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What We Did:

Betty: For this last video travelogue, my duties were to make the intro animation, provide a statistical background for the basis of our travelogue and interview digital strategist Eric Mayville of Code and Theory. For the background information, I wanted it to be relevant to the material I got from my interview, so I focused on the growth of digital advertising, exploring the different kinds of advertising in terms of the money that agencies as well as firms are spending to produce them. Read the rest of this entry »

By Yuna, Liz, and Peter

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find out what it all memes:


-Kate, Whitney, and Cassidy

BY Austin, Jenny and Eva

We don’t want to disclose who did what, because guerrilla activism tends to operate without a hierarchical system–making it more difficult to break the infrastructure …
however, if you really want to know….
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by Liz Cullen and Kate Masaracchio

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto

The film follows the story of Brett Gaylor’s quest to uncover the changing concept of copyright law. He plays the game of asking the question of who owns the copyright of a song that is being used as a sample? He recruits Girl Talk to help in demonstrate intensity of the war on intellectual property, one that is between the copy-right and the copy-left.

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[By Austin, Eva, And Jenny]

Guerrilla activism is a form of culture jamming that empowers individuals, allowing marginalized voices to be heard, giving them a temporary platform to speak, and in turn empowers the collective with knowledge.

Ian Murphy is one individual who has helped inform the public and make them increasingly aware about America’s corrupt political ties to corporations, and particularly about the loss of collective bargaining rights by unions. The Yes Men work in a similar way of informing society with false knowledge to spread awareness of an injustice to have society change it while encouraging others to join their network and do alike. W. Lance Bennett elaborates on these ideas in New Media Power: The Internet and Global Activism and elaborates on these groups calling them “Global Activist Networks.”
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We decided to take a different approach from what we proposed last week for our travelouge. We still want to look into viral media but with particular focus on the meme. As we discussed in class there is a lot of confusion surrounding memes. What are they? How are they made? Who makes them? Where do they come from? When did the term meme first come about? These are all the questions behind an in-depth look at memes and meme culture. With our final travelouge we plan to explore this culture surrounding the meme in order to answer the questions that will help us better understand it.

Whitney has chosen to look into the history of the meme and answer the question of what they are and when they first originated as something in culture. He has already done research on the memes origins and found that the word meme originated with Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book Read the rest of this entry »

By: Chelsea Christensen, Queenie Yeung, Austin Royce, & Xuan Feng

Wired – The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online by Kevin Kelly

The article opens up with Bill Gates’ statement about open source advocates being “new modern-day sort of communists.” Though Kelly agrees with Gate’s idea to an extent, he compares the global phenomenon and cultural movement  of constant communication and interconnectedness to socialism by calling it a “revised version of socialism” and “the newest American innovation.”

Not to be confused with “your grandfather’s socialism,” this kind of socialism “runs over a borderless Internet, through a tightly integrated global economy. It is designed to heighten individual autonomy and thwart centralization. It is decentralization extreme.” Kelly compares old socialism to new socialism by saying that old socialism is centralized whereas new socialism is decentralized:

In old socialism, authority is centralized among elite officials, there are limited resources dispensed by the state and forced labor in government factories, government controls information, property is owned in common, and there are harsh penalties for criticizing leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

Erving Goffman’s discussion on “impression management” in his book “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”, leads one to believe that this adjustment of public performance acts as a mechanism of control. This form of control can easily be seen within the modern usage of Facebook and Tumblr, as people consider how others will view of them through these applications. In my analysis of Tumblr usage, I wish to see how people try to distance their performance and personas away from Facebook and their public image or continue a similar presentation. For example, my good friend who works with a rising internet company uses Facebook and Tumblr both with his real name and directly connected to a development of his everyday self. As a result, he refuses to add me (and others) on tumblr with more inappropriate names or content. This understanding of reputation and appearance is extremely important to some, while others either do not mind or use an alias as a means of free expression without worry towards their public image. I therefore propose the following questions in interviewing subjects on Tumblr usage and subsequent adjustment of self: Read the rest of this entry »