anti-social pessimist but usually I don't mess with this
متشائمة غير اجتماعية ولكن عادة لا أتدخل في مثل ذلك
And I know you mean only the best and
أعي أنك تريد الأفضل فقط
Your intentions aren't to bother me
ونواياك ليست لمضايقتي
But honestly I'd rather be
لكن صراحة أفضل أن أكون
Somewhere with my people we can kick it and just listen
بمكان ما مع أصدقائي نمرح ونستمع
To some music with the message (like we usually do)
إلى بعض الموسيقى ذات المعنى (كما نفعل دائما)
And we'll discuss our big dreams
وسوف نناقش أحلامنا الهائلة
How we plan to take over the planet
وكيف بإمكاننا السيطرة على العالم
So pardon my manners, I hope you'll understand it
لذا اعذر سلوكي، أتمنى أن تفهم
That I'll be here
أنني سأكون هنا
Not there in the kitchen with the girl
وليس في المطبخ مع الفتاة
Who's always gossiping about her friends
التي دائما تنشر الإشاعات عن أصدقائها
So tell them I'll be here
لذا أخبرهم أنني سأكون هنا
Right next to the boy who's throwing up 'cause
بجانب ذلك الفتى الذي يتقيأ لأنه
He can't take what's in his cup no more
لا يستطيع أن يكمل كأسه بعد الآن
Oh God why am I here?
أوه يا إلهي لم أنا هنا؟
Oh oh oh here oh oh oh here oh oh oh
أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه
I ask myself what am I doing here?
اسأل نفسي ماذا أفعل هنا؟
Oh oh oh here oh oh oh here
أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه هنا
And I can't wait till we can break up outta here
ولا أطيق الانتظار حتى نستطيع الخروج من هنا


Hours later congregating next to the refrigerator
بعد عدة ساعات مجتمعين بجوار المبرد
Some girl's talking 'bout her haters
فتاة ما تتحدث عن أناس يكرهونها / حاقدين عليها
She ain't got none
ولكنهم من وحي خيالها - ليسوا حقيقين
How did it ever come to this
كيف وصلت إلى هذه الحالة
I shoulda never come to this
لم يجدر بي الوصول إلى هنا / هذه الحالة
So holla at me I'll be in the car when you're done
هاي اتصل بي سأكون في السيارة عندما تنتهون
I'm standoffish, don't want what you're offering
أنا لست ودودة / اجتماعية، لا أريد ما تعرض علي
And I'm done talking
انتهيت من الكلام
Awfully sad it had to be that way
حزينة بشكل مريع أن الأمر اتخذ هذا المنحى
So tell my people when they're ready that I'm ready
لذا أخبر أصدقائي أنني مستعدة حينما يصبحون مستعدين
And I'm standing by the TV with my beanie low
وأنني أقف بجوار التلفاز واضعة قلنسوتي
Yo I'll be over here
سأكون هنا
Oh oh oh here oh oh oh here oh oh oh
أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه
I ask myself what am I doing here?
اسأل نفسي ماذا أفعل هنا؟
Oh oh oh here oh oh oh here
أوه أوه أوه هنا أوه أوه أوه هنا
And I can't wait till we can break up outta here
ولا أطيق الانتظار حتى نستطيع الخروج من هنا

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
أوه أوه أوه أوه أوه أوه
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
أوه أوه أوه أوه أوه أوه

