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U by Kotex Conclusion

I think there’s some bug there, the narration stops after 1 minute. I would love to see the video the way it was meant to be watched, would you look into it?

» Posted By mushon On April 16, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

The digital afterlife: what happens in social media when we die? Part III

I feel like we change after we die. I won’t like my profile to become a grave or an obituary or anything like that. I feel like my abscence in social media might even become amplified by social media. All these messages on my silent wall with no response. This is not how I would act. This is not how I would like to be remembered I would never want these almost narcisistic performances of memory and longing to take over who I used to be. I guess I have no choice though and neither would either of us. Or… maybe we should start a group on FB: “When I die I would like to be remembered as more than a facebook profile. Please delete me.”

(In the future watch out for mono/stereo issues in Audacity) loved this travelogue, thanks!

» Posted By mushon On April 17, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

Museums struggling for life?

Yes, indeed a very interesting topic you chose, and it’s so vast, I think we’re just scratching the surface. I believe the Whitney and other museums throwing social media at things are failing to assess incentives. What is the incentive of the people still known as the audience to “socialize” around the museum topic? How can the museum cater to these changing interests? An attempt like getting people to do free PR for the museum seems to me as an insincere and risk-free experiment that doesn’t hold much other than some novelty. Even that novelty only works to embolden the core contradiction:
Museums = old and tired institutions
Social media = young and exciting networks

» Posted By mushon On April 13, 2010 @ 8:52 am

Networking Knowledge: Sharing is Caring

(Not sure I’m legible to vote but if I would’ve been) I would vote for the digital native question or how are we (and the way we construct individual/group identity) gradually changed in evolutionary psychology terms by all these new communication technologies.

» Posted By mushon On April 19, 2010 @ 9:03 am

I vote for #3 – the Digital Divide as this year (next week) we would not be talking about it specifically that much. (btw, the other subjects are really worthy as well, if any of you are still searching)

» Posted By mushon On April 19, 2010 @ 7:20 am

@Leslie: Surveillance as a theme is definitely relevant and can extend our discussion of privacy. I feel it is more of a core issue than the effect of new media (rather than new technology in general) on the environment.

But that’s just me…

» Posted By mushon On April 16, 2010 @ 9:05 am

Not sure what does new media supposed to be doing in outer space but that might be the reason to learn more about it. I think it would also fit better as the new media / architecture subject might be at least partly covered by our Internet of Things readings and by Ryan’s focus on Augmented Reality.

» Posted By mushon On April 15, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

“Mashup Conclusion” (TDMC Remix)

Just to play devil’s advocate here: In my book avoiding being sued is not really an ethical dilemma. On the other hand, breaking the law might is.

» Posted By mushon On April 13, 2010 @ 8:42 am

Weekly Summary: Genomes, Singularity, and Biomedia

One thing I still awe you guys:
Jaron Lanier’s One Half A Manifesto: http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/lanier/lanier_index.html
It is as provocative as his more recent writing but this one is way more rigorous IMO.

» Posted By mushon On April 30, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

Electronic Waste: A Conclusion

Great summary.
I hope this travelogue would help inform the way we act on this subject in the future, either as consumers, producers, or civic actors. It is well structured too. I felt the length was precise and the pace was engaging.

I am really interested in how environment awarness is promoted through new ideological and aesthetic efforts both from the government (the celebration of the potential for “green jobs”) and from the entertainment industry (countless mainstream films from Wall-E to Avatar). Greenwashing is a good sign in the sense that it means green is a desirable quality. At the same time it is also a problem when the depth of this highly scientific issue is still not very accessible to most people who would just like the warm fuzzy feeling of “consuming green” rather than a more involved environmental responsibility.

It seems to me like curbside electronic recycling is a low hanging fruit for governments, it is something we are already conditioned to do. It can also start on a state level.

Last note on use of media. It seems like you’ve crossed from too much text to too little. You have a series of slides there that are more decorating than illustrating your ideas. Sometimes it’s ok to put text on a page, especially as a way of emphasizing that point. In that sense your third slide strikes that balance perfectly.

Overall again, good job. I’ve learned a lot.

» Posted By mushon On April 12, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

Mobile Donations – Concluding Post

What I found most surprising and you’ve mentioned it yourself is that the limited aspect of this form of participation has been its greatest strength, in more than one way.

First of all, donating by phone is simple and easy, you can really do it right away without having to think too much about it.

But then, after you donated, the frustration you feel about this limited participation does get you wanting to be more involved and help some more. In my case, it made me look online to more donation options and got me to donate online to a different Haiti relief organization. For others I am sure it informed contribution from the type Nadine wrote about in the Ushahidi travelogue. And I am sure it also informed some of the contributions to Chile.

