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Electronic Waste: A Conclusion

Update from India –


Looks like we have a new global trash can you guys!

Oh & did you notice the new Best Buy campaign about e-waste? They’re offering to recycle & take in any e-waste, whether it was bought at their store or elsewhere … lets see how successful they are in the long run !

» Posted By niharika On April 25, 2010 @ 1:15 am

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

Really like that you used the cross-cultural perspective Nadine !

Personally I have also learned of a close friend’s passing through facebook, and to date continue to see his family members posting on his wall as if speaking to him … so in Ryan’s words it really does become a virtual tombstone – they use the various applications facebook offers to leave him gifts, flowers, funny quotes, their favorite photos of him, etc.
I know that for all of us close to his family we have talked off how we feel facebook is making it very difficult for them to let go off him, and there have been several moments I have had to refrain from clicking on his profile else it would just put me in a funk … so definitely I agree with Jimena & Leslie that virtual memorials, webpages et al just make it much harder to let go ..

» Posted By niharika On April 6, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

Micah Sifry Updates “Social Networking, New Governing”

Interesting …. let’s talk about this in class some more :)

» Posted By niharika On April 6, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

What is a museum in 2010? Part 2

Hey all,
How do you think what the Whitney Museum tried to differs from the virtual tours / panoramic views , etc that museums like the Smithsonian offer us?

Would a virtual view of the rooms we want to visit be better than looking at the images on Flickr?

SOme museum websites such as the CIA Museum allow you to click on artifacts on shelves and then zoom in & allow you to read information about them … would you prefer that to following a private tour on Twitter?

» Posted By niharika On April 6, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

Electronic Waste: Part Two

Similar to the situation described in Mexico, there is a lot of outsourcing of e-waste recycling to India as well. A recent report by the United Nations says that more and more e-waste is ending up in developing countries… India alone is expected to see a 500% increase in e-waste dumping and recycling in the next 10years (http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=612&ArticleID=6471&l=en&t=long)

E-waste reclamation costs are a few dollars in India as compared to approx $20 in the States, so once again to save costs the US is outsourcing to a developing nation. What you may not know is that the import of electronic waste or related items is illegal in India. So as with Mexico, the illegal dumping of a few hundred thousand tons of e-waste leads to the development of an informal, illegal economy and job creation, much more lucrative to the garbage pickers who survive by sifting through and selling garbage.

Check out this video I found on e-waste recycling & the health hazards the workers working in this industry are facing everyday .. (the narrator is kinda monotone, but I thought it was informative nevertheless)


India is however slowly cracking down on the situation through community programs and new legislation. Just yesterday in what can be described as the first major initiative to address the problem, e-waste disposal bins were placed around New Delhi in some schools and public areas, and more are to come.

Oh, and Elizabeth here is a paper comparing E-Waste Recycling in Switzerland & India, in case you want to take a look … http://www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/*/51479

» Posted By niharika On April 6, 2010 @ 2:02 am

Marketing/Education in Kotex Advertising

Alexandra, from a purely cultural perspective, I think its very true about Menstruation being that taboo topic you still don’t discuss in public. In a lot of more conservative and traditional societies women are (or were) made to feel ashamed of this very biological thing … Also with the lack of education both here in the States and elsewhere, I think viral campaigns are extremely helpful in getting younger girls aware and educated on the facts.

» Posted By niharika On March 30, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

Hey Alexandra, good job on the video :)

» Posted By niharika On March 30, 2010 @ 6:27 am

What is a museum in 2010?

This relates to my (incomplete) travelogue on Virtual Wanderlust… Imagine if we could experience a museum, a show, a virtual walk around monuments and a foreign city? How does this change our consumption of art and travel? After all one is observing and absorbing through a computer screen …. how does this effect or influence our engagement with these places and experiences??

» Posted By niharika On March 30, 2010 @ 6:22 am

Voices of Dissent: How Indians and Pakistanis are using Social Media to air their opinions!

Thanks for all the comments you guys :)

First off, about the background of the conflict, the course the media campaign has taken so far and the perceptions and notions each country has of the other, that was the introduction I meant to put up last week, but due to various tech-related issues I lost the slideshare presentation I had created, etc… so will be trying to get that up tomorrow sometime and that way everyone can get caught up (Sorry!!)

I wish I could find a translation of the song lyrics, which I had originally wanted to use as subtitles in the video. The song conveys through Urdu/Hindi lyrics the similarities the countries share, how all people want to do is eat, play and celebrate together, and how long it has been since people who were originally from one land have come together! The chorus literally says – You are on my mind even if not in my sight and my songs call out to you when you are not here …

@ Honieh, just uploading the slideshow which should answer your questions about the online campaigning.

@ Harris, I found that image by chance and just had to use it !!

» Posted By niharika On March 30, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

Slideshow coming up…

And the video should be viewable in a little bit :)

» Posted By niharika On March 30, 2010 @ 6:34 am

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

This is very interesting, I had no idea that Google allows you to request access to a deceased person’s email.
I have often thought of what happens to all the information one stores online, in these virtual spaces that only we have access to…. how taxing it must be for family and friends to try and gain access to this information which may hold important details of the estate of the deceased person. (Especially considering how many mundane everyday tasks, which otherwise involved paperwork, are now performed online)

Are there laws and legislative measures protecting these virtual estates? Have there been cases of misuse of this information found on the web?

