Technology

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”…

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…

Ctrl+Alt+Del

In 2003, the California Coastal Records Project was hard at work on an ambitious quest to develop a photographic archive of the entire California coastline. Their work was intended to serve as a resource for folks looking to catch a glimpse of the effects of erosion and wildfires and, in…

Most Days | Justin Hubbell

Editor’s Note: Most Days was originally published in Issue No. 3 as a Comics feature. ::: A native of “the South Wedge” in Rochester New York, Justin Hubbell has been making comics and battling the forces of evil since he was six. His work primarily deals in humor and autobiography,…

Down the Upward Spiral | Corey Giacco

*Click on the image to enlarge. Editor’s Note: Down the Upward Spiral was first published in Issue No. 3 as a Comics feature. ::: If you’re interested in dark twisted humor then look no further. Down the Upward Spiral, a webcomic created by Corey Giacco, explores those very themes. Launched…

Funeral for a Phone

Lemme take you to the suburbs right outside Washington, DC, circa 2004. This is the advent of the cell phone. Not in general. Not in real history, but for the adolescent American youth living near the capital. The suburbs where kids now wear collared shirts for fun, whose gang members…

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…

A Stranger-web: The Death and Rebirth of the Chatroom

“…I am always reminded of how small changes in the details of a digital design have profound unforeseen effects on the experiences of humans who are playing with it…It is impossible to work with information technology without also engaging in social engineering.” -Jaron Lanier [1] After a relatively quiet and…