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Advolution: An Interactive Media Archaeology of Website Advertisements

Advolution: An Interactive Media Archaeology of Website Advertisements

The last season of South Park revealed a shocking revelation (South Park, “Sponsored Content”). Advertisements have evolved to be sentient and are fighting a secret war against us! While we do not believe things have gone that far, advertisements...
Book review: Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Marks

Book review: Enfoldment and Infinity by Laura U. Marks

What are the parallels and relations between Islamic art and New Media art? That is the main question Laura U. Marks poses in her book ‘Enfoldment and Infinity. An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art’. The title of her...
6000 years of world conflicts online

6000 years of world conflicts online

Enjoy history and modern technology? Then prepare to get yourself time-sucked into the virtual world of wars and conflicts. Recently I have discover a website that clearly illustrates how isolated battles overlap and entwine into a never-ending strand of...
Book Review Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

Book Review Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

O’Reilly published this year a new updated edition of the book Hackers: Heroes of the Digital Revolution from Stevy Levin. The book tells the history of a subculture that arose in the late fifties. The book starts in Building...
Back to the fairytale, to make science? Digital publishing a new revolution, what about the truth?

Back to the fairytale, to make science? Digital publishing a new revolution, what about the truth?

While thinking of a new blog about digital publishing, I am a little bit confused. What about the impact of my writings? I can describe the influence of digital publishing with a non objective view, quote a lot of...
Book Review: Inherend Vice, bootleg history of videotape  and copyright. By Lucas Hilderbrand.

Book Review: Inherend Vice, bootleg history of videotape and copyright. By Lucas Hilderbrand.

Since I grew up in the eighties, the complete history of videotape which this book starts off with made me visit places I passed a long time ago. At moments the recognition was instantly. For instance I recollect a...

Book review- Digital Folklore Reader

Reading Digital Folklore is like taking down that shoe-box of old photos from the top shelve and treating yourself to a night of reminiscing. You grimace at how goofy your hairdo looked 15 years ago and laugh at how...

Book review: Rethinking Curating – Art after New Media by Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook

Rethinking Curating explores the characteristics distinctive to new media art, including its immateriality and its questioning of time and space, and relates them to such contemporary art forms as video art, conceptual art, socially engaged art, and performance art....

Book Review: “Engineering Play – A Cultural History of Children’s Software” – By Mizuko Ito

Ito weaves a compelling tale of the dynamic and rapidly changing face of the children’s software industry from the pioneering days of the early 1980s to the late 1990s when she completed her case studies.
Information Visualization and Conflict

Information Visualization and Conflict

The visualization of information has long been a tool for generals and historians alike to go over military strategy and to materialize the concomitants of battle. As military operations continue within an increasingly data-rich environment, we must ask if...
Rethinking Googlization

Rethinking Googlization

In current search engine research the importance of Google as object of study seems to be inevitable. Google seems to be indexing parts of the physical and digital world, which we first thought to be unsearchable. Googlization, the term...

Review of Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright – Lucas Hilderbrand

In his latest book: Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape (2009) Lucas Hilderbrand explores the analog past of video nostalgically, and shows its importance and relevance to (new) media studies. Hilderbrand mainly focuses on the aesthetic, cultural and legal...

Community Memory, or what Craig’s List looked like in 1974

Notions of 'virtual community' and 'virtual reality' have been put to rest by locative aspects of the Web in recent years - from flickr maps to Facebook, from questions of legal jurisdiction to problems of national censorship. As much...
The Turing Test

The Turing Test

Something droll, courtesy of xkcd.com :D

Review: From Counterculture to Cyberculture

What follows is a summary and review of Fred Turner’s book, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. Nerd Politics? A recent Ask Slashdot piece appeared...

Man and Computer: An exhibition from 1979

Translation of ‘Mens en Computer’ (1979 – Beeld en Geluid Hilversum) item The development from tangram to ruler to calculator all the way to the computer can be seen at the exhibition ‘Man and Computer’ in the Museum for...