The advent of new media technologies has enabled viewers to watch television shows and movies for unprecedented amounts of time. This new style of consuming content often referred to as binge-watching, is not necessarily a new phenomenon. Pre-Netflix, television stations would broadcast marathons of popular shows. Dedicated fans could buy the box set of tapes and “binge” an entire series in a weekend. In some ways, binge-watching is just another name for this phenomenon. In other ways, however, binge-watching refers to an act that is not only about consuming content but can be both addictive and detrimental to people’s…
In a recent graduate seminar, an idea stumped all of us sitting in the room. I’ll get to that in a minute.
We were discussing the construction of search engines, primarily focused on Google, and how previous iterations of the service returned results that were racist and oppressive for several search items.
We were discussing the results published by Safiya Umoja Noble in her recently-published book Algorithms of Oppression. She was inspired to start researching for this book when she searched the term “black girls”, among other similar phrases, and found that the results were largely sexualized and pornographic.
Alter, A. (2017). Irresistible: The rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
Most people’s days can be segmented into parts based on what screen they were using at the time. Someone’s day may have started with them navigating using google maps in the morning and then finding a coffee shop on Yelp during lunch. Maybe they played 2048 during lunch and then when they got home, looked up a recipe for dinner. They ended their day by watching Netflix. This pattern then repeats day after day.
This fictional day is likely…
When was the last time you talked with a friend about something you read/watched/listened to online?
For me, it was this morning. My boyfriend and I discussed what we had just heard on the Daily, a podcast produced by the New York Times. We expressed disbelief and shock about the truth behind the recent plane crashes.
Yesterday, we reenacted a comedy skit we had watched on Netflix for his parents.
The list can go on and on.
In this way, the online world is positively influencing our offline experiences. We engage in deep, challenging conversations about the status of the…
If you were an anthropologist studying Houston, Texas how would you approach your research process? (I chose Houston because I grew up there) Would you analyze Houston in contrast to Dallas? Would you place Houston current politics within the context of historical events? How would you address what the “culture” of Houston is? Who is included within this definition of culture?
These questions are remarkably hard to answer and are applicable to many cultural studies — including studying the Internet.
For example, when Internet researchers study Facebook and Twitter, they often cannot rely on the same set of tools. This…
Let me ask you a kind of silly question.
Have you ever sat in front of your computer and thought to yourself “What is a computer?”, or “What is the internet?”, or “How does all of this even work?!?”
If you have, don’t worry, I ask myself these questions often.
Most people have been graciously spared from the deep intricacies and complexity of the inter-workings of the invisible thread that connects us all: the Internet (!).
This article will explain (at a high level) what the Internet is, how it differs from the World Wide Web, and then provide some…
And why do we care?
First, let’s start with understanding what each of these words means.
First — public: concerning people as a whole. Communication: exchanging information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium. And lastly, technology: the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.
Okay, great. We understand each of these words as individual units. But, together, as a whole? These three words refer to both the technology that allows the public to exchange information and the systems that uphold it.
It is easy to think of technology as only those items consisting of wires and motherboards: laptops…
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