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Remediation as Control

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I’ve done some thinking recently about the possibilities of the practice of remediation being at some levels a practice in control, whether social, informational, or legal. This ties with the all-important question that we raised earlier in the semester (and that we should discuss in the Media Charter) of asking “who has the right to remediate”?

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March 7, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Net Neutrality: The Crash Course

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Today I wanted to join Dave on the soapbox and voice my extreme concern over the issue of net neutrality. He has written a fantastic post on his blog laying out some of the key threads of the debate. I want to endorse what he’s said and also provide some of the examples that I’ve stumbled upon in my own research in hopes of spreading awareness of not only the players involved and the current state of the debate, but also shed some light on precisely what is at stake.

A bit of a disclaimer before we jump in: Most of the information surrounding the issue comes from American sources and deal specifically with the American political and corporate infrastructure. Despite this, and independent from the systems responsible for the outcome of the debate, the philsophy behind network neutrality is a position already starting to be eroded by Canadian corporate interests. So, whatever you watch, whatever you read, I hope you realize that the war on the internet is already in full swing on Canadian soil, so be wary.

The Crash Course:

Keep reading!

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Written by jon.

March 5, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Design Constraints -> A Piece of My Puzzle

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hey readers

First off, let me apologize for my extended absences. It happens to be that time of the semester where the total hours needed to complete assignments and readings seems to exceed the amount of actual hours available to complete them!

Anyway, some of you may have noticed the schitzophrenic changes that culturshock has been going through lately. Themes of all varieties, colours, content layout, the works! I’ve stumbled upon the logic behind this madness, and it pertains directly to my own media practices.

WordPress.com is a fantastic, free service with tons of options to choose from, and some pay-for upgrades available to enhance the blogs that would rather not go elsewhere. While they offer some incredible services, I’ve recently started bumping into its limitations, specifically with regards to the delivery of the content on my blog, in the way that I want it delivered! Here’s the scoop: I love the ability to have my RSS feeds of my Digg and YouTube activity link directly into the sidebar, so you can see what I’ve been up to and check out any stories that you may have been interested in. There are, however, a select few themes to choose from in WordPress that support RSS feeds in the sidebar. They are also themes that, by and large, don’t coincide with my purpose or content/design philosphy as well as I like. So call me fussy.

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March 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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