Governmentality and Control

“Entering a new type of society,” as well as a “leaving behind of discipline,” we witness a “taking over” from disciplinary institutions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; modes of micro-power practiced through meticulous techniques of standardization, management, organization, individualization, examination, and observation enacted on and through enclosed bodies sought to produce normalized subjects for…

Life Before YouTube

When I think of the term “digital culture”, I think of the ways in which cyberspace has become the hub of interconnectivity. We have access to so many people who live near to us or even across the globe right at our fingertips. Through this, online communities are developed, and humanity has created ways to…

Thin Ice: The Relationship Between P2P and the Music Industry

Ever participated in the glorious exchange and barter phenomenon on sites such as 4shared, Pirate Bay, or Filestube? The beauty of these exchanges is that they don’t hurt our pockets and we barely have to even move a muscle to contribute. P2P (peer to peer or person to person) file sharing makes for convenient acquisition…

The Force: Star Wars Fandom

Veronica Mars made her way to television in the fall of 2004. The detective series follows a young girl with a knack for investigation. Viewers got the chance to know and identify the protagonist and TV show’s namesake through the steady revelations of her past and present. She’s battling the issues of her best friend’s death,…

Technospecter: The Missing Element

“New media studies has drawn very little on the discourse of industrial production.” – Seth Perlow, On Production for Digital Culture: iPhone Girl, Electronics Assembly, and the Material Forms of Aspiration It is safe to argue that the general assumption around the initial real use of technology is done by the consumer. We are the…

Virtual Reality: Paradise or Prison?

A wise man by the name of John Lennon once said, “reality leaves a lot to the imagination”. We generally hold these ever-present notions of a harsh reality, a dimension in which along with many ups comes twice as many downs. Humans are forced to deal with growing pains, both physically and mentally, we get…