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Review of Re-collection. Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 2014 Annet Dekker, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam Republished from Computational Culture, a journal of software studies Re-collection. Art, New Media, and Social Memory by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito asks the question of how our increasingly digital civilisation will persist beyond our lifetimes. The authors focus on the preservation of new media art as a case study in new media’s broader challenge to social memory. Rinehart and Ippolito are well-known names in the fieldRead More
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By Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (PC) are calling for the removal of a collage titled “Sacred Circle VI” by French-Canadian artist Rosalie Maheux. It’s on display in a provincial government building art gallery. From a distance the art looks like a mosaic. On closer inspection, one finds the patterns contain pornographic pictures of women. From The Hamilton Spectator: PC women’s critic Laurie Scott was “disappointed” to see a small art gallery in a provincial government office block in Toronto display a work with explicit images of women engaged in variousRead More
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by Mark Gould SAN FRANCISCO February 14, 2015 Sometimes you have to look pretty hard to see it, because it’s intentionally camouflaged to fit right into the flow of news on the page. It goes by different names, sponsored content, content marketing, branded content or promoted news, but these days most people in the trade are calling it “native advertising.” The rise of this phenomenon has largely to do with the fact that few people click on banner ads online. Almost everyone recognizes that it’s an ad, and someone wantsRead More
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Peter Richardson, a lecturer at San Francisco State, was teaching a course on the Grateful Dead at a school for adults over 50. A cultural history class where the students were likely part of both the culture and the history? Fascinating, right? But would I leave the class a “Deadhead?” Read the full description. feature image from wikimedia commons: Hypnotica Studios Infinite from Toms River, New Jersey, USARead More
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Posted On January 22, 2015By SFsthetikIn Culture, Internet, Media, Politics

Communication: the Invisible Environment

(editor’s note: Jay Taber is an author, essayist, philosopher and activist among many other pursuits. Taber leads the Public Good Project, a volunteer-run research and education network of activists, analysts, journalists and editors conducting investigative research since 1994.) Commentary JAN 22 2015 by Jay Taber Publicgood.org In his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman — American media theorist, humanist and cultural critic — noted that “new technology can never substitute for human values.” In American society today, our social amusements have come to occupy not only our pastimes, butRead More
by Mark Gould At present when it comes to examining issues of race, violence against women and social justice protests for changes in the conduct of some law enforcement officers, traversing the landscape is like wading through a minefield. Just where do we start? There are professional  black athletes, themselves portrayed as a stereotype of male aggression, protesting violence against black men, while a very small minority are themselves accused of violence against women. Some athletes are playing for teams with unpleasant ethnic caricatures for logos and mascots with some teams and leagues notRead More
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from Melanie Young, KALW – Crosscurrents (via PRX.org) At the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, two dozen residents of North Beach come on a recent Tuesday night to hear from neighbors who have experienced evictions. The state’s Ellis Act allows landlords to withdraw from the rental market and evict their tenants. North Beach has one of the City’s highest Ellis eviction rates.  Read the full description.Read More
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I usually take my sweet time to write, but today I’m writing a fairly hasty response to an article I just read online by Gary Kamiya for San Francisco Magazine/Modern Luxury: San Francisco is Dead. Long Live San Francisco. Gary is a longtime resident of the city and while he’s both a former tenant and landlord, and feels strongly about the current plight faced by the fading middle class, the poor, the disabled, artists, activists, mentors and anyone else who can’t afford $3,000/month studio apartment. He doesn’t see the argument asRead More
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by Mark Gould, Editor – Photosynthesis Media Arts and Theory Journal (republished from my other blog) For a while now, I’ve wanted to write and introduce you to the work of media installation artist Dave Greber, part of the New Orleans based artist collective The Front. David belongs to a group of video artists, experimental cinema producers, writers and other artists who are exploring popular culture and it’s media conduit, exposing the often subliminal propaganda-style messages we are all confronted by every day, and in doing so invites all ofRead More
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Posted On July 24, 2013By SFsthetikIn Culture, Media, publications

The EFF Guide to San Diego Comic-Con

With the arrival of summer at EFF, you can hear the excitement in the stuffing of luggage and locking of office doors as our team prepares for some of the most important conventions in the world. Black Hat starts on July 27, with DEF CON immediately…Read More