Charisma in our daily lives

Lim Guohao

What is charisma? It is an imaginary superhuman aura, which was originally derived from the ancient Greek. It was first described as “the gift of grace or favour”. However, according to Rieff (2007), most people now regard charisma as a unique power or ability that celebrities, athletes, or even political leaders are equipped with. Not only that, this unique quality allows charismatic individuals to turn into objects of common attraction or appeal instantly, making people be attracted to them unknowingly.

By looking at the definitions mentioned earlier, they may seem to have a unifying theme. In contrast to this, Weber (1993) noted that, “it is not the presence or absence of charisma that is at issue, but different forms of charisma, or, differently stated, different types of claims to authority” (p.186). Taking Weber’s view into consideration, it is likely that not everyone is charismatic in the same way due to different contributing factors.

Firstly, with regards to the political arena, several political leaders are deemed to be charismatic. For example, America’s ex-president, Bill Clinton, had a flair for storytelling, which turned out to be an advantage for him, especially during the days when he was a governor. Boller (1994) stated that, “he had the gift of the true story teller, he could take the simplest event and, in retelling it, turn it into a saga complete with a plot and a moral, simply just by being himself” (p.383).

To illustrate, take the bombing that happened in 1995 at Oklahoma City as an example. Historically, people would protest against political officials when national crises arise. However, Clinton consoled and offered help to family members of the victims through his charismatic way of storytelling. Clinton assured the people with hope, and provided them with emotional comforts.

Through this, Clinton benefited greatly from the situation and garnered more support from his people. As demonstrated above, Clinton’s charisma can be likened to personal magnetic force that people cannot seem to resist; it was formed mainly with his ability to comfort his people through storytelling, especially during time of crises. However, charisma can appear in many other forms, the charismatic quality in Clinton is just one of the many.

In fact, research has shown that charisma is more of a subjective perception (Dubrin, 2000). Besides developing charisma through strong oratorical skills as observed through Clinton’s case, it can also be formed through extensive media coverage, a platform that provides large public attention. In the media industry, we often witness or experience the effects of the charismatic qualities that celebrities possess. Oprah Winfrey is a good example.Winfrey’sappearance on the television leaves a heartwarming and friendly impression on her viewers and instantly livens the atmosphere. Her power of influence can also be seen through her show’s high and loyal viewership. Winfrey’s talk-show co-host, Behar (2009) pointed out that Winfrey’s charisma “is an ability to make everyone feel like she cares — not just about humanity, but about them. She gives the impression that she knows you personally” (p. 143).

In other words, Winfrey is able to make her supporters gain trust in her easily. Her sincere care for others has developed a unique power to gather support easily. However, though Both Clinton and Winfrey’s charisma was built on the foundation of speech,Winfrey’s charisma was artificially produced by media publicity means, whereas the former was developed through real-life efforts. In short, the charismatic quality of different individual appears to exist in different degrees due to various contextual factors.

At this point, you might be wondering if charisma can only be found in people who are famous? Research has shown that ordinary people like us can possess charisma too. Givena recent study that Knauth (2008) has conducted with regards to religious activities has found out that, “young people hardly participate in each other’s religious gatherings, but if it happens they are most likely to participate in charismatic Christian community.” (p. 333) He further explained that this phenomenon could be due to positive experiences of the religion, or through the influence or persuasion by the charismatic youth leaders. The young leaders are able to assure and convince their peers on Christian ideals, in terms of the shaping of the individual’s moral values and their mindsets towards life.

Not only that, the young leaders are also believed to possess a power in them to make these Christian hopefuls to develop a special devotion for the religion, even before they actually join the Christian community. Thus, it is possible that ordinary people we meet in our daily lives are blessed with charisma too. Though partially motivated by peer pressure, the charismatic quality of these individuals will similarly produce the magnificent impact to others, just like what the celebrities or political leaders do. Furthermore, a rare discovery has shown that patients of Down syndrome were found to have “magnetic personalities that make others feel very comfortable to be around with them” (Ingersole, 2004, ¶ 4), given their positive attitude towards life. Down syndrome patients are always cheerful in their daily lives. They love interacting with people and greet them with warm hugs.

Thus, it is very likely that through these close interactions, a special charismatic trait has been formed in these patients and it will connect people together, without having them realizing. Besides, Smith (2004) also stated human being’s natural ability to sympathize often motivates individuals to get close to the charismatic patients, solely for altruistic purposes. Since charisma can be seen everywhere around us, it is very likely that ordinary people like you and me can possess charisma too.

