One of my favorite games of all time is the puzzle game Peggle. After being introduced to it in 2008, I have played countless times on multiple platforms, including PC, Android, iOS and X-Box (my favorite platform to play PeggleContinue reading… Who owns my games?
As Facebook is making a play for the music industry, commentators are speculating about how social media is affecting artists and music producers. Digby Pearson argues that social media is making music fans more fragmented, and that being a fan ofContinue reading… How having more music has made me less interested in it
“The Silent Majority” is, according to Julia Kirby, a phrase that President Nixon used to describe the people who were not against the Vietnam war, who Nixon believed to be in majority, but were less vocal than the anti-war protesters.Continue reading… Lurkers and the Silent Majority
The filter bubble is a technological phenomenon, where one’s opinions are amplified by algorithms that recommend content that one is more likely to be interested in, while filtering out all other content (Flaxman, Goel and Rao 2016, 299). If, forContinue reading… The Filter Bubble and the News
In his book “Evil by Design”, Chris Nodder writes about how to create envy and use it to enhance the popularity of a product. The first step in creating envy, according to Nodder, is to create desirability for a product.Continue reading… Creating desire for a new product
In my master thesis research I am looking at comments on news articles on news websites and on Facebook. During this process I have had to find a way to categorize comments. This has been a long, and sometimes frustratingContinue reading… Researching comments on news articles
I was first introduced to Danah Boyd when I read her book “It’s Complicated” about three years ago. I thought it was a great, eye-opening book. Boyd presents a well thought-through argument about the digital lives of teenagers, and introducesContinue reading… Thoughts about Danah Boyd’s Podcast
In the introduction to chapter 4 of Participatory Culture in a Networked Era, “Learning and Literacy”, Mimi Ito writes about “Learning in the wild”. This view of learning argues that the traditional view of learning – that learning involves the passive receivingContinue reading… Learning with video games
It’s an almost established truth that comment sections on news papers are filled with trolls that write hateful and hurtful comments. In my own research, I have been reading dozens of comment sections. And I must say that I don’tContinue reading… Can news papers create better comment sections through social influence?
In chapter 2 of his book, “Net Smarts: How to thrive online”, Howard Rheingold presents us with a few tools to detect crap online, such as incorrect information and false news reports (Rheingold 2012, 78-79). These tools include: Look forContinue reading… Fake News: When Crap Detection Backfires