In shorts this is a classic case study for how powerful this ladder of participation can be.

» Posted By mushon On April 12, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

what makes people collaborate online?

+1 on graceful failures and iterative design! Nice job…

» Posted By mushon On April 7, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

Why are tampon ads so obnoxious?

Great job. Too long, that’s true, but still, I learned a lot and since you didn’t have too many slides there I found myself listening to your narration while working on my Photoshop file (designing + listening to podcasts works for me). So that is actually good since when I wanted to see the visual I flipped back to the browser = flexible.

Now to the content. This is yet again a campaign trying to “get real”, to envoke corporate responsibility and to wrap itself in social causes. These are important causes no doubt, but still I come back to the question whether this corporate-marketing + social-cause = sustainable model.

To illustrate my point, Kotex got us to sign a petition to “break the cycle”, but would they sign a petition promising to refrain from ever (!) using these conservative images again? Can they promise us they would never show a girl in white spandex on a beach again? Obviously not, how can they?

I don’t want to come off as being too cynical, but I think there’s only so far a campaign like that can go. In the same time, I do prefer corporations fiddle with social responsibility than give it up altogether. It makes for a better world, I’m not sure it makes for better profit. Corporations are indifferent to making the world better, while they are solely dedicated to making a profit.

So the question remains, how can corporate responsibility be both sincere, sustainable and make business sense? And is there anything in Kotex’s new campaign to convince us they are on their way to discovering this complicated formula?

» Posted By mushon On April 7, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

Micah Sifry Updates “Social Networking, New Governing”

“Truman Show style democracy”, nice one, I might use that.

» Posted By mushon On April 7, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

It’s Time to Find those Ice Cream Trucks!

WOOOOT!!!
Exciting stuff… Now I need to go hunt for ice cream trucks.

Say, does the map always require the M$ Silverlight plugin installation or does it have a Silverlightless version? I hate when M$ tries to push their Flash competitor down the users throats…

I’m very happy that you got this working this week. It will give you another week to perfect the work. Another challenging task for you now would be to find a way to get people tagging. Any plans for that?

Exciting stuff, really… More user feedback to follow, as soon as I find a truck.

» Posted By mushon On April 5, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

Simulation of museums?

Based on how we discussed the subject in class, what aspect of this application is a simulation?

» Posted By mushon On April 7, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

Weekly Summary: Representation, Simulation and Fun

@ElzbthMllr :)
Think of FourSquare, how the founder of FourSquare took his earlier startup Dodgeball (bought and then criminally neglected by Google) and coded game mechanics into it to turn it to a huge success story and a great inspiration of how can user/consumer motivations/buying-patterns be harnessed/directed through games.

@Nadine
Good work. Looking forward to the discussion in class. + Try uploading images now and email me to let me know if it worked for you.

thanks,
Mushon

» Posted By mushon On April 5, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

Electronic Waste: How Do We Stop It?

Content:
Very interesting. Like many recycling challenges it is really hard to get consumers to care about waste, as we have built systems to just get it out of our way and forget about it. It is hard to build incentives to reconfigure our relationship to waste in general and e-waste specifically (especially when the new device quickly occupies our valuable attention).

I would love to learn how (/whether) environmental activists and organizations are developing approaches beyond education to create incentives like that and indeed disrupt our relationship to waste.

Some product designers are trying to consider the full lifecycle of their designs, but I can understand how electronic companies are less interested in marketing their products as “good to trash”.

Media-use:
Bravo!
Well crafted narrated slideshow. I think the format is working well for you and the content was well edited and narrated.
Still, I think you can get better about the choice of what to put in the slide. With every slide, try to ask yourself what is the information you need to display visually, especially when the content of your words is extensive. It is hard (for the audience) to both read and listen, and when the text in the slide matches the one you’re reading our mind tries to match the voice to the visual rather than focus on the content. Try to think what is the main points you want us to keep in mind, like one sentence or just a few words, or an image, even with no text. Try breaking to several slides or building them bullet by bullet to not overwhelm us visually and make sure your are leading our eyes just as much you are leading our ears. Keep it up!

» Posted By mushon On March 26, 2010 @ 10:09 am

Weekly Summary : Interface!

