The Future of Virtual Reality—“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself But It Often Rhymes.”

  Introducing virtual reality— a technology that would be harvested to create a new way of interacting with media that seemed to be only a couple of years ago right out of a science fiction movie. Despite being quite young in its career in regards to the media industry, the virtual reality field has spawned […]

Giants of Entertainment Vs. Netflix

Over the past decade or so, the entire media, film, and television industry itself has once again undergone vast and rapid changes. One of the largest and relatively unforeseen disruptors of the creative industry has been the popularization and success of the online streaming service, Netflix. The company’s rise to success was so quick and […]

Conglomeration Rule

  The Conglomerate Rule The 1930s and ’80s have never been closer. Though your first thought was probably to deny any connection between the deeply distant decades, these eras parallel each other more than we would like to admit. Obsessions with underground clubs, flashing lights, and cocaine as well as the looming presence of crashing […]

The Paradox of Neoliberalism

When reading Empires of Entertainment (Holt) I was struck by one particular quote; “Robert Britt Horwitz explains in The Irony of Regulatory Reform (1989) that deregulation incorporated a “surprisingly heterogeneous” political coalition that was aligned against continued government regulation.” (Holt, 12) The phrase “surprisingly heterogeneous” regarding the state of media landscapes rings true even almost […]

Datafied Social Connectedness

Much of the time that I spend scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, a part of me always asks: why am I seeing these particular people’s posts and pictures over others, after all they are all my Facebook ‘friends’ so shouldn’t they all be equally valued. Similar questions come up with dating apps like Tinder, […]

Dividual Privacy

“As procedural data due process tells us, we need to build into privacy’s conceptual foundation a recognition that we all expect different types of privacy in different contexts — even if those contexts are algorithmically produced” (p. 234) –We Are Data, John Cheney-Lippold Privacy policies have always been something that has interested me, because we essentially […]

“My name is Legion, for we are many”

Data is frightening, especially Big Data, and when you realize how it is used by so many…that’s the worst. However, there are not enough queries regarding whether or not it has to be this way. There is a constant identification of problems with little follow up. Are we bound to let ethical data usage slip […]