Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bots, Trolls, and Influence

Here's a New York Times video story about the use of bots and trolls on social media accounts to influence American attitudes and ideas about politics and social issues. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy Birthday to Virginia Woolf

One of my favorite books of all time is Virginia Woolf's modern novel Mrs. Dalloway.  It's a poetic masterpiece, reflecting the day in a life of a London housewife whose major concern that day revolves around a party she's throwing that night.  But that's too simple.  The party reflects her effort to bring people together, an effort that is as artistic as anyone's painting, dance, or musical composition.  It's the artistic arrangement of people.
The novel presents the reader with some difficulties, as it shifts from one mind to another, but for the determined reader, it's a fantastic voyage.

One of my favorite new media projects related to this story is a mapping project, reflecting the ways in which the characters move about in their day in London.  Other mapping projects are available, but the Mrs. Dalloway Mapping Project is my favorite.  Check it out! 
Happy Birthday, Virginia. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Grumpy Cat Wins in a Copyright Case

I like seeing cases in copyright that illustrate the value of coming up with a good idea or a valuable expression.  Or maybe an expression of grumpiness, which, in the case of this cat, is an example of how the lucky cat owner was able to parlay the face of his pet into some serious cash.  Like almost 3/4ths of a million dollars.  Wouldn't that make you smile?  It's in The Guardian.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Brother Jay on Reverbnation

My younger brother Jay is a musician up in Boise, Idaho, who teaches and performs and puts things out on Reverbnation.  He writes many of the songs for the band he's in--Buckskin.  You can check out some of their music on Reverbnation here:  https://www.reverbnation.com/buckskinband

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Idiots at Work

The Tin Can Challenge to Old Media--A TED Talk by Dan Carlin at TEDXMtHood

Here Dan Carlin talks about how media and media access has changed in his lifetime, especially the ability to create and distribute media. 

One of our English for New Media Video Posts

Here's a video made by T.J. Bowman for the English for New Media assignment.  I like how it keeps the text with the name of the program and the name of the university on the screen at all times.