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Response: Brony Memes: A Form of Social Activism

My Little Pony (MLP) is a series of toy ponies, first introduced in 1981. Since then, MLP has grown significantly—it has created games, movies, and a television show. The television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was created and intended for little girls, however, its fan base has grown to boys, as well as … Continue reading

Response: Nancy K. Baym’s “Digital Media in Relational Development and Maintenance”

Nancy Baym’s article can be summed up as dealing with two important issues – the progress of online relationships, and the nature of those relationships in comparison to offline relationships. Basing much of her arguments for the nature of online relationships on her personal friendship with her “Swedish boyfriend”, Baym chooses secondary texts and surveys … Continue reading

Response: The Misguided Revolution

Jay Rosen enthusiastically voices his dissent for mainstream media in “The People Formerly Known as the Audience.” The chapter expresses a revolt of the public against the oppression once exerted by powerful media such as the printing press, radio and television. Rosen claims that new media overturns the top-down divulgence of information by giving previously … Continue reading

Response: The Inevitable Umbrella of Big Media

Jay Rosen’s The People Formerly Known as the Audience, asserts that Big Media do not “own the press, … don’t control production on the new platform, which isn’t one-way. There’s a new balance of power between you and us” (15). Rosen positions the audience in a position of power, nodding to Tom Curley’s view that … Continue reading

Response: 50 Shades of Heteronormativity: Sharon Cumberland’s Take on Female Fandoms

Sharon Cumberland’s “Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire and Fan Culture” focuses on the female-dominated subsections of fandom concerned with the production and distribution of fanfiction. These spaces, she contends, represent a way in which women “are using the paradox of cyberspace—personal privacy in a public forum—to explore feelings and ideas that were considered risky … Continue reading

Why All The Hype About Hypertext?: Why Hypertexts Do Not Radically Shift The Way We Read Or Write

In his chapter, “A Brief History of Hypertext: Origins and Influences,” Andreas Kitzmann traces the development of hypertext, eventually concluding that “what is significant here is the manner in which [Hypertext] is being described and employed as a general paradigm with which to define and structure the very nature of expression itself, especially in terms … Continue reading

Response: “Introduction:’Awareness of the Mechanism'”

According to Kirschenbaum, new writing techniques on the nanoscale are a good place to start the conversation about the locatability of textuality. As he points out, even though we do not always think about information or “text”, stored for example on a CD-ROM, in physical terms, even microscopic data can be regarded as text. Kirschenbaum … Continue reading

Response: Who controls our online privacy?

Do we really care about privacy? How many times have you read a Privacy Contract before signing up for a website? The language that they use is not an excuse. A large number of those terms are written in plain language and are easy to understand. Even Google is pretty clear when saying that, yes, … Continue reading

Response: Floating Online: The Fragmented Self

Solove’s book The Future of Reputation, discusses principles of gossip and rumour as they take place in our daily and online lives.  As Solove gives examples of unforgettable blogs from that of Washingtonienne to the Phantom Professor, a sense of foreboding starts creeping in as we are given mere fragments as representation for the reputations … Continue reading

Response Paper: Sharing Private Lives with Those Who Have Earned It

Solove, in “The Virtues of Knowing Less”, appears to be particularly cautious about presenting a number of different perspectives of privacy in relation to social norms. However, I find the text too heavily focused on how one’s life is important in shaping society and less so in describing one’s own wish for greater privacy in … Continue reading