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Lifestream Summary: Week 1

So, that was week 1 then was it?

Lifestream

Initially, I was quite excited by the idea of an assessed lifestream – the notion of stuff that I posted to social bookmarking and microblogging sites being channeled into one place and giving a scattered snapshot of the inside of my head quite excited me. Hell, I thought [...]

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. [...]