Dhruba J

Dhruba J has written 8 posts for New Media Genres

Response: Daniel Solove’s “Gossip and the Virtues of Knowing Less”

In “Gossip and the Virtues of Knowing Less,” Solove provides some suggestions on maintaining privacy in blogs while also acknowledging the difficulty of doing so in the netted world. After discussing socio-psychological and ethical conundrums surrounding gossip, Solove advises users on paying attention to the purpose, context, audience, and appropriateness of gossip—“the who, what, and … Continue reading

‘Amateur-ing’ SLR at a Kitchener Night

How do I know what I like until I take a picture? I borrowed an SLR from a friend of mine and walked out in the vanishing winter night of Kitchener to check if lights thrill me as much as they used to do as a child. My first encounter with electricity was when, at … Continue reading

Response: Reproducing Boundaries(?) in Shove et al.’s “Reproducing Photography”

Shove et al.’s “Reproducing Digital Photography” studies the practices of amateur digital photographers to illustrate “how technologies configure and are domesticated not only by individual users, but…by and in relation to the practices of which they are a part” (70). The term practice they use helps unfold the dynamic interplay of convention/newness and society/technology. Practice, … Continue reading

Summary: Shove et. al’s “Reproducing Digital Photography”

In “Reproducing Digital Photography” Shove et al. discuss the findings of their studies of the digital photographic practices of everyday amateur photographers. Drawing on Lator, they identity problems with the social sciences’ understating the role material artifacts play in our lives and the popular discourses’ overstating it (70). Turning to the practice (which they define … Continue reading

Summary: Brony Documentary, abcnews, and Daily Dot articles

If, as this video, which tries to encapsulate a Kickstarter-funded documentary, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” concludes, bronies “are the best fandoms of all fandoms ever”; if “in fact, they are cultural forces” that resist the mainstream culture’s intolerance of anything non-normative; if they resist bigotry and sexism, why is there still so much controversy … Continue reading

Summary: Ilana Snyder’s “Reconceiving Textuality”

Both critical theory and hypertext have mutually theorized and informed each other in redefining textuality, narrative, and the roles and functions of reader and writer. Ilana Snyder’s “Reconceiving Textuality” examines this convergence of hypertext and critical theory, something that both don’t seem to be aware of. Hypertext theorists and critical theorists have common interest of … Continue reading

Consumers’ Losing Battle Over Privacy Ownership, response 1

Daniel J Solove’s “Gossip and the Virtue of Knowing Less” raises important issues concerning privacy, issues that have become increasingly complicated in the advent of social media. Solove argues, in consonance with Helen Nissenbaum, that privacy is context-specific, and because of their context-relativity, all privacy cases cannot be treated in the same way. After pointing … Continue reading

Summary: Daniel J. Solove’s “Gossip and the Virtues of Knowing Less”

Privacy is a fraught term just as democracy, especially the free speech argument that underlies it. It is difficult to pinpoint what constitutes privacy and where the private/public borderline begin, end or collapse and overlap. Different people in different contexts consider privacy differently (time and situation, culture, individual and community values and interests), Thus privacy … Continue reading