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 [...]



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 [...]


“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 [...]


Asian Eels and beautiful women

Reading Pickering (2005) on posthumanism – phew!!!!! I will try to summarise for myself and for others Pickering suggests that the world of academics is split into two fields – the study of objects and things, the study of human meaning. He suggests we need to think about the symbiotic relationship between the two rather [...]


Word Press forum

Thank you all for your kind comments on my ethnography, I now need help!!!!! I have spent all evening trying to make my Blog look good and it looks exactly the same, why are something’s so difficult. Anyone got any advice? Having looked at the word press forum for advice – I think they have [...]


Sudden Leap

I have been reading a lot this week about new technologies , there seems to be a sudden surge in innovative designs of futuristic concepts. It’s about making “real” It’s about making it accessible It is about the aesthetics and the design Google Glass: getting to grips with 'geek aesthetics' | Technology | The Observer. [...]


Week 7 summary – Community and culture

This week along with working on the ethnography, I have been thinking a lot about different communities, their ethos, the idea of being part of a community and a communities culture. Communities in the real world usually share a common interest and ideas and involve actual interactions, where people take on specific roles within the [...]