Category Archives: Thoughts

Why don’t we actually read anymore?

492908123_e3a840ef88-150x150I still remember the good ‘old’ days in which I would go weekly to the library, sit there for hours and bring home a huge pile of often non-fictional books. I would get caught in the narrative, loose myself in the material and read the books I borrowed in less than a week. Unfortunately this isn’t the case anymore. Nowadays I don’t seem to get through a book easily. I get bored, can’t focus myself, get frustrated when in my opinion the author doesn’t seem to get to the point fast enough, loose the author’s argument(s) and miss CTRL+F so I can search on keywords in the book. What has happened? Let’s face it: we aren’t used to read anymore Continue reading

Google Wave: A new way of creating dialogue

google_wave_logo_finalGoogle Wave is an online communication tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more [1]. In detail a wave means that: Continue reading

Gaming: The interpassive interplay between user and environment

the-simsThe interplay between the user and the game is tended to be thought as of being an active and interactive one. But how accurate is this conception? Through the work of Slavoj Žižek I will argue that there are deeper underlying aspects that question if the interplay between the user and, in this case, the game ‘The Sims’, is ultimately an interactive or interpassive one.

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Why are we using Twitter anyway?

The last couple of years online communities have been developing applications for users to share daily updates about their life, thoughts and whereabouts. Hyves provides a ‘WieWatWaar’ and Facebook has it’s own ‘Wall’ where users can update their friends. Twitter does it the light-weight way. Twitter is a microblogging website that allows an easy and light-weight form of communication. It enables users to broadcast and share information about their activities, opinions and status. But why are we using Twitter anyway? Is it a tool to nourish our social needs or is technology increasing our needs to keep track of out friends every minute of the day? Continue reading

Work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction

We live in a world today where the reproduction of art is a constant fact. Some art forms, as film and photography, even exist solely in the realm of reproduction; the original is indistinguishable from the reproduction. With reproductions it is possible to put an original artwork in a totally different environment. Some new media examples are: Fabchannel (a Dutch online service for on demand concert registrations – down at the moment, but a striking example) and Uitzendinggemist.nl (a Dutch online service for seeing missed television broadcasts). Continue reading