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26 MAY 2015

Welcome to our corporate-controlled future Internet with Facebook Instant Articles et al.

"There's a generational shift in technology happening right now: From the open Web to native apps, from desktops to mobile phones, from platforms built on standards to platforms owned by corporations. Let's call it the second Internet. Here's what it looks like: "Facebook Instant Article". That's right — it's Facebook. More than 1.44 billion people use Facebook every month, and almost a billion of them use it every day. The majority do so via the Facebook app on their phones.

Think about that: A decade ago, the majority of people using the Internet were doing so on desktop computers or laptops, accessing HTML and JavaScript websites. Today, a vast number — maybe not a majority, but a lot — experience the Internet primarily through Facebook's mobile app.

That's why publishers like the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and National Geographic were so eager to test out Facebook's new Instant Articles platform.

This platform puts publishers' stories directly into the Facebook app (on iOS only, for now), where they load more quickly than they would if Facebook just linked to the publishers' websites — which take an average of eight seconds to load, Facebook says. Instant Articles also offer a variety of snazzy tools for publishers to present their images and interactive elements."

(Dylan Tweney, 15 May 15 2015, VentureBeat)

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2015boundaries in cyberspace • Buzzfeed • closed systemcontent integrationcontent publishers • corporate exclusivity • corporate-controlled environment • corporatisationexclusivityFacebook app • Facebook Instant Articles • framed by the windowfunctionalist paradigm • future Internet • homogenizationhypermediated spaceimmediacy of experience • Instant Articles platform • instrumental rationalitylisablelogic of hypermediacymobile appsNational Geographic • native apps • New York Timesopen webperformativityproduct usabilitypublishing platform • Slack (app) • sterile placestechnology transparencyunified mediumuniformityusability engineering • VentureBeat • walled garden • window on to the world

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Simon Perkins
08 APRIL 2013

Chasing Ice: a call to action about climate change

"Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time–lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi–year record of the world's changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon–powered planet."

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2012Arcticcall to actioncarbon emissionscarbon footprintchanging planet • Chasing Ice (film) • climate changeconsequences • Davis Coombe • documentaryeco documentaryecological balance • ecological documentary • environmental changeenvironmental crisisenvironmental warmingethicsfeature film • glacier • global crisisglobal warmingiceIcelandinternational environmental health and sustainability issues • James Balog • Jeff Orlowski • Jerry Aronson • Mark Monroe • National Geographicnatural environmentnatureour planet • Paula DuPre Pesmen • subzero • timelapse • untested technology

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
06 SEPTEMBER 2011

Trinidad Cuba, Folkloric Ballet

"Music fills every corner of this culturally rich town. In an empty courtyard on weekday mornings the Trinidad Folkloric Ballet moves to Afro–Cuban rhythms, preparing their repertoire for audiences at home and abroad. 'Some of our dance traditions are similar to those in other parts of Cuba, but others are specific to here,' says Gisela Zerquera Calderón, the group's director. 'We think it's important to keep them alive and show them to the world'"

Fig.1 "Trinidad, Cuba, Folkloric Ballet", from "Cuba's Colonial Treasure," October 1999, National Geographic magazine

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1999 • Afro-Cuban • CubaCubandance • dance traditions • figures in space • Folkloric Ballet • Gisela Zerquera Calderon • National Geographicphotophotographyrhythm

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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