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Soulful Performer: Shawn Mendes

http://shawn-mendes.com/

- Such an overwhelmingly soulful performer one cannot possibly ignore his talent; he invades the musical scene effortlessly and his craftsmanship is uniquely obvious. Shawn Mendes is a pure Canadian talent; so pure that it apparently needs more maturation, controllability, and guidance. His performances are way too consuming to watch because of the subsequent repetition and interaction; initially when he enters the stage or starts a performance, he's all subtle and composed, thrilled to take off, yet as the performance proceeds Shawn Mendes accelerates his interaction with the song as if it were relating and leading directly to his inner depth; he converts his songs into myths, bringing the lyrics to life by putting his soul in the performances; it shows through his appearance as well: through his beautiful out-of-breath tones, his messy hair, his sweat, and his exhaustively exhilarated voice. The audience, already excited, is even more energized through Mendes' heartily performances. People sing with him, after him, memorize his lyrics perfectly, and they can't help but assist him throughout the show out of love and admiration.
- Shawn Mendes started through mini videos of song covers he uploaded to the internet. These tiny clips spread awareness of his voice and made people - teenagers and adults - recognize his talent. His evolutionary phase as an artist is fantastic, due to his complete involvement in his musical work, through composing the lyrics of the songs for instance, plus the fact that he independently taught himself how to play a guitar; he's been successfully able to convey his own style of music. His humble start has managed to gather him fans all over the world, and as he continues with making music his fans grow vastly and fastly all over the continents.
- One definitely realises the beautiful difference between Mendes' first 2015 album "Handwritten" and the fascinating second 2016 album "Illuminate". "Illuminate" surely embodies its songs, for each song bursts with extreme light and sensation. Going from hit songs such as: imagination, aftertaste, kid in love, the weight, never be alone and a little too much, which still are relatable in 2017, to the super hits: mercy, lights on, there's nothing holdin' me back, treat you better, bad reputation, don't be a fool and three empty words, Shawn Mendes has fantastically, wonderfully matured.

http://shawn-mendes.com/ 

- At 17, he has chosen to tackle a very serious issue through his artistry, which is 'domestic violence', preferring not to star completely in the video clip and intelligently connecting his hit song "Treat You Better" to the issue; through the song he matches the lyrics to the state of being abused due to a wrong decision: "I know I can treat you better than he can, and any girl like you deserves a gentleman". The protagonist of the music video, considering his prejudiced position being in love with the abused female yet unable to force her to leave the abuser, states that he is willing to give her the love that she's missing: "I'll stop time for you, the second you say you'd like me to". Shawn Mendes cooperated with Teddy Geiger and Scott Harris to eventually come up with the simple yet stunning lyrics of "Treat You Better".

Watch Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Technical Creature .. Product of The Virtual Space

By: Dalia Aasem: Egypt.
Source: The Arabic Magazine October 2017.

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• Whenever I read ancient cultural magazines or the books of Alakaad, Tawfeq Alhakeem, and Taha Hussein, I see the huge difference between the innovation of the past and of the presence! The virtual space* culture imposed a universal lifestyle that is forced by means of the social media websites, which have made (superficiality) invade human relationships and suppressed the value of written-books innovation, hence we became compelled to read hollow words which are part of its dominance over human lifestyle and it turned us into (technical creatures) who live and thrive on electronic mediums and its applications, dependent on such methods to interpret the world, to define our social relations and to determine our goals.
• Thus it confirms the prophecy of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger in the 1950s. Considering the Medium, Heidegger viewed the technique as (a medium used by the human to achieve the goals), and confirmed that the technique (uses mediums, makes items, and transforms them). And he considered that the truth and the technique are methods for unravelling which means the method by which the human being (the realistic creature) is revealed to be a value, and the technique is revealed to change the surroundings into something incorporated within its bonds.
• Yet despite all of the drawbacks and demerits I find the virtual space is a (democratic space) that does not adhere to the principle of eclecticism to communicate knowledge and present the literary work, which is unlike the realistic life whereby the (elite) form a barrier between innovators and receivers, and we see / perceive that clearly in the issue of paper and electronic publication.
• In this issue, we stress / bring to light the sociology of acceptance considering the digital-born generations, the method by which we handle the virtual cultural syntheses, and present multiple visions of the drawbacks of technology and its few benefits, visualise the near future and how can we make use of and positively invest the technological applications.




