Harry Potter and the Deathly Hackers

Aside from the Snowdens and Assanges of the world, hacking can be used for darker purposes. Cyberwar is defined by various characteristics, including surveillance, subversion, impersonation and sock puppets (source). Let’s imagine the notion of cyberwar outside of the internet space. I’ll give you a good guy and a bad guy, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. […]

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Potterwatch: How the Dank Lord Defeated the Dark Lord

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a magic radio station called ‘Potterwatch’ played a pivotal role in the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Hosted by Lee Jordan (that Gryffindor bloke with dreads who commentated Hogwarts quidditch matches), the program allowed users all over the wizarding world to tune in and contribute, to recognise and discuss issues which arose […]

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Interfaces to Transmedia Narrative

    This post is the first destination of several this week; join me on an epic adventure around the internet (who knew floo powder worked on hyperlinks as well as fireplaces?) to discover the meaning of transmedia narrative! Nowadays, a novel isn’t the only way to enter another universe. The notion of transmedia allows […]

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Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Transnational Film

For decades film has been seen as vital to nation-building. A country’s identity was claimed by the cinema it produced. As such, countries competed to lead the film industry. Up until World War I, France dominated  world film production (source). However, by the 1930’s, 80% of films screened around the world had roots in Hollywood […]

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