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Concluding Travelogue 3- FTC Rules on Blogging

Last week, I took a look at the ways in which blog writers have reacted to FTC’s proposed rule changes concerning blogger compensation, paid endorsements and gifts.  The proposed rule changes led to a vocal outcry from many bloggers, and sparked a debate amongst the many voices writing on the web.

Shifting gears this week, I want to explore the reaction of newspapers and cable news outlets to the proposed changes.  In particular, I want to see if these news outlets make any mention of the fact that traditional journalists are exempted from these new regulations.

Lets start with everyone’s favorite go-to news source, the New York Times. In an article dated October 5, 2009- Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure.  Most notable about this article is the tone it takes regarding the Internet and regulation.  Whereas many blogs took issue with the FTC rules seemingly applied haphazardly to advertiser and bloggers, while not applying to traditional journalists, the New York Times article believes this move it intended to open the Internet to further scrutiny and regulations more in line with newspaper and television.  The Times quotes Clay Shirky stating, “It crushes the idea that the Internet is separate from the kinds of concerns that have been attached to previous media.”  The article takes the tone that bloggers days of receiving free products or sponsorships are over, and that it the new regulations will increase accountability amongst bloggers.

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Creating the Virtual Body: Long Live the New Flesh!

As this travelogue is a week shorter than I thought, and it took me much longer to make a non-horrific Second Life avatar than anticipated, I’ve had to scale the scope of the project way back (the furry post is gone, sorry).  I’ve decided to focus on the actual act of creation, instead of how those bodies go on to potentially lived experiences. Read More »

All about the hype…where’d it go?

I know I was just as excited as everyone else to see if there was any profound revelations that might be revealed at the unveiling of the Droid by Motorola.  Unfortunately, even with the few revelations that were made, it was a little lackluster, likely due to its pre-hype status.  Though I planned on specifically discussing a few sections within this post, I think I will rather integrate some of this information with some of the newly unveiled information as they relate to each other.  So here’s a little run down. Read More »

Flash Me, Touch Me,or At Least Key Me In.

iPhone users have responded…

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So here’s a little more information on where our competition still lies and some more details into the differences that might, well…make a difference.

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Crowdsourced Fact Checking: What Can the Bobst Digitization Project Tell Us about Digital Journalism?

Last week Washington Square News reporter Jane C. Timm wrote that Bobst Library’s entire collection would be digitized. Not only that, but the project was on the government of Abu Dhabi’s dime. She said the digital archive was being created specifically for use by NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus, but would be made available in some context for use by NYU’s global campuses.

Not so!

According to a comment left on “The Ticker,” a blog maintained by The Chronicle of Higher Education, specific works will be digitized as determined by the academic needs of NYUAD over time.

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What Does the Droid by Motorola Bring to the Table to Make it an iPhone Contender?

     Although it hasn’t been “officially” announced, the Droid by Motorola is the newest Android OS based mobile phone to be announced, and pressumably the first Android based.  (I say pressumably because there is a new rumor that there might be another phone that might be released before the Droid by Motorola)  For this travelogue, I’m going to follow the lead up to the official announcement of this particular phone and the media/internet reaction to the device afterwards.  Unfortunately, it is looking as though the phone will not be release until November 9th, so I won’t be able to get my hands on it to give you all some first hand reporting.  On the plus side, there has been so much excitement around this phone that the news and the leaks are abundant.
How can this…
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Our Avatars, Ourselves: How Do We Construct Bodily Identity on the Internet?

Most people think of their virtual identity as being made solely of their words and actions:  this is my blog post, this is my handle, this how I fight trolls, so this is who I am.  It’s almost the perfect end to the Cartesian mind/body split–the body types, the mind is the identity.  However, I’m interested in how the body is present in the virtual realm.  Most people with an online identity have some sort of visual signifier, usually in the form of an avatar.  What we have here is a pretty basic example.  While a lot of us either haven’t gotten a gravatar yet or are using pictures of themselves, that’s not universally the case.  Mine comes from the TV show QI.  Elisa’s is kitties.  I can’t tell what Gabriel’s or H-Man’s are because they’re tiny, but it’s probably not their faces.  They are all an attempt to say something about who the user is, even in the case of regular face shots (I’d assume you all think they’re quite good pictures of yourselves and not random, potentially unflattering, shots [it sounds like I'm saying they're really ugly, but really they're all too tiny for me to tell]).

We’re all associated with the visual image we put out on the internet, just like a physical body (true story:  I have a facebook friend whose picture was, at one point, some scary painting of an old sea captain.  One night I had a dream that he was in [not that kind of dream], and his face was the sea captain’s face.  It was completely normal in the dream, but horrifying when I woke up.)  The only difference is, we have complete control over our digital bodies.  How, then, do we construct our physical identities on the internet?  While I could focus entirely on lj icons and the like, which are typically non-humanoid, I’m focusing on how we make humanoid avatars to correspond with our actual bodies.  Are they always idealized, or do they correspond to our real bodies?  How does internet romance work with an unrealistic avatar being the only visual component?  Is the possibility of an idealized body liberating, or is it destructive?  These are the main questions I’m interested in looking at, but I’d love to hear suggestions for more.