* Virtual Environment: a computer-generated, three-dimensional representation of a setting in which the user of the technology perceives themselves to be and within which interaction takes place; also called virtual landscape, virtual space, virtual world. (Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/virtual-environment).

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Lifestyle Transformation Into The Digital


By: Mohamed Mahmoud Albeshtawy: Jordan.
The Arabic Magazine October 2017.




- The classical written (printed) form did not vanish ... it still exists, although its influence has retracted, for the sake of the digital content, which is protracting and increasing, due to the Arabic masses interactions today, similar to other peoples over the globe, using podiums that produce homogeneous expression forms: textual, audible, and visual. As well as the investment of the infographic.
- Perhaps the retraction of the classical printed form is caused by the production mechanism, and the time essential for printing, in comparison to the digital content which publishes any piece of information within seconds, in addition to the nature of society that has changed, and has become dependable on rapidity in everything, the post is no longer used but in a narrow scale, concerning official letters, and it is replaced by the e-mail, the cassette is replaced by the digital disks, the college archives are no longer depending on the microfilm to record newspapers and magazines, it is sufficient enough to use small and mobile hard disks to archive newspapers, magazines and even libraries.
- This transformation of lifestyle towards rapidity, considering the technique as an efficient tool to accomplish it, pushed the classical printed products to benefit from the evolution of the communication methods, henceforth newspapers and magazines are targeting to digitize the content simultaneously with the printed copy, and the paper published book is reproduced into a digital content as an audible file, and a visual video that may contain a presentation of the most important ideas in the book, in addition to the portable document format (pdf).
- It is likely important, to note that, the (reader) of today unfortunately is stagnant, and does not have (enough time) to go through printed encyclopedias and compositions, and to sit for few hours to search and read, for short videos, not over two minutes in duration, are more approachable for him, because they do not put the demands of the continuous reading effort of an essay or a report or even a news item on the receiver, and a vital and effective element is included as well, which is the visual scene and images, that is considered more influential than printed written products, meanwhile short posts on social media websites form a substance of quick interaction with the receiving audience who find in these posts diligent follow-up of  his diaries  and what is happening in the society.

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Growth & Development of the Values System (from childhood to adulthood)


The Original Text

The Cover: Developmental Psychology

First: The Values
Values are considered of the main standards of the human behaviour, and the stable society is the one in which the consciousness and commitment of values are predominant.
And despite the magnitude of values in the field of psychological studies and human behaviour in general, they remained for a long time subject to philosophical speculations far removed from scientific, realistic study due to the belief of many psychological scientists that the value judgments study is not measurable for they are deep irrational forces obscure enough to be executed through laboratory experiments.


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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Standards of Intellectual and Cultural Integration

Originally by: Mona Hasan: Sudan.
The Arabic Magazine - Sep. 2017.




Men of wisdom once said (Disciplining Before Education), for disciplining is the main substance of the individual's morals, and the strongest influencer upon the formation of his personality and its capability of being affected. This emerges when we talk about the Arab generations in the West, whose parents abandoned their homelands immigrating to countries which mostly differ culturally and religiously from their homes, for several uncountable reasons. And although the percentage of assimilation of the different side in the West is much higher than in our Arabic countries, yet these immigrations have formed small communities within western societies that are almost detached intellectually and socially, but it doesn't deny the fact that others have integrated completely or partially within the western societies' intellect and culture. At last, the human being undoubtedly must get affected by the surrounding environment and its culture, and the intensity of the affect depends on the individual's disciplining, his culture and intellectual inheritance, plus the viewpoints of the Arab generations in the West regarding homeland differ, for many view homeland as the originality, birthplace and family, others view homeland whereby decent life is achieved and humanity is respected.

The Arabic Magazine - Sep. 2017

Audio Book

By: Ameer Tajalser. Al-Doha Magazine October 2017. Nowadays the idea of the audio book is severely tackled, which means the transfo...