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Be Careful whom You Friend. A Life of a Fake Facebook Profile.

Be Careful whom You Friend. A Life of a Fake Facebook Profile.

Eva Janssen was born on the 15th October 2012. Being already 24 years old, she attends the University of Amsterdam. She is quite a usual girl. She listens to The Beatles and Moby, she watches Friends while eating Nutella...
Second Chance Serendipity: Missed Connections on Craigslist

Second Chance Serendipity: Missed Connections on Craigslist

“Had I said anything at the time, it would have come out as a disorganized mix of the different things going through my mind. So, opting for ‘better to be thought of a fool than to open one’s mouth...

The future of the web: HTML5 & CSS3, the place where dreams come true

I’ve built my first public website back in 1999. I was just getting to know my way around the internet and this was my first attempt in building a website. The first version of HTML – the code which...
Breaching Experiments on Facebook

Breaching Experiments on Facebook

Breaching Experiments Two recent events on my Facebook newsfeed made me think of breaching experiments, and what their possible value would be within the context of research on (relatively) new online social environments. The breaching experiment is a research...
Ebay – The Future of Commerce. Description and comparison of the website’s redesign

Ebay – The Future of Commerce. Description and comparison of the website’s redesign

The online shopping and auction website Ebay has launched a new and improved website redesign in order to expand its audience and provide the shopper with an ultimate online shopping experience. The new website was launched on October 11th...
What do the web search engines “think” of the Pussy Riot case?

What do the web search engines “think” of the Pussy Riot case?

The Pussy Riot sentence has become the unprecendented event concerning the global resonance, compared to other news from Russia in the recent years. 86% of the world mass media have covered the Pussy Riot case, media monitor NewsEffector reports....
Syria: Cracking down on digital dissidents

Syria: Cracking down on digital dissidents

For Syrian dissidents, social networking sites are essential for bypassing traditional media and communication channels. But in doing so, online activists might all too easily fall prey to the government’s digital surveillance. Social networking services like Facebook, Twitter and...
‘It Gets Better’ and the Power of Online Media Activism

‘It Gets Better’ and the Power of Online Media Activism

Not everyone on this earth gets the respect or at least tolerance that they deserve. In this world discrimination is such a big problem that it seems almost unsolvable. People get discriminated against for all sorts of reasons. LGBT...
Hey Zuckerberg! You’re late!

Hey Zuckerberg! You’re late!

One particular phenomenon I’ve always been very interested in is Virtual Reality (VR); a technology created in the 90s that places the user in an artificial environment generated by a computer. The goal of VR is to create a...
Coffee: Just an Energy Boost or a Social Atmosphere?

Coffee: Just an Energy Boost or a Social Atmosphere?

Coffee has been at the centre of our lives in one form or another since the 15th century. When you think about coffee, many things probably come to mind. We use it to wake us up, to give us...
Tweeting politics – preaching to the choir?

Tweeting politics – preaching to the choir?

In May 2012, the French chose Francois Hollande, the Socialist Party candidate, to replace Nicolas Sarkozy as president. François Mitterand lost power in 1995, and since then the government majority had been right wing. After his defeat, Nicolas Sarkozy...
Captives of the Social: Facebook and Digital Pantopticism

Captives of the Social: Facebook and Digital Pantopticism

As a network, the Web is usually connoted as an open-ended, anarchic and non-hierarchic environment. Compared to previous modes of organization, its distributed nature is considered an improvement over centralized and decentralized one-to-many communications and productions. (( Alexander R....
Obama vs. Romney: analyzing the image of the future First Lady

Obama vs. Romney: analyzing the image of the future First Lady

The predicted outcome of the upcoming 2012 U.S. presidential elections is still very much subject to fluctuation. Polls are still changing on a daily basis, with the difference between predicted votes for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney only a...
Big Think: The Importance of Yesterday

Big Think: The Importance of Yesterday

  Archiving online can be a tricky undertaking. On the one hand we can’t get enough of it when it comes to news and scholarly articles or any other form of factual information but on the other hand there...
Social media in Iraq: in search of the truth

Social media in Iraq: in search of the truth

Like elsewhere in the Middle East, in Iraq social media is a fast growing way of communication. Contrary to the situation ten years ago, the use of mobile phone is nowadays nearly universal. Internet cafes are booming and the...
Do Not Disturb – Smartphone Etiquette

Do Not Disturb – Smartphone Etiquette

 We’ve all been there. That moment that you wake up, I’m sorry no – have a small panic attack, because your (social) network decides that three o’clock in the morning is the best moment for: emailing, telling you things...
Warning! Your message may turn against you!

Warning! Your message may turn against you!

The context: Last week witnessed a turmoil on the Romanian online media regarding an advertising campaign. The latter belongs to pharmaceutical company Secom Romania and introduces Neuro Optimzer, a treatment based on pills that improves certain brain functions for...
Go minimalist with your social media?

Go minimalist with your social media?

Why minimalist approach steps into our online life and what is the level of its effectiveness? We all have heard about the popular minimalist approach by now. Most of us have probably seen reportage on TV, or YouTube about some new-born...
Sleek – What does the website’s structure reveal?

Sleek – What does the website’s structure reveal?

Sleek is an internationally distributed fashion and art magazine, introducing contemporary art and fashion issues in a thematically manner. Since 2005, the paper edition is published quarterly in Berlin, but because of its worldwide audience Sleek is only available...
iPhone 5: The Ultimate User Review

iPhone 5: The Ultimate User Review

Device reviews are not really the subject of choice on this blog. However, measuring the general sentiment on social networks towards a certain gadget can be quite insightful. In this post I will be examining the iPhone 5 through...
MSDOS and floppy disks are alive and well (in Canadian curriculum)

MSDOS and floppy disks are alive and well (in Canadian curriculum)

In the short six years since I left high school, a lot has changed. Facebook and smartphones are now transforming the lives of younger generations . In light of the upcoming Media Literacy Week in Canada (November 5-9), I...
Facebook + Performance Society = ?

Facebook + Performance Society = ?

Last week, the documentary ‘Nooit Meer Slapen’ (No more Sleeping) was broadcasted on the Dutch television. The documentary stated that at 3 o’clock in the night, over 1 million Dutch citizens are wide-awake. ‘At home, night rest is becoming...
CtrlC/CtrlV: News presentation across different online platforms

CtrlC/CtrlV: News presentation across different online platforms

New technology is changing our society at full pace. Not only does it change the way people communicate with each other, it also impacts the way information is communicated to society. People are not satisfied with reading the morning...
When the audience becomes the hero…

When the audience becomes the hero…

Annette Mees on theater and transmedia Annette Mees is director and co-artistic director of Coney in England. By using various media she creates special plays in which the audience is the hero: “The experience starts when you first hear...