consumerism

Digital Discussions Episode 11

Episode 11: Christmas Special! This the eleventh episode of our podcast titled ‘Digital Discussions’, very overdue edition, in which we discuss topics about the digital, humanities, and digital humanities. As the host of this episode, Cosima starts us off with some interesting information on Saturnalia, the Ancient Roman version of Christmas. We continue with discussions on the Christmas Spirit, Christmas traditions, consumerist…

Ambient Lighting and Media Consumption

Media consumption is, undoubtedly, one of the most important elements in digital media. It refers to activities where one interacts with new media, books, television, radio etc. Needless to say, media consumption has both positive and negative effects. However, this blog is fixated in the way we consume media at home, and specifically the technology used to create ambient lighting when consuming…

Will “Shopping Streets” survive COVID-19?

UK’s High Streets, Kalvestraat in Amsterdam, Champs-Elysees in Paris, Orchard Road in Singapore… I can hardly think of a big city without a main shopping street. But how are the retailers doing? News outlet are reporting news of a doomed feature for physical stores. This article by MoneyWise actually compiled a list with companies (mostly in America) which announced closures of their…

We Can’t Have Sh!t: Why Ethical Consumption is Borderline Impossible

Written by: Akif Aliyev “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”  Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009) The more you learn, the more it seems you don’t know. A phenomenon that is often associated with Aristotle, yet universally applicable. Today, it feels as if though the more conscious thought you give to…

You’ll close your eyes to the pictures, the memories and eventually the facts

Since the existence of image-based journalism and the overall rise in various media formats, we have become oversaturated with images. This in itself does not have to be viewed as a negative development in society. Much good has come from the advent of new media. People learn of different cultures and explore ever-changing forms of entertainment. With globalization working hand in hand…

Intuitive Eating (of Social Media Feeds)

A friend responding with 'I would love to help you but I honestly first need to understand what's going on'

The Context Social media platforms bring about so many opportunities for enhanced global connection and access, and yet I often feel very passive on these platforms. Passively consuming content can be great, especially considering the fast-paced nature of our society today. However, I feel the prolonged periods of time I spend passively scrolling negatively affects my ability to think clearly and more…