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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.…

“All the world’s a stage”

Amsterdam canal houses - credit Alison Carter

UrbanDash – a Virtual Reality game with as goal to get from Amsterdam Central Station to Herengracht in the shortest possible time without arguing with other avatars. The visuals and renderings of textures are supremely realistic – historic buildings, cafes, fast food restaurants – every element of commercial enterprise – even road works clutter the route. Any collision with non-human life forms,…

Very Realistic

If you like gaming, you probably heard about VR: Virtual Reality. This digital screen can be worn like goggles and responds to your movement. This will improve your ‘gaming experience’ in revolutionary ways. If you’ve got the stomach for it though: I tried Minecraft in VR a couple months back and despite it being awesome, I made an embarrassment of myself by…