warnick + digitalculture   36

The Internet Really Has Changed Everything. Here’s the Proof.
Rex Sorgatz's long, meandering story about returning to his tiny hometown in North Dakota: "I returned here, to my place of origin, with a question that now seems unanswerable. How does technology change us? A week later, I have no idea."
technology  community  digitalculture 
july 2016 by warnick
Is Mark Zuckerberg Ready for Facebook Parenthood?
Elisa Albert, in the NY Times: "I took my son to a reading last summer, and people called him by name, said hi to him, asked him about his interests. Not a shy child, he clung to me, thoroughly freaked by these strangers who seemed to know him. 'I’ve seen you on Instagram,' someone told him, and he rolled his eyes."
facebook  parenting  socialmedia  privacy  digitalself  digitalculture 
november 2015 by warnick
Stop saying technology is causing social isolation
Héctor L. Carral: "Some may say that if you want to interact with people, you should interact with the ones around you, and that is probably true on certain occasions. But, on other occasions, I’m just not able to comprehend why should we be forced to interact with those physically close to us instead of with the people that we really want to interact with."
mediumdotcom  technology  relationships  digitalculture  3844 
november 2015 by warnick
What Does the Internet Look Like?
Christine Smallwood, writing in The Baffler: "Two hypotheses: 1. We believe that the Internet has banished solitude. 2. The actual experience of using the Internet is inherently solitary."
internet  internetculture  baffler  digitalculture  digitalhumanities 
october 2015 by warnick
Sherry Turkle and the pharmacology of phones
Alex Reid responds to Sherry Turkle's latest essay/book: "The loss of empathy and general human connection Turkle describes are moving, and the everyday stories of families sitting around the dining room table separated by screens are familiar. At the same time, you’d almost think we’d left behind some idyllic society of close families, friendships, and self-reflection. That is, you might think that if you weren’t able to remember the 1990s."
alexreid  sherryturkle  youth  digitalculture 
october 2015 by warnick
Jonathan Franzen reviews Sherry Turkle's "Reclaiming Conversation" in the NY Times
No surprise: he loves it. "[H]er book is straightforwardly a call to arms: Our rapturous submission to digital technology has led to an atrophying of human capacities like empathy and self-­reflection, and the time has come to reassert ourselves, behave like adults and put technology in its place."
jonathanfranzen  sherryturkle  nytimes  digitalculture  relationships  communication  bookreview 
september 2015 by warnick
"Teens Hooked on Screens," a New York Times debate
danah boyd: "We’re raising our children in captivity and they turn to technology to socialize, learn and decompress. Why are we blaming the screens?"
technology  addiction  youth  parenting  digitalculture 
august 2015 by warnick
It’s Kind of Cheesy Being Green
Paul Ford, on the consequences of Apple's subtle (and petty?) choices: "Apple uses a soothing, on-brand blue for messages in its own texting platform, and a green akin to that of the Android robot logo for people texting from outside its ecosystem.... There are all sorts of reasons for them to use different colors.... However, one result of that decision is that a goofy class war is playing out over digital bubble colors. Their decision has observable social consequences."
apple  digitalculture  digitalrhetoric  texting  ux 
february 2015 by warnick
Meet the man who predicted Fox News, the Internet, Stephen Colbert and reality TV
Scott Timberg, in Salon: "It seems like a funny era for the work of a cautionary social critic, one often dubious about the wonders of technology – including television — whose most famous book came out three decades ago. But the neoliberal post-industrial world now looks chillingly like the one Neil Postman foresaw in books like 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' and 'Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology.' And the people asking the important questions about where American society is going are taking a page from him."
salon  media  neilpostman  digitalculture  newmedia 
january 2015 by warnick
Smile, You're Speaking Emoji
Adam Sternbergh, in NY Magazine: "This elasticity of meaning is a large part of the appeal and, perhaps, the genius of emoji. They have proved to be well suited to the kind of emotional heavy lifting for which written language is often clumsy or awkward or problematic, especially when it’s relayed on tiny screens, tapped out in real time, using our thumbs. These seemingly infantile cartoons are instantly recognizable, which makes them understandable even across linguistic barriers. Yet the implications of emoji—their secret meanings—are constantly in flux."
nymag  language  emoji  linguistics  digitalculture 
november 2014 by warnick
In Defense of Technology
Andrew O'Hagan, in the NY Times: "To believe in progress is not only to believe in the future: It is also to usher in the possibility that the past wasn’t all that. I now feel — and this is a revelation — that my past was an interesting and quite fallow period spent waiting for the Internet."
