cybermind

↑MARSHALL, JONATHAN PAUL. 2007. Living on cybermind: Categories, communication, and control. New York: Peter Lang.  Cybermind is an Internet mailing list, originally founded in 1994 to discuss the issues and problems of living online. It proved exceptionally fertile and is still going strong thirteen years later.      This book is an ethnographic investigation which follows Cybermind members in their daily lives on the List, and explores the ways they look at the world, argue, relate online life to offline life, use gender, and build community. Perhaps the most comprehensive history of an Internet group ever published, it includes detailed … Continue reading

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grand theft childhood

Finally …  KUTNER, LAWRENCE AND CHERYL K. OLSEN. 2008. ↑Grand theft childhood: The surprising truth about violent video games and what parents can do. New York: Simon & Schuster. The book is a straightforward and clear scientific elaboration of, and argument for, what ihatesheep ↵brought to the point in 2006: ‘If playing GTA is all it takes for your child to go out and murder prostitutes, then there are far, far bigger problems that you probably need to address.’ … Continue reading

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anthropology coming of age

welcome to the 21st century    Since quite a time ↵I was eagerly awaiting ‘↑Coming of age in Second Life: An anthropologist explores the virtually human‘ by ↑Tom Boellstorff—it just arrived with yesterday’s snail-mail, so I had not yet the chance to read Tom’s book from front to back cover. Until now I only read chapter 1 ‘Subject and scope,’ plus a dozen or so random paragraphs from throughout the book. Hence I am not yet qualified to deliver a review, instead I will jot down just some thoughts.  Although ‘↑Second Life‘ (SL) is not the focus of my own … Continue reading

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the unholy trinity—compulsory reading

↑DAWKINS, RICHARD. 2006. The god delusion. New York City: Bantam Books. ↑HARRIS, SAM. 2004. The end of faith: Religion, terror, and the future of reason. New York City: W. W. Norton. ↑HITCHENS, CHRISTOPHER. 2007. God is not great: How religion poisons everything. New York City: Twelve Books. … Continue reading

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the cyberpunk educator

  Andrew J. Holden’s “↑The Cyberpunk Educator“ is “a documentary study of mainstream ‘cyberpunk’ films of the 1980’s- with a heavy focus on their literary, political, and cultural content. The film uses the structure of literary theorist Northrop Frye, and the cultural critiques of renowned anthropologist Michel Foucault to describe the common, repeating stories in Western culture, and their application to the political process. Though it’s an academic film, its also film about existentialist robots with guns, and it’s fun to watch.” … and it is free for download. … Continue reading

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bounded vision

WENDLANDT, SEBASTIAN. 2007. “The bounded vision,” in ↓Proceedings of Scandinavian Student Interaction Design Research Conference 2007 [.pdf | 7.21MB] edited by Sara Eriksén, Bo Westerlund, and Johan Beronius, pp. 103-108. Karlskrona: Akademi sydost.  abstract: A vision is an indispensable precondition to take creative action; it is the source of inspiration. In this paper I want to reflect critically to what degree the designer’s vision is bound. Furthermore I explore the relationship between the designer’s vision and the user’s actual employment of the designed good. … Continue reading

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