Monthly Archives: September 2018

Dealing with bears on the (internet) road

Returning to my first blog, and Canada, ironically digital media helps me stay in touch with wilderness. YouTube films, for example, are reminders of a geography, if not exact location, I’ve experienced for real. There are many examples of people-wildlife encounters uploaded on YouTube. I like the following version of a ‘person-encounters-bear’ film, called ‘Grizzly Bear Encounter’ published by Shaun SW  for…

A Job Well Done

In the blog I wrote last week I talked about the fact that the field of studying old cultures is a somewhat old-fashioned one. And while this is accurate for most of the field, there are also some initiatives in the digital world to make (ancient) history a bit more accessible. In today’s blog I want to shine a light on how…

Mind = Blown

The internet is a great place. Never in history has information been more accessible to so many people around the globe. Everything you want to know is just a click away, with Google being so popular it is actually used as a verb now. Moreover, you can carry all that information with you in the format of just your smartphone or tablet:…

What is the message?

We as people love looking for meaning. I personally delight in finding for patterns and links. Though liking something does not mean we are any good at it. So there is a question I keep asking: What does this mean? Luckily, our brains are wired to look for connections; so we have the access to information to draw conclusions out off. We,…

The Curse Called ‘Social Media’

“Dear Grandma, I made my own e-mail account together with mom!” That’s the first line of the first e-mail I sent from the first e-mail address I ever created, ten years ago. At that time, I was only allowed to use the computer at my grandmother’s place and just for a few hours. I would play Neopets and send my friends silly…

Clay Shirky revisited

Ten years ago Clay Shirky publiced his bestselling Here comes everybody. The power of organizing without organizations. I read the book a couple of years later and I liked it instantly. Most of all I was struck by the positive tone in his talking about the possibilities of the internet, digital culture and social media. At that time and certainly in the…