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Tumblr: Gay Porn & GIFS or Much More?

Tumblr is a microblogging website that many outsiders regard as an assembly of mindless banter (fangirling), homosexual fanfiction (yaoi), and, what many believe are, “stolen” graphic images (gifs). Curious observers also often associate it with “hipster” blogs, where endless photographs with treacle digitally scrawled upon them can be found. In essence, because Tumblr’s community widely … Continue reading

The “Modern” American Curriculum: Outdated.

According to a report conducted by Roger Bohn, director of the Global Information Industry Center at UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, the average American consumes 34 gigabytes and 100,000 words of information daily. If complied, all of that data is equivalent to one-fifth of a laptop’s hard drive. Previously, if … Continue reading

“ANON”

One of the prime aspects of the Internet is that it enables individuals to facilitate conversation while remaining completely anonymous. In recent years, the negative and positive repercussions of anonymity have come to light. Interactions written and exchanged through code have resulted in real, physical harm to the faces beyond the computer screen. Yet being … Continue reading

MOOCs: The Future?

The MOOC The MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course(s), is a relatively new phenomenon that is changing the face of education. Gone are the traditional days of the little red schoolhouse; the new wave of digital media and the cyberculture we live in today is ushering in a new age of online learning. These online … Continue reading

One day at a time

Present shock: Is a book written by Douglas Ruskoff that addresses the issue of the digital age warping our concept of time. The title of present shock is playing off the title Future Shock which was written by Alvin Toffler. Ruskoff says that we used to be so preoccupied with the future that we would … Continue reading

Meme, Myself and I

Background Richard Dawkins coined the word “meme” in his 1976 bestseller The Selfish Gene. Meme is short for the Greek word “mimeme,” which means “imitated thing”. A meme is a concept, behavior or bit of information that spreads from person to person in a specific culture or environment and the commonly known internet memes are a subset, or as Dawkins states “a … Continue reading

Digital Piracy – Give Me the Gold

High Tides  ARRRRRR MATE!!!!!……*cricket*…..Let us begin. ….Digital Piracy is a form of copyright infringement that basically uses the holder of the copyright’s benefits to reproduce, distribute, play or perform the copyrighted work without benefit to the author. This is particularly prevalent in the developing world in such countries as Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, and … Continue reading

Transhumanism 2: What Kind of Posthumans Will We Be?

Last week I introduced Transhumanism to our ongoing conversation about cybernetics and posthumanism. To recap: Transhumanism is defined as the desire to “fundamentally transform the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities” (Wikipedia). I wrote mainly about human cyborgs in the most literal, physical … Continue reading

The Effects of the Internet on Reading

Once I was a scuba diver in a sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski – Nicholas Carr Introduction It’s the general consensus that the Internet is a positive force in the world, and why would anyone think otherwise? The Internet has brought us new modes of communication, worldwide … Continue reading

Are Advances in Technology Always A Good Thing

Advances in Technology Advances in technology, communication, and media make it very easy for much of the world to indulge in whatever it is they want at any given time. We now have the ability to stream most any TV show whether it be on your tablet or cell phone. One can also watch mostly … Continue reading