Neal Gabler on 50 years of Boorstin’s “The Image”

Neal Gabler has written a piece for the Los Angeles Times to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Daniel Boorstin's "The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America". What is impressive even now about "The Image" is its sweep. There is nothing timid about it. It is epic social history in which Boorstin … Continue reading Neal Gabler on 50 years of Boorstin’s “The Image”

Tupac Shakur hologram ‘performs’ at Coachella

During Snoop Dogg's performance at the Coachella music festival this weekend dead rap icon Tupac Shakur was "resurrected" to appear on stage as a projected image that is being called a hologram. Check out the video below. The effect was created by San Diego-based AV Concepts. From a press release: Over 100,000 fans witnessed the … Continue reading Tupac Shakur hologram ‘performs’ at Coachella

In medias res: Semiology of Batman, economics of attention, hypodermic needles, magic bullets and more

So I've decided to headline these posts with interesting (to me) media-related content from around the web "In medias res". Not very original, I know, but "in the middle of things" seems appropriate. I came across the semiotics-centric site Semionaut via this post: "Semiotics and non-verbal communication". It looks to have a practitioner-oriented angle but … Continue reading In medias res: Semiology of Batman, economics of attention, hypodermic needles, magic bullets and more

Media Coverage: Turkle talk, more Debord, learning to code and more…

A couple of weeks back I linked to the Guardian's discussion of Debord's Society of the Spectacle, and I just came across another article from their site that I had overlooked: "What Debord can teach us about protest": The danger with this reading – the spectacle as a retroactive name for the social alienation of … Continue reading Media Coverage: Turkle talk, more Debord, learning to code and more…

Media matters: Alone Together @ TED, fear in the attention economy, Chomsky tweets and more

Sherry Turkle expounds on her Alone Together thesis in a recently released TED talk video: Danah Boyd considers the culture of fear and the attention economy (click here for Vimeo link). I recently came across this Salon article by UMD doctoral student Nathan Jurgenson from last year where he argues that Noam Chomsky is wrong … Continue reading Media matters: Alone Together @ TED, fear in the attention economy, Chomsky tweets and more

Society of the spectacles: Varying views on Google’s goggles

This week Google released a video depicting what it might be like to wear their augmented reality glasses, known as Project Glass: A bloke named Tom Scott released his own vision of what the Google goggle experience might be like, envisioning technologically-enhanced ways of getting injured: Youtuber rebelliouspixels remixed the original Google video to depict … Continue reading Society of the spectacles: Varying views on Google’s goggles

Media news roundup: Frenemies, Facebook and fat

The Chronicle of Higher Education covered the "EnemyGraph," a Facebook app created by Dean Terry (director of the emerging-media program at UT Dallas) and grad student Bradley Griffith. The EnemyGraph lets users declare people and things to be their Facebook enemies as opposed to Facebook friends. "What we all do in the program is help … Continue reading Media news roundup: Frenemies, Facebook and fat

Manuel Castells receives Holberg prize

Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at USC and the foremost cited communication scholar in the world, was recently awarded the 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize, a Norwegian honor that "recognizes outstanding scholarly work in arts and humanities, social science, law and theology." I'm lagging behind much of … Continue reading Manuel Castells receives Holberg prize