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Cyberactivism, Its Past and Its Future | Elizabeth Sherer

There is always that one overly-political Facebook friend who spams the site with incessant posts about the same issue, relentlessly reminding others how little they care about said user’s opinion. This friend or follower is frustrating, even annoying, and all social media users have one. But perhaps this user deserves…

My thesis is me alone on google hangouts again | Mattea Lea

Judy’s right; “This is just an act” is dangerous. Rather, it denies a danger. “This is just a blog,” less (and more) so. I am trying to reconcile performativity and deception by wiggling my tongue around in my mouth and watching my one dark eye pull in and out of…

Cyberutopian Politics in the 21st Century

Cyberutopianism*—or the belief in the power of the Internet to serve as an emancipatory and even inherently democratic force—is a set of ideals impinged with a seductive romanticism and one that has been embraced by everyone from independent, horizontal** groups like Anonymous to neoliberal political parties. Its 21st-century manifestation has…

Digital Amnesia | Tobias Linnemann Ewé

Archives are repositories of the past orientated towards the future and creation of cultural memory. Up until recently, most digital archives for new media art were products of established museums and archives attempting to grasp what was, at this point, an uncharted art form. These institutions brought with them centuries…

The Perfect Soldier | Virtual Interactive Worlds

The Perfect Soldier is a performance piece that explores the connection between personality traits and the human soldier. Throughout history, the ideal of the perfect soldier was of an individual who was more machine than man, lacking core personality traits such as empathy, guilt, and doubt. As technological development advances,…

Broadside: An Interview

Emerging from a city deeply rooted in controversial history and a city known for Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, BROADSIDE is resurrecting this message with pure punk mastery. BROADSIDE is a five piece punk rock band from Richmond, VA formed in late 2010; they have shared the stage…

Boundary | Wenqian Leng

Boundary is a series of photographs created by Wenqian Leng, expressing the feeling of being excluded from or being trapped by the boundaries in life. As a Chinese student studying in the U.S., Wenqian has experienced and seen many boundaries, including those between different ethnic and social groups, which are…

In Memoriam | Stephen John Ellis

In Memoriam is an interactive memorial for all the victims of mass shootings that have occurred during my lifetime. The average response time for an active shooter situation is 3mins, exactly the time users have to complete each level before the piece automatically advances to the next. As the levels progress, the names become…