Folksonomy | Emancipation is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:21:23 +1000 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:21:23 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 When Nigel Farage met Donald Trump Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:21:23 +1000 Rap amp Hip-Hop was born in 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue Hip-hop music is generally considered to have been pioneered in New York s South Bronx in 1973 by Jamaican-born Kool DJ Herc At a Halloween dance party thrown by his younger sister Herc used an innovative turntable technique to stretch a song s drum break by playing the break portion of two identical records consecutively The popularity of the extended break lent its name to breakdancing a style specific to hip-hop culture which was facilitated by extended drumbreaks played by DJs at New York dance parties By the mid-1970s New York s hip-hop scene was dominated by seminal turntablists DJ Grandmaster Flash Afrika Bambaataa and Herc The rappers of Sugarhill Gang produced hip-hop s first commercially successful hit Rapper s Delight in 1979 Rap itself the rhymes spoken over hip-hop music began as a commentary on the ability or skillz of a particular DJ while that DJ was playing records at a hip-hop event MCs the forerunners of today s rap artists introduced DJs and their songs and often recognized the presence of friends in the audience at hip-hop performances Their role was carved out by popular African-American radio disc jockeys in New York during the latel96Os who introduced songs and artists with spontaneous rhymes The innovation of MCs caught the attention of hip-hop fans Their rhymes lapped over from the transition period between the end of one song and the introduction of the next to the songs themselves Their commentaries moved solely from a DJ s skillz to their own personal experiences and stories The role of MCs in performances rose steadily and they began to be recognized as artists in their own right 2 The local popularity of the rhythmic music served by DJs at dance parties and clubs combined with an increase in b-boys breakdancers and graffiti artists and the growing importance of MCs created a distinctive culture known as hip-hop For the most part hip-hop culture was defined and embraced by young urban working-class African-Americans Hip-hop music originated from a combination of traditionally African-American forms of music including jazz soul gospel and reggae It was created by working-class African-Americans who like Herc took advantage of available tools vinyl records and turntables to invent a new form of music that both expressed and shaped the culture of black New York City youth in the 1970s Becky Blanchard 1999 2 Information on MCs drawn from the University of Maryland s Mcing The Past and MCing The Present in A Brief History of Hip-Hop Culture Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:18:26 +1000 HyperNormalisation our retreat into a simplified version of the world The documentary is inspired by the unpredictable events of recent times ndash from the rise of Donald Trump to Brexit the war in Syria the endless migrant crisis and random bomb attacks It seeks to explain both why these chaotic events are happening and why we and our leaders can t understand them Curtis s theory is that Westerners - politicians journalists experts and members of the public alike - have retreated into a simplified and often completely fake version of the world But because it is all-encompassing we accept it as normal HyperNormalisation explores this hollow world by looking back at 40 years of events and profiling a diverse cast of characters such as the Assad dynasty Donald Trump Henry Kissinger Patti Smith the early performance artists in New York President Putin intelligent machines Japanese gangsters and suicide bombers Holly Barrett 22nd September 2016 Royal Television Society Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:59:11 +1000 Teagan an animated short film about gender transition A story of transition ndash from male to female and from despondency to happiness Using recorded interview material and representative artwork this short touches on the fear and loneliness of living in the closet and the joy and confidence that comes with stepping into the light Teagan 2013 - directed by Igor Coric and Sheldon Lieberman Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:05:14 +1000 Why Man Creates the great Western progress narrative How unlikely that one of the least definable films from the last half-century would also be one of the most beloved A favorite of classroom AV diversions and an abridged presentation on the very first episode of 60 Minutes helped make it the most viewed educational film of all time I don t know what it all means Saul Bass himself admitted and his Why Man Creates 1968 is far more loose and playful than the rigid thesis its title might imply In fact it is the searching and open-ended nature of the various vignettes that perhaps makes the film resonate so strongly with viewers Though an Oscar 174 -winner for Documentary Short Subject the film is almost entirely invented apart from recollections of old masters like Edison Hemingway and Einstein and brief encounters with scientists striving to innovate for the betterment of mankind Creators invariably encounter problems and have no choice but to persevere in the face of discouragement If the film argues anything it is that the unbridled pursuit of new ideas makes us uniquely human Sean Savage Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:10:28 +1000 Herland the forgotten feminist classic from 1915 Charlotte Perkins Gilman s novel Herland is regarded by many as the pioneering feminist utopian novel Authored in 1915 but published as a monograph only in 1978 Herland is intended as a social critique and as a sociological theorist Gilman sees herself as a change agent for a better social life for women especially as well as society in general Like other intellectuals at the turn of the 20th century Gilman struggled to theorise her social vision whilst simultaneously placing great efforts at promoting her vision in a package that is attractive to the masses By self-consciously distancing herself