Contextual essay

Althea and Co The idea for Althea and Co first arose when I noticed the sudden increase of candles appearing on my Pinterest and Instagram. I loved the plethora of different aesthetics and the colours, shapes and blends. I really liked the idea of making and selling candles as I am a very creative personContinue reading “Contextual essay”

Algorithmic control III: Privacy, Surveillance, and the Price of Content

For the final week of content for BCM112 we discussed surveillance and privacy, specifically within the media. Most of us gravitate to our phones when we are trying to relax. The serotonin enhancing images and sounds that are portrayed on social media are a welcome distraction from the real world. Although being on our phonesContinue reading “Algorithmic control III: Privacy, Surveillance, and the Price of Content”

Algorithmic control II: Hardware Platforms, Access Permissions and Ideologies of Control

Locked Appliances vs Generative Platforms Locked appliances are devices that are in control. They have total control over the platform, the information that appears on the platform and all users of the platform. A great example of a locked appliance is an iPhone. Apple falls under permission culture as the company locks the options youContinue reading “Algorithmic control II: Hardware Platforms, Access Permissions and Ideologies of Control”

Algorithmic control I: Intellectual Property and the Content Control Industry

Before copyright, content creators had no property claims on their intellectual work. People could share and use content as they pleased and as a result people lacked incentive to create things. Berne Convention In 1886 the Berne Convention was founded as a way to protect creators work from being distributed freely. “The core of theContinue reading “Algorithmic control I: Intellectual Property and the Content Control Industry”

Internet paradigm IV: Hyperreality, Simulation, Spectacle

In this weeks BCM112 lecture, we learned about hyperreality, simulation and spectacle. This blog post will focus on hyperreality, detournement and control in the media. The word Hyperreality was first created by Jean Baudrillard, a French sociologist and cultural theorist. The following video details exactly what Jean discovered and the definition of hyperreality. Jean wasContinue reading “Internet paradigm IV: Hyperreality, Simulation, Spectacle”

Internet paradigm III: Framing and the Construction of Perception

Everything we see, from the news, to restaurant menus, to advertisements have been framed. The people in charge of producing the media present it with an angle; a frame. When it comes to things like ads, the framing is most likely going to be directed at a target audience. For example, this ad here isContinue reading “Internet paradigm III: Framing and the Construction of Perception”

Internet paradigm II: Distributed media and Meme Warfare

Media can be distributed thousands of ways across the internet. We have already covered some of the ways media is distributed through networks in last weeks blog post. This week we will dive deeper into distributed media and discuss how memes can be used as a form of warfare. Distributed Media Distributed media refers toContinue reading “Internet paradigm II: Distributed media and Meme Warfare”

Internet paradigm I: Networked Participation and Collective Intelligence

Network participation and collective intelligence are key factors in the distribution of knowledge on the internet today. Without it, people would not be able to bring their ideas together and learn from each other. Collective intelligence is all about the sharing ideas and knowledge among people online. “Collective intelligence is a form of universally distributedContinue reading “Internet paradigm I: Networked Participation and Collective Intelligence”