zzzxq has written 6 posts for New Media Genres

Response: The Actual Ideal Self: Social Networking and Self-Discrepancy Theory

In chapter three of New Media, Lister et al. suggest that, when communicating through different types of media, we adopt different identities as a consequence of each medium’s particular affordances – the way we express ourselves through email is different from how we do so via Facebook, for example. The authors go on to address … Continue reading

Hipstamatic: Retro Photography for iOS

Hipstamatic is an iPhone application which allows the user to take photographs using the iPhone camera with added effects and filters. The software has the appearance of a film camera and the various effects are represented as swappable films, lenses, and flashes.     Apart from taking a few pictures of my pets every time … Continue reading

Summary: Text From Dog, Dogshaming, Awkward Family Photos

Text From Dog is a Tumblr site created by October Jones offering screenshots of text message conversations between October and his dog, Dog. Topics are generally dog-related (chasing balls, postmen, etc.) and frequently involve Dog’s alter-ego Batdog. The texts use a minimal amount of chatspeak, and frequently involve swearing. The site doesn’t accept outside submissions, … Continue reading

Summary: Rhiannon Bury’s “Nice Girls Don’t Flame”

This chapter of Cyberspaces of Their Own talks about politeness in two fan-fiction mailing lists with mostly female members: the David Duchovny Estrogen Brigade (DDEB) and the Militant RayK Separatists (MRKS). Bury begins with a brief history of etiquette, explaining that women, when in mixed-sex groups, tend to introduce topics and support discussion rather than dominate it. Although … Continue reading

Response: Transparency and Personal Development in Facebook and Games

In David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect, Mark Zuckerberg and others insist on the benefits of a more open and transparent society, suggesting that the ideal to strive for is consistency in behavior. Behind these claims is Zuckerberg’s conviction that “having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity” (199). By collecting … Continue reading

Summary: Helen Nissenbaum’s Privacy in Context, Ch. 4-6

Chapter 4: Locating the Value in Privacy Ruth Gavison (1980) argues that a neutral conception of privacy, without any inherent value judgements, is important because it allows us to discuss privacy independently of whether that privacy is good or bad, acknowledging that different levels of privacy may be better or worse in different contexts Jeroen … Continue reading