Monthly Archives: September 2018

“Don’t talk to strangers online.”

Despite growing up with computers (or perhaps because I grew up with computers) I do not remember my first encounter with the internet. I had my own computer, in my own bedroom, ever since elementary school which I most certainly did not use for academic purposes. My parents were not so strict when it came to the usage of said computer and…

D&D: Dust and Difficulty

When a person dies in a movie, you have this chilling moment where the eyes gloss over and lose their shimmer. I get to experience this chilling moment almost daily when I tell people what I study. Now you might be wondering: “What is this girl studying that is considered THAT boring?” Well here it goes. I am currently a student of…

Pre-Myst generation

There are a couple of everyday, digital media terms that really bother me: ‘digital natives’, because it presupposes you can classify people into generations and dismiss alternative life experiences based on year of birth; and ‘social media’ because the term ‘social’ implies friendly interactions, not just neutral organisation of society, whilst it really hides negative behaviours such as bullying, hate speech, and…

Date: Me please

Left, Right, Right, Right, Left… Not only scrolling, but also swiping has been added to the extensive thumb and hand exercises the average adolescent does on the daily. In the contemporary digital society we live in, even love seems to have entered the digital realm.  Even though a well-known dating application like Tinder seemed to introduce love into the digital realm, the…

Go outside

Gathering accounts When I was younger, there was a strict ‘no Social Media’-rule in my household. “Get away from that stupid computer, go outside!”, my mother would say. After years of begging, complaining and guilt-tripping, I was finally allowed to have a Hyves-profile. This is a Dutch platform that basically works like Facebook or Twitter, just without feeds. You can chat, visit…

Hello World!

Hello World! is the first post on any new install of WordPress. Although I always end up deleting it (as one should), I cannot help but still be charmed when I read the words. It’s just a placeholder for any content that is to follow, but is at the same time much more than that. History of Hello World For those who…