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Blackberry: How my smartphone became a ‘dumbphone’

I remember when I had my first mobile phone, a bulky Nokia with no color or internet or any of the fancy features today’s smart phones have. This phone always worked, the battery lasted an incredible amount of time...

What makes Warsaw Film Festival a ‘one of a kind’

This month 27th Warsaw Film Festival took place. It’s organised since 1985 which makes it the second oldest film festival in Poland after Gdynia Polish Film Festival. This year 370 movies were displayed, 152 filmmakers from 39 countries presented...
Avaaz.org: Click for Change

Avaaz.org: Click for Change

These are harsh times. There’s an economical crisis and a climate crisis. There’s drought in the Horn of Africa and flooding in Thailand, chaos in Libya and war in Afghanistan, protests on Wall Street and censorship in China. If...

Gaming can save the world – A gamer’s perspective (interview)

Could it? I may have exaggerated Jane McGonigal’s thoughts on gaming’s potential possibilities, but her optimism and enthusiasm may well agree with the title. McGonigal talks of gaming’s collaborative potential, that if harnessed correctly, could lead to better and...
The new media designer, an interview with Robert Crain.

The new media designer, an interview with Robert Crain.

Can you tell me something about your professional background? About twenty years ago, I started studying audiovisual design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, with an elective on graphic design. In my first years, I was working...

Citizen Journalism in the South Caucasus

The fate of professional journalism in condition of rising number of citizen journalists has become a subject of discussion among media scholars. Some suggest that citizen journalism will kill journalism as a profession. This issue is relevant in South...
TEDx Amsterdam: Interview with Marian Spier

TEDx Amsterdam: Interview with Marian Spier

Many people are familiar with TED talks and the TED slogan, ‘ideas worth spreading’. It has gained immense success and so has led to independent TED events being organized under the title TEDx in which the ‘x’ stands for...

A corporate view on mobile app development – interview with BM&FBOVESPA’s Web Projects Coordinator, João Magalhães Lima.

BM&FBOVESPA is the Brazilian stock exchange, and one of the largest in the world. Headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, it has offices in Rio de Janeiro, New York, Shanghai and London. João Magalhães Lima is the Web Projects Coordinator...

The Limitations of Protocol

Internet is often praised for allowing people to speak up and publish freely, rather than opinions are suppressed by higher powers. On the one hand, everyone has the ability to start a blog and publish whatever they like. On...
iPhone Art : This Century’s Modern Art Movement

iPhone Art : This Century’s Modern Art Movement

Smartphone technology established its omnipresence at the arrival of the 21st century. For better or for worse, digital handheld technology has become a defining element of this millennium. The gadget’s pervasiveness combined with its seemingly limitless assortment of program...
On Tumblr and News Curation: Interview with Ernie Smith from ShortFormBlog

On Tumblr and News Curation: Interview with Ernie Smith from ShortFormBlog

It’s no news that Tumblr is one of the fastest-growing networks. Latest data from Quantcast indicate that it receives 410,180,736 visits every month, mostly young audiences with a desperate hunger for content and a strong community feel. This hybrid...
First-ever online collaborative orchestra

First-ever online collaborative orchestra

The creation of a truly global orchestra, bringing together people from around the world and enableing, using new media, creative and enthusiastic cooperation of recognized musicians and emerging talents. This is YouTube Symphony Orchestra. YouTube Symphony Orchestra is a...
The Cyber Cafe Is Dead. Long Live The Cyber Cafe!

The Cyber Cafe Is Dead. Long Live The Cyber Cafe!

In the Western world, cyber cafes are nearing the point of total extinction, but less protected as say, pandas. However, many seem to find a new lease on life in the various developing – soon to take over Total...
The Making of the MoMUvA app

The Making of the MoMUvA app

We as master students New Media at the UvA rely on many different sources on the web for information regarding our course and objects of study. Our main idea for the MoMUvA app was to bring together these channels,...
The only Polish ‘Obamalogist’ explains social media “dos and dont’s”

The only Polish ‘Obamalogist’ explains social media “dos and dont’s”

I have decided to make an intervirew with Magdalena Górnicka (FB, Twitter): social media manager at Publicon – a well know PR Agency in Wroclaw, the only Polish ‘Obamalogist’, co-organizer of Polish editions of Social Media Day conference. She...

Occupy Realism: Or How I Learned to Stop Protesting and Love Protocol.

As you may have realised, the title of this blog post is a parody of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb. If you’ve seen the film, you know...

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: an interview on Chinese internet usage

How do we find happiness? I cannot answer that question for you, but it is relevant to everybody. The state of happiness was deemed so important by the Founding Fathers of the United States that they added it to...

What makes a good review online?

Some observations from the paper "Being Heard in Review Communities: Communication Tactics and Review Prominence".
Interview with Elias Aboujaoude MD, author of ‘Virtually You’

Interview with Elias Aboujaoude MD, author of ‘Virtually You’

‘Virtually You‘ is the book I reviewed some time back. It talks about the dangerous effects life online can have on our personalities and lives. I managed to get hold of the author of the book, Elias Aboujaoude MD,...
Netneutrality: a product of the control society?

Netneutrality: a product of the control society?

Early May 2011, Dutch telecom provider KPN announced her plans to block certain mobile Internet services like Voice over IP, in order to offer these services for an additional fee. One of the reasons for these measures is the...
The Knight’s Move: Mark Shepard and the Sentient City

The Knight’s Move: Mark Shepard and the Sentient City

I received an e-mail in my inbox. Mark Shepard was coming to The Hague for a lecture on the sentient city. It was part of a lecture series called The Knight’s Move, which aims on cutting across disciplines and...
Interview with Sanne Stricker from Roamler

Interview with Sanne Stricker from Roamler

Sanne Stricker (26) graduated cum laude from the Master of Business Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her master thesis focused on the influence of negative tweets on consumer attitude towards brands and received a lot of media attention...
Interview with James Robinson: Mapping the World’s Signal

Interview with James Robinson: Mapping the World’s Signal

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blogpost about Open Signal Maps, an application for android that maps the world’s signal. I used the application myself for several days and it worked pretty fine and gave me better...
New Media in Brazil: An interview with the curator of FILE

New Media in Brazil: An interview with the curator of FILE

FILE stands for International Festival of Electronic Language and is the biggest festival of new media in Brazil. The event happens annually in São Paulo and eventually in other cities of Brazil and holds projects, installations, screenings and presentations...