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“Do you just… apply theory to everything?” – Eurah

Hashtags are really just human classification of metadata – information which is traditionally used by computers to classify data. Does this mean that there’s this strange human-computer collaboration / hybrid happening? Given the NSA disclosure that they were snooping on conversations but “it’s ok since it’s just the metadata”, is this use of hashtags more insidious than we think? What about how tumblr uses the metadata to actually store more content or add a new ironic / sarcastic twist that was present in the main data? If the metadata becomes the main data, then how do you meta-classify the metadata? Is this a subversion of the previous points by creating an “anti-classification” or is it just falling in line with the previous problems? A simpler case would be analyzing the ironic usage of “#blessed”

Are there connections between women being perceived along the Madonna-whore complex and the perception of children to original-sin / original innocence?

“The lack of related work in your presentation makes it unscholarly” – Daniela, several times. The implication of this is that it is _intertextural references and knowledge_ that separates the amateur from the professional.

Proposal: the 3 axes of humanities interests. Rank yourself based on your interest in the following: cultural, aesthetics, and ontology (inherent qualities of the text). I’m mostly cultural with some aesthetics, James is almost nearly all ontology with aesthetics in service to that goal, and Mehitabel is more aesthetics than culture than I am.

“The goal is to minimize people behind the AI and make it seem natural” – lab meeting – strong reification

Hearing Jeff and Brad reminisce about SNES games and the Internet is quite something (Giant Bomb: SNES Classic Edition Quick Look)

Joining the Bagel Boy (good / bad youtube memes) Discord and entering the voice channel. Undistilled voices of 4chan becomes unbelievably disorienting. I’m immune to the hate in text form but hearing the impenetrable wall of voices is something else entirely. Having a brief chat with my Scandinavian Twitch fans and realizing that they are actually real people and have emotion and accents that are erased behind the text. Thinking about voice chat in video games and how quickly this media difference can get erased if you’re just constantly spewing hate.

Derrida x the text slashfic. “Oh baby, deconstruct me!”
“My Fair Lady” with literary theory instead of talking good. “The Rain in Spain” is replaced by “There is nothing outside the text!”

The immediacy of knowing locations from the NYtimes article about ICE taking people from Atlanta

A “game over” to someone who doesn’t play video games seems like a literal statement – the game is literally over and done. To people who do play games, a “game over” is a chance to restart, a chance to get better. Perhaps the concept of a game over is just a holdover from the arcade days when a game over would literally be your money ending the amount of times you can play. Now, the game ends when “you are content with the ending”.

The latency difference of the same NBA finals game being played in the same restaurant, which is nominally “live”

The learning curve of joystick familiarity

Using the livestream of the class as magnification for classroom blackboards

(h/t boorstin) The Library of Congress now packs their book in the most space efficient pattern in random bins rather than by content a la traditional cataloguing systems because they have too many books. They rely on the computer to tell them which bin each book is in. Feels reminiscent of library discussions in “Name of the Wind” — as soon as the computer system goes down, those books are going to be lost forever.

(h/t cesium) How do creator-dictated concepts of duration persist as technology gives us finer and finer control over media playback? (this post brought to you by Twitch adding a speed control to VODs) – Also consider pokemon emulation controls to the point where some of my friends finds playing a traditional Pokemon game unbearably slow

(h/t cesium) It’s not always that you’re using “technical solutions to solve social problems”. “Pingback and pagerank are specific technical tools that rely on a specific technical construct (the hyperlink) to tackle large abstract problems (connecting blogs that are in dialogue with each other; determining reputation and authoritativeness in an open network)”. You are always going to have a (technical) mediation for social problems, so coming up with technical workarounds for those technical mediations make sense, even though at its roots, it is still a social problem driving the intiial mediation.

Will B. considers himself an “Internet historian” just from spending time on the internet since its early days and being pressent for the conflicts. Consider then me, a “media studies scholar”, having to ask him for the oral history of why people left Digg for Reddit.


meh, seems undertheorized” – jrowan


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