Constructing Participants in Online Discourse

“The age of the public sphere as face-to-face talk is clearly over; the question of democracy must henceforth take into account new forms of electronically mediated discourse. [...] For Habermas, the public sphere is a homogeneous space of embodied subjects in symmetrical relations, pursuing consensus through the critique of arguments … Continue reading

Smile! You’re in Enron’s ad!

Those in new media studies tend to have a great distrust of Facebook, and for good reason. Facebook recently rolled out a new ad structure where companies like Starbucks may pay Facebook to find posts mentioning that company, then turn those posts into an ad for said company including that … Continue reading

Is there a “public sphere” in the cloud?

In The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Habermas traces the history of the concept of the “public sphere” – its rise and its decline. He argues that the “literary public sphere” (which arose thanks to a newly well-read bourgeois) eventually brought the rise of the “political public sphere” (a … Continue reading

The day that SOTU became #SOTU

The day has come that we can sit in class and watch tweets of the punchlines from the State of the Union address from the President. The president is in our streams – and about time. The infiltration of the “democratic” online “public” by both government and special interests has … Continue reading

Where you at?! and where’s my money?

Lately, the pervasiveness of location-based gaming (or clever marketing aimed at getting you to broadcast your locations and habits for the monetary gain of both the platform creators and business, whichever you want to call it) has been really bugging me. Really, it’s the fact that these developers allow ignorance … Continue reading

Current Project: SXSFixed 2010

Beginning March 13 at 8:30 a.m., I will be following 13 fixed-gear cyclists from Dallas to Austin documenting their trip from a not-so-cyclist-friendly city (ahem-Dallas-ahem) to one of the most cyclist-friendly cities in the U.S. during SXSW. Oh, wait… did I say fixed? Like, one gear, no coasting, FIXED?! Yes. … Continue reading

Get Nailed – with style

This was awesome enough to share. Hammer-and-Nail art. I cant’ seem to find this artist’s name, as every search inevitably ended with fingernail art and I gave up, disgruntled. Enjoy! *UPDATE: Artist is Saimir Strati.  Thanks to @ECDryere for finding it! Beautiful!