Twitter as a Cognitive Praxis in the Arab Spring

Twitter is an extremely fast-paced information sharing platform, one that today dictates the speed at which we receive news. It is now common to see a photo, video or quote sourced from Twitter in a news article – a paradigm that used to be completely reversed. Twitter has ultimately changed the arena by making analysis…

Can YouTube Really Democratize the Media Industry?

YouTube has been studied as a catalyst in many areas, from politics to advertising to social change. As a media sharing platform, the website has had a considerable amount of public recognition and popularity. “YouTube it” is a phrase rising in popularity just like the similar expression of “Google it!” With the rise of a…

The Digitization of the Water Cooler Conversation

Conversations had by the office water cooler are traditionally focused on pop-culture, light subjects and are essentially just small-talk. In the past, a traditional office setting would lend itself to such conversations around the water cooler, but due to new medias this is rapidly changing. In his book Convergence Culture author Henry Jenkins discusses where…

Burning Man, Google, and Digital Culture?

Burning Man is a week long festival experience where information technologists and others gather and essentially form a pop-up community in the middle of the Alkali desert. Founder Larry Harvey started Burning Man in 2004, and it has been ever expanding since then. The festival is centered around art and technology, and interestingly communal living.…

Your Identity as an Avatar: Our Perception of Perfection and Race

In new media, there are numerous methods of self presentation, through Facebook, various virtual reality platforms and through, of course, written communication. It has been a while since I stopped to think about the way people present themselves and whether this has any correlation with reality, but it has always been a question sitting on…