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What VHS and PDF teach us about the e-book format

Portable Document Format (PDF) is one of the most well known computer formats in the world. It can be used to read electronic books. PDF is also very interesting because it’s developed into the standard document file. I will...
From brick-and-mortar to eCommerce… and vice versa

From brick-and-mortar to eCommerce… and vice versa

Being able to buy your Ikea sofa online and going to a retail store to get your Google products. It may seem odd when stated like this, but we are seeing more trends of companies making a turn in...
[Event] Unlike Us #3 | Social Media: Design or Decline

[Event] Unlike Us #3 | Social Media: Design or Decline

This March, the Unlike Us conference is taking place in Amsterdam for a second consecutive year. Hosted by Amsterdam’s Institute of Network Cultures, the event gathers academics, artists and activists to discuss ‘social media monopolies and their alternatives’. Unlike...
Amazon starts removing ‘questionable reviews’

Amazon starts removing ‘questionable reviews’

What do you do when you are one of the biggest online department stores and the review system that once seemed like an effective tool for customers to share experiences turns out to be used for fake reviews, through...

Data Art: From the Aesthetic Conceptualization of Data to Information Critique

The current ubiquity of data populating every aspect of an individual’s digitally connected existence, alongside the computational possibilities of harnessing the same to convert it into distilled information, has introduced the theme of data as one of the most...

Web Aesthetics ‘book adaption’ on Facebook

By: Basri Hoogstrate, Jeroen Rademakers, Jules Mataly and Juliana Marques The Wild Card Symposium, part of our Master Degree at the University of Amsterdam gave us the occasion to read a book as a group, discuss it and came...
Web historiography of MuchMusic.com

Web historiography of MuchMusic.com

“Just as video killed the radio star three decades ago, the Internet has killed music television in the new millennium.” – Greg Quill The Role of Music on MuchMusic.com from 1996 to 2012 Before MTV’s arrival in Canada, the...
Virality through Facebook

Virality through Facebook

Facebook is now more than nine years old and it is very interesting to see what changes Facebook is going through. It started out with Facemash in 2003, developed into thefacebook.com and now we all know it as Facebook....
Fake Identities in Social Media

Fake Identities in Social Media

The popularity of social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, has resulted in new forms of user performance and identity. Each new online account creates a new identity in which users must negotiate issues of disclosure, security, and...
The Attractive Symbols of the Web

The Attractive Symbols of the Web

At the beginning of the twentieth century, photography was considered to be the most neutral expression of optical data (Lupston 1986). This changed the perception and according to the Austrian philosopher, economist and sociologist Otto Neurath this development demanded...

The Rise of the App Culture

The past few years have seen an enormous growth of the use of smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices have taken such a dominant role in our lives that it’s very hard to imagine a life without them. We have...
The Visual Language of New Media: the book as database

The Visual Language of New Media: the book as database

– By Katía Truijen, Eva Valkhoff, Serena Westra and Sasha Wood What happens when you transform a book into a new media object? Can you visualize a book in a new media way? And what happens to the narrative...
Passwords – a short film

Passwords – a short film

For the Wildcard Symposium 2012 (WCS12) our group; Lisa Bergenfelz, Vicentiu Dinga, Paula Gulian, Matthew Elworthy and Joseph Jackson chose to interpret and present the theories of Jean Baudrillard brought forward in the book Passwords through a short film...
Information Overload: how much is enough?

Information Overload: how much is enough?

If you’re reading this post, on this blog, your interests clearly relate to the wonderful realm of new media. Your notifications icon on Facebook is probably blinking to indicate that you have some messages pending and there’s a cue...
Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation, and Technoculture

Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation, and Technoculture

— Alex Maat, Joey de Jong, Lauressa Ford and Robert Silvis   For the Wildcard Symposium 2012 (also referred to as WCS12), our group was in charge of presenting Patrick Crogan’s book “Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation, and Technoculture“. To ensure...
Rhythmanalysis – Henri Lefebvre

Rhythmanalysis – Henri Lefebvre

This post functions as an introduction to a project by Charlotte van Dalfsen, Egle Mykolaityte, Mihaela Naftanaila, Lydia van der Spek and Laura Zimmermann. Our project is an interpretation of Henri Lefebvre’s seminal book “Rhythmanalysis” (1992). In doing so,...
Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks

Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks

At the Wildcard Symposium 2012, I presented an RSA Animate-styled video rendition of Tony D. Sampson’s new book Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks. The project was carried out by me and three of my New Media colleagues at...
[Wild Card Symposium] The Control Revolution

[Wild Card Symposium] The Control Revolution

— Alain Otjens, Daan Smith, Richard Zimmerman and Seah Kim   For the Wild Card Symposium of 2012 New Media Theories, we created the interactive timeline website, The Control Revolution. To create exposure for this hidden classic of Beniger, we also created...

International M.A. in New Media ­at the University of Amsterdam: Call for Applications for­ Fall 2013

International M.A. in New Media ­at the University of Amsterdam Call for Applications for­ Fall 2013, rolling admissions open on 1 November 2012 and close on 1 April 2013 One-year and two-year New Media M.A. Programs available. For the...
Taking Care of Our Attention

Taking Care of Our Attention

This article is an exploration of the themes addressed in the book Taking Care of Youth and the Generations by Bernard Stiegler and it is part of a video project produced by Ana Crisostomo, Daria Koreniushkina, Maya Livio and Mathias Schuh. Originally...
[Video] The Bias of (Online) Communication

[Video] The Bias of (Online) Communication

By: Larissa Hildebrandt & Thomas Groen Our task for the 2012 Wild Card Symposium was to bring theory to life, by explaining a book in a new, digital way. In a merging of old and new media, we produced a...
The experience of wirelessness: A short film

The experience of wirelessness: A short film

Up until a mere two decades ago, the possibility of receiving e-mail and checking status-updates on Facebook while being on the train, bus or even on the street might have seemed like a science fiction scenario. The Wireless-Fidelity makes...
Interview with Andrew Goffey – Our Approach to Evil Media

Interview with Andrew Goffey – Our Approach to Evil Media

As part of our New Media Theories Master’s symposium we chose to look at the recent MIT press publication from Media Theory scholars Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey – namely ‘Evil Media’. The expectations that we had of the...
Amsterdesk – making studying enjoyable

Amsterdesk – making studying enjoyable

Studying means a lot of work. And being locked up with your books at home easily leads to distraction and loneliness. Hence, studying at a cozy café with good coffee and some nice company would be way more enjoyable...