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Designing Cities of the Future

Today’s cities are becoming increasingly dense as people choose to live more urban lives, which affects sustainability efforts put in place to protect the environment. Through the use of digital publishing platforms, students in Professor Scott’s class research innovative ways that a smart city can be implemented. How is it…

Unplugged: A 24-hour Media Fast

Instant access to friends, family, and information is part of the fabric of 21st century American life. Our devices are part of our extended selves, and we rely on them to archive our past, entertain our present, and coordinate our next future. So what happens when you unplug from your…

Branding Digital America | featuring Sarah King

After about a half dozen false starts getting the branding in place, our marketing intern, Erin Smith, brought us Sarah King. Sarah not only agreed to brand our journal—for free—but she also allowed us to feature the development. The process feature below takes you through the initial brainstorming stages of…

Fashion Blogging and Webcam Media | Leslie Bloomfield

Fashion is broadcasted to us through one-to-many1 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…

How the Internet is Helping the Music Industry | Will Johnson

The music industry is dying. At least, this is the common expression among music businessmen. The availability of music for cheap prices and the abundance of illegal downloading have effectively crippled traditional music sales. While it’s true that the Internet has dramatically debilitated the traditional institutions that dominated the music…

The Demise of net.art: A Look At Artifacts Past | Kenta Murakami

The absorption of radical art movements by the mainstream has become a cliché of the avant-garde. “Subversion to assimilation to absorption”: a cycle net.artist Heath Bunting was accused of in an anonymous 1997 NetTime posting; the “Michelangelo of the Digital age” had appeared in an article for Wired Magazine, a…

Living in Loser City: an interview with the creators | Francesca Lyn

Recently I had the chance to talk to the founders of a new online venture, Loser City. Loser City is a cross-platform arts and culture magazine with a special focus on comics. Creators Danny Djeljosevic and Morgan Davis envision an outlet for cultural criticism, comics, and entertainment that reaches a…

Virtual Interworlds

What does it mean for something to be virtual? And what does it mean for something to be a world? These are the questions that we rarely ask ourselves as we routinely engage virtual interactive spaces. We take virtual worlds for granted as we are led through them in stunningly…