As the world rapidly changes and social platforms get more advanced and easily available, people are believed to be more motivated to speak up, thus leading to an increasing level of interaction among them. Arising from such situations, we can possibly expect to witness a greater sense of cohesion amongst different social groups due to the different leadership and influence of charismatic individuals who are present in particular groups.

《三菜一汤 II》 趁热上桌!

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第一系列的《三菜一汤》好评如潮,制作组乘胜追击推出全新系列,让美食上桌!

《三》要求参赛者在不超过20元的预算内,做出3道菜加1个汤的晚餐佳肴,配搭名厨的指点烹煮贴士,肯定可以让观众花少少钱,就能做出丰富美味的一餐!

每周将有2组艺人到他们喜爱的新鲜蔬果中心或巴刹,用20元的预算买食材、设计菜单,最后回到摄影棚用厨艺一较高下! 新系列,制作组还找来多位本地名厨当评判,口味更道地!

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嘉宾名单包括李锦梅、刘芷绚、曹国辉、陈泰铭、鐘琴、庄米雪、Pornsak、李腾、彭耀顺、姚懿珊、李荣达和刘玲玲等人!据悉,这一系列还邀请到了超级大咖,台湾高富帅艺人高以翔!万勿错过!

11月25日起,每逢星期三晚上8点,8频道播出!

 

JJ服装店 最想找小S代言 JJ Lin wants Dee Hsu to endorse his fashion brand!

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JJ林俊杰服装店引进日本品牌,最想找小S当代言人!

JJ自创服装品牌SMUDGEstore开拓新市场,与日本服饰品牌Devilock合作,邀来日本知名服装设计师远藤宪昭(Noriaki Endo)设计服饰。JJ日前为此特地回新,在服装店中举行记者会。

在接受媒体访问时,JJ透露,选择和该日本品牌合作的原因是,双方都把自己视为现代的文化“武士”,希望世界能和平,没有战争。他也说,他们设计服饰的方向及所抱的态度都是一致的,这也是鼓励他们合作的关键。

据悉,Devilock是首次为年轻女性设计服饰,谈到异性,记者借机问JJ,他最想找哪位女星代言呢?

JJ回应说: “小S,因为她敢于做自己,不吝啬地分享自己的看法,更因为她的放心托胆去尝试新事物。”

今年5月,JJ因为声带受损需休息3个月。 隔了1年,原定在本月推出新片,但却因声带问题,被迫延迟至12月中才推出。 新专辑将有一首新歌是和圈内好友合作,JJ向媒体透露的三个条件让大家纷纷猜测,这位圈内的好友是品冠。Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 2.45.38 PM.png

933金曲奖主题曲 演唱人名单敲定

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      为即将在11月6日举行的新加坡金曲奖造势,顶尖流行音乐电台YES93.3FM举办“金曲奖主题曲歌唱大赛”,让公众首次能和歌手们在大会当晚同台献唱主题歌。

今天在IMM购物商场举行的 “金曲奖主题曲歌唱大赛”选出了3位优胜者,分为陈美心、蔡宁轩以及张诒博,他们是经过2轮的严格试音活动后,从60多名参赛者当中脱颖而出。三位获胜者将连同两届校园SUPERSTAR资优生,也是《超级星光大道》PK选手的蔡艾珈以及黄智阳,演唱本届《新加坡金曲奖2009》开场主题曲《永恒的光辉》,为颁奖礼拉开序幕。

YES93.3FM高级节目总监冯慧诗说:“整体来说,你们的水平达到我们的要求以外。所以,我们很开心,而且拭目以待。”

优胜者之一的张诒博说:“很兴奋,而且非常开心能够成为新加坡金曲奖的一份子。因为小时候一直看节目,但从未想过能够成为金曲奖的一份子,所以非常开心。”

诒博也透露:“之前一直在家练习,我觉得我的邻居都应该会唱这首歌了。”

他也说,接下来的1个多月,他会把大部分的时间放在排练上,希望能给大家呈现最完美的演出。

另外两位优胜者也都表示,非常期待金曲奖的到来。

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EPSON新加坡市区设一站式多媒体中心

      日本首屈一指的数码品牌Epson扩充在本地的业务,公司在我国市中心设立第三家多媒体中心,为商家及消费者提供一站式的数字成像 (Digital Imaging) 服务。

