It Happened to Me: Internet Surveillance and the Family

“Family is just another word for censorship!” (Guins, xii). Technology and the Culture of Control tackles the complicated relationship between users/consumers and the content that they access. In his first chapter, Raiford Guins unpacks the argument that one of the goals of censorship is to maintain “family values” in public spaces. Parents can purchase “clean” versions…

Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum: Here Come the Trolls

The ability to operate online “anonymously” facilitates a very small range of behaviors in users. An interesting way to look at the different approaches to anonymity online is through an examination of Tumblr and the random page “/b/”, on 4chan.org. I, like many other users I know, use Tumblr as an outlet for self-expression. Whether…

“Video Game High School”: The Web Series & Youtube

In the past few years it seems that a change in the tides is afoot in the entertainment industry, particularly in regards to the Internet. With attention spans seemingly smaller and smaller, makers of content must tailor their work in a way that keeps the Internet roamer in place; at least long enough to see…

Who/What Is Behind Our Prized Electronics?

What does it mean to own a piece of technology? Nowadays everyone walks with their heads down: staring at their smartphone, replying to an email or text, perhaps even talking on a Bluetooth. We’ve become attached to these devices and evidence of this fact is all around us. Just today on Tumblr a gif of…

Everything He Sees Is Blue like Him, Inside and Outside

There is a certain level of hostility that coincides with video game playing. Listening to someone play Xbox Live in the other room can sometimes leave you feeling like you’ve stumbled into a Tarantino film. Once while playing Xbox Live on my brother’s game system other male players harassed me and accused me of sounding…