“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.