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Cybercultures: Introduction

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Patrick Sharbaugh

on 16 January 2012

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Transcript of Cybercultures: Introduction

Digital vs. Analog Make infinite copies, each of which is a perfect copy
Easily modified (and therefore always unfinished)
Digital doesn’t degrade over time
Digital always allows random access
Digital can be compressed to even smaller sizes
Digital can be easily stored and archived indefinitely
Digital information can be easily subjected to data analysis Compression of time and space Can be shared quickly, easily and inexpensively Can be shared across any geographical distance instantly Digital systems uses discrete (i.e. discontinuous) values to represent information Analog systems use a continuous range of values to represent information. Digital information (textual, visual, audio or video) can be sent instantaneously and without compromise in fidelity (quality) over long distances across the network. That information is easily reproduced and manipulated. Storage and recovery of such digital information is easier and cost effective.
What makes digital media so special? http://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cellphones_twitter_facebook_can_make_history.html “The web has created unimaginable wealth, yet inspired millions to work for nothing. It’s challenged millennia-old systems of authority, yet allowed regimes to spy on and censor their citizens as never before. It’s been blamed for creating a generation of web addicts, yet it’s opened up new realms of knowledge for millions of people.”
- Dr. Aleks Krotoski Despite its libertarian origins, the Web is now being colonized by new gatekeepers, new elites, new corporate and governmental authories, creating new hierarchies, many of them representing and replicating the same power relationships in society that have existed for thousands of years.

All of this overturns long-held notions of social order, ownership, production, community, creativity, economics, privacy, expertise, authority and power.
http://www.viddler.com/explore/JasDhaliwal/videos/34/ Empowering Tool
The Digital Divide
Production, creativity and ownership
Collaboration and interactivity
Censorship and surveillance
The future of journalism and media
Virtual identity
Privacy and anonymity
Internet 'addiction'
The future of the body What can we do with digitally encoded media that distinguishes it from analog media? How To Get a High Mark in this Course ATTEND the lectures & tutorial sessions each week READ or watch the set reading/viewing each week THINK about what we're discussing and seek out additional material to understand it UNDERSTAND the assessment criteria & RMIT's rubrik for grading
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