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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...
The Lomography phenomenon

The Lomography phenomenon

Lomography is the modern term for the type of film photographs taken with analog, simple cameras, initially produced by Lomo PLC in Sankt Petersburg in the ‘80s. In 1991, two students from Austria discovered a compact enigmatic camera which allowed...
[Interview] Juul Spee of Zesbaans: Digital Media Designer

[Interview] Juul Spee of Zesbaans: Digital Media Designer

Zesbaans is a digital media and design collective that experiments with media and interactivity. Zesbaans (Dutch for a six-laned highway) has been based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, since its founding in 2007 where it has been involved with projects...
Photoshop facilitates a new generation of image-makers and why it matters

Photoshop facilitates a new generation of image-makers and why it matters

There within most personal computers are applications that resolve the divide between creative thought and creative application. Today, there are hundreds of such applications but few have embedded themselves so deep in the digital era of creative production such...
Memeification of the News

Memeification of the News

Internet memes (specifically image memes) have taken the role of a media format for civic journalism, ever evolving and reproducing cultural/political concerns which reflect our social condition. As an amalgamated entity, memes are constantly integrating themselves within social platforms...
Really that Bad? A case study on the fifth best-selling album of all time

Really that Bad? A case study on the fifth best-selling album of all time

The Atlantic recently published a stimulating critique in which music journalist John Murph questions the real legacy of Michael Jackson’s seventh and hailed studio album Bad.

Electives 2012: Google Trends as a Modern Poll System

I guess the Dutch population was quite surprised by the results of the 2012 elective campaigns. Although Emile Roemer  from the socialist party (SP) and Mark Rutte from the liberal party (VVD) were the major players at the beginning of...
Interview: Laurentiu Pop (HTTPool) on Digital Advertising

Interview: Laurentiu Pop (HTTPool) on Digital Advertising

Laurentiu Pop is Managing Director for HTTPool Romania (part of the HTTPool Worldwide network) and has been passionate about digital for nine years. He started as a junior ARBOmedia, one of the biggest adnetworks in the country. Then he...
Readers as users  – an analysis of the guardians website

Readers as users – an analysis of the guardians website

Considering that we have been publishing in print for more than 500 years, online publishing that has a history not much longer than a decade can only be seen as being in it´s very early stages. Newspapers that has...
School is Cool: iPad’s in classrooms

School is Cool: iPad’s in classrooms

“It was absurd (…) that American classrooms were still based on teachers standing at a board and using textbooks. All books, learning materials, and assessments should be digital and interactive (…).” (Isaacson,2011, p. 264) This is a quote from...
“Worst Nobel Prize ever”? Comparing English and Dutch responses to the Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union on Twitter and Google News

“Worst Nobel Prize ever”? Comparing English and Dutch responses to the Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union on Twitter and Google News

Last week’s announcement that the European Union has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has spurred a host of comments in both traditional and online media. Many critics decried the timing of the award committee, which they considered...
The Prosecution of Jokes on Social Media: Lets Ask the Audience.

The Prosecution of Jokes on Social Media: Lets Ask the Audience.

Last week a 19 year old man from Lancashire in the UK was found guilty of section 127 of the Communications Act; a British law which makes it an offence to send any message that would be considered ‘grossly...
A comparison on online branding and popularity between KLM and United Airlines

A comparison on online branding and popularity between KLM and United Airlines

  Since the rise of web 2.0 and social media, companies and brands have altered their strategies and jumped into the opportunities that grew with this new digital era. New ways of advertisement and campaigning have found their way...
Twitter’s Homepage Evolution

Twitter’s Homepage Evolution

Every website has a history, even though it is sometimes difficult to trace. This history or evolution can tell a lot about the company and it’s goals. Twitter is an example of a website that has encountered many different...
[POSTSCAPES] THE STORY BEHIND YOUR TRASH

[POSTSCAPES] THE STORY BEHIND YOUR TRASH

Do you know the story behind your paper coffeecup? Are you aware of its original source and what happens to it once you dump it into the paper-bin? In a convincing video regarding the Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard provides...
Death penalty-what do the tweets say?

Death penalty-what do the tweets say?

  As a rational creature, man has invented many ways to exterminate his fellowmen;  gallows, stoning, crucifixion, electric chair, burning at the stake, guillotine, firing squad, gas chamber, injection with poison are only some of them. Throughout the course...
Bad news for iPhone 5

Bad news for iPhone 5

Last month was another big moment for us new media geeks: Apple released the iPhone 5. It is even lighter, slimmer, faster and has a higher resolution than the iPhone 4S that came before it. Like with so many...
The Power of Social Media: Oil, Palm Trees and the Pedobear

The Power of Social Media: Oil, Palm Trees and the Pedobear

Who doesn’t love social media? Facebook has recently celebrated more than 1 billion active users (becoming one the biggest countries in the world), Twitter has the power to put politicians on the throne or to throw them out in...
A Bloody Trail Behind Our Mobile Life: a fair trade mobile phone

A Bloody Trail Behind Our Mobile Life: a fair trade mobile phone

“It is time to be asking questions about technology. Where does it come from? Who makes it? And for what?” ― Bandi Mbubi (@ TED talk) Explosions of two plants that make Apple gadgets. A series of employee suicides...
Mendo the shop built out of books

Mendo the shop built out of books

Who or what is Mendo!? On an ordinary Thursday I’m walking in the well-known Amsterdam neighbourhood ‘de negen straatjes’ for an appointment with Joost Albronda, who is one of the owners of the design agency and bookshop Mendo....
Usability: Customer service of NS site under the microscope.

Usability: Customer service of NS site under the microscope.

Every year there is a Usability Award for the most user-friendly website. On www.frankwatching.nl (the web guide with tips, trends and events) they place weeks in advance of this award all kinds of interviews with randomly placed nominees. I...
Privacy? Who cares?

Privacy? Who cares?

What is the first thing you do when you wake up? For a huge amount of students the answer to this question is: hitting Facebook, even while still in bed. On the 4th of October 2012, Mark Zuckerberg informed...
Twitter Chatter and Stock Market Trends

Twitter Chatter and Stock Market Trends

Social media as trend indicators It is not uncommon that when “social media networks” are mentioned, the most common associations among people are with platforms that promote interaction with, and sharing and exchange of user-generated content. With its exponential...
“PIRACY IS A CRIME”. Or maybe not?

“PIRACY IS A CRIME”. Or maybe not?

The case The recent ruling for ACAPOR case in Portugal-which is being analyzed further down-made me think about the online piracy legislation and a slight, but definitely not insignificant, alteration of it, that is currently taking place. Are the...