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 […]

Dangerous Data

Data doesn’t tell stories on its own. It has to be aggregated, collated, formatted…and that’s where the danger lies. The potential for misuse and misinterpretation runs rampant when it comes to algorithmically assigned identities and massive indices. It is this kind of 21st century dilemma that John Cheney-Lippold brings up in We Are Data: Algorithms […]

Identity Crisis

  Within the 21st century, technologies have been fused permanently within our daily lives, making it near impossible to imagine a day without simple interaction. Most people use the internet to browse and buy, use their smartphones for maps and games, and within film, we immerse our minds into the story of the screen. When […]

In the Form of Crunching Numbers: Data at Its Most Inisidious

“The 21st Century is a digital book… Your bank records, medical histories, voting patterns, emails, phone calls, your damn S.A.T. scores… [the] algorithm evaluates people’s past to predict their future.”

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, […]

The Battle of Conglomerates: Android vs. Apple

Team Android or iPhone? It’s been the age-old question for years… well, since 2008 when the first Android phone was released. As soon as the Android was announced, Steve Jobs trashed it in the New York Times. “Android hurts [Google] more than it helps them . . . it’s just going to divide them and […]

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, […]