Drones in the Cloud: Attending to Snapchat

I don’t know enough about you To be kind, to be kind to you Don’t you even think about me — Cymbals, “The Natural World” The Cymbals’ electro-pop lament of unrequited attention (‘love’) has the same furtively repetitive energetics of yearning through ‘refresh’. Refresh the inbox, refresh the stream, refresh the wall. Repeat. Has the […]

ebooks: or the

Appending ebooks to something is a practice belonging to subcultures on twitter and derived from the meme surrounding the horse_ebooks twitter account. Here are some notes on the cultural meaning of ‘_ebooks’.   [] [] []   Various ‘_ebooks’ accounts have been created. What they all have in common is the algorithmic act of sampling source material and […]

Adorno as a critical theorist of temporality

Any critique of Adorno’s concept of the culture industry or mass culture that begins by introducing the notion of identity and the relation between identity and any segment of culture focuses on what is essentially the weakest, if not inconsequential, part of Adorno’s critique. The ‘identity’ critique is based on an overvaluation of the importance […]

Engagement and Academic Media Ecologies

EDIT 17/08/11: Updated final draft of unit outline here. I am in the process of redesigning the content of an introductory first year undergraduate media studies course that I shall be teaching in second semester of this year. I’ve presented a rough draft of a list of weekly topics and readings to a meeting of […]