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Journalism in the digital age

Journalism in the digital age

Vancouver news media as an example Late last year, I had the opportunity to interview twelve journalists in Vancouver, British Columbia, as part of an undergraduate research project. I interviewed six journalists from the local “corporate media,” and six...

Jodi Dean Says “There Is No Such Thing as the Social”

After Geert Lovink’s enthusiastic welcome speech, which also introduced Social What? Defining the Social, the first session of UnlikeUs #2, Jodi Dean (pictured right) took to the stage and launched into...
Interview met Reinder Rustema: Nieuwe Media & Politiek

Interview met Reinder Rustema: Nieuwe Media & Politiek

Voor veel studenten Nieuwe Media aan de UvA is Reinder Rustema geen onbekende. Naast het doceren aan de UvA is Rustema een oudgediende op het vlak van Nieuwe Media en politiek. Zo maakte hij ooit deel uit van De...
The Public Sphere, New Media and Politics

The Public Sphere, New Media and Politics

According to Metareporter, a student blog for BA-student Media en Culture about new media in newspapers, a lot of articles in Dutch traditional media are about new media subjects. The top 3 tags that are being used are:  Twitter,...

We The People: A Direct Line To The White House?

The White House recently announced the development of a new platform: We The People. Obama is quoted in the introduction explaining why: “I pledged to make government more open and accountable to its citizens. That’s what the new We...
On the Political Value of TED

On the Political Value of TED

The Technology Entertainment and Design conference, better known as TED, has spread its worthy ideas annually since 1990. The last couple of years the TED-virus has spread the world as TED became globally known by letting their talks be...
Tweet, Tweet, Twitter Journalism

Tweet, Tweet, Twitter Journalism

The role of the journalist has been changed, or some would argue that it is not there anymore. How is democracy functioning with all the social media around us? Twitter is a powerful tool for politicians to get in...

Information Visualization and the Public Sphere

Democratization of Data Open Data is a practice (and philosophy) of making data freely available to everyone. Advocates of Open Data argue that restrictions, licenses, copyright, patents, or other mechanisms of control are against the communal good and that...

Democracy of the Algorithm

Working on the Society of the Query conference, I often find myself confronted with an unquestioned believe in what are believed to be the empowering or even emancipating qualities of universally accessible open and free information. Michael Stevenson once...

Twitter: Public Space or Public Sphere?

Internet kills writing? According to Andrea Lunsford, researcher at the Stanford University, it is totally the other way around. There is an immense increase of people starting to write and digital writing is the biggest revolution in writing since...

Wikipedia Edit Wars: The Web Encyclopedia as a Political Battleground

The United States is a vast expanse of landscape in which millions of people hold a myriad of differing opinions. Due to its open editing policy, many of these opinions have found their way on to Wikipedia. With high...
Digital Media and Democracy. “Bush Bashing in Academia”

Digital Media and Democracy. “Bush Bashing in Academia”

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WikiThings

This link and here is another one, on the dutch Wikipedia is part of a larger research assignment for the masters of media course in amsterdam, where new (and old) media are critically researched, viewed and responded on. Besides...

Review: Extreme Democracy

Politics is always changing as society incorporates new technology for disseminating information and connecting people’ (6) Extreme democracy is a political philosophy of the information era that puts people in charge of the entire political process. It suggests a...
Review: “Organized Networks”

Review: “Organized Networks”

In ‘organized networks”, Australian media theorist Ned Rossiter states the urgency for new institutional forms, while ‘the uncertainties of labour and life within network societies and informational economies have all too clearly exposed the limits of prevailing institutional systems...

New Network Theory – Review

For three executive sunny days last week, the humanity studies faculty of the University of Amsterdam hosted the New Network Theory conference. This four party collaborative initiative – consisting of Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, Institute of Network cultures,...

Google, politics and censorship

So I’m at my mum’s trying to make some progress on writing my thesis, and she complained about one of the sites she likes to visit – UrukNet – being shunned from Google News. I asked her for some...

Message from Teheran

A happy Psiphon user from Teheran, Iran wrote the following: Wow cool! Dank je wel, ik ga het direct proberen. Dit kan me echt helpen. Oh ja mijn stiefbroer heeft een server in NL, die staat altijd aan. Zou...