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Blog#12: Convergence Culture

This is the last episode of the long story or the start of the new discovery. I think both may not be the answer. Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins is another book that confirms to me that old media never dies and new media can't simply replace it. He called the intricate interaction between old and new media that convergence culture, the name of the book. The concept of this book is quite the same of other books that we read so far in this semester. Media has impacts on cultural transformations, way to conduct business, president election, and etc.

Blog#11: The Networked Book

No book reading for this week but two Web sites instead. if:book and GAM3R 7H30RY are the projects of the Institute for the Future of the Book. I had a chance to attend symposium and met Bob stein who is the director of the institute. There are many projects going on in this institute such as CommentPress--a plugin for WordPress.

if:book, I doubt that i stands for Institute, f stands for Future, and end with book, is a blog that staff in the Institute for the Future of the Book and other guests write and share knowledge and idea. Prof. Kathleen is one guest in this blog. :D

Blog#10: New Disciplines

Critical Cyberculture Studies, by David Silver, Adrienne Massanari, and Steve Jones, is quite a new book and talks about interesting topics in cyberculture. Silver pointed out that although Internet studied is quite a new branch, scholars pay attention and have helped to make this discipline become stronger. For example, now we have conferences, symposia, journal articles, textbooks, courses, experts and so on that focus on this discipline.

Blog#9: New Communities

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Blog#8: New Identities, cont. - Cybertypes

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Last week we read one article by Lisa Nakamura "Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet". This week in Cybertypes Nakamura elaborates on the term 'identity tourism' in more detail -- the pleasure that we can have another gender, race, or identity. The earlier articles we read so far give me the feeling that the Internet is nirvana -- no birth, no age, no illness, no death, no gender, and no race. You can be whoever you want in cyberspace. You can create your own digital identity which may be totally different from your real identity.

Blog#7: New Identities

The beginning of "A Rape in Cyberspace; or, How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society" by Julian Dibbell drew my attention to this article. In the article, he used words such as voodoo doll, have sex, and ghostly sexual violence that make me imagine what the story of this article is. The fact that this article was written in 1993 is fascinating to me. Cyberrape is not new and it's still a problem in cyberspace. Dibbell wrote this article from his experience when he was in LambdaMOO, a subtype of MUD, as Dr. Bombay.

Blog#6: New Bodies

"A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century" By Donna Haraway talked about a cyborg that is a combination of machine and human being. Cyborgs seem to merge between reality and fiction. There have been many movies that try to create the story of cyborgs. When I saw the title of the article, I thought of the Terminator, Edward Scissorhands, Bicentennial Man, Star Wars, and A.I. movies but when I read it I was surprised that the author could link the concept of cyborg with gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnics, and politics.

Symposium

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Last Friday I went to the Knowledge Management symposium. It was very good. I gained new knowledge and refreshed my knowledge from several speakers. Agi and Shabnam did a good job when they gave a presentation on Changing Workforce & Knowledge Management. I also went to the Symposium - Page, Screen, and Pixel: Media in Transition last Saturday. I missed the first talk but I did like the second speaker, Bob Stein, who spoke on The Evolution of Reading and Writing in the Networked Era. I gained insight and ideas from his talk. He is the director of the Institute for the Future of the Book.

Blog#5: Remediation

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Remediation: Understanding New Media by Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin is an impressive book. This book is divided to three sections: theory, media, and self. The first three chapters introduce the concept of remediation and the theory behind it. There are two main ideas: immediacy and hypermediacy. To me, the concept of immediacy is derived from McLuhan's article, The medium is The Message. This concept tries to deminish the border of content and media. The content is the media in another form. The authors use virtual reality (VR) as an example.

Blog#4: Media Change

We may call McLuhan the first father of the electronic age. His famous article "The Medium is the Message", provides outstanding thoughts about medium. The way we see the medium is the medium and the message is the message is not right in McLuhan's eyes. For him the medium is the message. It is the same thing. The meaning of message will depend on the medium. In the past we believe that it was the form that was creative, but now we believe it is the content that is creative because the medium is the message in itself. In addition, the medium is an extension of human senses.

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