Digital Humanities

Future Media Fest: Digital Media Skills for Citizens? Workers?

Oct 11th, 2010 | By

The Digital Media Skills panel underlined the importance of communication skills for all students looking to get jobs in media and technology. Eric Berger argued in his introduction that, in the future, communication will be the skill employers will look for when hiring. Most of the panel agreed. Rebecca Burnett added that “just as important

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FutureMedia Fest: The Technology and Ethics of Immersive Worlds

Oct 7th, 2010 | By

Does a virtual world require “real” morals and ethics, or do virtual worlds demand virtual ethics?  What does an ethics of the virtual look like?



Future Media Fest: Who's Afraid of Collective Intelligence?

Oct 6th, 2010 | By

The afternoon panel on “Social Media for Collective Intelligence” emphasized some of the benefits and challenges of the emerging form of collective intelligence to marketing and journalism. Collective Intelligence or “the wisdom of the crowds” depends upon a group of people providing collective answers to questions or problems. David Clinch, the moderator and founder of

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FutureMedia Fest: In Defense of Cookies

Oct 6th, 2010 | By

At today’s panel on the Future of Advertising and Marketing at FutureMedia Fest, panelists noted some public confusion about the infringement of privacy that is incurred when personal information is tracked through cookies and sold to advertisers for marketing purposes. In the long run, they argued, targeted marketing will enhance the consumer experience. While very

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Future Media Fest: Brief Thoughts About the Consumer Experience

Oct 6th, 2010 | By

All of the members of Future of Advertising and Marketing panel were in absolute agreement: targeted online advertising is not “Big Brother.” Tracking cookies and other technologies that allow for online ads to be customized for individual users, like the stuff that tells your browser to show you car ads after you visit the Ford

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Future Media Fest: The Rhetorics of the Information Society – Michael Jones

Oct 4th, 2010 | By

24 hours of video per minute That’s the rate at which digital footage is being uploaded to YouTube, according to Michael Jones’ opening keynote presentation at Future Media Fest. Jones, who is Chief Technology Advocate at Google, cited the number as part of his argument that digital communication technology is becoming ever more ubiquitous. Understandably,

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Future Media Fest: General Introduction

Oct 4th, 2010 | By

During the week of October 4, Georgia Tech will play host to Future Media Fest, a conference that bills itself as “an interactive mash-up of talent, ideas, trends and technology.” This event promises to provide a glimpse at some emerging technologies and social formations involving digital media, including social media, distributed content creation, digital games,

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Multimedia and the Middle Ages

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

Before introducing any new strategy in the classroom, whether it involves technology or not, I think we must always ask ourselves: what is the pedagogical imperative?  After all, just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should.  So, I’ll start by trying to answer the question: what can multimedia resources, particularly digital or new

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How to Annotate Digital Texts

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

In a recent discussion on “The Real Cost of College Textbooks” in the New York Times, Anya Kamenetz, author of DYI U, suggests that professors abandon print textbooks in favor of eBooks and online resources. In “Get Rid of Print and Go Digital,” Kamenetz asks: Why should we be content with static, rapidly outdated, heavy

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