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Selfie bans, selfie endorsements, selfie power

Everyone has at least taken one selfie. Let it be a group or a mirror one, maybe it was ironic or taken seriously, it may have boosted your confidence or made you feel like garbage, but no matter what you think of them, selfies are everywhere and can be rather powerful. For example, companies can easily take advantage of selfies for marketing…

✏️ and 👅 in the 💻 🌍

(Okay, so the title is ‘Writing and speaking in the digital world’ ✌️) In class, we have already discussed emojis, their advantages (such as that of boosting people’s sense of inclusion – you can read a paper about it here) and possible negative aspects. During one of the classes, I briefly mentioned an article discussing how emojis are ruining the English language.…

@MoMA

Before beginning this week’s post, I started thinking about cyborgs and whether they should be understood as a technological modification of humans or as a humanification of technology. In other words, does technology invade the human sphere or vice versa? I know that the boundary here is very thin but I also believe these two universes are still distinct. This got me…

Gadgets takeover

Recently, I became more observant of how I use gadgets and digital media. I have noticed some weird habits I have or used to have in regards to how all sorts of gadgets interfere with my understanding of my own body. In the past couple of years, I have bought or started using devices or software of various nature which are all…

Postmodernism on Instagram

Maffesoli’s article from this week’s mandatory reading list describes the ways in which neo-tribes developed as a consequence of postmodernism. These are presented as a sociocultural transformation affecting the religious, ideological, economic and sexual spheres. While before the late 20th century there was a social structure where authorities imposed a specific role for each person; afterwards, we developed a social order based on organic and…

Winning friends and influencing people

When last week we were talking about ‘The Self Online’ I started thinking about how we, as humans, are taught how to present ourselves and how to interact since day one on planet Earth. There is a set of social rules we tend to follow both during in-person interactions and digital ones, they usually follow common sense and norms all of us,…

A human rights issue

I spent a good part of my weekend procrastinating on the Internet trying to come up with something to write for this week’s blog post. I made a draft of some ideas I could develop, researched some topic, and did some reading but no, I couldn’t find a topic that interested me enough. At 8.30 pm tonight, I had almost given up.…

Forgetting how to walk

Despite what my grandmother insists on telling strangers, she has recently turned 85 but most importantly she has an impressive memory. She doesn’t just remember facts, she knows them and these are things she studied more than 70 years ago. She knows the details of what happened when the Roman Empire fell, entire poems, chemistry formulae she has never used in her life, and…