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To print or not to print

To print or not to print

“There will be no media consumption left in ten years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered in an electronic form.” Steve...
The Problem With Advertising-Driven Content

The Problem With Advertising-Driven Content

It’s been almost 20 years since the web made its grand entrance into the lives of average consumers. It was around that time the internet was also opened for business and companies started assessing it for its profitability. Initially...
Raw Vegan and Health Food blogs – A New Way to Mask Eating Disorders.

Raw Vegan and Health Food blogs – A New Way to Mask Eating Disorders.

Nowadays, people tend to always want to aim higher, wanting to succeed in their career as well as their personal life. They work on perfecting their image and are willing to go far for the sake of being closest...
Video art-a different view of new media

Video art-a different view of new media

  Most of you will be probably familiar with the term of video art, the new emerging movement of art that fascinates people of different background, age and interests worldwide. However, a brief-though concise definition,as given in Wikipedia is...
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...
Google Web Lab: a global museum exhibition

Google Web Lab: a global museum exhibition

Until next summer, a visit to the Science Museum in London can be more than a thrilling experience. Among seven floors of exhibitions, it can be found in the basement the new Google Web Lab, which is running until...
Gabor Kerekes: Creating Art with New Media Technologies

Gabor Kerekes: Creating Art with New Media Technologies

Nowadays, the medium of photography is accessible to everybody, everywhere. The development of new media technologies opened this way of presentation, which was once privileged to experts, to the general public. Especially the emergence of digital cameras and smartphones,...
Have we forgotten, WE are the internet

Have we forgotten, WE are the internet

The internet beast “What technology wants”, a tellingly title of the most recent book by Kevin Kelly. As if technology is an autonomous living being possessing an own will. Although Kelly is more nuanced than this (for a book...
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...
WikiLeaks or We Keep Leaks?

WikiLeaks or We Keep Leaks?

On the 17th of June in 1972, 5 men got caught while attempting to infiltrate the democratic headquarters located at the Watergate hotel in Washington. Their objective was the placement of electronic listening devices to monitor the meeting hosted...

[Essay] How New Media reshapes the music industry

I imagine myself at 14 years old winding the tapes back and forward with a pen and listening to Metallica for the hundredth time. Well, nothing else mattered at that time. Most Romanian around their 30thies grew up with...
Getting real

Getting real

“We have lived through more than half a century of being constantly told that the future of food was artificial, the future of books, newspapers, medicine and school was virtual. And that we would soon deal entirely with computerized teachers...

[Thesis] You Can’t Squeeze Blood From a Stone. Why ACTA Isn’t Beneficial for the Media Industry Either.

Love to watch your shows online? Like to create Nutella memes to get on the hot page of 9GAG? Want to rock out in your bedroom on Gangnam Style to put it on your YouTube Channel just like Keenan...
[Research] Trade Your Location Information For Security?

[Research] Trade Your Location Information For Security?

A Liberty-Security Tradeoff in Public Policy for the Location Information Technology in South Korea This afternoon, you might tag where you have been for lunch on facebook, or even a few minutes ago, your smartphone might update you with new...
The experience of launching an online service in Russia and smart trust

The experience of launching an online service in Russia and smart trust

“Technique and technology are important, but adding trust is the issue of the decade” Tom Peters, business author Let’s play a game: try to find inappropriate word in a line. Bears, matryoshka dolls, vodka, Red Square, KGB, birch, e-commerce…...
Digital identity in hybrid contemporary dance performances

Digital identity in hybrid contemporary dance performances

One topic which has fascinated me for a considerable period of time is the coexistence of the multiple facets of the online and the offline universes: is the digital identity distinct from what is commonly understood as the physical...
Some word of advice to Mr. Zuckerberg

Some word of advice to Mr. Zuckerberg

I am fairly skilled with computers. I develop websites and quite often help other people out with their computer problems. But finding things in the privacy settings within Facebook always costs me a little too much time and effort....

The State of Digitisation

Picture “Basement Books” is taken by Vaguery and published under a CC-BY license The last decade, a tremendous effort has been made to make more cultural heritage data, both metadata as well as the actual content, digitally available for...

[Thesis] A Critical Theory of Web Culture in 4chan’s /b/ Mediascape

This post contains the abstract and download link to a thesis project which examines the infamous online forum 4chan and its most notorious image board, known as /b/.

Towards openness – A study about open design and its translation from theory into practice

For anyone interested in design, open source and open design, my recently finished (june 2012) MA Thesis is available for download here. Below is the thesis’ abstract: Following the course of web 2.0, user-generated content and open source software; design...
Data Visualization Templates

Data Visualization Templates

Templates are ready-made project files that can be customized and used as the basis for various types of media content. In the world of graphic design, web design and motion graphic design, the use of templates is widely spread....
Foam Lab is Watching You!

Foam Lab is Watching You!

Tijdens: Private Parts Vrijdagavond 29 juni Na het succesvolle evenement Deleted / Seen organiseert Foam Lab vandaag haar tweede evenement: Private Parts. Naast dat hier een bijzondere kans wordt geboden om het fotografische talent in jezelf te ontdekken, is...
The Next Web conference review

The Next Web conference review

In these 26 and 27 April Amsterdam received The Next Web conference in the Westegasfabriek. The conference is focused in business and populated by many startup and investors. The projects presented in the conference were new technological products. The...
FOAM LAB 2012: DELETED / SEEN

FOAM LAB 2012: DELETED / SEEN

Foto van Leontien Prenger Vrijdag 27 april vond het eerste evenement van Foam Lab 2012 plaats: ‘Deleted / Seen’. Een avond die de bezoekers een blik laat werpen op beeld dat vandaag de dag wordt ondergewaardeerd door de aanwezigheid...