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Hayles: Unfinished Work-From cyborg to cognisphere, and Nakamuras Cyberrace

Even though we have come across the idea of information flows between man and machine before, the term ‘cognisphere’ (as quoted in Hayles’ paper) presented it from a different angle for me, and was helpful for me to visualise. It brings it alive and ties everything together- comprised of anything that can process or carry [...]

Week 2 Summary

The film festival for week 2 was quite enjoyable, and was a good way to reflect on some of the themes in the first set of readings. The cyberpunk genre instigated and still forms the basis of the whole digital futuristic vision which is still widespread today. I remember reading William Gibson’s trilogy in the [...]

Reflections on the Readings – Weeks 1 & 2

Over the last two weeks I have been reading my way through the various primary and secondary course readings as well as Sian’s suggestion of Baudrillard (6) and trying to understand how these academic interpretations of Digital Culture fit with my own ideas of what that term means. One of the [...]

Struggling with sci-fi

I know I shouldn’t really write this here – I suspect a few sci-fi fans on this course – but I’m struggling to bring myself to view – let alone write about – some of the more sci-fi-ish films.

On an abstract level, I totally get the idea that genre fiction can do “big themes”. For [...]

Wrap up of week one

Lifestream this week has consisted of postings to twitter getting to grips with the course technologies, week one readings, and engagement with the first part of the film festival.

Other musings:

I’ve been thinking around what digital culture means to me as a person and have been having a little count up of all the things that [...]

We’re (culture) jammin’

I enjoyed Nicola’s recent blog post (, particularly the discussion of The Gathering Storm ad in the context of debates about the risks of user-generated content being removed if deemed in breach of the service agreements.

It made me think of some of the arguments Henry Jenkins (2006) has made around the “hybrid media ecology that [...]

Week 1: Film Festival and Twittorial Reflections: Dystopia

Today has been the last day of our #mscdystopia twittorial. I found the films made for an interesting collection. The hashtag offered a hint at the theme of the collection – digital dystopia – but I found my familiarity with Stop Dave… and Internet is for porn meant I brought some pre-existing ideas about their [...]

Week 1

Like a few others I’ve had to do a bit of adjusting this week with the structure of this course- especially having different online places to work in and the limitations with Twitter postings being so short. I must have more of a play with the technologies over the next few days to see if [...]

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 [...]

Hand and Bendito

So, what have I done so far?

I read Hand. He writes mainly about the political aspects of digital culture – decentralisation, pushing governance to the masses, encouraging participation. Something I particularly liked was his highlighting a qute from Alberto Melucci:

Knowledge is… less a knowledge of contents and increasingly an ability to codify and [...]