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Media Critique

Cut the Cord

?Cut the cord? has become the rallying cry for those interested in abandoning cable television in favor of streaming online video to their phones, tablets, desktops and ??forsooth! ??televisions. It?s an apt phrase, not merely for its echoes of severing the umbilical cord in the delivery room but for its metaphoric reach into that almond-shaped […]

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Light Painting with WiFi

Norway-based Timo Arnall, a designer working with interactive products and media, presents Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi, an exploration of the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces. Arnall and his team of collaborators create “light paintings” by revealing signal strength in long-exposure photographs. “This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban […]

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The Daily: Murdoch’s iPad Newspaper Can’t Wrap a Fish

For a media magnate whose empire first began to bubble in vats of newspaper ink, one might think launching the first of its kind iPad-only newspaper app would not be in their best interests. Unless, of course, the magnate is Rupert Murdoch of News Corp. whose vats runneth over ? and now with ones and […]

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iPad Typewriter

If you came of age during the Reagan regime as I had, chances are your Cold War-inspired paranoia thawed a bit when exposed to the retro-future climes of Terry Gilliam?s Brazil. The quasi-familiarity of the film?s lo-fi hi-tech (retrofitted typewriter keyboards, magnifying lenses over tiny cathode ray tube screens) made somehow quaint an otherwise dystopian […]

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iPhone feature film on horizon?

Dial M for Movie Zealous geeks have their own version of the Rapture and Armageddon, neither of which is terribly apocalyptic unless, you know, one needs to reboot HAL or something. If this were an SAT-style analogy, it would go something like “Armageddon is to the Singularity as the Rapture is to ______.” The correct […]