Posts tagged digital life

An average US citizen on an average day, it says, consumes 100,500 words, whether that be email, messages on social networks, searching websites or anywhere else digitally.

And as the university says we sleep for seven hours a day, in practice that means that three quarters of waking time is spent receiving information, the majority of which is electronic.

Data Wars

Peter Lunenfeld’s book "The Secret War Between Downloading & Uploading: Tales Of The Computer As Culture Machine" (MIT Press 2011) presents a new way of looking at the cultural struggle for control of the Internet.

Although the conflict between uploading and downloading may not seem secret since the Napster case a decade ago, and is indeed a common feature of net political debate, Lunenfeld is using the concepts of downloading and uploading to discuss not the copyfight but how human beings relate to each other culturally and socially through technology.

Full review here: Furtherfield

A digital camera that offers “delayed gratification”

Holga. D bills itself as the perfect camera for people who are nostalgic for the blurry, leaky, yellowy photos of yore, but still attached to some of the conveniences of digital technology, which is pretty much everyone over the age of 20, right?

Designed by Finland-based Saikat Biswas, Holga. D mimics the original Holga — that crappy, bare-bones, made-in-China toy camera that can’t take a decent picture to save a life — in nearly every way, except that it’s rigged to download images.

But, like an old Holga, it doesn’t have a display window so you can’t actually see the images until you throw ‘em on your computer. And like an old Holga, the biggest feature is, in Biswas’s telling, “lack of features!” No fancy sensors, no micro-lenses, no nuthin’. The point: to bring “back the joy and delayed gratification associated with good old analog photography.”

Gone Forever: What Does It Take to Really Disappear?

With so much recent discussion about the ‘end of forgetting’, the permanency of our digital selves and the virtual impossibility, let alone desirability, of self-removal from the online world vs. our imagined need to preserve our digital existences for posthumous posterity, Evan Ratliff’s remarkable 2009 project/piece/ARG, VANISH, for Wired is worth revisiting & reconsidering.

Is it even a question of how to disappear completely?

via culturite

Digital books and iPads are certainly changing the way that people write, but so did computers when they first came out. You just have to move with the culture and “it could end up being someplace very cool.”
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