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Exploring diversity in video games

Digitalisation has created incredible and powerful dimensions in which human behaviours and cultural interpretations can be influenced and modified, but also innovative methods, through which the changes among societies can be reflected and communicated, especially in the field of humanity. The visual language of the digital communication is constantly changing over time. These transformations in digital spaces are a reflection of new…

Something lost. . .

Usually I write this really upbeat blog, but today will be different. So prepare yourself for a change of pace. Normally I talk about all the advantages that the digital world entails, but for today I would like to focus on the downside of the digital world (when it comes to history). But why is the digital world bad for history? In…

Bellingcat

The transparency movement has finally come of age. Power has shifted to the users. Their trust has to be earned in different ways now says Jay Rosen, associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, in a blog about the current change in journalism from a closed professional stronghold to open ‘citizen journalism’ with an increasing contribution of…

Anonymous

Guy Fawkes, by Anonymus-ng

If you’ve read some of my blogs, you probably figured I’m intrigued by closed societies, online groups of dissidents, that kind of thing. For this course I want to link that to digital media and research the relationship between the online world and its digital minorities. Anonymous might be the perfect example of this. If you’ve ever seen something from this group…

VR and the courtroom

With our exploration of the history of VR in class, came very interesting stories. One that specifically caught my attention was the early sexual assault case that was mentioned, which helped the foundation of certain rules and guidelines in the virtual world. This got me thinking; with VR growing more and more essential in many industries in society (space science, medicine, business…

Lemon, Loser, Lost History

Today, I am going to think ‘out loud’ again. Please bear with me.  213M Views in eight months. 25M Views in four weeks.  Yonezu Kenshi, currently one of the most popular singers in Japan. To some these numbers might not mean a lot, but it is quite a stunning number of views for a Japanese artist.  You’re probably thinking, so what? Well,…

Black Mirror – by J.

My mind immediately thought of the popular dark series, Black Mirror, when we began our topic of video games and virtual reality (VR). Episode 1, Season 4. The ultimate episode that accurately reflects our dreams, aspirations and fears about what could be our future of VR.  Episode Summary (Warning: Spoiler Alerts!!!) “By day, Robert Daly is the CTO of a tech-entertainment company,…

Part I: What’s in a Face?

High-Tech Faces The World’s first AI news presenter developed by Xinhua (China state news agency) and Sogou (Chinese search engine company) was recently unveiled ‘during China’s annual World Internet Conference’see Guardian article of 9 Nov 2019 and BBC video: My first reaction to this was: why would people prefer to hear their news from a fake person? AI as entertainment, art or…

Humanity through VR

“It connects humans to other humans in a profound way that I’ve never seen before in any other form of media. And it can change people’s perception of each other. And that’s how I think virtual reality has the potential to actually change the world.” (Milk, 2015) What makes VR different from other forms of media is that it can create a sense of presence, which…