January 20th, 2013
This video was inspired by Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger, the driving force of the ‘digital’ side of my thesis paper.
“This video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.”
video originally found on: everythingismiscellaneous.com a website dedicated to David Weinberger’s book on Jan 20, 2013.
January 16th, 2013
January 16th, 2013
Pass down your prints!
Totally Rad, a photography editing software discusses the intangibility of digital photos. They make the point that hard drives are not what we hand down to the next generation. Perfectly said in unison with David Weinberger in the first chapter of his book, “Everything is Miscelaneous: The power of the new digital disorder”. Thinking about this subject a lot? Check out David Weinberger’s book, the writing is quippy and fun and puts the issues of the new “digital disorder” in terms everyone can understand.
January 9th, 2013
A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites
by Zizi Papacharissi
A Networked Self examines self presentation and social connection in the digital age. This collection brings together new work on online social networks by leading scholars from a variety of disciplines. The focus of the volume rests on the construction of the self, and what happens to self-identity when it is presented through networks of social connections in new media environments. The volume is structured around the core themes of identity, community, and culture – the central themes of social network sites. Contributors address theory, research, and practical implications of many aspects of online social networks including self-presentation, behavioral norms, patterns and routines, social impact, privacy, class/gender/race divides, taste cultures online, uses of social networking sites within organizations, activism, civic engagement and political impact. [taken from goodreads.com]
by Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel
Amid the hand-wringing over the death of “true journalism” in the Internet Age—the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia—veteran journalists and media critics Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a pragmatic, serious-minded guide to navigating the twenty-first century media terrain. Yes, old authorities are being dismantled, new ones created, and the very nature of knowledge has changed. But seeking the truth remains the purpose of journalism—and the object for those who consume it. How do we discern what is reliable? How do we determine which facts (or whose opinions) to trust? Blur provides a road map, or more specifically, reveals the craft that has been used in newsrooms by the very best journalists for getting at the truth. In an age when the line between citizen and journalist is becoming increasingly unclear, Blur is a crucial guide for those who want to know what’s true.
Ways of Skeptical Knowing—Six Essential Tools for Interpreting theNews
1. What kind of content am I encountering? 2. Is the information complete? If not, what’s missing? 3. Who or what are the sources and why should I believe them? 4. What evidence is presented and how was it tested or vetted? 5. What might bean alternative explanation or understanding? 6. Am I learning what I need? [taken from goodreads.com]
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
by David Weinberger
Let’s face it; most of us grew up in an orderly world. Fact memorization, atlases, and the Dewey Decimal System mapped out distinct categories of our universe. In those bygone days before cut-and-paste documents and Photoshop, texts and pictures seemed as solid as marble statues. Since the Digital Revolution, mere anarchy seems to be loosed upon the world. David Weinberger’s Everything Is Miscellaneous explains why we can’t ignore this often unnerving seismic shift. There’s no doubt that things are changing: Intellectual disciplines seem to be melting into one another and even retail specialties are reconfiguring. Upscale fashion boutiques are selling CDs, and many coffee shops now resemble laptop centers. The author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined insists that we can find our way in this new order of things. Hypnotic and hip. [taken from goodreads.com]
On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection
by Susan Stewart
Miniature books, eighteenth-century novels, Tom Thumb weddings, tall tales, and objects of tourism and nostalgia: this diverse group of cultural forms is the subject of On Longing, a fascinating analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. [taken from goodreads.com]
I am excited to get these books in the mail and get my research on!
January 9th, 2013
My research will be divided into three parts. The first part will be research into the methods and types of ways our culture has developed traditional self-identiy marks in the past. These marks include keeping detailed family histories, and therefore self-identifying through family and the connection to past, to personal achievements which the author hopes will be remembered forever, like art and architecture or scientific discovery. I want to research the philosophy behind these actions and how they have transformed into modern forms. By breaking down 2 or 3 of these forms and their modern counterparts, I can start to explore the philosophy behind their transformation.
The second part will be research aimed at understanding the current world of constant updating and revising of profiles and personal statuses via twitter, facebook and blogs. This will include primary research to understand the current feelings about the internet and it’s role in society and our understanding of self. I want to not only interview those who participate in the whole virtual experience with social media sites, but with their peers who have decided to stay away from these methods of communication and why.
The third part will be an analysis of how the past and the present differ. We have seen a burst of genealogy research via the internet within the past ten years. This shows us that the information age has changed not only how we see ourselves, but how we wish to explore the past in the same great detail that society today understands self identity. I want the third and final aspect of my research to delve into the philosophy behind the social change. I plan to research the philosophy of the collection of data, through books such as Everything Is Miscellaneous, by David Weinberger which looks into the way that our thirst for information, and constant exploration for new and re-categorizing of the information everything loses its meaning.
For my deliverables, I want to express the visual relationship between history and individuals, and how over time our need and want for these relationships to be clearer has changed. I expect that the ways in which our intentions for record keeping will be explored through the different methods of visual gene