The Insta-gaze: The Act Of Looking On Instagram

The Insta-gaze On Instagram the force of Walter Benjamin’s flâneur strong. On Instagram we are connoisseurs of daily life. Urban spectators. Observers of what Balzac described as “the gastronomy of the eye”. We feed hungrily on images that are served to us. Our fingers swipe across screens, giving approval to frames that appeal to us, contributing social comment when compelled. And these are not the hard-hitting reportage images popular before 1990. These are images of feet in places, [...]

By | 2018-01-21T08:29:03+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Articles|

Parents and Social Media

Parents and Social Media Instagram parents turn their toddlers into brands: "It really boils down to someone's values and whether or not you want your child to grow up thinking of himself or herself in terms of how famous he or she is, versus having more pro-social values..." (Australian Financial Review) Instamums: meet the London women turning parenting into social media gold: Instamums are forging exciting careers more easily combined with childcare but leaving the old self-indulgent mum-blogs in the [...]

By | 2018-01-09T10:04:16+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Articles|

Tian Tiang Xiang Shang: Every Day We Look Up

Tian Tiang Xiang Shang When I was in Hong Kong, I came across a little boy called Tian Tian that I have become incredibly fond of. Tian Tian is a character created by Hong Kong artist Danny Yung, and was inspired by the motto tian tiang xiang shang (every day we look up), a message from Chairman Mao to Chinese kids in the 1950s to work hard and aspire to a great future. Since finding Tian Tian, I [...]

By | 2018-01-21T08:31:25+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Articles|

Your Human Experience is the Zeitgeist

Your Human Experience is the Zeitgeist My husband tells me that our bathroom scale has sent us an email informing that its batteries need replacing. This is when I better grasp the meaning of the ‘Internet of Things’ and start thinking about the autonomy and character bestowed to technological objects. I have never felt technology as being more “conscious” than myself, but I am beginning to wonder when they have become independent entities capable of acting without manipulation or [...]

By | 2018-01-21T08:32:50+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Articles|

Defining An ‘Information Living Wage’

Defining An ‘Information Living Wage’ Last month The Calvert Journal published an article on the Meduza Project, a new Russian media outlet based in Riga formed as a response to a crackdown by the Russian government on independent reporting. What caught my attention about Meduza was how its co-founder Ivan Kolapkov describes their methodology for creating and curating news. It is something he calls the ‘information living wage’.Global Voices Online translates a description from Russian:“All that’s important is quality [...]

By | 2017-12-26T04:23:18+00:00 November 4th, 2014|Articles|

How IBM Gave Data Personality

How IBM Gave Data Personality Don’t call him a supercomputer. Watson is described by IBM as a “cognitive technology…a natural extension of what humans can do at their best”. The description itself is an effort to set Watson apart from the rest. We associate him with having a brain and being helpful. I have mentally assigned a gender to him, and for some reason, imagine him as a distant relation to the famed assistant to Sherlock Holmes - though [...]

By | 2017-12-26T04:19:25+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Articles|