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Double-keying

Computers can do anything or almost anything. They can even read books with the help of Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Images from printed pages are converted into searchable and editable digital text. OCR has become better, that is: more accurate, over the years. Text collections like Google Books (over 25 million book titles), Project Gutenberg (57.000 free eBooks) and Delpher (in the…

Digital Hate Culture

As I’m sure we all know, digital media has led to a rise in hate culture that has been on all sorts of digital platforms, be it email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Don’t get me wrong, haters have been around even before the advent of the Internet. But, with digital media and the interactivity it brings about, it has led to a sharp…

My (Digital) Community – by J.

When it is commonly accepted knowledge that the ‘youth’ make up the primary Facebook epidemic, it is easy to overlook the other, more unexpected sections of the population that, too, also love and use Facebook religiously. Millers (2011) ‘Tales From Facebook’ had me captivated, he writes about these unknown individuals who actively consume Facebook in distinct ways.  He follows the social media usage of…

On Fake News

Fake news has been a great topic of interest in recent years – why though? According to research, fake news has been around ever since the 13th century, but why is it that there is a greater spotlight shone on it only now? If you don’t already know, fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate…

Paris – by J.

After worshipping Jaya Alvarrez throughout my younger adolescent years, I had always admired his ability to record, film and create innovative ‘vlogs’ on YouTube. His videos scored him a cult following, and grew his success as an artistic director whilst also making him a top heartthrob on the international scale. He had the ability to film his travels and adventures through a…

Google Maps

Enter location. Enter destination. Start navigation. That is the power of Google Maps, and it has become part of my everyday life, especially as an exchange student in a foreign country. Particularly when travelling to other countries, I basically live off Google Maps. These days, before I go out anywhere, I always check the directions to the place, the available transportation and…

Who moved my data?

‘These would be a lot easier to identify with leaves‘. Standing amongst a thicket of white-frosted shrubs and broken twigs, minus temperatures, up to my hiking boot ankles in snow with a steady wind freezing my hands alongside two other chilled Albertans. ‘But I’m told by the expert shrubwatcher that you can do it‘ our volunteer guide added enthusiastically as she pulled…

Venice Time Machine

Probably one of the coolest digital historical projects I’ve ever run into is the Venice Time Machine. Before we talk any further, you should watch a short YouTube video they made, because that will preempt a lot of explaining. You can stop at 2:20 and skip the credits.* The main thing is this: the reconstruction of the Rialto district in Venice over…

The Emoji revolution

Imagine a world without digital communication. This seems to be something very hard to think about as digitally encoded information are part of our everyday lives and probably the main way of interaction in society. The popularity of digital devices is increasing among modern societies with the consequence that digital means of communication have now such a significant impact on human language.…