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, […]

Your privacy is important to us

Has anyone seen the movie Freaky Friday (2003)? That one with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis? Just watch the first 45 seconds of this clip and bear with me. In addition to posting this because I thought it would be funny to bring up a movie like Freaky Friday in a discussion this important, I also […]

Facebook Isn’t Your Friend: Blind Trust in Tech Giants is the People Relinquishing Power

In a blog post of mine from last week, I looked at the nature of data, particularly Big Data, in the realm of ethics and humanity. Is data losing its humanity because of the way we collect and process it? Does that make it unethical? Or maybe it makes it more ethical. I was not […]

A Monopoly’s Morals

The day before starting Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch (2010), I engaged in healthy debate with a good friend of mine on issues surrounding modern tech companies in regards to innovation, privacy, and capitalism. I argued CEOs such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos were positively contributing to society through their respective breakthroughs […]

Creativity & The Arts

Perhaps one of the greatest pitfalls in contemporary society is the absence of the arts and creative thinking in our psyche. To that end, Ken Robinson’s TedTalk really resonated with me, as did Austin Kleon’s presentation. I think the way the arts are presented to people is completely misconstrued. Math and the sciences are important, […]

Youtube Vs. Big Corporations: The Creation and Consumption of Content

In Tanner Mirrlees’ book Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism And Cultural Globalization he defines Cultural Imperialism (CI) and Cultural Globalization (CG).  Cultural Imperialism is essentially the idea that cultures that are less economically prominent rely on wealthy countries to produce their cultural media.  Cultural Globalization thus refers to the transmission of ideas and values […]

If You Like Privacy Invasion, You May Also Enjoy: Streaming’s Influence on Pop Culture

For decades, consumers looking for a distraction at dinnertime or a new sitcom to follow were forced to invest in a television set and all the stations that came along with it. Networks benefitted from this form of broadcasting; in splicing on-air programming with ad content, these TV companies were able to generate massive amounts […]