A few weeks ago I was stirred by the following image, which has been doing the rounds on Facebook:
For some audiences the message presented by the above image will strike a chord. 1,999 more words
Presence, or the sense of being-there and being-with in the new media society
Open access @First Monday.
This essay argues that the ways in which we come to feel connectivity and intimacy are often inconsistent with and irreducible to traditional markers like physical proximity, the human face or the synchronicity of message transmission. 305 more words
Another attack, another cycle of media commentary, accusations, counter-claims, condemnations and confusion. While it has almost become a repetitive ritual to many of us, it is the way that we respond in the aftermath of terror or Muslim violence and the unforeseen consequences of those responses that bear examination. 2,010 more words
It’s that time again, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. In the US, we are approaching a presidential election year. Already, our public discourse is being filled with trending topics, provocative headlines, and, per usual, hare-brained assertions that would make a fact-checker weep. 1,291 more words
At UCT, I learned to explore social injustice by looking at the myths people create around issues such as race, gender, class, sexuality, physical disability or any other aspect of identity, and work towards completing the complexity of what it means to be a person. 748 more words