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Week 4 Lifestream Commentary

This week has been a very busy one! My lifestream has been very much in use commenting on the visual artifacts through my colleagues blogs. I had some issues when posting comments on Flickr and youtube because these didn’t show in my lifestream. Once I noticed I added these comments to their blogs as well [...]

Week 3 readings summary – WTF??

I have to admit that much of the time I detest reading academic papers! They can be dry, uninspiring, and they often make assumptions that make me want to scream out loud in frustration. Hand with his ideas that the Internet removes power from traditional centres and places it into the common people has to [...]

Running through the heartless concrete streets… Week two roundup

This week my lifestream has been made up of twitter postings about the second file festival, reading Bell, a couple of links about cyberculture and cyberpunk saved to delicious.

More musings:

The metaphor Bell proposes in his chapter (I think it was a quote from someone esle) has stayed with me this week and that’s what my [...]

Week One Summary

Hand, Martin:  ‘Hardware to everywhere: Narratives of promise and threat‘

I think that the overriding issues are inherent in the questions:

To what extent is the cyberworld our master or servant?
Are we in a panoptican prison and to what extent is it of our own making?

He makes us aware of where the power lies, namely [...]

Week 2 summary: how invasive is surveillance?

I was just reading Hand (2008) and pondering how:

Power in digital culture indexes an increasing tendency toward the total surveillance and administration of society, now conducted through globally gathered and sorted digital information. The results of this will paradoxically be greater insecurity, an intense amplification of existing social divisions, and the consumerization of democratic citizenship. [...]

Digitization as a ‘cultural preoccupation’

A utopian view of  digital education. Note the ending: how all this pans out is up to YOU.

“‘digitization as a ‘cultural preoccupation’” (Hand, 2008, p 40)

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Where do I start…

How has week 1 been so far?  Well… I am still adjusting myself with the new applications – WordPress Blog, my Lifestream, Tweeting, …  I thought I can get away with Tweeting, Flickr, YouTube as I just haven’t got the time.   The only reason I’m being online apart from accessing this course is to check my [...]

Silvana’s Lifestream Week 1

Week 1 was initially about getting to grips with setting up the lifestream, managing the readings, setting up Tweetdeck, viewing and commenting on the films, and getting to grips on how to blog in WordPress.

I already had a Twitter account but had been Twitter silent over the summer – too much was going on and [...]

Facebook Survival

Hand, M (2008) Hardware to everywhere: narratives of promise and threat, chapter 1 of Making digital cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp 15-42.

Hand’s ‘dystopian narrative’ seems be one where new technologies provide government and big corporations an increasing level of access to your life and data. What he didn’t mention is the other [...]

What is the Matrix? Cybernetics, Cyburbia and Cyberia

Hand, M (2008) Hardware to everywhere: narratives of promise and threat, chapter 1 of Making digital cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp 15-42.

A classic example of what I think Hand identifies as the ‘dystopian narrative’:

I post this because I’ve been reading Douglas Rushkoff’s ‘Cyberia‘, from 1994 and James Harkin’s ‘Cyburbia‘, released this year. [...]