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Tired of URL Shorteners?

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 13, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

I'm tired of URL shorteners.




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Downside to On-Demand Culture

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 10, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

Again, a fragment:

The on-demand delivery of media via streaming downloads is the digital analogue to the shift from inventory to production as needed. This appeared first in publishing with the development of digital presses and the ability to economically produce just one copy of a publication, eliminating the need to actually stock books in physical form. As this model of production spreads, expect ever greater dislocations of traditional production, but also expect the loss of the store where one can actually browse and inspect manufactured products prior to purchase.




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Datamoshing vs. Futurism

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 4, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

Here's a comparison of the Italian Futurist Balla's painting with a datamosh still.




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E-Books and Academic Citations

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 20, 2011 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

Here's a thought on why academics should be dreading the rise of the e-reader as textbook and reference work. It's really obvious, but I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere yet. Maybe academics just haven't tried using their readers for research yet....




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Stuck in the Past

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 14, 2009 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS

Lately it seems like we, collectively, are stuck in the past, the 1980s to be accurate. I don't know what happened to the present (nevermind about the future, that was always already an imaginary)? I increasingly get the feeling that we aren't going to be getting anything of or from the present for a while at least. Instead, we have this strange obsession with revisiting the past artifacts of our culture and redoing/remaking/recreating them at a higher resolution and with more detail, but without anything that we haven't already seen.




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