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Some reflections on digital culture and literature

A few weeks ago, I found an interesting article in the New York Times, in which several authors responded to how they thought new technologies, specifically the Internet, has or will affect storytelling. Some commented on the obvious logistical changes; how characters communicate, get to one place to the next, etc. Another said “There’s nothing…

Safety vs Privacy

In the article by Preston C. Russett he talks about the way in which the digital world today invades on the privacy of the individual. He says that through the use of our profile and online identity advertisers gleam an understanding of who the individual is through email and other online activities of their targeted…

Emoticons and digitally meditated communication

In this final blogpost, I would like to share with you all the ongoing research for my final project in another class I am taking at Wheaton College: Community in the Digital Age. I decided to study the widespread use of emoticons (emotion icons) and their relationship with digitally mediated communication. Are emoticons damaging our…

Knowledge is Power

In his article The archive and the processor: The internal logic of Power Robert Gehl talks about the immediacy of Web 2.0 and the archive of the sites the addictiveness. How the users inability to view their archive provides a “totalitarian regime” in the sites. In the article Sherry Turkle argues. We live a contradiction:…

Elastic Privacy: The Progression of SSNs

Preston C. Russett’s A Contemporary Portrait of Information Privacy: Collective Communicative Consequences of Being Digital presents a rather bleak, dystopian view of the future. Russett even begins his argument by referencing George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. He claims that Orwell would be smirking if he were to see todays world in which is book has become…