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The Mutual Respect Between Hardware And Software

The Mutual Respect Between Hardware And Software

When computers were invented they were just giant electronic calculators, connected to each other with wires. You had to put the data in manually and then it would give a calculation. If there was anything wrong with the input...
Introduction: the Facebooth

Introduction: the Facebooth

This post is a summary of the presentation held on October 20 during the final session of the New Media Practices course 2011, with some additional information about the artistic and practical background of the booth. The Facebooth is...

The How-I-met-your-MOM-Project

New Media Studies is a programme that is constantly changing, evolving and thus outdated on an annual basis. Its theoretical base is a solid one, its pragmatic learnings are however determined by the hegemonic character of the relation between...
2012: An Offline Year for Bram van Montfoort

2012: An Offline Year for Bram van Montfoort

Bram van Montfoort (’87) is an online man. He once started with a dial-up internet connection and egg timer to keep track of ‘online’-time, nowadays Bram is equipped with iPad, PC and mobile phone and can be followed on...
Visualization of MoM Students

Visualization of MoM Students

In our project week we researched the social media activity of our fellow new media students. We, as new media students, do lots of social media research but how do we use these social media by ourselves? So, it...

Online Fan Communities and Research Ethics: An Interview with Dr. Natasha Whiteman

Where there are communities there will, almost inevitably, be researchers observing and studying them. Just as the Internet provides a refuge for fan communities to dwell, so to does it provide a site for academics to research. Dr Natasha...
Thou Speakest the Purest Nonsense! – On Politeness and New Media

Thou Speakest the Purest Nonsense! – On Politeness and New Media

Even though most of our parents have taught us the basic rules of how to be a civil and polite person, we seem to apply these rules in a completely random way. No one has ever told us to...
An interview with Jerom Fischer

An interview with Jerom Fischer

Some say this is the best time for artist and creative entrepreneurs. Others think the creative industries are coming to an end thanks to the negative impact of the Internet on industries like the music industry. Since I’m interested...
Interview met Reinder Rustema: Nieuwe Media & Politiek

Interview met Reinder Rustema: Nieuwe Media & Politiek

Voor veel studenten Nieuwe Media aan de UvA is Reinder Rustema geen onbekende. Naast het doceren aan de UvA is Rustema een oudgediende op het vlak van Nieuwe Media en politiek. Zo maakte hij ooit deel uit van De...
Hey Jimmy Wales, Nobody Cares About your Life in the Spanish Wikipedia

Hey Jimmy Wales, Nobody Cares About your Life in the Spanish Wikipedia

What happens when you knock on the ‘door’ of the Wikipedia founder? Apparently nothing, if you are Spanish language speaker. Compelled to create an article for ‘the mother of all wikis’, I assumed that writing about some hobby or...
You are the music while the music lasts: a look at record shops online and offline

You are the music while the music lasts: a look at record shops online and offline

The market for music has been collapsing since the up rise of high speed Internet access. Music is an elastic product that suffers under the effect of price and competition. The opportunities for users have changed and lean towards...
Pretty Lies

Pretty Lies

Take a look at yourself in the mirror. This is who you are. Raw and honest, the mirror never lies. Now take a look at your Facebook profile picture. Is this who you are? Or do we only get...
Finally it comes together

Finally it comes together

When I was writing my thesis at the Theatre School back in 2008, I was really excited in doing research and reading more theoretical and academic work about the theories behind the use of video in art and theatre....
What to do with a brilliant new App Idea?

What to do with a brilliant new App Idea?

Interview with Co-Founder and Director of SellAnApp: Milan van den Bovenkamp SellAnApp focuses on mobile app development through crowd-sourcing and funding and thereby gives everyone the opportunity to ‘transform their ideas into an actual mobile app’. Sharing your app...

Memes as a tool

A very powerful tool would be to be able to release information inside social networks that would go viral and be incorporated to pop culture by becoming a meme. There are many factors that influence the destiny of a...
“Funny is fun but humor is cool.” – The New Style of Humor in China’s Film

“Funny is fun but humor is cool.” – The New Style of Humor in China’s Film

Ning Hao, from Taiyuan, Shanxi province, who had studied at Beijing Normal University in Art Department, and in June 2003 graduated from the Beijing Film Academy School of Photography. Winner of “The Eighth Student Film Festival Best Director Award”...

qwiki – can linear narratives still be relevant in hyperlinked contexts?

Some time has passed since the official launch of qwiki (see the Masters of Media Blog initial impressions). Although still in alpha, a more profound critique can be put forward as the platform evolved and opened itself to users.

Nicholas Carr didn’t convince me

I came upon an article today that said that research shows that Facebook popularity might be predicted by brain regions or in more sensational terms “Facebook may be changing people’s brains“. The research was based on 165 people: “One...

Interview with an App(le)fan and developer

Interview Philip Plotnikov On this Masters of Media blog we have seen many app reviews coming by. These were all written from a user perspective. I thought it would be interesting to look at apps from the other side:...
Do you remember the first time? Music and the rise of the ‘scented candle’

Do you remember the first time? Music and the rise of the ‘scented candle’

I grew up listening to Pulp. I vividly remember lying outside my older sisters’ bedroom as she played Different Class from her multi-CD changer Hi-Fi, while I pushed myself up against her door, devouring Jarvis’ every word. Outside, unbeknown...

Facebook is a self constructed reality

All right, here we go. For this blog post I was asked to write something about social network sites. Geert asked us to think about what we disliked about social network sites, like for example Facebook. Furthermore he told...

e-culture in the Amsterdam Museum

The Amsterdam Museum uses crowdfunding to fund the restauration of one of the biggest paintings of the Netherlands. An interview with Hester Gersonius about the implementation of e-culture in the Amsterdam Museum.

Interview: Moos Lamerus on changes and quality in professional music

New media caused a lot of change in the music industry over the last decade. Comments on such changes tend to focus on general consequences, and overlook the changes as perceived by musicians and other people working in the...
Blackberry Break Ups

Blackberry Break Ups

In a fresh testament to how deep our affective relationships are with mobile phones, last week’s Blackberry out(r)age revealed users “breaking up” with their beloved Blackberrys on Twitter. Amongst all the (by now stale) joke tweets about the Blackberry...