Archive for October, 2009

Gender trouble in a virtual criminal world

This post also appears on the Masters of Media blog, as part of an assignment for the course New Media Theories.

The video game Grand Theft Auto IV (1) breathes violence. Not only does the title, which is the police term for motor vehicle theft, indicate this matter of unlawfully conduct. Also the story line and goals that need to be fulfilled in order to complete the game are dripping with blood. Now this violent character holds a connotation. That being that a violent world is usually filled with though and merciless male gangsters. Continue reading ‘Gender trouble in a virtual criminal world’

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Commercial twitter: or how to get a lot from a little

This post also appears on the Masters of Media blog, as part of an assignment for the course New Media Theories.

Almost every new media form undergoes different levels of different uses. Some new media is invented with a certain goal, take for instance a heavily used tool for communication as internet. This medium was invented in order to establish a connection between universities or army bases. Nowadays almost everybody is online and the internet is no longer strictly confined to two major knowledge institutions.

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Online representation: or how come I look sophisticated online.

This post also appears on the Masters of Media blog, as part of an assignment for the course New Media Theories.

Everyday it is the same routine, as soon as I open my Firefox browser the first thing I will type is the address of Facebook. To see what all of my friends are up to or what their status is for the time being. Furthermore I try to keep my online self as smart looking as possible, after all this is my representation of myself to the whole world. And I surely don’t want to look bad in front of such a large crowd.

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