An internet of things, (IoT) as the connection of usually trivial material objects to the internet as argued by Mitew (2014), is becoming increasingly likely In the light of industrial development by organisations such as Google, AT & T and Cisco. As such, a discussion over the potential impacts of an IoT on society is… Read More Attack of the Toasters!- Impacts of an Internet of Things
Like something out of a bad sci-fi movie or MTV’s ‘Catfish’, high profile government institutions are proving yet again that it’s hard to trust someone on the internet. As revealed by the infamous Wiki-leaks founder Edward Snowden, government institutions have been stooping to new levels in order to influence public opinion and present pro-american propaganda (Porup,… Read More Sock Puppets and Politics- Catfished by the Government.
In previously looking at various online-activist or ‘clicktivist‘ campaigns such as Bring back Our Girls or Kony 2012, quite often confusion arises between this concept and it’s far more aggressive branch, Hacktivism. As argued by Pagnani (2013), “Hacktivism,” refers to the use of computers, information technology and networks in order to debate and sustain a political issue, promote free speech, and… Read More Hack into Activism- Hacktivism and Anonymous
With the prevalence of online activist campaigns in social media environments and the accompanying ‘click to support’ mentality, cyber-activism or ‘clicktivism‘ has gained its fair share of both supporters and critics. Media Scholars such as Maria Popov and Henry Jenkins praise the concept for its disseminative abilities and participatory nature, while critics such as Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Wilkinson argue that Clictivism is… Read More Mechanized Mutiny- Is ‘Slacktivism’ Still Activism?
In the formation of protest group Wake up About the War, law student Abbey Reyes raises possibly the most important question of online activism “Could you imagine going back to the days of phone trees and local meetings?” (Reyes, cited in Keefe 2003). As the use of social media to promote a particular cause, clicktivism… Read More The Effectiveness of Clicktivism in Grassroots Political Campaigns
As the result of a massive paradigm shift through the development of both the internet and communication technologies, individuals are now provided with a plethora of alternate pathways in which to collect information. In previous years, news information specifically was pre-packaged by news media entities into a purely consumptive format for audiences. The internet has… Read More Keep Watching- Greater Challenges of Mainstream Media and The Power of Users
Due their accessibility, user-friendly capabilities, and superior convenience, the explosion of the smart-phone market internationally should appear as no surprise. This market, although filled with vicious competition, holds two main super powers, Apple and Android. Although sharing many similar characteristics in terms of hardware, Apple and Android products hold key features which ultimately divide the… Read More Mobile Media Melee- A Comparison of Apple and Android
Going against the pleas of the cyber-libertarians and the idea that the internet is the last frontier, the appearance of intellectual monopolies and media conglomerate stacks has signaled the end of the internet as a libertarian utopia and the proliferation of online walled gardens. As argued by Bruce Sterling, these stacks no longer share the… Read More iPain- Apple’s Feudalistic Empire
With the proliferation of blogs in the modern information economy due to their accessibility and prosumptive nature, the modern blogosphere has revolutionised the manner to which people both create and consume their information. This has resulted in a massive increase of content producers and the subsequent devaluation of the publishing industry. Despite the positive accounts… Read More Blogging about Blogs- Mainstream Media vs the Blogosphere
Introduction Democracy by definition requires an individual’s input in order to function as intended. The collective opinions of society expressed through democratic practices allows for the establishment of common beliefs and the discovery of truths. As such, blogging as a medium facilitates the improvement of autonomous practices through the creation and dissemination of political information.… Read More Blogging as a Democratic Practice and a Comparison of the Blogosphere to Mainstream Media