Very good job summarizing this week’s reading. I obviously have an invested interest in this week’s comments discussion and the one in class (where I’ll also preview the next version of ShiftSpace to you).
Just a quick remark about your last question. Web 2.0 is bullshit / Web 3.0 is also bullshit / The future is here, it is just unevenly distributed

» Posted By mushon On March 27, 2010 @ 7:40 am

Mobile Advertising: Location-Based SMS

Very interesting findings. Have Google been called on this patent issue? There’s a patent war going on in the mobile field right now. Some companies claim they file a patent only to protect their rights to use a certain technology and not get sued, some (Apple) actually use the patents to chill competition. This current patent issued would help situate your travelog and would probably make more information and analysis be available to you.
I would however rethink your choice of medium. I can’t see how slides are a better choice than plain text, at least not in the way you’re using them. I’d like you to use rich media not (only) because I said so, but mainly because it’s the right choice of media to deliver your ideas and thoughts. It’s not there yet… (Nadine’s tips might be one way to go, I’m sure you can vet other options too)

» Posted By mushon On March 25, 2010 @ 10:38 am

In the subway

1 on the idea and plan.
I’m still wondering about how will you get people to post to the site? How will they know about it? Ryan mentioned the marketing issue, it’s a big one.
I want to know more about your choice of categorization. Why? Why those? What if I can’t fit it in your categories?

» Posted By mushon On March 25, 2010 @ 10:44 am

Death and social media

Fascinating topic and good job on the podcast. I think a key might be the switch of a person from a social actor to a social object. Basically when you’re dead you are not active in a social network. Rather than a node, you become a part of the flow, like an event, a fan page or the latest meme. I think this is a huge shift and yet another way in which social media is too mathematical to represent our social lives.
There was a panel on the subject of your travelogue in SXSW last week. Maybe it can provide some leads for you: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/4406

» Posted By mushon On March 25, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

Marketing Peace: Aman ki Asha + Social Media

This can be fascinating.
It is always interesting when companies try to harness authentic voices to a social cause. It is bound to cause a conflict of agency and autonomy even when the cause is just and shared by the different parties involved. I wonder if you can find previous successful models for such an attempt and compare them to possibly drive some broader conclusions. Try to revisit Juliette’s travelogue from earlier in the semester for some reference too.

» Posted By mushon On March 25, 2010 @ 10:51 am

The Art of the Mashup/Remix Culture

Hahaha! Great mashup, lots of fun.
I think the question should be better defined though. Moreover, mashup has become a popular word. It doesn’t only stand for rich sample based videos and for the bastard pop music genre, it is used for data mashing: google maps meets craigslist. Wikipedia meets dynamic timeline and so on… Is there any correlations between these phenomenons? Or are they just sharing a 2.0 era buzzword?

» Posted By mushon On March 25, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

When the museum gets to YOU…

I think this travelog should go down to the bottom of the question what is a museum? What is it’s role? How is it contextualized in history? How can it change in this new media ecosystem? Obviously Walter Benjamin comes into mind here too. So what happens to the cabinets of wonder in the age of mechanically and socially networked reproduction?

» Posted By mushon On March 25, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

Mmmm…It’s Almost Ice Cream Season!

Yeah, you might be right about the name. though it might be good to register ictruck just in case and leave it as an option for later.

Try to think what kind of other queries can you run to get ice cream trucks by people who have not used the hashtag. Here’s a start.

» Posted By mushon On March 27, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

Maybe you should also switch your username to @ictruck just for consistency’s sake. Your current username is slightly too long as a twitter handle. @ictruck is available.

And as I wrote you by email, you should look into UMapper.

» Posted By mushon On March 27, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

Yahoo pipes is a great call. It think it is the right way to go. Please keep us posted about your process, it would be great if you manage to make mashups with Yahoo Pipes and share your knowledge with the class. Maybe consider presenting the results on an individual site. It thought the #ICtruck hushtag might be a good one to promote (ICtruck = Ice Cream truck / I see truck). ictruck.net or .org are available.

» Posted By mushon On March 26, 2010 @ 10:40 am

We’ve talked about porn, now let’s talk about periods

Sorry Alexandra, I didn’t mean it in a passive aggressive way at all. I have never had the chance to conduct a Skype interview myself but I heard it’s the easiest way to go. I can’t recommend much but this screencast seems very serious, and the Conversation Network are a trusted source in my book:
http://www.slideshare.net/dkaye/skype-for-interviews
I also embedded it in our resources page.

Again, sorry for coming off nasty. I actually am a big believer in trial and error and I like lmgtfy.com because it implies the kind of autonomy you can have without having to get my take on things. It’s a great way to say: “You have all you need to find the answer yourself”. But to judge by you being insulted by it, maybe it’s not so great… Again, sorry…

» Posted By mushon On March 26, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

here ;)

» Posted By mushon On March 26, 2010 @ 11:22 am

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