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The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

Plagiarism or Inspiration? Many artists including me do not start from nowhere. We tend to be influenced by history, surroundings, each other, or etc. The connectivity of influences has resulted out series of movements in art world. For instance, artists have found impressionism, fauvism, cubism, and so on. In the field of computer science, influences […]

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Ok, folks! At first I should say that this text made me think about Fascism, technology, alienated aesthetic, and notions on authenticity.

Despite being written in 1936, the text is astonishingly modern. To contextualize the reader into the early 1930’s, Benjamin goes back to Marxism, explains the infant conditions of Capitalism as a system that […]

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A response to Sir Ken Robinson’s, “Changing Education Paradigms”

Sir Ken Robinson’s piece on “Changing Education Paradigms” is an alarming deconstruction of the roots of our educational system’s current malaise.

Born out of a crossbreeding between the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, Robinson argues our public education system was formed out of a dual need within labor forces to educate the masses while effectively […]

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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

I read Walter Benjamin’s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproductionin the hope that it might provide an exit strategy from the digital content stalemate, the Mexican standoff between (let’s count them!):

content creators companies that own content consumers who pay for digital content consumers who do not pay for digital content […]

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Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

A brilliantly metaphor used to explain the word “privileged” by John Scalzi. Probably even universal to people who have never played a computer game.

Having said that I would like to add, this blog post isn’t easy to comment on. I had a big 2 day discussion with my friends over this topic. A lot […]

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The New Paradigm for Education

Why do ADHD/ADD rates keep rising each year? Is the condition becoming better understood medically or are patients being misdiagnosed and simply abusing the system? What’s behind the rise of ADHD?

Sir Ken Robinson considers this new ADHD trend to be a “Fictitious Modern Epidemic”. He argues that while ADHD may be a real condition, […]

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The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops E.M. Forster

Around 1909, the time Forster wrote “The Machine Stops,” the Second Industrial Revolution was occurring and thoughts on the state of technology have been of deep wonder and concern. The story is of a grim, barren future thousands of years away; people are living in isolation and the only company […]

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Review of “A Small World After All” by Ethan Zuckerman

The author analyzes many cases that small media has amplified the social movements from Islamic revolution to Arab spring. By comparing the cases in different ages, the author says that connection with the world has not been increased that much despite of enormous development of media technology.

Compared to the time when people struggled to […]

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A Small World After All? by Ethan Zuckerman

The article discuses that nowadays the role of Internet in globalization is too much over-hyped based on this fact that actually in this so-called age of increased global connection the coverage of international news in western media and newspapers are half as many as it was in 1970’s and even most American Internet users read […]

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Television is melting

Eben Moglen’s speech – innovation under austerity – is a stern warning to remain vigilant in the face of centralized control over technology, education, and the internet. He suggests a roadmap for intellectual and financial indepence through disintermediation of technology and education. Said briefly, Eben is pro wikipedia, pro maker geekery, pro hacking, pro privacy, […]