Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
"Less is More" Problem
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Openbook lets you search public Facebook updates using Facebook's own search service. (Here's more about it--read up and know how you're affected too.)
If you're going to commit virtual suicide (disconnect from online social networks), here are some sites to retrieve the information you've already put out there:
Give me my data
web 2.0 suicide machine
Here are some sites that aim to A) show you how "bad" closed-source social networks like facebook are or B) want you to become members of their open-source social network sites:
Virtual Suicide Club
No-FAcebook Dating (no FAD)
open source networks:
apple seed project
For all you artists out there who are looking for a way to generate money for your projects and for all you people who want to help support artists' projects:
So, I'll be letting you know when I have accounts with Flattr, Kickstarter, and Kachingle because I will so be needing help with future projects.
A theme that both underlines and rises to the surface in a number of philosophies of language is loss. The essay, “On Language as Such and on the Language of Man” by Walter Benjamin is no different. He begins by expounding on language through its materiality and metaphysical traits while exploring language’s mystical and magical qualities but he explicates greatly on creationism as language’s epistemology, which is where the concept of loss appears. Benjamin implies this loss on page 326, “The paradisiac language of man must have been one of perfect knowledge; whereas later all knowledge…was indeed forced to differentiate itself on a lower level.” The Fall removed man from the level of name language—the creative word—and the “human word” originated with the judgment of good and evil. Benjamin states that the composition of language comes from a three-part consequence of the Fall: language as a means—a mere sign that results in plurality; the magic of judgment; and the origin of abstraction.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I'll be purchasing Zero Comments and Dark Fiber
You can also check out his blog: net critique
Friday, October 22, 2010
One student questioned whether the innovative media technology used in the projects have had direct affects on politics, specifically if the "common" artist or artist group has changed the political system or if there have been any legal ramifications due to the projects mentioned in the presentation. (Here's an interview with Dr. Paul about some of the projects from the presentation.)
Dr. Paul's answer said that new media art falls in a legal grey area and that the projects she presented do in fact create commentary about people's access to government information. She said that no one project has had a direct affect on politics but many of them, collectively, have created buzz in the system. I found an article on Mashable/Social Media that discusses the use of new media in politics...so this is a case where politicians have introduced the use of social media to win elections/spread their message. It's not directly related to Dr. Paul's theory that a desired state of understanding can be implemented through new media, it more reflects on the influence of media on politics.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
So with that, here's a video by Ze Frank that illustrates Procrastination, enjoy.