Big Brother is watching you… So is your employer.

“Time for your monthly Facebook check and drug test!”- Newitz, 2012 The use of social media is at an all time high. It is addictive. People love it. There are 1.11 billion Facebook users, Instagram has 100 million, Twitter with 500 million, and of course it’s all growing. The proliferation of participate”y culture and self […]

MOOCs

  When first hearing about a MOOC, or seeing an image like the one above, it would seem that they are a pretty good alternative. Being able to complete a course, online, for free, at the same time as thousands of other students around the world, and possibly having that course associated with a well […]

Speeding up the Internet

Australia. Yes, we do have a great country, but I feel like in some areas were are being ripped off. We have to pay more than double the amount for consumer goods than Americans do (in most cases), we have to travel further to reach overseas destinations AND our internet speed is one of the […]

Online Identity Construction

In my lifetime I have been a bandicoot, an italian man, a rich older version of myself, a purple dragon, a young African American man,   a wrestler, a Japanese fighter… and the list continues. These are some of the avatars that I have ‘played as’ over the years. Maybe one day the online world […]

The Interactive Audience. Here before, here now and here to stay.

In the lecture, it was asked if people actually want to or have time for interactivity. I’m going to say…. yes. And I think many other people would agree. The other day I was reading an article in mX which contained a quote from a man named Ben Huh. He is the CEO of The […]

Is a Cyberpunk world closer to reality than we think?

The world of cyberpunk created by William Gibson is a very grey, urban and technological place. In the lecture, Graham described it as antiauthoritarian, libertarian and consumerist. From reading Johnny Mnemonic, we see that members of this dystopic society are involved in body augmentation and drugs, and there is a sense of ‘us against them’. […]

The Google Generation

Born in 1993 and have been using computers and technology since Kindergarten. Yes, I am definitely apart of this so called Google Generation. I like the fact that the CIBER paper debunks myths about the google generation, that are spread through society by the media… and many parents. Parents who ask their teenage children to […]