Monthly Archives: October 2018

Digital Media and Nuance

The time I spent on Facebook was mainly used to look at recipe GIFS and memes. The Facebook algorithm however infered I was very fond of Thierry Baudet and his political party Forum voor Democratie. Every day his face would pop up on my wall, accompanied by short clip of his most recent school visit or presentation in the parliamentary room. Sometimes…

Online Music Database

Every day I listen to music. No exception. Every. Single. Day. Ever since when I was little I loved listening to music. I have had discmans, the earliest MP3-players, the IPod… The evolution of these devices was seen up close by the backpockets of my pants. Nowadays, I mostly listen to music on my phone, and when I was thinking of what I…

Who moved my data?

‘These would be a lot easier to identify with leaves‘. Standing amongst a thicket of white-frosted shrubs and broken twigs, minus temperatures, up to my hiking boot ankles in snow with a steady wind freezing my hands alongside two other chilled Albertans. ‘But I’m told by the expert shrubwatcher that you can do it‘ our volunteer guide added enthusiastically as she pulled…

Don’t tell me, GIF me!

The language of digital communication is changing over time, especially in this last decade, in which many “accessories” have been created so as to make digital spaces even more interesting. Through digital media, people can discover something new every day, something that costantly attracts their attention and that they can use with the possibility to express, or better ‘represent’, their own feelings,…

Venice Time Machine

Probably one of the coolest digital historical projects I’ve ever run into is the Venice Time Machine. Before we talk any further, you should watch a short YouTube video they made, because that will preempt a lot of explaining. You can stop at 2:20 and skip the credits.* The main thing is this: the reconstruction of the Rialto district in Venice over…

Hatsune Miku, the idol who doesn’t exist

Although it has already been about a good ten years ago, there is no doubt that everyone remembers Nyan Cat. The pixelated cat flying through the sky followed by a rainbow out of its bum became a real sensation along with the annoying song in the background. I, too, was aware of this phenomenon. Even before I knew anything about the idol…