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A Victorian’s Guide to the Digital Galaxy

The term “Website” is outrageously passé, isn’t it? It doesn’t quite capture and describe what they are. Regardless of what one calls them—cloud-based platforms, mobile apps, Web services, social networks—they are certainly sprouting with a feral intensity, almost with impunity.

Culture, Digital

I Broke Up With Facebook

I deactivated Facebook recently. I won’t spend much time proselytizing about it, because people seem to get pretty touchy and self-righteous about this topic. Let’s just say I was sick of it, and I felt ready for a change.

Commentary, Culture, Digital

Rx: A Noun, 2x A Day

“WordPharmacy,” at first glance, appears to a pharmacy. Shelf after shelf of an assortment of colorful little boxes, behind glass displays, containing, one imagines, soft capsules, chalky tablets, a bitter syrup, a yard of gauze.

Culture, Digital

A Long Line Of Tags

Consider the “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” An Impressionist work by the French artist Pierre-August Renoir, it is a part of the Phillips Collection, in Washington, D.C. Its brief caption provides the viewer with its title, the artist’s name, and the year of its creation. The information is basic, and adequate—seemingly.

Culture, Digital

Critics Or Tweeps? Who’s Stronger?

In a recent essay in The New York Times, Anne Trubek writes about contemporary writers tweeting as a way of “socializing” with their readers.

Culture, Digital

Is Collaboration Overrated?

Groupthink was then known as herd mentality, best embodied by Eugene Ionesco's play, “Rhinoceros,” the story of a man who resists becoming one of the many lackeys of state power.

Culture, Digital

Conjoint Words in the Age of Pixels

CoverCake. BlackBerry. TweetDeck. HootSuite. MySpace. GrubHub. Were Rip van Winkle to rouse from his sleep on today’s date, and encounter the above words, he may well take them to be...

Culture, Digital

The Digital Divide and The Great Big Whatever

Too young, too young. Such a loss. Live fast, die in a Florida retirement home during the afternoon encore of Wheel of Fortune. Sex, Drugs and Rockefeller.

Commentary, Culture, Digital
To Like and To "LIKE"

To Like and To “LIKE”

If I truly like it, I won’t ever “like” it. That’s the mantra I abide by in my life in the digital plane.

Culture, Digital
Photojournalism and Intellectual Property Theft

Photojournalism and Intellectual Property Theft

Over last year, BJP reported that the Daily Mail Online had been accused of infringing on photographers’ copyright five times.

Culture, Digital

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