The space in between – is now occupied

I feel my blog has been a learning journey, establishing then questioning my original preconceptions of culture, taking them apart and rebuilding them again. I have experienced multi-model transliteracies through the blog, visual artefact and ethnography, struggled with the varying notion of order to access information. Seen the real become unreal and then made real [...]


“So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?”

The film feels it has come as a timely summary of this course for me (sorry tutors!) It combines the three major themes Utopia / dystopia, community and cyborg!! Weird Science was probably my first introduction to the cyborg – just re watching it with my kids – think perhaps a bit too young – [...]


Just who made the Harlem shake viral?

I feel duped but also incredibly naive. The Harlem shake was the fastest growing meme ever – and is now so over!!! It was a very catchy easy to replicate non offensive fun thing to replicate and many many many have been made including one I myself made with my class. The reason it became [...]


Week 10 summary – man machine

The final week of the course – boo hoo! This week my blog has been focusing on the idea of the cyborg and whether the addition of superhuman parts makes them less human. Is this physical addition stripping the human of what Muris (2003) refers to as physical embodiment – the spirit, conciousness and identity? [...]



There are many references to the idea of the meme as a parasite, starting with the originator Richard Dawkins: “When you plant a fertile meme in my mind you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of [...]


Is Viral Marketing a Myth?

The instant rate of life and thus the response of advertisers is becoming more and more important with the use of social media in advertising. During the powercut at the Superbowl many advertisers took the opportunity to use twitter to seize the the moment and promote their product in association with the powercut – Tide [...]


“The mind is the effect, not the cause.”

Is it coincidence, serendipity or because this course is so up to date, it seems every bit of media, social or otherwise is feeding in to our knowledge base Daniel Dennett: 'I don't like theory of mind' – interview | Science | It is interesting that the idea of Darwinian evolution of ideas was [...]


Cyborg – Artificial Limbs-Organs

Cyborg – Artificial Limbs-Organs Superpowers: Real-World Powers | Main Page | Obsidian Portal. This is a game about a hero who began as a normal human but has had parts of his body replaced by artificial devices. The player determines what parts are artificial, using the randomly generated Abilities and Powers as a guide. For [...]


Week 9 Summary cyborg / posthuman

This week I have been blogging about technology and meme’s, I have been reading and tweeting about Posthuman and moving onto cyborgs. I am not sure if there is a difference between the two – more of a concept -post humanism / cyborgs appear to be all about the blurring of boundaries between humans and [...]


Something imitated

Dawkins Meme is an idea that is imitated and replicated person to person. The brain to brain propagation mean ideas can be shared Globally in seconds with the introduction of the internet The current “unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation.” as Dennett (1991) referred to them that are doing the rounds on [...]