In this issue of gnovis, the emphasis is on the social.
All five of our authors grappled with issues surrounding the social construction of technology. Their works investigate how the oft complex relationships between individuals and organizations can transform a technology and present unintended applications: whether with video games, Wikipedia, or the economy.
Abstract: The London bombings in July of 2005 signaled a turning point in global news coverage. Survivors on the ground transmitted mobile phone images to social networks, family and friends, as well as news desks such as the BBC. Featured … Continue reading
Abstract: Web 2.0 technologies bring both opportunities and challenges to our formalization of collective knowledge and its use. The collective generation of knowledge without the control of a central authority has raised discussions in academia over the validity and the … Continue reading
Abstract: We can easily understand the cultural logic inherent in the global financial crisis as a ‘world historical moment,’ a moment where the very tenets of globalization and mediation are being challenged at their most underlying theoretical core. However, the … Continue reading
Abstract: This essay examines the social negotiations within the structure globalization by investigating the boom of Japanese horror films in the United States, from their emergence in the mid-nineties until today. The films that are most frequently associated with the … Continue reading
“There is no Game Over anymore -
it has long since been hacked out.”
- Raphael Gygax
Abstract: Many have deemed the invasion of Iraq as the American government’s ‘brass-knuckled quest for information’ – a strong statement given that the self-appointed ‘land of the free’ is insinuating that justice can be achieved regardless of the cost. As … Continue reading
The spectacle manifests itself as an enormous positivity,
out of reach and beyond dispute. All it says is: “Everything that
appears is good; whatever is good will appear.” – Guy Debord (1994, p. 15)
Abstract: Social networking Web sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, have in the last five years become indispensable communication tools for large numbers of young people in the United States. Concurrently, scholars have been drawing attention to the important yet … Continue reading
Abstract: Content-based regulation is subject to the “strict scrutiny” standard in the Supreme Court. The “strict scrutiny” standard takes into account three issues: (1) whether the regulation furthers a compelling government interest; (2) whether the regulation is narrowly tailored to … Continue reading