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Sex Work Re-loaded: How Digital Platforms are re-defining Sex Work

Sex Work Re-loaded: How Digital Platforms are re-defining Sex Work

“Maybe I should start an OnlyFans” has become a well-known phrase across different platforms. This blog post explores how the dynamics of sex work have changed on online spaces by looking into the relationship between OnlyFans and Instagram, specifically...
Ethically Researching Marginalized Groups: Applying Margins-as-Methods to Anti-Vaccination Groups

Ethically Researching Marginalized Groups: Applying Margins-as-Methods to Anti-Vaccination Groups

This is a commentary on “Margins as Methods, Margins as Ethics: A Feminist Framework for Studying Online Alterity” (Clark-Parsons and Lingel 2020), which examines the possibility of their suggested margins-as-methods approach to anti-vaccination groups online. This study’s aim is...
The Questionable Ethics of r/HermanCainAward

The Questionable Ethics of r/HermanCainAward

The subreddit documenting COVID deaths, r/HermanCainAward, has recently garnered some criticism for celebrating the deaths and misfortune of COVID skeptics, instead of being a platform that documents the dangers of misinformation. Judging the subreddit through the lens of academical...
Make-Up Metrics: The Downfall of the Beauty Community on Youtube?

Make-Up Metrics: The Downfall of the Beauty Community on Youtube?

Since its inception in 2005, YouTube has been host to an ever-expanding community of people looking to showcase their artistic and creative ideas on the platform. With over a billion hours of videos watched every day and with tools available...
Is your personal safety app keeping you safe?

Is your personal safety app keeping you safe?

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports, “one in three women globally have been sexually or physically abused- amounting to some 800 million people world-wide.” One of the tools gaining acceptance among women to help prevent harassment is ‘Safetipin:...
The Brain’s Introduction to the Internet of Things (For Neuromancer)

The Brain’s Introduction to the Internet of Things (For Neuromancer)

The Brain Logs On Our technological culture too often takes its standard of development to be “marginally better consumer gadgetry” (Williams & Srnicek).  It takes some effort to puncture the hype and discern what are the leaps and bounds...
The fake fame – Black market on social media

The fake fame – Black market on social media

Sitting on a Saturday morning at my desk, it took me ten seconds to find a website which wanted to sell me 2,500 ‘quality Instagram followers’ to boost my account for the price of about 25€. The website claims...
Car Companies Are Racing to the Street with the Self-Driving Car

Car Companies Are Racing to the Street with the Self-Driving Car

Autonomous cars are starting to take over our highways faster than you would think. The notion of the self-driving car is a big deal in media and debate as of late.  Many car companies are eager to become the market...
Bioart, Ethics And Artworks

Bioart, Ethics And Artworks

This lengthy post is part of a Critical Media Art Course. The theme of the week was "Life", and the readings provided focused on Bioart, and the concerns around it. Following an introduction to the term of Bioart,...
4chan, Ethics and Digital Methodology

4chan, Ethics and Digital Methodology

How much are you willing to disclose online? Do you post your phone number? Do you have embarrassing pictures on Facebook? Do you Tweet your current location? I think it’s fair to say most people have boundaries when it...

Fellow Sorcerers: Rhizomatic Animality in New Media Art

Here’s my thesis, relevant for any fan of cyborg studies: Fellow Sorcerers PDF Abstract Beginning in the industrial revolution and possibly before, the balance of animal life has tipped away from a state of autonomy to a state of...
Radiohead and the Ethics and Future of Downloading Music

Radiohead and the Ethics and Future of Downloading Music

As you might have heard Radiohead dropped its major label and put its new album online for download. This is not a new strategy but what is interesting is that they don’t sell their music through iTunes for $0.99...