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Shiver Me Timbers: Did Streaming Inadvertently Pave the Way For a New Kind of Piracy?

Shiver Me Timbers: Did Streaming Inadvertently Pave the Way For a New Kind of Piracy?

Some time in the mid-2000s, the popular peer-to-peer downloading program E-mule once made me wait for a whole year to download the discography of an Irish blues musician – a hefty file in .rar format, which was owned by...

New Media Art and the Aura

New Media Art. A Short Introduction In the last three decades, the term new media art gained massive popularity and became the official label for a wide range of artistic practices that use new media technologies (Quaranta). However, defining this...
Beme: Will Authenticity Form New Aesthetics?

Beme: Will Authenticity Form New Aesthetics?

Everyday I get on Casey Neistat’s YouTube channel to watch his daily vlogs. Last week he announced that Beme codes are no longer necessarily to use the app. Before that Beme was only available on invite only basis. It...
Ice Bucket Challenge: Entering a new era of viral fundraising

Ice Bucket Challenge: Entering a new era of viral fundraising

Approximately two months ago, another viral phenomenon started taking over the Internet: The Ice Bucket Challenge. While everybody should applaud the charitable motive behind it, I was tired of seeing foolish narcissists pouring ice water over their head and posting a video...
WappZapp; the revolution of interactive real-time television

WappZapp; the revolution of interactive real-time television

The computational era we currently live in overwhelms us with the latest gadgetry, fidgets and means of communications. It is a tidal wave of new media micro-evolutions which we engulf ourselves in every day. Its innovational force moves so...
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...

Video Vortex #6: In conversation with Natalie Bookchin (part 1)

Natalie Bookchin with Geert Lovink. Photo: Anne Helmond Artist Natalie Bookchin took time to talk to Geert Lovink about online video and her artistic practice...

Video Vortex #6: Sam Gregory on video activism and advocacy

Sam Gregory, program director at WITNESS presented his thoughts on using online video as a political tool at Video Vortex #6 in Amsterdam yesterday.
Book Review: Inherend Vice, bootleg history of videotape  and copyright. By Lucas Hilderbrand.

Book Review: Inherend Vice, bootleg history of videotape and copyright. By Lucas Hilderbrand.

Since I grew up in the eighties, the complete history of videotape which this book starts off with made me visit places I passed a long time ago. At moments the recognition was instantly. For instance I recollect a...

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...

The Beast File: Google

This video, created for ‘Hungry Beast‘, a news program that airs in Australia on the ABC1, depicts Google as a dangerous, pretentious, ubiquitous and ever growing advertising giant: ‘building an empire on your street, in your phone, in your...

Review of Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright – Lucas Hilderbrand

In his latest book: Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape (2009) Lucas Hilderbrand explores the analog past of video nostalgically, and shows its importance and relevance to (new) media studies. Hilderbrand mainly focuses on the aesthetic, cultural and legal...

The Collision of Video & Print Media

I spent some time last year researching how proclaimed ‘internet television’ stations like Revision3 might or might not be remediating more traditional media like television. In other words; are they really doing something revolutionary or is it just plain-old...

Video Vortex: Online Video Aesthetics

To much disliking of my parents, as a kid I frequently would watch low budget television programs based on audience generated video fragments and unscripted pranks. These programs included the popular America’s Funniest Home Videos and candid camera shows...

Strong girls glitch too

While traveling through networks she discovered she existed. Then one day somebody committed burglary into her brain. Her shell was cracked and she became one of those people with hacked souls. She thought she had seen it all, but...

New Network Theory – Parallel Sessions – ‘The Global and the Local’

The trouble with science is that it wants to find the truth that is valid in all cases. These speakers, it can be argued, believe that idea is not only useless, but damaging. Context is king: every culture has...