Databases and Narratives: symbiotic enemies?

“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.

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Some research gaps don’t need to be filled

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.

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