from the intellectuals of her time she crafted her works as endeavours at transforming society With the utopian novel as her genre of choice Gilman provides readers with a deeper sense of understanding of the ills of a society that subscribes to and is fixated with masculinity As such it is the contention of this paper to discuss Gilman s second novel Herland as a feminist utopian novel critiquing some aspects of culture Gilman describes as androcentric and to briefly link the images portrayed by Gilman in Herland to the Jungian theory of archetypes with some reference to female archetypal images Shahizah Ismail Hamdan and Ravichandran Vengadasamy 2006 Shahizah Ismail Hamdan and Ravichandran Vengadasamy 2006 Herland and Charlotte Perkin Gilman s Utopian Social Vision of Women And Society e-BANGI Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan 1 1 pp 1-8 ISSN 1823-884x Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:43:16 +1000 Skins Designing Games with First Nations Youth Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace AbTeC based out of Obx Labs at Concordia University in Montreal and directed by Lewis and Skawennati Fragnito is a network of academics artists and technologists that encourages Indigenous participation in online culture and exploration of new media technology The main objective of the AbTeC research network is to discover define and implement methods by which Indigenous people can use networked communication technology to strengthen our cultures In an effort to overcome the economic social and cultural factors that influence the low rate of Indigenous participation in the making of new media and encourage Indigenous representation in digital games and virtual worlds specifically AbTeC proposed to conduct Skins a game virtual world development workshop for Aboriginal youth that teaches them design programming art animation and audio In conducting Skins our goal is to encourage First Nations youth to be more than consumers of digital media rather we wish to show them how they themselves can be creators who can approach games with a critical perspective and from within their own cultural context We are motivated by the possibilities of digital games and virtual environments for Indigenous peoples as well as correcting or adding to representations of Indigenous peoples in commercial games Indigenous peoples survival recovery development and self-determination hinges on the preservation and revitalization of languages social and spiritual practices social relations and arts 1 Digital games and virtual environments with their unique combination of story design code architecture art animation and sound 2 provide a rich medium though which to explore different strategies for pursuing such preservation and revitalization For example Thornton Media s RezWorld is a virtual environment for learning the Cherokee language It has even been argued that the fluid open and networked characteristics of modern digital media make it particularly useful as a tool for Aboriginal storytelling with Loretta Todd Cree M eacute tis filmmaker and Director of the Aboriginal Media Arts Lab suggesting the experience of cyberspace offers the reversal of narrative as derived from storytelling a return to oral tradition 3 Furthermore due to the radical decrease in the costs of the means of production and distribution digital games and virtual worlds present Indigenous people with a powerful opportunity to widely or narrowly communicate stories in which we shape our own representation Beth Aileen Lameman and Jason Edward Lewis 2011 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:38:03 +1000 Living with the H-Index metric assemblages in the contemporary academy This paper examines the relationship between metrics markets and affect in the contemporary UK academy It argues that the emergence of a particular structure of feeling amongst academics in the last few years has been closely associated with the growth and development of lsquo quantified control rsquo It examines the functioning of a range of metrics citations workload models transparent costing data research assessments teaching quality assessments and commercial university league tables It argues that these metrics and others although still embedded within an audit culture increasingly function autonomously as a data assemblage able not just to mimic markets but increasingly to enact them It concludes by posing some questions about the possible implications of this for the future of academic practice Roger Burrows 2012 Burrows Roger 2012 Living with the h-index Metric assemblages in the contemporary academy The Sociological Review 60 2 pp 355-372 ISSN 0038-0261 Article Goldsmiths Research Online Available at http research gold ac uk 6560 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:31:33 +1000 Radio La Colifata radio broadcast from inside a mental hospital More than 20 years ago a psychology student doing his training at one of Argentina s oldest psychiatric wards kept being asked by his family and friends what it was like to work in there So he came up with an idea to let the patients explain in their own words The first radio station to broadcast from inside a mental hospital was born Radio La Colifata - slang for loon crazy person has been on air from Hospital Jose Borda in Buenos Aires every Saturday afternoon for 23 years - to confront the stigma around mental illness breaking through the wall in AM FM and now online Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:10:37 +1000 Tactical Media Files a living archive of social-political action Tactical Media emerged when the modest goals of media artists and media activists were transformed into a movement that challenged everyone to produce their own media in support of their own political struggles This new media activism was based on the insight that the long-held distinction between the street reality and the media representation could no longer be upheld On the contrary the media had come to infuse all of society To challenge dominant strategic structures in society it was necessary develop new tactical means of producing and distributing media Not a specialised task separate from the social movements but a key activity around which social