nytimes  technology  history  digitalculture 
november 2014 by warnick
The Secret Life of Passwords
Ian Urbina, in the NY Times: "Yes, I understand why passwords are universally despised: the strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. I hate them, too. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives."
nytimes  passwords  digitalculture  security 
november 2014 by warnick
Exhibiting .gifs: An Interview with curator Jason Eppink
Some nice theorizing about GIFs here: "I propose the primary purpose of the reaction GIFs is gesture: they’re a language tool that allows the user to perform a gesture in a context that is mainly text-based."
gif  digitalculture  digitalrhetoric  images 
november 2014 by warnick
The Dads of Tech
Astra Taylor and Joanne McNeil, in the Baffler: "You need not be a mechanic or the designer of a highway system to comment insightfully on the impact of automobiles or problems with urban policy, of course. But where technology is concerned, guys like Clay Shirky get ahead on their looks—they look like authorities, like the kind of people who know how to build an iPhone app, though they themselves often don’t have programming chops. Most prominent technology commenters are not coders—for the record, tech-god Steve Jobs himself did not code—but that doesn’t matter. They are men, so their competence upon opening their mouths is assumed. The master’s tools are theirs."
technology  gender  sexism  digitalculture  clayshirky 
november 2014 by warnick
Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift
Dan Brooks, in the NY Times, on the transition from CDs to Spotify: "The shift away from physical albums destroyed that mechanism of consumer individuation. When getting into a band became as easy as typing its name into a search box, particular musical tastes lost their function as signifiers of commitment. What you listened to ceased to be a measure of how much you cared and became a mere list of what you liked."
nytimes  music  digitalculture 
october 2014 by warnick
New Social App Has Juicy Posts, All Anonymous
The NY Times covers Secret and its fatal flaw: "Because of the anonymity, it is never clear whether the posts are truthful."
nytimes  socialmedia  anonymity  truth  digitalculture 
april 2014 by warnick
What I learned at coding school
Michael Brendan Dougherty's funny take on the "everyone should learn to code" philosophy. My favorite bit: "A well-articulated preference for Sublime Text 2 doesn't help you get your work done, but it does signal that you're a part of the coding world."
coding  digitalculture  lifehacking  digitalliteracies  digitalhumanities 
february 2014 by warnick
GChat Typing Indicator: The Most Awkward Feature of Online Chat
"It’s hard to know when to change the subject if you’re unsure whether the other person is still engaged with the one at hand. And you can’t always tell whether someone has completed her story or is only pausing."
texting  discourse  communication  technology  software  digitalculture 
january 2014 by warnick
Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All
The NY Times reports on research that debunks a lot of popular myths: "Hampton was one of the first scholars to marshal evidence that the web might make people less atomized rather than more. Not only were people not opting out of bowling leagues — Robert Putnam’s famous metric for community engagement — for more screen time; they were also using their computers to opt in."
nytimes  technology  digitalculture  research 
january 2014 by warnick
Master of His Virtual Domain
The NY Times on addiction to online games and virtual worlds: "'Looking back, I think I must have been insane,' he told me, with a mix of pride and revulsion. 'I was so immersed in it at the time. I knew it was abnormal, but never to the extent that I see it now.'"
nytimes  digitalculture  addiction  videogames  3844 
january 2014 by warnick
Recording the lived-in moment
Jason Kottke contrasts two different takes on whether its possible to enjoy life while you're documenting it.
jasonkottke  memory  digitalculture 
january 2014 by warnick
The Rudeness of Importance
Ian Bogost: "The truth is, we secretly want to be rude. Rudeness is a sign of success, of power. Think of a figure who would willingly turn away from a conversation to take a call, who would show up late without apology, who would maintain total contingency in his affairs just in case something more important comes along. It’s none other than the corporate executive, who also happens to be the early adopter of the mobile phone and the Blackberry that prefigure today’s connected devices."
ianbogost  etiquette  digitalculture 
september 2013 by warnick
I type, therefore I am
Tom Chatfield on language and digital identity: "Who would have thought, 30 years ago, that a text message of 160 characters or fewer, sent between mobile phones, would become one of the defining communications technologies of the early 21st century; or that one of its natural successors would be a tweet some 20 characters shorter?"
