Monthly Archives: November 2018

Marrying Hatsune Miku

Marrying your idol? I’m pretty sure some of you out there have dreamt of such a thing. Marrying your favorite virtual character? I don’t know about you, but my fantasies haven’t gone that far. Yet, there are people who actually want to make such a fantasy become a reality.  Kondo Akihito, the man in the video, decided to get married to the…

Differences that Occurred Due to New Media

On previous few blogs, I have been writing about how traditional media theory has been affected by the digital media, especially the new media. For today’s blog, I will be briefly introducing new factors that are added with new media’s rise. <Interactivity> The first and most obvious change is the interactivity. Before new media, the traditional media only allowed one-way communication. However,…

Archiving the digital

Not so very long ago most computer users printed everything. They held onto their paper texts, probably also because the average pre-millennium (Windows) computer was quite unreliable and crashes happened frequently. Files were much easier damaged than nowadays. Making backups was easily forgotten, so a printed hardcopy was something to rely on. The ‘paperless office’ existed in theory, but not in practice.…

It’s leaking again

If you are someone who enjoys playing video games you are probably familiar with the feeling of excitement you get when a new game that looks like it is right up your alley gets announced. Oftentimes such an announcement is made months, if not a year, before the company is planning to release the game. That can be frustrating because you just…

Scientology and the stars

In my previous blog I discussed the Anonymous banner and what it’s used for. The event that changed their status from ‘trolls on 4chan’ to the group they are nowadays was the attack on Scientology, where they claimed removing the Tom Cruise Scientology interview was censorship. This is a pretty famous interview, and if you’ve seen it, you know why. If not,…

Video games: eternally controversial

In class, we discussed how gender roles have been portrayed in video games through time. There were some worrying discoveries we looked at, something which really isn’t explored or acknowledged among the general gaming population. In the year that is 2018, I think these are crucial topics to explore in order to progress towards a more neutral gaming culture. If something available…

Part II: Facing AI ethics

Last week I promised a Part II on Faces and the Digital based on an interesting podcast: The Digital Human: Visage, but this has morphed into thinking about AI, and the predictions of mass production of smart robots. So as a wrap-up of a series of 10 blogs I present my subjective view of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey – the 1968…

Spiral of Silence

On the last blog post, I have talked about the Cultivation Theory and how it has changed. Today, I will be talking about the Spiral of Silence model and its modifications due to digital media. <What is Spiral of Silence?> Spiral of Silence model explains that people (the public) stays silent due to the fear of isolation, if their opinion differs from…