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Online Piracy, The Ancient Art Of Digital Publishing

Online Piracy, The Ancient Art Of Digital Publishing

Digital piracy is a common aspect on the web, and Internet users are sometimes or even often part of it because an act of piracy is easily done. There are several sharing activities where piracy is involved such as...
Puzzling Infinity

Puzzling Infinity

In memory of this month deceased Benoît Mandelbrot – mathematician, godfather of fractals and the most well-known fractal the Mandelbrot set – I would like to pay respects to the Mandelbrot, in 3D! The phenomenon of fractals itself is...

Social Media and Revenues: Where’s the Profit?

The information economy that the Internet has facilitated has given rise to some interesting new problems for entrepreneurs and investors as well as webdesigners and creators. When your product is dislocated from material instances, how do you identify demand...
Vampire energy

Vampire energy

In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve dug up the worn down topic of Vampire energy. Vampire energy? Does that have something to do with people that wear you down and drain you from energy? No, that’s Energy Vampires. Vampire...
Music and Bits and Marketing

Music and Bits and Marketing

As a follow up to my previous post about the Music and Bits conference, I wanted to cover off on the other topic of the day, marketing.  Out of the five companies who presented two of those, Top Notch...
I Played Kinect, and I Liked It

I Played Kinect, and I Liked It

During my recent travels I came across a demonstration for the Xbox 360 Kinect in the Zurich Hauptbahnhof railway station. For those that don’t know, the Kinect is Microsoft’s latest peripheral for the Xbox 360 that allows gamers to...

Ai Weiwei: How a Chinese Artist Uses the Internet To Protest

Reading an interview with the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the weekend magazine of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, I was instantly drawn to his faith in the democratizing power of the Internet. More than once Weiwei, who...

MADONNA R.I.P ?

Some thoughts on mock-up obituaries in view of the New Media Research Seminar’s start. A fatal car accident. Thousands of cameras capturing the scene. Millions of mourning fans. Breaking news: Madonna has passed away.

Commons-based peer produsage? Rethinking online production.

The Internet, and the emergence of Web 2.0 in particular, have been celebrated for their liberatory potential, setting free the individual consumers once bounded by industrial inertia. We only need to take a quick look at the Arctic Monkey’s...
Apple Is Chasing The Largests.

Apple Is Chasing The Largests.

Apple Inc. is becoming on of the most powerfull sellers and producers of smart phones. According to DC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker Apple, that came up on October 28, 2010, has went up and joined three the biggest phones producers,...

Fail and Prejudice: Using Inkscape as an alternative to Illustrator

I was already familiar with Illustrator (CS3). However since it’s been a while ago, I thought I could use Inkscape without prejudice. Think again. The point was to make a head upside down, half filled with blood, dripping out....
Pet animal 2.0: Neopets

Pet animal 2.0: Neopets

If blogs are Foucauldian confession than this is mine. I used to play Neopets. Nine years ago I’ve created an account to be recognized in Neopia as “Mareline”. My virtual pets, luckily a user is only allowed to have...
Music and Bits and Startups

Music and Bits and Startups

Last week I attended the Music and Bits conference, which is the pre-conference for Amsterdam Dance Event. The conference touts itself as “an exploration of music and technology” and by all accounts I would say that was accurate.  Of...

Be afraid of Google?

A week ago I went to a lecture about The Googlization of the Global street by Siva Vaidhyanathan. The lecture was at “de Balie” and organized by Open. With Googlization Siva mean the process of being processed rendered and...
Free For $8

Free For $8

The New Museum of Art in New York City is currently hosting an exhibition carrying work from 23 artists titled “Free”. The show explores: “how the internet has fundamentally changed our landscape of information and our notion of public...

Impure: a user-friendly visual programming language from Bestiario

Last week, Barcelona/ Lisboa –based company Bestiario presented the audience of VisWeek 2010 with their latest information visualization programming language, Impure, an initiative to help democratize the Web by presenting Internet citizens with a flexible, easy to use tool...
What is in your bag or what have you wore today?

What is in your bag or what have you wore today?

A very popular group on Flickr is the “What is in your bag group”, where 10722 photo’s are placed of bags and its content and around 19500 flickr- users are a member of this group. When you are...
Professional use of e-readers: a whole different e-game

Professional use of e-readers: a whole different e-game

Take off your shoes, kick back and relax: cuddling up on the couch with your e-reader. Or forget about the couch and lay before the crackling open fire, maybe with a cup of hot coco like you might have...
Facebook: open minded panopticon?

Facebook: open minded panopticon?

Something caught my eye this week that seemed so contradictory that I want to share it with you. In the course New Media Theories, and actually in every other new media course, the principles of Michel Foucault are relevant....

The console wars, back to the 16bit era

Bits. Eight of them or sixteen meant a world of difference to me when I was a kid. I didn’t know what a bit was and actually I still don’t. I tried looking it up but it’s a very...

Dark blog

As the first half of this semester draws to an end, and we all wrap up our compulsory blogging and prepare for the next hurdles of our MA course, I was surprised at not hearing a single word about...

Epic Win. The Ludification of Life

We all have stuff to do. Some stuff we want to do, but most times we just have to. Stuff to keep your finances in order, to keep the people around you happy or just to avoid that the...
Blood in our mobiles

Blood in our mobiles

Corporate social responsibility has had a great impact on businesses the last decade. In light of this awareness, the Dutch television station VARA aired an episode last week of ‘Uitgesproken’ - an in-depth news program - that was about...
Pleasure and Desire in The Matrix

Pleasure and Desire in The Matrix

The Matrix is often used as an example of several phenomena when it comes to new media analysis. The following fragment for example, the one of the blue and red pill, is...