language  linguistics  digitalculture  3844 
may 2013 by warnick
Why Futurists Suck: The Real Promise of the Digital Age
Douglas Rushkoff: "Time is not money. It’s the way human beings move through this thing called life. If we can bring ourselves to consider the ways digital technology can make time rather than simply take more of it, we will be in a position to live for a better today, right now."
douglasrushkoff  future  digitalculture  digitalself 
april 2013 by warnick
Etiquette Returns for the Digital Generation
NY Times: "The social quandaries seem to be endless. Are you obligated to respond to Facebook party invitations? Is it rude to listen to your iPod while car-pooling?"
nytimes  etiquette  digitalculture 
april 2013 by warnick
The IRL Fetish
Nathan Jurgenson: "Nothing has contributed more to our collective appreciation for being logged off and technologically disconnected than the very technologies of connection. The ease of digital distraction has made us appreciate solitude with a new intensity. We savor being face-to-face with a small group of friends or family in one place and one time far more thanks to the digital sociality that so fluidly rearranges the rules of time and space. In short, we’ve never cherished being alone, valued introspection, and treasured information disconnection more than we do now."
nathanjurgenson  technology  digitaldualism  digitalculture  digitalself 
march 2013 by warnick
The Digital Dualism of "Digital Dualism" Critics
Tyler Bickford: "If you start with reality, and then you augment it, then you’ve got two distinct things that can always be distinguished. This is a dualist model! The solution here is to stop talking about 'reality' altogether."
tylerbickford  digitalculture  digitaldualism  digitalself 
march 2013 by warnick
Online/Offline/No Line
Michael Sacasas covers the digital dualism debate between Nathan Jurdenson and Nicholas Carr, pointing to Tyler Bickford's take on the exchange. I think this aside is important: "Let me pause at this point to say that it is not clear that all the parties in this conversation, myself included, have reached what the rhetoricians call stasis — that is, it’s not evident that those involved in the debate know what exactly the debate is about."
digitalculture  digitaldualism  digitalself 
march 2013 by warnick
Digital Dualism versus Augmented Reality
Nathan Jurgenson pushes back against the dualistic idea that we have a "real" self and a "virtual" self: "I am proposing an alternative view that states that our reality is both technological and organic, both digital and physical, all at once. We are not crossing in and out of separate digital and physical realities, ala The Matrix, but instead live in one reality, one that is augmented by atoms and bits."
nathanjurgenson  socialmedia  digitalculture  digitalself  onlineidentity 
february 2013 by warnick
The Email Charter
As someone who lives and dies by his inbox, I'm not sure how I feel about this. "Every hour you spend writing and sending email is probably consuming more than an hour of the combined attention of your various recipients. So without meaning to, we're all creating an ever growing problem for each other."
email  timemanagement  digitalculture  productivity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Has Facebook Ruined Love?
Interesting "Room for Debate" collection in the NY Times.
facebook  socialmedia  relationships  digitalculture  onlinedating  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
The 2013 Reset
Jeremy Zilar's technology resolutions for the new year. A great model for thinking about what should stay and what should go from our daily digital routines.
jeremyzilar  technology  digitalculture  onlineidentity  resolutions  socialmedia  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
The battle of freedom and control in a networked world
Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, writing in New Scientist: "In the world of networked individuals, the individual is the focus, not the family, the work unit, the neighbourhood or the social group. Each person creates their own network tailored to their needs, maintaining it through their email address and address book, screen name, social and technological filters, and cellphone number."
digitalculture  digitalself  socialnetworking 
august 2012 by warnick
Miss G.: A Case of Internet Addiction
Virginia Heffernan challenges the conventional wisdom on internet addiction: "There are certain popular diversions — television, video games, the Internet — that we pursue so deliriously we end up hating ourselves for loving them. Others we brightly recast as the duties of citizenship: newspapers, public radio, sports. All the while, cottage industries crop up to freak us out about our every last cultural pursuit. In recent years, it’s Internet use that’s been styled as potentially sick, and 'Internet addiction' a new reason for self-hatred."
internet  addiction  technology  digitalculture  virginiaheffernan  nytimes 
april 2011 by warnick
Print Culture 101: A Cheat Sheet and Syllabus
C.W. Anderson's syllabus for his "History of Print Media" class at College of Staten Island. Plenty to chew on here.
print  media  history  syllabus  publishing  printculture  digitalculture  technology 
august 2010 by warnick

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