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Yahoo! Timecapsule: What would you like to say to the future?

Yahoo! Timecapsule: What would you like to say to the future?

Yahoo! launched a new subpage called Timecapsule at timecapsule.yahoo.com. Although not very popular in the Netherlands, a timecapsule can be put in the ground with some stuff you think are important to you at that time, you dig it...

Meaning of Commonism

Commonism is a word coined by Tom DeWeese. He is the president of an American rightwing think tank and wrote an article on the dangers of commonism in 2000. Communism, we’re told, is dead. Welcome to the new era...

Ask the masters: “Does the word “commonism” already exist? -Internet and Google search advice

-At the bottom of this post, you can find interesting links which explain the meaning of commonism- We have received a question from Mieke Gerritsen, who has made a beautiful graphic design with the word “Commonism” on it. She...
Pro-ana Celebrities

Pro-ana Celebrities

Seems like some diets work in Hollywood! Link  
Generation here: 3G mobile phone technology

Generation here: 3G mobile phone technology

My presentation is on the Motorola-sponsored research “Generation here:   exploring the impact of 3G mobile phone technology on global communications”. It talks about the key developments in the field of mobile phone technology of the third generation. Between 2004-2006 a...
Shocklog: Introducing the term to the world

Shocklog: Introducing the term to the world

To our surprise the term shocklog, a wellknown term in the Netherlands, was nowhere to be found on the rest of the World Wide Web. We wanted that to change, so we -The Masters of Media- coined the term...
Pro ana or thinspiration – why?

Pro ana or thinspiration – why?

In a day and age when ‘top down’ messages are getting rejected, satirized, shunned, blogbashed and demonized, how come this thinspiration stuff is so popular? It’s something that has been puzzling me for a while. It’s based on my...
Second Life criminals: “Hey, it’s a job!”

Second Life criminals: “Hey, it’s a job!”

Recently Second Life has been suffering from “destructive, malicious activity”. Read the blogpost about it here at the Second Life blog: Security and Second Life. If they want to make a model of the real world, there should be...

Presentation: Marshall McLuhan – The Galaxy Reconfigured

My presentation on Marshall McLuhan’s The Galaxy Reconfigured from his 1962 book The Gutenberg Galaxy. As an introduction, here is a quote from a great interview with him from Playboy Magazine in 1969. The whole interview can be found...

Presentation: Guy Debord – Theory of the Dérive

In my presentation about Guy Debord’s article Theory of the Dérive I would like to argue that the current trend of Urban Exploring is based on the dérive, but that it differs from it on the following levels: The...

Do you want to be a Master and think Faster, live Smarter and act Sharper?

THE UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE MASTERS OF MEDIA WEBLOG:   http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl     Please check, participate and add to your roll.

What is social media? An e-book from Spannerworks

This e-book contains 32 pages and can be found here. Spannerworks is a company in the UK that provides search engine optimisation, and paid search and social media optimisation. Therefore this company has written a short e-book to explain...
Writely frustrations… and ideas

Writely frustrations… and ideas

In the Masters of Media class we’ve been trying out Writely.com for a couple of assignments in the past weeks. Not so long ago the online word processor was acquired by Google. The idea is very promising: “Share documents...

A review of “Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production” (2005) written by Axel Bruns

“Gatewatching” is a fairly expanded study on collaborative publishing of online news. Bruns describes the practice of journalistic gatekeeping which refers to a regime of control over what content is allowed to emerge from production processes in the media....

Review of An Army of Davids by Glenn Reynolds

The complete title is: An Army of Davids. How markets and technology empower ordinary people to beat big media, big government and other Goliaths. Glenn Reynolds is a professor in Law at the University of Tennessee. He is a...

Review: Bloggen is zo 2004.

Just finished reading 130 pages of “Bloggen is zo 2004” written by Sjoerd van der Helm, concerning a content analysis of Life- and Shocklogs. It’s a well written overview of the Dutch blogosphere and touches upon subject of journalism...

Netwerk: shocklog

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Locative Media & the ´Groninger´ Police

Locative Media & the ´Groninger´ Police

At this moment 30 policemen of Korps Groningen are being trained in the use of a handheld computer which gives the user all kinds of information on the site he surveils. The I-Pac, as the device is called, will...

more Life-support for the Record Industry

While nothing is decided yet, it looks like (note: article is in Dutch) consumers will be forced to pay extra taxes on their mp3 players and TiVo-like recorders, a kind of pre-penalty for the copies they will ‘inevitably’ make....

Ask-the-Masters: Can we use Wikipedia to map emergent issues?

Watching the Mark Foley scandal make its way from a newspaper blog to political blogs to the front pages of major newspapers, I was intrigued with how various actors got involved (and by actors I mean places, things, terms...

Blog ‘fatigue duty’

Tasks: Check the codes in the posts if the layout looks messy. Check the comments through Manage > Awaiting moderation (delete spam: “mark all as spam” > “moderate comments”). Update the blogroll. Write a post on a new media...

Review of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Joe Trippi

 Joe Trippi seems like a cool, idealist guy who is very fanatic for the good cause, in this case the democratic party and issues like healthcare and poverty. His growing up and getting into politics reads like a novel;...
Review of Blog! by Daniel Burstein and David Kline

Review of Blog! by Daniel Burstein and David Kline

Blog! How the newest media revolution is changing politics, business and culture is a collection of interviews interlaced with a few (short) articles about weblogs. The book is from 2005, which is cool since the subjects talked about are...