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MOOCs: nothing more than the latest craze… or are they?

MOOCs: nothing more than the latest craze… or are they?

“Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.” – Thomas L. Friedman (May 15, 2012) 2012 was a year of many events and breakthroughs. The global economic crisis continued to be pervasive, the release...
Remediation in Grand Theft Auto

Remediation in Grand Theft Auto

Remediation is definitely one of those well-known concepts that new media scholars can discuss about for hours. According to Bolter and Grusin, remediation is the representation of ‘old’ media in new media. Characteristics of television and radio, for instance,...
IT IS NOT JUST A GAME

IT IS NOT JUST A GAME

It was not far ago when in order for you to have a video game experience you had to purchase a game package which included a DVD and instructions. Nowadays, with the evolution of the internet, games are bought...
From Coin to Movie Ticket: the changed currency in the gaming industry

From Coin to Movie Ticket: the changed currency in the gaming industry

Amazing voice-acting,  a great and mature storyline, emotional depth and solid directing while keeping the action tense and gripping. Judging from this praise above many would be inclined to say the subject matter here is a big budget Hollywood...
Social network is aging. What’s next?

Social network is aging. What’s next?

We’re hopelessly addicted to social platforms as if it would be still revolutionary in our lives but is anyone thinking about it to be aging? People start getting bored with social networks because it does change in the way...
Social media in Iraq: in search of the truth

Social media in Iraq: in search of the truth

Like elsewhere in the Middle East, in Iraq social media is a fast growing way of communication. Contrary to the situation ten years ago, the use of mobile phone is nowadays nearly universal. Internet cafes are booming and the...
Wanted: skilled volunteers to change the world

Wanted: skilled volunteers to change the world

New media has been offering many possibilities for non-profit and social enterprises to find volunteers online, but an initiative called Catchafire is taking the center of attentions within the web. The purpose of the website is simple: provide a...
App Review: Pulse. Re-imagining the news

App Review: Pulse. Re-imagining the news

By: Juliana Marques and Sonia Kolasinska Tired of checking many news websites every morning to get the full overview of what’s going on? Pulse is the solution. With the help of this app it’s a piece of cake to gather posts...
Mash-up trailers and YouTube: “birth” of a new media object

Mash-up trailers and YouTube: “birth” of a new media object

You have probably already seen them and maybe you have not even noticed them. Some people describe them as ‘trash’, as ‘gosh awful bad’, as ‘YouTube spam’, and others might describe them as ‘(amateur) art’. A more neutral way...
A New Media Advertising Solution for a Classic Brand: Mercedes-Benz Romania

A New Media Advertising Solution for a Classic Brand: Mercedes-Benz Romania

There’s Mercedes-Benz and there are other cars. I’ve always been an admirer of the German super-brand, not only for its outstanding four-wheeled pieces of art, but also for having a spectacular history and the power to constantly re-invent itself....
The propaganda model in a contemporary media landscape  – The case of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*

The propaganda model in a contemporary media landscape – The case of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*

This February I attended a movie screening at a small cinema in central Gothenburg in Sweden. The movie shown was BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (2012) by Swedish director Fredrik Gertten. This film is a true and thrilling story that...
Gigapixel photography – a new vantage point

Gigapixel photography – a new vantage point

If you enjoy roaming the virtual streets of Google Maps’ Street View, take a deep breath and dive into the unique visual experience of “Gigapixel photography”. A gigapixel photograph is, mathematically speaking, an image that consists of one billion...
Edial Dekker, CEO of Gidsy: from hacking to collaborative consumption

Edial Dekker, CEO of Gidsy: from hacking to collaborative consumption

In yesterday’s class we discussed the development of free software and open source. A major shift has been taking place, albeit in a slow pace, from proprietary software to a more open and free form. This change is described...

Netexplorateur Observatory. Talking about Crowdmash, VirtuRéalité and Webego…

Tuesday 25th of October I went to see a conference in Brussels of The Netexplorateur Observatory at Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS). This observatory is formed of sociologists that analyse hundreds of innovation in the area...
Interview with The Find Magazine

Interview with The Find Magazine

The Find Magazine is a global collective of music lovers dedicated to promoting the diffusion of hip hop, jazz, funk, soul, and related genres. We are inspired by the culture of ‘crate digging’ and thus constantly scour the dusty...

City Vibes Project – A heartbeat of the city based on its BPM

We choose our music to best fit our mood, our spirit or our activities. We use it to celebrate our victories, to soothe our pain or to give us energy when we are feeling down. This is why ensuring...
Interview with Annelie Grob: New Media at the Children’s Book Museum

Interview with Annelie Grob: New Media at the Children’s Book Museum

In The Hague there is the Dutch Children’s Books Museum (Kinderboekenmuseum). On the 8th of December 2010 was the opening of the new exhibition called Papiria. Within the new exhibition children with the age of three trough thirteen, learn...

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...

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...
Book review:Taking Care of Youth and the Generations by Bernard Stiegler

Book review:Taking Care of Youth and the Generations by Bernard Stiegler

Marketing technologies pose great threat to the future generations – this is the main thesis of French philosopher, Bernard Stiegler‘s book Taking Care of Youth and the Generations. In a work published in English language in 2010, Stiegler begins...

Book Review: ‘Voice: Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media’ by Norie Neumark, Ross Gibson and Theo van Leeuwen (Editors)

I am sitting in a room, different from the one you are in now. I am trying to find my voice. (Maybe I should just steal it). “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” (Polonius’ advice Laertes...
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...
Masters thesis: Virtualized Subjectivity in Contemporary Art Practice

Masters thesis: Virtualized Subjectivity in Contemporary Art Practice

A few weeks ago I completed and submitted my Masters thesis, ending my yearlong study at the University of Amsterdam’s New Media MA program. Our cohort will officially graduate this Tuesday, 20 Sept, 2011. Here it is, if anybody’s...

Eagerness to share our lives with the others — where are the online boundaries?

More and more often I find on Facebook things which I would rather never want to find. Sonograms of unborn children of people who I know from high school and didn’t talk to them since then, tomographies of their...