How Should We Treat Data In Postsocial Communication?

The popular overuse of the phrase “social network” has aligned the concept more with its modern signifiers (Facebook, Twitter) than with its significance. The social network refers to a series of ritualized interactions and actions that reinforce social ties, therefore, a larger cohesion is dependent on a series of smaller, individual actions. If Vincent Miller…

Gnip and Data Aggregators

The company Gnip, found at Gnip.com, specializes in the aggregation and sale of data from various social media sites. Gnip provides firehose access to user posts on websites such as WordPress, Twitter, and Tumblr, “firehose” meaning that Gnip collects the full data stream from these websites. The data is then made available to customers. Gnip…

Bias of Communication: Confessions Last Forever

Careful what you write online, it will come back to haunt you.  In a society that places demands on communication through social media, we are often encouraged to share our lives with each other.  Where has this trend developed and why has it developed?  I aim to explore how this culture of exposure has emerged…

Mind the Gap

Gapminder is a non-profit organization revolving around the idea of “a fact-based world view.” Their mission is to “[fight] devastating ignorance with fact-based worldviews everyone can understand.” The website provides videos, presentations, lesson plans, charts, and data about world issues such as HIV rates, child mortality rates, the wealth and heath of nations, unemployment rates,…

The Memex: Organizing Modern Knowledge

The Atlantic Monthly published Vannevar Bush’s essay As We May Think shortly after World War II. Bush contended that although science and technology had been able to improve many facets of life, the shear amount of information available to specialists, even in 1945, was too excessive and unorganized to be used at its full potential.…

CRM and YOU

Have you ever had a pleasant phone conversation with a company agent from your cellphone’s service provider, or perhaps electronics manufacturer? Experienced a wonderful scheduled appointment with a designer or owner at your favorite high-end fashion boutique? Marketing tactics like these are put in place skillfully to improve the quality of customer service. It takes away…

Metadata: “Poppin’ Tags”

Metadata is utilized in sorting, labeling, and classifying. “Tagging” assists in organizing data and redistributing it in a way that helps people using various search engines, websites, music playlists, online stores, as well as the rest of the online market target more specific audiences and more specific searching. Popular Culture, Digital Archives, and the New…