Cambridge Analytica: Calling You From the Future

One element of John Cheney-Lippold’s We Are Data that I find most fascinating is the notion that being datafied persons makes us posthuman or cyborgs. What we are is no longer made up entirely of our thoughts and our bodies; it’s now a combination of our traditional notions of identity and the data-self algorithmically created and mediated […]

Cultural Homogeneity

Tim Wu, in The Master Switch, explains that “the age of ‘mass media’ upended by cable television was … a period of unprecedented cultural homogeneity” (214). This quote drove me to want to look at how cultural homogeneity may still exist in the present day. I cannot argue against Wu when he explains that, “since the 1980s, […]

Gateways to Creative Fields

“Employment insecurity”, a phrase Ruth Bridgstock uses in Creative graduate pathways within and beyond the creative industries, describes what those individuals who have studied and tried establishing a career in the creative field oftentimes feel. Why is this? While there are career challenges within the creative industry, there are tribulations within any field of interest, however, […]

News as it happens

The Gulf War began a new type of war journalism. CNN were not only the first 24-hour news channel, but also had 24-hour war journalists. This changed journalism, and started an ever increasing expectation to get news as it happens. This not only reached the American audience, but CNN’s coverage of the war was sent […]

One of the few things worth hitting Reply All for

The podcast, ‘Reply All,’ was launched by Gimlet Media in 2014 as one of the podcasts that support the company. ‘Reply All’ is hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman who used to host a technology and culture radio broadcast before they came to the show. The show has a similar feeling to This American […]

That’s a sporkful: A podcast for the eater

The political, social and environmental conditions under which people reside often determine how people relate to and consume food. By studying food, we learn about people. This is essentially the narrative of Dan Pashman’s podcast  “The Sporkful.”  Every Tuesday, Dan releases an average 35 minute podcast episode featuring a wide range of guests from neuroscientists […]

Finally, We Have A Pod To Save America

After years of feeling frustrated with the biased and unbalanced coverage of cable news, I was in desperate need for political content that is more honest and informative. Podcasts were exactly what I needed. Shows like the NPR Politics Podcast, Vox’s The Weeds, and the Slate Political Gabfest, provided the in-depth intellectual debate and the diversity […]