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Response: Hypertextuality: Moving Forward or Moving Back? (Revision)

Ilana Snyder makes a strong, compelling argument about the changes in textuality and the growing values of hypertext in the chapter “Reconceiving Textuality.” However, there are negative and opposing aspects to hypertext, which she does not consider. Snyder disregards the value of authorial intent. Although, hypertextuality is appreciated because it is a “democratization of access … Continue reading

Response #3 (a Revision of Response #1): Authenticating the Facebook Self: Privacy, Participation, and Radical Transparency

David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect asks us: “How much of ourselves should we show the world?” (199). In the construction of online identities, how does one decide what boundaries to set regarding what content to choose to display to an online community such as Facebook? Facebook has already chosen specific information that a user must provide … Continue reading

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

Response: Who’s the Real Jerk in Dogshaming?

Dogshaming was originally created when Pascale Lemire and fiancé Mike LeBlanc found their dog chewing a pair of boxers under the bed. Clearly, as any pet owner knows, the punishment is to take a picture of your dog looking fairly ashamed, with a note positioned beside the dog (and hopefully the destroyed object) detailing the … Continue reading

Response: Recapitulating the Public Dimensions of Digital Photographyand the Web

Amparo Lasen and Edgar Gomez-Cruz explore the public/private configurations of digital photography and the web in “Digital Photography and Picture Sharing: Redefining the Public/Private Divide,” commenting on the emergence of sharing intimate photos online through the development of digital photography. Lasen and Cruz state that “these changes have happened due to the possibility of controlling … Continue reading

Summary: Lasen and Gomez-Cruz’s “Digital Photography and Picture Sharing: Redefining the Public/Private Divide”

Amparo Lasen and Edgar Cruz explore the emergent trends in digital photography and the correlating private/public spheres of new media and digital photography in their article, “Digital Photography and Picture Sharing: Redefining the Public/Private Divide.” Lasen and Cruz  note the “pervasiveness of images producing devices and the sharing of digital images and personal in different platforms … Continue reading

DSLR and the Lack of Affordances

I think DSLRs are amazing cameras and afford incredible pictures because of how powerful the lens are, and the visual effects it affords. I do not own a DSLR so it was a new, yet fun experience to be taking pictures with it.  However, I found I was very careful with using the DSLR camera, … Continue reading

Only my mom can truly appreciate my Grad School Jenga

I just got a smartphone about a week ago and began taking pictures of my everyday life with it to post on Facebook, which is the platform for most of my online socialization. Although we tend to focus more on the affordances or conveniences of this instantaneous technology, I was more curious about people’s instantaneous … 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

The Woes of Point and Shoot Photography

Day 1 – Wednesday: I located my point and shoot camera in a neglected corner of my desk with a stack of CDs, and two old Nintendo DSs that I have since abandoned for my 3DS. My camera has been tossed aside much like the old CDs and handhelds in favour of the various iphones … Continue reading