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Digital Dissent & Technology

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Continuing a path of digital immersion, I find myself writing about what Digital Dissent means to the way media and communication is delivered and theorised. By creating a simple mind map, a bunch of peers and myself were able to break down the differences in the two words and build a connection to the words associated all the way back to the originals (Digital/Dissent) and discover that the two are linked in almost every way.

mind map digital dissent

Technology seemed to be linked to the digital side, with the dissent focusing on the verb side of the phrase “digital dissent”. What can be done with the technology or words that are thought of when thinking digital. An interesting direction due to the reading by J, Hands focusing a lot early on about the Agency of technology and how it can’t always just e referred to as an object in space. He explains the way on one hand the technology is manipulated by us and we tell it what to do, but also how the technology shapes us, and can almost run our lives for us. This can be expanded with what the class drawing this mind map came up with subheadings  for digital such as “lifestyle” and further “addiction” linking then to controversy. I found that a really interesting point of view in which I agree that some forms of technology can shape the way we act, but I don’t agree its all negative or controversial, it’s just evolution.

A video that shows an objects agency perhaps the best in my opinion is the idea of the “internet of things” and a video called The Social Web Of Things that shows how a house can be linked to the human world of social media in order to operate autonomously.

Lastly, some topics I’m really looking forward to exploring further is Digital Means for Civil ends, as I detailed in a short oral presentation, I’ve been interested in the past on topics such as “CamOver” and “anonymous” which both look at hacktivist groups and the idea of cyber-anonymity which could convert into a really interesting piece that people perhaps aren’t fully aware of that’s happening.

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Hands, J 2010, ‘Activism and Technology.’ @ Is for Activism: Dissent, Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture, Pluto Press, London, GBR. Available from: ProQuest ebrary.

Internet of Things & Communication

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The Internet of Things was a completly new notion of thinking for me, and something I was really unfamiliar with, however upon researching and watching various videos about its utility, its got me curious and hooked. A term coined in 2008 by MIT Media Lab it looks at conceptualising the next stage in communication networks and developing information flows. It is revolutionary in terms of communication and explores how physical objects can connect to the internet.

Once these objects are unified to a previously humanised internet, they gain a network address specific and unique to them, like the codes on the bottom of most laptops for example. These objects then obtain a sensory capacity whereby they can register changes to their environment. Something like detection of weather patterns or time (alarms etc.) is then stored and processed as information data on the device or in a storage database. The future is to independently initiate themselves based on the aggregate of content. The materiality doesn’t become the priority – it is the mass content aggregation.

Something I’d love to see done in the future is Drones, robots and T-Shirts connecting to the Internet of Things. Drones are closest in terms of utility with their link with GPS and wifi to smartphones and tablets. I think a live stream of a twitter feed or hashtag would make an interesting aesthetic, something CuteCircuit  could pioneer.

#Human

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The power of social media, and how it has rapidly turned into my source for news and updates. This could be due to the creation of the hash-tag (#) and how it has brought global discussions to the media’s attention. The hashtag allows people to easily “trend” a particular topic and allow discussion, with complete freedom.

The hashtag has also been a mode of reconciliation, reflection and participation in events which have raised public awareness, such as #sydneysiege and the following #i’llridewithyou and #putoutyourbats following the said passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes. This idea of solidarity and accompanying Muslims on their daily errands in public transport and sharing the streets at a time when anti-Muslim was going to be the likely backlash from the events, as well as Australia and the worlds humanness towards an event is empowered by social media. The hashtag allows a community to be formed within a forum such as twitter and gives a voice (and chance to be heard) by a global audience.  The assumption that in the heat of the terror, anger might be raised towards those who had no involvement with the actions of one psychopath rose to fear amongst communities.

.The YouTube video i created explores how the emotional connection between an event and a hashtag can bring together the community associated on a global scale.