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Digitizing Race (Lisa Nakamura) – Review

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Book Review – Lisa Nakamura (2006) Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, London: Minnesota.

For those of you with a soft spot for the anthropomorphized cartoon dog surfing the Internet, Lisa Nakamura abolishes such nostalgia, and misunderstanding. Half way through Digitizing Race, she coolly declares  ‘…nobody believes anymore that on the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog…’ (p.155). Interrogating the myth of online disembodiment, and the concomitant deceit of neoliberal colour-blindness is what essentially coheres this book. Contrary to the utopian readings of techno-culture, analyzing Internet space as a site of racial re-embodiment is at the heart of Nakamura’s project…

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30 Mar 10 at 5:08pm

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WordPress as a CMS?

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7 Mar 08 at 5:34pm

Copyfight – Forget YouTube?

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15 Oct 07 at 11:02pm

Is Facebook Evil? privacy leaks, data flows and conspiracy theories

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16 May 2010: Since originally writing this article in Oct 2007, debates over facebook privacy concerns have mushroomed. Check the updates/links posted at the end of the piece to track the discussion. Although, the the problem of the centralization of your life-data in facebook still remains…

Should we care about privacy? Much privacy talk can come across as anachronistic bourgeois individualism, seemingly getting in the way of what social networking is all about: the flow of information – sharing and multiplying social connections between users.

So when a report by Sophos security (2007) highlighted that facebook’s privacy practices remain suspect, both in terms of its default settings and common member behaviour, will it affect the average fb member?

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9 Oct 07 at 11:46pm

Art and Police – new issue of transversal web journal

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art and police

“The relationship between art practices and the state apparatuses of the police and judiciary has always been a tense one. In the criminalization of activist artists of the Critical Art Ensemble and the PublixTheatreCaravan, in the growing number of cases of the censorship and legal prosecution of artists and curators in the post-communist region, or in the application of terrorism paragraphs to critical scholarship as in the recent case of the Berlin sociologist Andrej Holm, there are more and more indications of an exacerbation of this relationship. Instead of seeing this new quality purely as a means of social subjugation, this issue of transversal seeks to grasp these phenomena in an expanded concept of policing (especially in a confrontation with the relevant theorems of Foucault and Rancière).”

Text from the translate mailing-list

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1 Oct 07 at 7:12pm

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Retro-Writing: back to basics

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What with email, facebook, google, youtube…it’s time to get off the net and get writing.

After reading Steven Poole’s excellent post, Goodbye, cruel Word, it has inspired me to turn everything else off and just let the blank page of the word-processor (WP) stare back. Easier said than done; and slow-bloated crash-prone Windows MS Word has so much redundant crap that it clutters my mind.

I want to see a screen when writing and nothing much else. Old-Skool here I come: trying out a WP called Q10 – download for Windows (free):

Minimalist features, though includes setting a word count target, setting a timer – makes you into a writing machine. And it has reassuring typewriter sound effects – now that is cool.

The beauty of Q10: it’s all and only about writing.

Note: saves in text files only, so you can’t format, or put together a whole book. But do that afterwards.

[Update 24/02/10]: if you’re a windows user, WriteMonkey also looks promising and is actively being developed:

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3 Sep 07 at 9:19am

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