Issue 5

How social media is changing Hollywood | Nicola Freedman

The advent of the digital age has significantly changed the strategies of filmmakers and—in particular—Hollywood. The marketing process, as well as the very window a film has to succeed, has been transformed and shortened. More so than ever, the importance of delivering a big opening box office weekend for a…

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…

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…

Going Clear: A Review

Before I even begin, I have to give the “Church” of Scientology some credit. I really do. In the year 2015, with literally billions of people connected to the Internet in SOME way or another, they have managed to retain a surprising amount of followers. And by surprising, I mean…

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,…