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Victoria Rose
New media identity is life.
New media identity is life.
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This summer I'm interning with +Free Press​, and in this blog post I'm proud to share why their cause is so important to me.
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Gamergate is killing video games. 

[So, following  #gamergate , you might think it was a minor bump in the reputation of the gaming community - you know, death threats and disgusting language aside, right? 

Nope. Tumblr user Zennistrad has anecdotes discussing how this "movement" has stripped  #gaming  of its reputation as a legitimate medium worthy of academic study. 

And hey, maybe I'm sharing this because I'm a bit salty that my gaming-related abstract didn't get accepted into a conference. But I'm personally afraid, as someone interested in studying new media and social spheres, that we'll lose a lot of traction in terms of letting games be studied under an academic scope. 

After all, the goal of GamerGate ironically was to have their medium be taken seriously -- right?]

#mediastudies   #newmedia  
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Mount Holyoke library lobby #throughglass
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// I love seeing the internet come together in moments like these. We can't anticipate such events, we can only ride the wave wherever it takes us. The joy is that it takes us all along with it. 

A few days back I shared an study that social media correlated with a rise in violence compared to mass media. They argued that mass media unified communities where social media fractured them, leading to violence. http://goo.gl/4i1NUG

This whole dress color thing is a clear reminder that the internet is one network. We spend out time on different subnets talking to niche communities about the things that only we care about, so it might look like we're fragmented and balkanized because we're not all dealing with the same input. But this is utterly wrongheaded; that's not how socialization works at all. No community is ever really homogeneous. 

Social media isn't just mass media, it is organized media. That means it's operating at a level of complexity and scale beyond anything traditional media can comprehend. It's the difference between throwing a bucket of water on your garden and installing a sprinkler system. 

We've crafted a global network that can amplify the mumblings on one network to attract the attention of our best minds across all networks. Within hours, the same debate (over the color of that dress) was happening a million times in parallel, with experts on call to weigh in.  http://goo.gl/KWNBWo

We didn't need a mass message or single voice to rally that collective attention. We just needed something compelling enough to share. Our networks form a seamless fabric that we've stitched together ourselves. We can bridge these networks and assemble at a massive scale when needed, or we can decompose into our cliques and save energy. Controlling our assembled attention is hard, and we have a lot to learn about cooperating at these scales. I'm sure we'll encounter even greater challenges in the future, so this is excellent practice. 

Good job, internet. Keep doing this kind of thing. It's good for you. 

// Framing this event for Skylar hth
https://twitter.com/theskylarian/status/571110941363994624
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this morning I texted my ex-boyfriend. 
#rininglass    #googleglass  

(we're actually cool/friends, we went to the bar last night and he let me stay over and I was fiddling around with this)
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So I don't think I mentioned it here - on possibly the most relevant network to the experience.

+Daniel Estrada​​ has lent me his #GoogleGlass until sometime in June. So that's a thing.

On Twitter and Tumblr the tag is #rininglass ("riningear," my handle + "glass") if you'd like to follow. 
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Yesterday for our #MediaStudies  class, I was assigned to present a "media example" to help expand on and discuss affective and immaterial labor.

I introduced +Twitch to the class, showing them an article with a video where industry professionals and pro gamers discussed the role of the site and players in building a gaming community. 

So I went in with a basic outline, which is usually pretty good. But then once I got into discussing all the aspects and answering questions about the relation between class material and the site, it really started bringing out questions about the role of not only players, but viewers and small-time gamers as well. Plus, I realized there's a LOT more to be discussed in the perspective of affective/immaterial labor than just the stream production and playing games as a form of labor - for example, the self-branding, cultural capital, convergent culture, capitalistic intentions, viewership as labor, etc... 

So this is a note to self in a way to expand on all that later on.

Someone kick me if I don't before I leave the academic environment. 
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> Van der Goot’s bot used his own tweets as fodder, taking random chunks of them and trying to recombine them into new sentences that made sense. According to van der Goot, the bot tweeted something that sounded like a threat which mentioned an upcoming event in Amsterdam. Best of all, the bot was responding to another bot, according to van der Goot. He is not identifying the bot and says he has deleted it, per the request of the police. If this is not a hoax, this may be the first time police had to respond because of a robot-on-robot threat of violence.

More: http://fusion.net/story/47353/twitter-bot-death-threat/
via +Victoria Rose 
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I don't post here as much as I should. Or at all. But honestly I really should. 

Anyway, life updates:

Ingress people should be sad but pleased to know that I'm already pretty much set up to do The Black Watchmen ARG, so if they do as much geocaching as I hope, then I might be out. However, Ingress takes up WAY too much time and battery for me to keep up with it again. 

In terms of interest in sciences, tech, whatever - because I know I have a lot of you in there - my field of interest has officially (yes, in documents) changed from computer science to sociology. Essentially, I stopped kidding myself. 

Basically I'm hoping to focus on the societal and cultural impacts of new-age media and technology. The chair seemed kind of excited about that, and the sociology department here is a tad bit behind on those sorts of subjects, so maybe my studies will have an impact. 

I think this is a better place for me to talk about that sort of thing, maybe I can network out to people that are legitimately interested in that sort of thing. So if you know anyone who posts about networking, systems, social media and culture, or anything like that, send them over here, I'd love to follow them. I'll also be posting my own thoughts and findings so I can keep better track of my own academic and personal interests. 

Onwards, I guess. \o/
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