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Bits of Freedom: Do your bit!

Their timing is quite unfortunate. With Steve Jobs passing away, it’s hard to get through on Facebook and Twitter, so I thought I’d help them out a bit and shamelessly promote Bits of Freedom on the MoM blog. Bits...
A review of the PostSecret app. Please don’t tell anyone

A review of the PostSecret app. Please don’t tell anyone

I am a part of a small group of new media students who have set the wheels in motion on a practical project designed to study anonymity has in regards to honestly online. We intend to investigate how people...
Network sites and their limitations

Network sites and their limitations

The growth of the Internet has made us reconsider concepts that stood strong for decades. Boundaries that we knew have disappeared or shifted to an extend we could not have imagined in the early 80’s. What is private and...
Social culture in the game industry

Social culture in the game industry

Video games have changed dramatically over the last decades. There is obviously a big gap between 1958’s Tennis For Two and the games we play now on our consoles or PC. Of course, the rapid evolution of new technology...
The analysis of SNS website’s viral marketing strategy by the actual example of Renren Website

The analysis of SNS website’s viral marketing strategy by the actual example of Renren Website

Overview of viral marketing With the popularity of Web2.0, the ways of communicating derived from social interaction amid diverse groups of people have come to the surface of Internet, which is known as social networking services referred to as...

Programmable dividuals: On social networks and programmability

Descartes Passions of the Soul set the humanistic notion of a separation between the body and the nonmaterial independent mind, emphasizing the conscious individuality and the controlling potential that the mind has over the body. Gille Deleuze departs from Descarthe’s dualism, by...
Children’s Online Privacy

Children’s Online Privacy

Internet to me is a medium of convenience. The awkward feeling of being confined, limited, almost physically paralyzed, creeps on to me after being disconnected from the virtual dimension of the world wide web for more than one day....

Social death of social networks

The question I was asking myself recently is what makes a social network cool or uncool? Why there are social networks in which having an account is considered embarressing? Why there are exsisting social networks to which some people...
What happens to your online data when you die?

What happens to your online data when you die?

Not that you'd care, but it’s messy.

What is and what is not good enough for the Wikipedia(ns)?

Polish Wikipedia has more than 832 000 articles which makes it 5th according to the number of entries, after English, German, French and Italian edition. I believe that it could have got even more entries if it wasn’t for...
Possible Consequences of Critical Wikipedia users

Possible Consequences of Critical Wikipedia users

This week I made a new (dutch) Wikipedia page about ‘Source Festival’, this is a music festival which has two editions  a year, one in July and one in February . Wikipedia Source Festival Because this festival has had...
Book review: Moving Circles: Mobile media and playful identities

Book review: Moving Circles: Mobile media and playful identities

When I visited Jakarta a couple of years ago I was astound by the number of mobile phones that everybody used. My aunt actually owns five different phones that all are used on a daily basis. My family has...

Book Review: Alternative and Activist New Media by Leah Lievrouw

Drawing on the works of David Bolter and Richard Grusin and their seminal work – “Remediation: Understanding New Media”, Leah Lievrouw analyses in ‘Alternative and Activist New Media’ (Polity Press, 2011) a series of new media activism practices. Offering...

Book review: Tactical Media by Rita Raley

In december 2004, an alleged spokesmen of Dow Chemical named ‘Jude Finisterra’ appeared on television to apologize for the Bhopal disaster, a 1984 industrial disaster in India that resulted in thousands of deaths. Two hours (an a lot of...
Book review: In the Plex by Steven Levy

Book review: In the Plex by Steven Levy

"I wanted to write a book that got the reader inside Google and learned about its thought process, the way it planned and built products, its visions for the future, and the way it struggled with issues like China,...
Review on Jason Fried: Rework

Review on Jason Fried: Rework

I would like to start off this review by mentioning that Rework is not your average new media literature. In fact, from the perspective of the authors it can be considered as business book. However, if we read between...
Book Review on Sherry Turkle: Alone Together

Book Review on Sherry Turkle: Alone Together

Book Review on Sherry Turkle: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other Sherry Turkle is a MIT technology and society specialist who is interested in the influence of technology at human life and...

Review on Stephen Baker’s The Numerati

Stephen Baker’s The Numerati, published in 2008, tells the story of our modern world’s “binarization;” how every individual is deduced to ones and zeroes through the trails of data we leave behind which are consequently gathered, analyzed and categorized...

PICNIC: Life in Readable Cities

Using public transport, we leave digital traces when checking in and out with our OV chip cards. Once our Bonus Card at Albert Heijn got scanned over the counter, we provide Albert with valuable information about what we like...

‘Mapping E-Culture’ book review

The book is recommended for people who start their new media education and/or want to get introduced to some pioneering digital artists in the Netherlands, Brazil, China, Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine.

Web 3.0: Against the Semantic Web

There seems to an awful lot of speculation about where the web as a whole is heading. Whereas it's possible to make predictions and regard the web as a homegenous entity, doesn't seem to be relevant. We like our...

Social Media are taking over our identity, for better or for worse.

With Facebook now claiming to have over 750 million active users,  along with a 100 million tweeters traceable through the current 22 million checkins of 725.000 Foursquare users , it is safe to argue that one out of 9...

9/11 memorized by media; for who actually?

This blog is posted on September the 9th. A date which as everyone knows is related to the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Television, news papers and online blogs are showing us pictures, clips and...

CrunchWars

If the TechCrunch controversy reveals anything, it is that CPM advertising is a corrupting revenue stream.