Copyright lawyers HATE him

"And quite often, Disney’s great genius, his spark of creativity, was built upon the work of others."  - Lawrence Lessig It's a tale as old as time, true as it can be. Nothing is ever truly original. I like to consider myself a modern-day Shakespeare. You know, borrowing materials, sprucing them up a bit, making them …

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 …

A Proposal

It’s the week before final exams, you’re rapidly typing up revision notes, Spotify is on full blast and you’re in the zone. And then, it happens. Just one at first, but then another, and another… and another until the cacophony of vibrations emerging from your phone hits your final nerve – and you crack. Fast-forward, …

Oh, how times have changed…

 "What has been communicated (message) has been less important... than the particular medium which people communicate" - Marshall McLuhan As someone who's just spent a week physically editing film - let me tell you - it's not easy. Not to mention the sheer enormity of the process (just picture metres and metres of film rolls while …

When Push Comes to Shove

For about a week, I have been struggling with thinking of an idea for my BCM212 research task. And then suddenly I found myself confronted with an issue that - although right in front of me - I had never even considered. Push notifications! You know those (annoying) notifications - from Facebook, and Twitter, and …

Curiosity

Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone's mind. - Clara Ma, winner of the Mars Science Laboratory naming contest When I start writing a blog post, the first thing I do is search for, (or make) the cover image for the post. So, as always, I fired up Google Images and began a simple …

World War H

"Each successfully exploited target is theoretically useful as a means to infiltrating another possible target." - source In the beginning, we fought our wars with spears and swords, and then, with guns and grenades, and now with keyboards and codes. It is widely believed that our next world war will be that of a Cyberwar …