Online Identities

Digital Comfort Food

Rather than write another commentary on a recent event, or a critique on some new internet privacy issue, I’ve decided to write about a recent “shower thought” that I had a few days ago. It was triggered by a Buzzfeed headline I saw as I’d skimmed through my Facebook timeline:…

White Noise

As I hunkered down and prepared for the snowstorm that passed through Richmond last night, I decided to head over to a few of my favorite websites to save some articles for offline use in case I was to lose power. Fortunately my apartment complex managed to stay on the…

Overhyped and Underwhelming

Do me a favor and think back to the year 2001. The Time Magazine “Person of the Year” was Rudy Giuliani. Lifehouse, Train, Matchbox Twenty, and Lenny Kravitz took four of the first 10 spots on the Billboard Top 100 List (one of the last times that so many rock-ish…

Grindr: Contemporary Ecstasy | Jon Henry

Introduction It wasn’t until the advent of Tinder, the popular casual dating app that launched in 2013, that I could quickly explain Grindr, launched in 2009, and all its clones (Hornet, Scruff, Growler, Jack’d, A4A, Radar) to a non-queer audience. Grindr is a cellular digital space for men with same…

God in the Machine

My number one biggest fear is someone else being able to read my mind, but I’d read someone else’s mind in a heartbeat. Scratch that. Let’s rewind for a second. Everyone’s got their thing. Some people fear spiders, or cannibalistic clowns who hang out in sewers. For others it’s heights,…

Challenging Digital Media Studies

David Golumbia’s course “Challenging Media Studies” at Virginia Commonwealth University provides a topical survey of issues in current digital media studies. Dr. Golumbia passed out a list of dozens of topics that were possible entry points into the class. Students voted on which topics they wanted to discuss, and each…

One Life, One World

The internet has undergone a fundamental shift in character. Where once the internet was defined by its anonymous nature and as a space for experimentation under the aegis of that anonymity, the recent trend has been towards connecting real world identities to a digital presence. Instead of possessing distinct offline…

Digital Tattoo

Writers are a pack of liars, and the only people who will tell you the truth. They take that wound and rub lemons and salt in it. They fatten the scar and then show you. You’ll be hard pressed to tell what’s genuine. I broke my wrist when I was…

Fashion Blogging and Webcam Media | Leslie Bloomfield

Fashion is broadcasted to us through one-to-many[1] platforms that construct visual environments around lifestyles that sell personal identities and prescribed values using clothing as signifiers. It is through editors, creative directors, stylists, photographers, critics, etc. that we are given our frame in which to interpret the output of a designer’s…