» Posted By niharika On March 28, 2010 @ 12:12 am

Mobile Advertising: Location-Based SMS

Hey Dan,
SMS Advertising is huge in India, in fact I used it a few years back while doing a major marketing campaign for the travel company I was working with and we had a decent response. There are websites and applications that help you send out mass-sms for little or very reasonable costs, thus allowing even small businesses to take advantage of a very useful marketing tool.

The last I used a cell phone in India, it had reached levels of annoyance to be honest… which is what I worry would happen with location-based SMS in a developing economy (probably elsewhere as well) where laws and structures to curb such practices are more difficult to implement and take longer to be framed. So it could go either very well, or become annoying and creepy eventually …. So I’m wondering, is there a way to opt out of this service? Oh, And I think mashup maps are a great idea for your travelogue.

» Posted By niharika On March 30, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

Death and social media

Nadine, it really does become a virtual tombstone. My friend’s sister, mother and girlfriend are continously tagging old photos of his, scanning in new ones, etc and whats worse they leave him msgs, as if he were reading them.
Furthermore, Facebook now has a function where if you email them about the profile of a deceased person, they will remove features such as – Current Location, etc from the profile, making it a dormant profile of sorts, but a memorial nonetheless.

» Posted By niharika On March 23, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

I have been thinking of writing a paper on this very topic for over a semester now… I have experienced this first hand over the past year, after the tragic loss of a close friend. I have found that his facebook page seems to have become this virtual memorial for many people who continue to talk to him and leave him messages as if reaching out to him in ‘that other world’… It is a disturbing experience, and if anything has prolonged the mourning process for me personally.
Another unnerving phenomenon is that of finding out of a person’s death online, before being informed in person by family or friends.

» Posted By niharika On March 23, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

No Strings Attached – Does Web 2.0 Aid Sexual Liberation?

Dan, I disagree with you to an extent … in the past few decades media, be it film, tv, magazines and now social media, has directly or indirectly influenced human behavior!

While it is a psychological and innate human need to be drawn to the dominant player, or someone who is our complete opposite,etc the reality of such situations is very different. It is in the absence of such realities playing out the way we would like, that these alternate spaces and identities have drawn people in … and whether we like it or not, the media does reinforce certain stereotypes and notions and rituals that we conform to(eg – the hype around the rituals and ‘traditions’ that form Valentines Day)

» Posted By niharika On March 2, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

@ Leslie, I have also read about people dating or hooking up via gaming communities and websites, people even adopt their gaming persona as an alternate identity (or role play).

@ Harris, in response to your questions – I definitely think that Web 2.0 is transforming many offline social rituals, whilst creating new ones simultaneously. The social cues and motivations, and codes that govern these alternate spaces on the web both alienate and facilitate users, in my opinion!
Whether or not these alternate identities and realities translate into real-life sexual encounters would be intriguing …. yes we have all read the stories of people meeting their partners in internet chat rooms / websites, but how does real, human interaction, without the constructs and walls of the web play out?

» Posted By niharika On March 2, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

Apple’s Anti-Porn Crusade: Why is Apple doing this and where is the line of impropriety?

Take a look at this…

» Posted By niharika On March 3, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

How is the Tea Party Movement using the Internet Age, ie Twitter, to it’s advantage?

Just read up on the Coffee Party and what is even more interesting to me is that the 2 party political system prevalent in this country seems to be crossing over into the Social Media realm as well – The Tea Party vs The Coffee Party!

I would be most intrigued if social networking sites and the ever-growing space of the Web were to give rise to alternate voices, apart from the Republicans and Democrats and encourage a multi-party alternative US.

» Posted By niharika On March 2, 2010 @ 11:16 am

Cyber Sex and Booty Calls

Harris, not sure if this ties in with what you’re trying to do, but interesting for you to explore anyway —
You should check out a website called ‘Seeking Arrangements’.. It takes the ideas of loneliness, need for companionship and desperation to a whole other level. The website is a meeting ground where wealthy, lonely men and women seek (younger), needy men and women. Essentially Sugar Daddies / Mommies, looking for Sugar Babies. The commercial and financial side of these relationships is quite interesting…in fact The New York Times even did a story about this website last year!

» Posted By niharika On February 23, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

Google just won’t go away! Check out “Living Stories”

While I agree with Ryan and Honieh that Living Stories could help us save time and give us updated information in an instant, I have to also wonder like Juliette, whether we would be losing the big picture and the little details that sometimes make up certain stories or current events. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over time, especially if more news sources were added on ….

» Posted By niharika On February 23, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

Travelogue 3 – spoiled for choice

I think the digital books issue is quite interesting, and one of significance to us as students as well. For example, consider (the controversial) long term plans NYU has, to digitize material from its vast library for remote access to its new Abu Dhabi campus.. any thoughts ?

» Posted By niharika On February 23, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

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