Category Archives: Technology & Culture

A Man of Faith

I’ve been at my parent’s house, my home for the past few days and tomorrow I must return to the city.

I feel this experience has been more or less an awakening as to my “official” stance on technology, but don’t hold me accountable for it.

For you see as I see it there are two ways to look at anything as: a man of science or a man of faith. And yes, I got this philosophy from “Lost”. On the show, the character John Locke posed this question to Jack Shepherd, who couldn’t understand the world around him.

A man of faith accepts and works with his current environment to find a path. While a man of science questions and probes for methods to conquer the environment. Neither is right nor wrong, but simply two ways to be.

Which leads me to the point of why I have labeled myself as a man of faith. I am a digital native, but also a rural man. I’ve been posing as a urban man for quite sometime, but the urban environment is for men of science. It has been optimized for getting the most in the least, but I like to take my time. Even if it means I need to wait longer for the end product. I’m a fan of the journey.

Which leads me to technology. I may be rural, but when I was born my family had a broadband connection. I’ve always live within the internet. My various avatars are living parts of me within the community. While I would enjoy to be a well known member of the community; I can’t agree with those who seek to optimize and force their avatar on to others. I will use the internet to showcase, not market my work.

I think this stand comes from my nature roots. An early name of the DJ was Techno-shaman. I like the sound of that because it fits how I view digital society: one big tribe.  I am a member, who wants to contribute rather than dominate.

That is why generally I’m pro digital advances. I don’t fear the new, but will adapt and it will flow into me. I’d rather not question or mention the potential for abuse as such things exist with all tools.  Rather, I’d like to play and experiment and explore to see where the tool can take me for some that may mean hitting the lottery or others it may mean spending years in relative obscurity.

For I believe the internet like nature runs on different laws than man. We can try to define them and control them, but they will shift and make a fool of us all. I will shift with them and never wonder why or how, but know it has changed.

Let me translate that for you: Let the internet be and you will find a way. Don’t try to be the trendiest because by the time you understand the trend enough to mimic it, the internet will have shifted. Be true to yourself and relent control and the internet will take care of you. Don’t be afraid of the unknown and especially don’t deny the unknown until its known because by then you will be too late and may have missed the adventure of the life time. Believe and it will be so!

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I saw Julie and Julia and I’m starting a Blog!

Well, no actually, I didn’t see the movie. I read some spoilers and reviews. I don’t particularly wish to see this movie. Please feel free to convince me, as David Weinberger said in our interview earlier today…we all disagree. But there is no doubt Julie and Julia has created a big splash in the blog-o-sphere.

The Winner of the Julie and Julia Competition is…Well, blimey. Who knew that the chance to win Julie & Julia and a cookbook would turn out to be the most popular competition and most commented on entry in the entire blog’s history? That’s amazing The Medium is Not Enough Blog

The blog craze is hitting America! Watch out!…Wait…I thought that already happened…or did it? Julie and Julia is the first feature file to feature blogging. Suddenly, blogs are popping up everywhere, inspired by the story.

Could this be a step towards more citizens understanding the meaning and power of the blogosphere? Dr. Weinberger said that the internet is a more democratic model than the previous mass media model. So I say go for it! Go for it everyone! Remember that the internet is an economy in and of itself, where one has complete freedom and accessibility to create and distribute any product they please. Like any other marketplace, it rewards hard work and dedication. The ease of attaining and designing your website is a small step, like creating a bank account. It is up to you to keep increasing your funds, advantages, resources.

Anyways, more thoughts on blogging to come. Tis’ the tech on my mind at the moment. Quite refreshing in comparison to 1984 reality fears.

Watch the Julie and Julia Trailer! [Filmofilia.com]

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First Show

Reminder: the first show is on air tonight at http://etin.emerson.edu/ from 6 to 8
call in at (617) 824 8100

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Webcams are not our friends?

For those who do not know, in theory a webcam is always receiving data from the outside world.

Normally this isn’t an issue until now

A school district was spying on kids at their home. This is insane, my computer is stored in my bedroom where like many others, I change and have private discussions. For anyone to say they have the right to look at my actions off their property is ridiculous.

I am told to keep a private life, but then when I try to have one, THEY invade it.

Today’s issue isn’t young teens putting up lewd photos because quite frankly those activities are simply a part of growing up and society might benefit from being more open with our desires. I like to picture what the Puritans would think of 50’s America. Progress is like life rarely clean. But this isn’t a rant on society’s openness of activities.

It is the fact that organizations are the greatest source of Trojans in our modern lives. 5 years ago, the “lone hacker” was the scariest being on the internet. Now, we are given free resources or forced to accept free resources in the case of school provided laptops, but must accept a constant Big Brother.

I control what I let on the internet, I’m pretty liberal with what information I let out, but I accept that as the price to pay. however, I fear a future where the companies subsidizes the cost for new technologies, but monitor my activities for “data research. Just like I oppose Comcast’s idea for a camera in the cable box to better give me advertising. I think the target audience for a job works well enough.

But how can we rebel when our tools have been loaned to us by the Tyrant?

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Podcast 001: Coming Soon…

Check it Out Live Sun 02/01/09 @ 6pm on ETIN

We will be introducing our topic: Technology & Culture.

Join the conversation, check out these articles for some backround info:

The 2000’s: Everyday America, Bob Batchelor, Pop Culture Universe(Found in Emerson Library Database)

Sex, Death and Machinery, or How I fell in Love with my Prothesis, a chapter from Allocquere Rosanne Stone’s The War of Desire and Technology, (1998)

The New Luddites, a chapter from Microtrends by Mark J. Penn & E. Kinney Zalesne (p 257-261

We will also discuss the new ipad released by Apple recently.

We suggest these videos for purely entertainment value:

Apple’s newest product

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