Attack on Anime: an Industrywide Implosion

Since the 1970s the America has had an undeniable fascination with Anime, the distinct art of Asian, often more specifically Japanese, animation. Many fans who fell in love with the medium dream about moving there and pursuing a career creating the artwork that they grew to love. Animator Henry Turlow did this, and highlights some […]

How Batman and the Bros. Modeled Media Conglomerates

The media industry was sent into a frenzy when Time, Inc. and Warner Communication’s Inc. announced a merger between the two media giants, right on the heels of Warner Bros. release of Batman in the summer of 1988. The film possessed not only a chart-topping soundtrack, but also the first of many successful DC Comics character […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MAYDAY: System Failure

Algorithms maintain a consistent presence within our lives. We constantly encounter them through web searches, ASR devices, and even within our daily jobs. In many ways, algorithms are considered useful and can be considered maps for finishing and processing tasks. What turns useful algorithms into dangerous applications, is when they become embeded into our logical […]

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 […]