Author: Djimon Gibson

Leaving Meat Street: The Metaverse and The World Wide Web

Neal Stephenson’s Metaverse, as a plot device, is the vehicle by which Hiro Protagonist maintains his power as a character, staying connected to his former cohort despite his noble poverty. The Metaverse as a concept is a bizarre development of the free internet of the Roaring Nineties. There, might means right and ability is nobility. This virtual environment is designed…

Bush’s Hunch: Did Corporate Dataveillance Fail the Memex?

Vannevar Bush, writing “Memex Revisited” in the late 1960’s, acknowledges the decreasingly fanciful nature of his hypothetical invention, the “memex.” In his 1945 essay “As We May Think,” Bush envisions the device as a mechanical means of accessing myriad material by way of ‘trails’ developed by both user and machine. In ‘67, this machine “still appear[ed] to be in the…

When the Medium Throttles the Messenger: The New Web and Media Literacy

Both of the readings assigned for today discuss the impact of media as opposed to their contents, and the new relationships between media, creator, and consumer. Olia Lialina’s “Vernacular Web 2” spends time on the relationship between amateur internet users and their personal websites as a medium. Lialina further explores Web 2.0’s the new focus on creation through services. User…