“The Database” by Lev Manovich left me wondering what it is I had just learned about. For me, the entire piece was confusing, probably due to my extremely limited understanding of databases and “new media” to begin with. But one thing that left me particularly confused was the relationship between databases and narratives.
Last week in class, we discussed internet trolling at length. Essentially, these trolls are people who engage negatively with others online just because they want to. I found similarities in how Samuel Woolley talks about bots to how we talked about trolls in class.
In Patt Morrison’s article, she mentions that Australia has an anti-trolling law. This interested me, because the issue seemed so novel, niche, and indescribable that the idea of a federal law against it seemed unlikely. It turns out that New Zealand passed a similar law as well.
After reading the article “We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in GIFs,” I wasn’t sure what I thought of it. Instead of forming an opinion right off the bat, I decided to look at the metadata attached to the article.
Surprisingly, the hamburger you ate for lunch and the cloud storage you sent the artsy photo you took of it to may have more similarities than you think when looking at them through the lens of environmental concerns.
The study “Social Topography in a Wireless Era: The Negotiation of Public and Private Space” by Lee Humphreys aimed to observe and explore how people negotiate their private and public senses of self and privacy when they use their cellphones in public spaces. The study was conducted from 2002-2003, years before the first iPhone hit the market. I think that is why this article at times feels idle and meaningless.
The title of this post was inspired by a Reddit post entitled “Is Neuromancer confusing and poorly written, or am I stupid?” that accurately summed up the feelings I had while reading the novel. The question led me to two possible answers; a mathematical one, and one from the author himself.