movements could coalesce And of equal importance the media environment characterised by a broadcast logic of geography was being supplemented with an environment characterised by a many-to-many logic of access Though much has changed these insights remain as valid today as they did in the early 1990s Eric Kluitenberg and David Garcia Fig 1 Image from Critical Art Ensemble Digital Resistance Explorations in Tactical Media 2001 http critical-art net books digital Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:10:15 +1000 The digital positions the spectacle within circulations of power and authorship Mid- to late-20th century theories of the spectacle take little or no account of the creation of the spectacle because they are so preoccupied with the effects of its consumption As Dean 2010 has observed this made sense at a time when most images were produced in a context of broadcast media but offers no way to think about what she calls the reflexive circuit of social media and user-generated content pp 108-9 As Bayne 2008 points out the incursions of the digital add a mutable new dimension to decades of theorising of the visible and visual in culture p 395 The digital positions the spectacle within circulations of power and authorship and needs alternative perspectives through which to theorise the spectacle for spaces where people create appropriate and consume Jen Ross p 261 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Networked Learning 2012 Edited by Hodgson V Jones C de Laat M McConnell D Ryberg T amp Sloep P Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:11:25 +1000 Sexed up theorizing the sexualization of culture This paper reviews and examines emerging academic approaches to the study of lsquo sexualized culture rsquo an examination made necessary by contemporary preoccupations with sexual values practices and identities the emergence of new forms of sexual experience and the apparent breakdown of rules categories and regulations designed to keep the obscene at bay The paper maps out some key themes and preoccupations in recent academic writing on sex and sexuality especially those relating to the contemporary or emerging characteristics of sexual discourse The key issues of pornographication and democratization taste formations postmodern sex and intimacy and sexual citizenship are explored in detail Feona Attwood 2006 ATTWOOD F 2006 Sexed up theorizing the sexualization of culture Sexualities 9 1 77-94 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:04:50 +1000 Emile Durkheim social explanations Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:14:29 +1000 Michael Seemann Knowing Is Asking the Right Questions Proposition In the Old Game it was important who was storing which information and to what purpose But what counts in the New Game by that measure is how information is retrieved This shift of focus does not only change our attitude towards knowledge but also touches on the power structures inherent in any kind of knowledge Michael Seemann 2014 p 25 Michael Seemann 2014 Digital Tailspin Ten Rules for the Internet After Snowden Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:40:18 +1000 NHS Innovation Diffusion digital tools and social movements There is innovation inside the NHS But innovations tend to stay local failing to be adopted by other healthcare organisations or diffusing very slowly This challenge is well recognised But what s the problem Given the assembled talents and good intentions of NHS staff how can the systemic sum of innovation be so much less than its parts The NHS is sometimes described in terms of it s hierarchical structure For my purposes it s useful to describe the current NHS using the language of philosopher ndash activists Deleuze amp Guattari In their terms the NHS is a striated space marked by linear boundaries restricted to a particular plane of activity in the space of all possible potentials 1 For Deleuze amp Guattari like Foucault before them power does not simply operate as a pyramid but in myriad multifaceted directions and relationships Foucault said One doesn t have a power which is only in the hands of one person who exercises it alone it is a machine in which everyone is caught those who exercise power as much as those over whom it is exercised it becomes a machinery that noone owns 2 The overall effect is an institutional environment that acts to tame energies it is a social machine that produces conformity As Deleuze amp Guattari would say the NHS is highly codified where a code is a pattern of repeated acts Of course there are many situations where this is desirable ndash an ICU emergency needs a practiced response But it doesn t make for a system that diffuses innovation Anyone who s returned from an innovation workshop and tried to applied new ideas in their NHS workplace has experienced this striation It s the overlap in particular experience of all the dynamics that limit change lack of autonomy in a hierarchical structure the expectations of colleagues the time it takes to deliver your daily targets the lack of incentive the lack of peer support lack of sense of entitlement to change the way things are done all of which can combine to deliver an experiential straitjacket which is an impersonal affect a pattern across the system and one that stifles diffusion as effectively as individual innovation The alternative is a system marked by flows connections and zones of intensity In the abstract terminology of Deleuze amp Guattari an innovative system would include smooth as well as striated spaces Smooth space is occupied by intensities and events by the continuous variation of free action The characteristic experience of smooth space is short term up close with no fixed points of reference I will try to show how the combination of social movements and digital technologies could blend smooth space with the more rigid boundaries and caste structures of the NHS in a way that aids the spread of innovation Dan McQuillan 2011 1 Deleuze Gilles and F eacute lix Guattari 1980 A Thousand Plateaus Trans Brian Massumi London and New York Continuum 2004 2 Foucault Michel 1975 Discipline and Punish the Birth of the Prison New York Random House Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:49:57 +1000