Sixty Seconds of Digital Data

Big data refers to "extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions". In the last two years, "more data was generated [...] than in the entire human history" prior, and since 2012, big data has created over 14 million jobs globally. With this quantity of information, it's no surprise that 99.5% of data remains untouched, and of that 0.05% that is collected, less than half is actually used in decision making.

An Introduction to Source Code

Every program you use is built from a string of instructions known as source code, which tell the software how to function. Referred to as a "technical blueprint", there are two distinct forms programmers need to be aware of when designing a program: open source software, and closed source software.

Content Creation, Control & Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property

As I'm sure many others born in the late nineties can relate to, some of my fondest childhood memories involve trips to the local video store to rent the newest movies on DVD. Likewise, I'm sure you're all equally familiar with the anti-piracy ad that played before each and every one. Piracy: we know it's a crime, but why? How is downloading a movie from the internet comparable to stealing a car, or a handbag, or a television?

The #BCM112 DA: I Should Have Kept it Simple, Stupid

When I first decided I wanted to use the PASS at UOW Facebook group for my digital artefact, the problem I was attempting to address was the relative lack of participation in PASS compared to the number of students enrolled in each participating subject. By creating an informal, student-led space which encourages active participation from and between students, I hoped this would encourage others to attend also. What I hadn't anticipated, however, was a sudden and university-wide transition to remote learning, which had a massive impact on my digital artefact in a number of ways.

Meme Warfare: What do you meme?

Beginning in the mid '90s and earning its 'mainstream' status in the mid '00s (due to the introduction of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter), internet memes have become an indisputable aspect of cyberculture (i.e. internet culture), the importance of which has grown exponentially with the rapid development of social media platforms in recent years (e.g. Reddit, … Continue reading Meme Warfare: What do you meme?

Networked Participation & Collective Intelligence

Collective intelligence refers to the thoughts and products produced by individuals working collaboratively. These collectively-constructed ideas become aspects of our everyday lives, of which we all contribute in one way or another (often while being unaware of it!). From the search results achieved by Google, to the content contained in the world’s most famous encyclopedia, Wikipedia; the latest viral TikTok dance, to your Instagram story poll––the common key factor is user input.

Broken is Beautiful: The Art of Glitch

Glitch art refers to "the practice of using digital or analog errors for aesthetic purposes by either corrupting digital data or physically manipulating electronic devices" (Wikipedia, 2020). It has evolved from being the "result of miscommunication from sender to receiver during the transcoding of information" (Jackson, 2011, p.11) into a "pop culture artefact" (Jackson, 2011, … Continue reading Broken is Beautiful: The Art of Glitch