Paradigms of Accumulation & Loss in a Digital World

One phenomenon of the digital world that I think we must increasingly come to terms with is the changed and changing nature of accumulation and loss. In a sense, this new digital world is marked very strongly as "lossless", as compared to previous forms of media/medium. Especially now that everything we create is backed up … Continue reading Paradigms of Accumulation & Loss in a Digital World

Twitter’s IPO: a financial perspective on our emergent social-media world

For the past several decades, the stock market and the financial world seem to be increasingly abstracted from “the real world." The epic housing bubble and economic downfall of the 2000's are just a few obvious manifestations of this phenomenon. My rough understanding of how any valuation should work is based on my experience of … Continue reading Twitter’s IPO: a financial perspective on our emergent social-media world

#Instalife: How Instagram redefines the meaning and practice of photography

Instagram is a social, mobile photography app. They have 100 million monthly active users, and 40 million Instagram photos are posted per day. Purchased by the leviathan of social media that is Facebook in 2012, Instagram seems to be some kind of "big deal". From a commercial perspective, Instagram is an immensely easy-t0-use and popular … Continue reading #Instalife: How Instagram redefines the meaning and practice of photography

The Politics and Power of Internet Infrastructure, Pt. 3

Please see also Part 1 and Part 2. PART 3: NGOs AND DIGITAL RIGHTS In the last section I considered the roles of business and governments in protecting "net neutrality", or the basic neutrality of Internet conduits. Net neutrality is a subtle concept, involving the protection of a particular idea about what Internet access is … Continue reading The Politics and Power of Internet Infrastructure, Pt. 3

The Politics and Power of Internet Infrastructure Pt. 2

Please see the first part of this project here. PART 2: NETWORK NEUTRALITY In my last post I described the centralized control of the Internet's backbone  by only 5 major companies around the world. This is an example of horizontal integration at the level of Internet service supplies. Thus far, this horizontal integration has posed … Continue reading The Politics and Power of Internet Infrastructure Pt. 2

The Politics and Power of Internet Infrastructure

We traditionally understand the world to be controlled primarily by technologies of violence and destruction. Who controls these technologies and how they are regulated are arguably the most important factors determining the global political landscape. Nuclear proliferation almost entirely determined international relations during the Cold War era, and North Korea's recent suggestion about possible nuclear … Continue reading The Politics and Power of Internet Infrastructure

Walter Benjamin on the Allure of the Photobomb

"No matter how artful the photographer, no matter how carefully posed his subject, the beholder feels an irresistable urge to search such a picture for the tiny spark of contingency, of the here and now, with which reality has (so to speak) seared the subject, to find the inconspicuous spot where in the immediacy of … Continue reading Walter Benjamin on the Allure of the Photobomb

New Media Practices and the 2012 Presidential Elections

The past few posts I have written all belong to a collection of case studies about new media practices and the 2012 elections. I want to collect them all here, and briefly reflect on what these case studies might mean overall for democratic engagement and participation. #MocktheVote Practices of political news consumption and production on … Continue reading New Media Practices and the 2012 Presidential Elections

#Ivoted: Documenting the Vote in the 2012 Elections

In the lengthy and involved media spectacle surrounding the 2012 elections, the day of reckoning is of course voting day. Traditionally, media messaging switches from heated horse-race coverage to “neutral” coverage encouraging people to get out and vote, with live coverage of lines at polls and providing information on polling locations. This year witnessed an … Continue reading #Ivoted: Documenting the Vote in the 2012 Elections

Live-tweeting democracy: the fantasy of representation

Twitter and the 2012 Elections: Media Practice and Politics Whereas Facebook is a platform that treats politics as more or less taboo, Twitter's network is made up substantially of news outlets/media organizations, political junkies and citizen journalists. This characteristic of Twitter's population of users is partly a product of the site's informational architecture, which makes … Continue reading Live-tweeting democracy: the fantasy of representation