Harry Potter and the Chamber of Onions

Every online destination you visit is recorded and stored (like this). An IP address, which records your location details, directs the content you email, or otherwise transmit, to various other nodes in the internet. This occurs the same way a postal address transmits packages to a different locations in a suburb. In response to the […]

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Memetics in Art History: Survival of the Dankest

Meme is to memetics as gene is to genetics; it’s the cultural transfer of information through nodes, with the survival of the fittest notion deciding the memetics which will survive, or trend. Internet memes are just one example; not the exhaustive constitution of memetics. The logic behind memetics is to examine the transfer of cultural material […]

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Nodes Against Humanity

It’s the twenty-first century; people are born into an army of standing-reserves through joining a vast collection of human and non-human objects. Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher who studied existentialism and coined the term ‘standing reserve’. The idea of the standing reserve is a result of the relationship of between artefacts, including humans, to technology; “subjects […]

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I’m not a stalker

After stalking the twitter hashtags for the digital media subjects I am studying this coming semester (there was literally nothing, where’s the banter at??) I hopped aboard a train of some deep-ish thought – well, as deep as a stressed, exhausted, it’s-8pm-and-I’ve-worked-all-day, Nanna-says-I-lack-vitamin-D kind of person can go. A few days ago I had a […]

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And so it ends (starts?)

Writing in Public: A Reflection Over the past nine weeks I have been focusing on creating and curating blog posts on a variety of topics relating to media, audience and place. This subject was challenging in that it was quite prescriptive in terms of the blog topics compared to other subjects which allow for more freedom. Initially […]

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Are we all Sims?

I came across the ideas of Swedish philosopher, Nick Bostram, last semester, and published a similar blog post to this one on my other blog. I’ve always thought that the idea of our world being a simulation was kind of funny, but Bostram argues it’s actually plausible and his reasoning is hard to deny. The whole theory depends […]

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This is me(dia)

Do I control the media? Or does the media control me? Earlier this year I saw my great-Aunt perform in a local concert. I dutifully turned off my mobile phone prior to the commencement of the show. During the intermission I pulled it out again, to distract me from the masses of grey-haired penguins who smelt […]

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