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Digital Life, the Eternal Now, and the End of Linear Time

You’ve seen it happen. A photo from years ago suddenly appears on social media with a new comment, and the original poster wonders why anyone would drag up such an old picture. To them, the photo is firmly rooted in the past as they are able to place the moment…

Netflix Killed the Movie Star

Netflix recently announced a major deal with Adam Sandler to release four movies on its streaming platforms the same day as its big-screen premiere. In light of the announcement, of which I am particularly enamored (read with sarcasm), I wanted to analyze the implications of the deal, but not before…

Generation Me

“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?” – Bruce Springsteen Apparently, the millennials are growing up. Turning away from the bright eyed wunderkins we were supposed to be. You know: tech babies incubated in dreams and shaping the world with perfect ideals,…

An Ode to the Tangible

Despite my status as a “postgraduate researcher,” I had never experienced microfilm until this afternoon. For those who don’t know, microfilm is a form of document preservation similar to photo negatives. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration argues that microfilm is “a low-cost, reliable, long-term, standardized image storage medium”…

Abject Thoughts | Kenta Murakami

I’m sort of writing my thesis inside out. Although it’ll ultimately be about art history, I’m thinking about it in terms of schools of thoughts, all the while assured that there are artists that exist out there to justify my points. Branching off my last post , an article about the technological sublime,…

Ello: A Review

“Hello! Is it me you’re looking for? ’cause I wonder where you are And I wonder what you do Are you somewhere feeling lonely? Or is someone loving you? Tell me how to win your heart For I haven’t got a clue But let me start by saying I love…

Adventures in Comic Studies | Francesca Lyn

Francesca Lyn is a PhD student in the Media, Art, and Text program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Throughout the fall and spring, she will be writing about her experiences researching and writing on the comic arts. I’ve been struggling with writing about my experiences as a graduate student who studies comics….

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…

Bad Mirror

There’s a nightmare living behind a keyboard—for our purposes, all tumors, oozing and undulating in splotchy, yellow-green diamonds, his fingers clickety-clacking as he terrorizes some girl he’s never met, but whose body he assumes is his own. This sexist fungus springs up between the keys and—like fungi do—grows in the…