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Mind = Blown

The internet is a great place. Never in history has information been more accessible to so many people around the globe. Everything you want to know is just a click away, with Google being so popular it is actually used as a verb now. Moreover, you can carry all that information with you in the format of just your smartphone or tablet:…

What is the message?

We as people love looking for meaning. I personally delight in finding for patterns and links. Though liking something does not mean we are any good at it. So there is a question I keep asking: What does this mean? Luckily, our brains are wired to look for connections; so we have the access to information to draw conclusions out off. We,…

The Curse Called ‘Social Media’

“Dear Grandma, I made my own e-mail account together with mom!” That’s the first line of the first e-mail I sent from the first e-mail address I ever created, ten years ago. At that time, I was only allowed to use the computer at my grandmother’s place and just for a few hours. I would play Neopets and send my friends silly…

Clay Shirky revisited

Ten years ago Clay Shirky publiced his bestselling Here comes everybody. The power of organizing without organizations. I read the book a couple of years later and I liked it instantly. Most of all I was struck by the positive tone in his talking about the possibilities of the internet, digital culture and social media. At that time and certainly in the…

“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…