Daniel Fandino

Hong Kong and China: Two Systems of Social Media, One Country

As protests broke out on the streets of Hong Kong in late September 2014, one of the first actions the Chinese government took was to block Instagram on the mainland. Days later, security analysts warned of a new, sophisticated virus targeting iOS devices appearing in Hong Kong that appeared to…

Insubstantial Pageants: Virtual Goods, Lost Worlds and an Impermanent Future

From accidentally deleted term papers to canceled massively multiplayer online games to vanished Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan sites on Geocities, the modern internet is a world of impermanence. Forums disappear, Facebook accounts are erased and when an internet user decides to buy rather than illegally download music and ebooks,…

The Curious Life of Memes

Memes have become a ubiquitous part of internet culture. Keyboard Cat, Doge and Overly Attached Girlfriend are just a few of the thousands of memes that have emerged since that first unknown user decided to mail a captioned photo of a cat to a friend. Some memes explode into prominence,…

Making History with “Twitch Plays Pokémon”

After 390 hours of sometimes frustrating game play, over 100,000 people who were simultaneously playing the traditionally single player game Pokémon Red managed to defeat the final boss and win the game. “Twitch Plays Pokémon” caused a sensation on the Internet, quickly catching fire because it was a truly massive…

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…

Lost in Translation

The Internet is a worldwide meeting ground where vast amounts of information are transferred and stored. However, to make sense of it all, information must past through our filters. Cultural, social, linguistic, and even political considerations skew the ways we view information and process what we see. National history and…

A Different Kind of Internet

When discussing the Internet, the definitive article ”the” is employed. After all, it is the Internet, conjuring the image of a single system—albeit one made up of countless individual components. Yet the world is racing towards even higher levels of Internet usage as new countries build up their infrastructure and…