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Have we all become cyborgs?

Have we all become cyborgs?

Since the Internet’s first foray the world has changed drastically. As John L. Friedman explained in his book «The World is Flat» in 2006, the Internet has globalized the world in ways we could not imagine, because people now...

New ecologies

The advent of new technologies often comes paired with wild utopianism and rampant negativity – it is usually only after the hype has died down that people are starting to think about the material, environmental and ecological dimensions of...

Genres for the Digital Hangover

As boundaries between the private and public sphere are beginning to blur. It is getting harder and harder to keep private content private. Most of the times nothing major happens when you send out a personal message into the...
Truly Going Green

Truly Going Green

  The world is facing a great number of problems in the 21st century: environmental destruction, climate change, massive economic inequality and poverty, the dependence on fossil fuels, ongoing wars and conflicts, physical and mental disease; just to name...
Cloud Based Web

Cloud Based Web

      Overhyped or overmarketed? Cloud based applications involve a number of computers being connected through a real-time connection provided by the networks of the internet. It coins the common goal of enabling customers to outsource specific computer...
Ian Bogost’s Alien Phenomenology: an online reading companion

Ian Bogost’s Alien Phenomenology: an online reading companion

Ian Bogost can be described as a kind of alien, if one considers the many different hats he’s been wearing and some of the funny paradoxes that came along during his career. Holding a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and...
Escape the Overcode – Wild Cards project

Escape the Overcode – Wild Cards project

Brian Holmes wrote the book “Escape the overcode. Activist art in control society” as a part of a wider  long-term collaborative research project “Continental Drift”. The research focused on the geopolitics and geopoetics. In the book, Brian Holmes discusses...
Wild Card Symposium: The Society of the Spectacle

Wild Card Symposium: The Society of the Spectacle

For the Wild Card Symposium of 2013 we have made a short film about Guy Debord’s book The Society of the Spectacle (originally published in 1967). Six years after Debord wrote The Society of the Spectacle, he directed his first feature film...
Finite FM | Podcast with Franco Berardi

Finite FM | Podcast with Franco Berardi

In 2011 Franco – Bifo – Berardi, an Italian media theorist and media activist, published the book After the Future with AK Press, an anarchistic publishing company. He writes about the idea of the future and the way it is...
Tactical Media: beyond the digital

Tactical Media: beyond the digital

In preparation for the Wildcards Symposium as part of the New Media Theories course, we have read and critiqued Rita Raley’s 2009 publication, Tactical Media. Though the book reads as a fairly good overview of the concept of tactical...
8tracks and web-radios: the contemporary music consumption is personal and social

8tracks and web-radios: the contemporary music consumption is personal and social

Since the growth of the Internet and its collection of interactive platforms and social networks, the cultural industry has turned a critical corner. This statement is especially true for the music industry in term of music creation and consumption,...
Invading Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect and the Ecology of Fear

Invading Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect and the Ecology of Fear

Sonic Warfare: Sound. Affect and the Ecology of Fear is a book written by Dr. Steve Goodman, who has a PhD in Philosophy, but to a whole group of people he might be  better known under his alias: Kode9,...
Flat Genie: Your trusted resource for living in amsterdam

Flat Genie: Your trusted resource for living in amsterdam

We proudly present FlatGenie.com, a website developed for the New Media Practices project. Flat Genie is a place to find accurate, personal, and easy-to-use information about living in Amsterdam (and soon other cities around the world). There are three...
Digital Hangovers: Capturing an Emergent New Media Phenomenon through DigitalObservatory

Digital Hangovers: Capturing an Emergent New Media Phenomenon through DigitalObservatory

Introduction Modern technology has led to a rapidly increasing amount of media objects that can be shared online. Every minute, for instance, more than hundred videos are uploaded on Youtube. Yet, the downside of this development is that what...
Visualizing New Media Theories

Visualizing New Media Theories

  As part of our New Media Research Practices course, we have been working on a final project consisting of a set of five posters. These posters primarily aim at clarifying material covered in the New Media Theories class,...
Scrapebox: a new perspective on an old SEO tool

Scrapebox: a new perspective on an old SEO tool

Scrapebox is a versatile SEO tool but it’s mainly known for its comment spamming functions. The purpose of this article is to show that this software offers many interesting features that could be applied to academic and market reasearch....
Beamer + Art + Space x 1 night

Beamer + Art + Space x 1 night

What is BYOB? Bring Your Own Beamer is a concept originated by Amsterdam-born, NY-based artist Rafaël Rozendaal. Since the first event in 2010 in Berlin, the idea has spread to many cities worldwide, reaching upwards to 150 editions. In...
The Onion Router. Escaping the prying eyes of Control Society

The Onion Router. Escaping the prying eyes of Control Society

Last week, first of October, the FBI arrested Ross Ulbricht who is the alleged operator of the digital drug network known as the Silk Road. The Silk Road is a website which is accessible through The Onion Router (TOR)...

‘Users of the World, Unite!’; a step in the right direction?

The increasingly widespread use of social media has given rise to new interactional conditions and the creation of new discursive spaces. These developments also provide firms and organizations with new communicative opportunities and new ways of generating profit. Given...
Ideas worth spreading… Is the TED Blog worthwhile?

Ideas worth spreading… Is the TED Blog worthwhile?

TED.com is best known for its videos of talks given by experts and up-and-comers in the fields of Technology, Education and Design. Since its inception as a global set of conferences, the TED brand has branched off into many...
Hacking the Digital: Fingerprint Secured Touch ID from Apple

Hacking the Digital: Fingerprint Secured Touch ID from Apple

The iPhone 5S is a revised version of its predecessor, the iPhone 5, and was unveiled to the general public last month on September 20th. Aside from various improvements and new available features, Apple’s new fingerprint-based identity sensor, Touch...
The Building Blocks of Mobile Innovation

The Building Blocks of Mobile Innovation

“Mobile innovation is over” – Marcus Wohlsen (Wired Magazine) A lot has happened since the first call from a mobile phone has been made by Martin Cooper 1973 from a Motorola phone. Since then the market has been ruled...
From Geo to Neo: Can NeoCities Provide a Creative Utopia for Contemporary Web Culture?

From Geo to Neo: Can NeoCities Provide a Creative Utopia for Contemporary Web Culture?

Established in 1994, one of the most popular websites worldwide by 1997, and bought by Yahoo! For $3.57bn in 1999, the US branch of GeoCities closed in 2009. Hailed as a structural precursor to the socially centred web as...
User feedback and the automated News Feed

User feedback and the automated News Feed

User feedback and the automated News Feed Recently, Facebook announced a change, or in other words a ‘tweak’, in its News Feed ads algorithm. The goal of this update, which is going to be effective in the coming weeks,...