Posts Tagged ‘media’

the magic letter -i-

October 26, 2010

A few weeks ago at the beginning of the academic term one of my students made an interesting observation while discussing the political and social implications of ‘Netizen-ship’ : how the letter ‘i’ has dominated our networked society and whether it is more related to Independency rather than to Individualism. Or both.

Just today I came across the BBC Magazine’s post re the meaning of the ‘i’ letter. It is also today that the i Newspaper by the Independent is making its appearance in the stage of the British Press.

To Be or ….Net to Be?

September 13, 2010

We tend to give fake names on the Net. Is that we are dishonest with the others, dishonest with ourselves or both? Is that we like playing with our identity and we think that the Net offers such an opportunity? Is the fake identity we choose more real than the ‘real’ one? Is the Net the mirror that reflects deep desires or elements of the self that the offline reality cannot accommodate? Can the Net be the real sphere of political incorrectness? Questions, questions, questions……

How kind is the Kindle?

September 13, 2010

Will Kindles replace the traditional reading methods or even the books? Will they be welcomed by the students? As a regular Amazon customer I come across many books that have been converted in a Kindle format. I recently found that among students who participated in a study, only few seemed to regard Kindle as user-friendly. (FT, Monday September 6, 2010). Are we ready to introduce Kindle in higher education?

I am trying to imagine Socrates’ students carrying their I-Pads and wondering what is more ‘intrusive’: the complex distribution of the digital content of their teacher’s lectures or their teacher himself?

Exposed @ Tate Modern

June 22, 2010

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera is the title of an exhibition currently run at Tate Britain. Several photos taken by hidden cameras, paparazzi, CCTV address the always fashionable question about what is private and what is public. Violence, sex, life and death are just some of the themes. I was thinking about all these people being in photos taken years ago, not knowing probably that they would become subjects of spectatorship years late. Is that moral? Can modern technologies and morality co-exist? Do we like being viewed? Do we like viewing images of other people, especially when we know that they do not know? When Degas was drawing his women bathers famously said: ‘..I want to look through the keyhole…you can look at people. We were created to look at one another, weren’t we?…’. I certainly enjoyed the exhibition as I found some of the images highly political. I found that one of the photos exhibited- is so much linked with the subtitle of my blog. Artist: Mark Ruwedel. Title: Crossings 2005. Description: A piece of land, empty of life but so full of life, a visa left behind, no man, no land, no ethnicity, just a ‘left’ identity behind, on a piece of land that belongs to none and to everyone……

no money , no honey (no revolt?)

May 19, 2010

A website that kept a close eye on the parliamentary behaviour in the Commons is about to close. Revolts. provided very useful info on the behaviour and votes in the Commons, the discipline re the backbench rebels etc. Such monitoring, I feel, is always welcome especially under a coalition government. The reason for its closure? No funding…

‘Butcher’, a Chinese netizen activist

May 19, 2010

I am in favour of the spread of social networking services. They’ll probably become the future tools of accountability. Who knows? With interest I read the story of a Chinese social activist, Wu Gan, known as ‘butcher’, who uses social media to scrutinise the government, to identify the governmental misdeeds and call for further invenstigations. By tweeting, uploading videos, blogging the makes an effort to use the virtual world in order to change real lifes. I wish him good luck. (more…)

Legacy Locker or how to control virtual assets after death…

May 5, 2010

What happens to your online assets when you cannot access them? How to take care of your digital legacy? In the Financial Times (Thursday April 15 2010) we read: ‘…Mr Toeman, serial web enterpreneur based in San Francisco, created a service to help get round the problem. Last year, he launched Legacy Locker, a site that allows people to save passwords to important online accounts and have them passed on to a nominated person after death….’. This is very important in a time when many websites do not allow access to accounts for bereaved families. I can see a huge potential here for the area of law that deals with digital worlds. Various social questions are also raised: In the era of facebook and twitter is the ‘real’ death the beginning point of the ‘digital afterlife’? Can we still ‘survive’ through the continuation of our ‘digital persona’? Or…I log on therefore I exist??