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Svetlana wants to meet

This summer I was sitting with a friend on a nice terrace in the city center of L’viv, Urkraine (I marked it on Google Maps, for your interest). The terrace was overlooking the city’s promenade where the local folk...
Youtube is going live in 3,2,1…

Youtube is going live in 3,2,1…

Would you like to watch the latest episodes of Dexter, Entourage or NCIS  on your computer without having to search all sorts of obscure websites? Without the piracy-issue pricking your...
Augmented reality as the NEW marketing tool

Augmented reality as the NEW marketing tool

The back cover of this weeks Grazia magazine shows a new add campaign of United Colors of Benetton. Readers are being encouraged to interact with Benetton by signing in for the casting for the new campaign. Costumers can become...

What are the possibilities of blogging for education?

Everybody is talking about blogs, a lot of people even have their own blog, but the scientific debate about blogging is still in the beginning. This article tries to answer the questions: what are the educational benefits and possibilities...

Interview with Julian Assange

Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

Internet in Cuba: reason to be skeptic?

Last month Reuters and LA Times publicized articles about the Cuban Internet use. Both articles were skeptical about the use of Internet in Cuba. Less than 14.2% of the Cubans make use of the Internet, and most of the...

A Language of All Languages?

Technologies have always appeared that have served to progressively make the world smaller — from ships, rail and air travel to electricity, the telegraph, telephone, etc. At the same time, they have made worlds larger, for individuals could explore...
‘Masters of Media’ on the Web

‘Masters of Media’ on the Web

According to the 2010 call for New Media MA applications, the Masters of Media blog has been nominated for a best education blog award and enjoys a broad, global readership. Masters of Media‘s international prestige and academic acclaim undoubtedly...
Harvest your crops, feed your dog, serve the dishes… socialize!

Harvest your crops, feed your dog, serve the dishes… socialize!

Let me get this straight. I don't have a pet. I never felt like growing pumkins. My cooking skills are below average. Does that make me socially "incompatible" with the millions of people playing Pet Society, Farmville, Cafe World...

Media as a culturally specific entity: appreciating the essence of international media

Contemporary mass media shares a very distinct role in the production of social values and norms in today s globalised societies, as we are surrounded and constantly fed information from a multitude of media sources. Internet users, television viewers,...
Connectivity, Interactivity, and Extreme Personalization – Zero to Infinity: Behind the Scenes of New Media at IBC 2010

Connectivity, Interactivity, and Extreme Personalization – Zero to Infinity: Behind the Scenes of New Media at IBC 2010

Technology is advancing FAST and it’s only getting bigger, better and faster. Information that was once readable for the few became reachable for the masses, and the reachable has now became searchable for the whole world. As we’re all aware,...
Did Internet Make Me Stupid?

Did Internet Make Me Stupid?

Working in a coffee bar gives me the advantage of having access to many different newspapers. In quiet hours I try to read several articles from at least three newspapers in order to get a more balanced view of...

The Arab media revolution

Since there have been inventions for the use of communication amongst the human race there have been institutions, governments and corporations trying to control them. As Noam Chomsky cites: 'Unless people are controlled, they are going to challenge power'....
A video game’s tale

A video game’s tale

The video game industry has come a long way lately; what with the recent example of Sony Playstation celebrating 15 years and announcing the debut of their new smart multimedia console. A device that is clearly competitive to Nintendo Wii,...

New Media education for critical consciousness

I am from the generation who wasn’t born with the chip installed; in fact when I studied Journalism I had to bring with me a heavy type writer and the Pentax to classes. The video camera wasn’t as affordable...
How do you like them Apples?

How do you like them Apples?

Apple is back from the dead. How does Apple try to get on top of Microsoft? How do they take this advertising war and how are they promoting...

“I believe” an one-to-one experience to go alone to an unknown world.

Even though it was just a simple interactive installation with video, music, the artist and a few special effects, in 15 minutes you will get an impressive one-to-one experience. Beyond the impressive meeting with a stranger and all the...

Blogging and IKEA

Knowing I have the opportunity to express my feelings in a blog, makes me feel content. Yes, this may seem as the perfect outlet for my thoughts. They only need some organization. Normally I would buy boxes, at the...

Television Viewership and IP Video: Adopting a New Business Model

“From 2007 – 2009, I coordinated website content and online initiatives for a community television station. In this time I was able to experience first hand the fear traditional television stations have of losing viewership to the Internet.” The...

Who’s stalking you on Facebook?

On the mythical algorithm that determines the selection of the 6 friends in your personal Facebook page. For a while now I’ve noticed that two of my Facebook friends were always being listed in my personal page. Now, I...

I Fly with my Little Spy! New Stealth Techno-Toys.

The recent debate about the proposed use of military-style surveillance drones in the United Kingdom, and further afield, has fuelled fears and given rise to concern over the continual erosion of the individual’s right to privacy and safety. ...
Augmented Reality through the appearance of a little green man

Augmented Reality through the appearance of a little green man

Meet Proto. This little green man appeared on my hand today when I was about to write this blog post. Off course he didn’t ‘just’ appear to me like the virgin Mary. His arrival was caused by an almost...
Bow down for your Google overlord

Bow down for your Google overlord

The Church of Google worships their God as a female Goddess. She is all knowing, omnipresent, potentially immortal and infinite. The Church of Google has touched me, therefore I shall spread the word.
Remediation pur sang

Remediation pur sang

Last tuesday I discovered the following news bulletin on NU.nl ‘Mogelijk tijdslot voor internet- uitzendingen publieke omroep’ in which is explained that resigning minister of Education, Culture and Science André Rouvoet plans to use a timelock on adult televison...