       Epson东南亚集团主席Endo Koichi表示,“Epson媒体中心不止会展示我们公司最新多样化的数字成像产品,它更能促进我们与消费者的整体互动。”

       他也表示,媒体中心也能够满足东南亚消费者日益求变、求精的数字成像这方面的蜕变。

       占地2648平方尺的媒体中心,除了展示一系列Epson新上市的科技产品,中心的服务与咨询区也摆放了不少的舒适坐椅以及饮料冲泡区,让公众能在轻松的环境里得到最优质的咨询服务。不仅如此,媒体中心也具有多用途室,能作为举办社区或媒体活动的最佳场地。

       其他坐落于本地的Epson媒体中心分别分布在我国东部的樟宜地区以及北部的义顺中心。232a453.png

VOX!考学生4小时内完成新闻制作

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由资讯娱乐网omy.sg以及义安理工学院联办为期3天的”VOX!新媒体新闻工作坊”于11月25日圆满落幕。

工作访除了邀来数位媒体从业人和到场的60名学生分享工作经验,今年主办单位也特别在最后一天的活动中增设了”制作大挑战”,让参与的中学生能现学现用所学到的拍摄及采访知识。

学生们必须根据4个主题,分别为”美声”、”美腿”、”美食”以及”美色”在4小时的时限,完成一篇完整的网络新闻以及制作出一段1分钟的网络新闻短片,亲身感受记者的工作。

从拍摄、采访到撰写新闻稿件和剪辑,中学生们都得亲力亲为,而要制作出一则有趣的新闻,更是非常考功夫。

康培中学学生王倩男说:”我觉得采访不是件容易的事,尤其要拦住路人接受采访时,他们很多时候都是不愿意的。但我发现只要肯去尝试,有些人还是愿意接受采访的。”

立才中学的林伟雯则和记者分享了自己与组员们在策划时所遇到的困难,她说:”我们做的是美食,原本想报道很多的东西,但发现因为时间有限,于是我们到街上去做个调查,了解(理工生)对什么感兴趣,最后才决定去报道鸡饭。”

同学们当了一天的记者,付出了心力,而原本设立的4个奖项,却有5所学校获得表扬。其中,莱佛士书院以及康培中学就同时分享了”最佳新闻短片(美声组)”的殊荣。

来自莱佛士书院的肖宇轩在获奖时说:”我觉得大家都付出了心力,特别要感谢学生导师给予的帮助。”

当天的颁奖嘉宾也是omy副总编辑李冠芳说:”他们的作品都很有趣,也出乎我的意料之外。但基于这个工作坊涵盖的主要是新媒体新闻工作的范围,可能学生过于关注在创意的部分,而少了新闻应有的规范。但整体上,我觉得学生们都很活泼,很敢于去尝试新的事物。”

VOX!新媒体新闻营策划人张咏中认为学生们能在这么短的时间内制作出如此精彩的短片,非常了不起,具一定的潜质。

 

VOX最佳新闻短片得奖名单

美声组: 康培中学、莱佛士书院

美腿组: 美华中学

美色组: 义顺中学

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品冠台上猛擦汗忘歌名 Victor Wong is nervous on stage!

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品冠来新宣传专辑《一切为了爱》,台上猛擦汗,还记错自创曲歌名!

亮色蝴蝶结和绿色皮鞋,搭配全米色的服装,让品冠未唱先“湿”。1小时的签场会抹汗不下9次,更把歌名“比想象更想你”,念成“比想象更爱你”,可见这位久未发片的马国歌手还未将心情调试过来。

听力超强的歌迷一见品冠念错歌名连忙纠正,品冠见场子尴尬,只好冷笑,婉转回应:“好冷哦。”

开场时,主持人和品冠聊及活动之前在南洋理工大学举办的校园音乐会,品冠娓娓道来,更表示那是他出道以来,办得最感动的活动,“安可”数多歌曲。

而在主持人的要求下,品冠说:“如果接下来的反应,也像当时一样热烈,我将“安可”歌曲给大家听。”

然而,当天的观众似乎太“理智”,让签唱会准时在1小时后结束,这也暗示品冠对于这次的签唱会,明显表示失望。这次的签唱会也为配合新加坡金曲奖2009而举办。据悉,第15届新加坡金曲奖将在11月份举行。Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 2.45.38 PM.png