Screen Streets

Today, we live in a world dominated by screens. They're in our homes, schools, offices, shopping centres, petrol stations, bars, airports - you name it. Ambient screens have allowed potentially anywhere to become a medium through which content can be displayed. But, where are they? What do we see on them? And, are people actually paying …

Framing Matters

"Frames serve to simplify a complex issue or choice by emphasising one dimension over another." -  Matthew C. Nisbet "Framing is inevitable in making media". When media is packaged, it usually has a central storyline, derived from the schema from which its frame is based. This schema reflects pre-existing ideas that the frame is intending to …

Shoot ’em in the stack

  "While we weren’t looking, the walled garden won." - Jon Evans Let's talk about stacks. For Takeshi Kovacs, 'stacks' "serve as a receptacle for the human consciousness". For the average American, a stack is the perfect breakfast snack. And for us, today, stacks are media technologies that have layers which permit subsequent layers. And if …

Z U C C ~ A Transmedia Tale ~

Transmedia storytelling expands well beyond blockbuster movie franchises. My first recollection of Mark Zuckerberg was as this ominous demi-god who ruled over all the internet-land [pictured below]. Facebook revolutionised the way we use the internet. In fact, in some cases, people actually think that Facebook is the internet, or rather, that it is so dominant that the …

World War Meme

When I say 'meme warfare' it's easy to picture legions of Pepe's sprinting fearlessly towards a herd of Doge's. But, unfortunately in the real world, meme warfare more resembles politically motivated memes which aim to control a narrative. In saying that, let's take a look at the CNN Meme War of 2017.  Here, we see …

New news, new problems

"Simple equation: free, open uncontrollable Internet versus shackled newspapers equals no newspapers. Let's get real" - Rupert Murdoch In a world where everyone is a publisher, news is no longer a pre-packaged product. It is no longer sold to us to passively consume, such as in the days of the legacy media's predominance. Thanks to …

“Congratulations. You’re now married to Mark Zuckerberg.”

Would you marry someone who knew more about you than you do them? Because that's exactly what signing up for Facebook is: a blind marriage of data. With this week being all about information access it was a conveniently perfect time for Mark Zuckerberg to finally screw up. As I was doing some article searching …