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On dogs and gardeners

We’ve all heard the Serenity Prayer at one time or another: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference. The serenity to accept the things I cannot change… I suppose what made me think of this […]

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Wherein there are Details

Guest Post by Eva Marie An avid reader of fiction since the age of six, I have always sought out virtual worlds to immerse myself in in and explore. Whether Narnia, Azeroth, Hogwarts or Tortall I breathe the environments and the moods of these worlds. These places that are so unlike my own world. I […]

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Why I Create

Why do I create? Because I’m compelled to. The unrelenting urge has been with me as far back as I can remember. My earliest creative memory dates back to early grade school age when I stayed up late at night making up songs in bed. I was one of those people who decided very early […]

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Human Rights on the Internet

Reblogged from Susan Crawford, The Blog The Human Rights Council of the UN has adopted a resolution supporting the equivalency of human rights online and offline – “in particular, freedom of expression, which is applicable regardless of frontiers and through any media of one’s choice.” The Council is calling on all states to promote and […]

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TechCrunch Colleen Taylor

BROOKLYN, 10 July — Today Deron Williams signed his US$98 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets using his finger and an iPad. TechCrunch’s Colleen Taylor uses the occasion to step back and meditate on technology and culture in the contemporary moment.

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It’s a Dualist Virtual Universe

When I contemplated Avatar Suicide the other day, so many people reached out to me in different ways. I have to thank everyone so much. And especially Laurel Leavitt and Krissy Sinclair who tried to help that morning. http://vaneeesa.com/2010/10/16/vb22-avatar-suicide/ http://vaneeesa.com/2010/10/19/ascension/ Laurel and Krissy both expressed a lot of concern for me… and they also expressed […]

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Shhhh, Secret!

Please don’t hate me you guys! I’m trying to do the right thing, but it’s hard! And it’s really hard when people you like don’t get along. Yes, the little black girl wearing the Burn2 Greeter hat is me. I guess I have two confessions to make: One is that before I agreed to be […]

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Research & Application

While a great piece of Art Application might receive an initial response of “that’s so pretty,” a great piece of Art Research might receive an initial response of “what the fuck is that???”

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Ideology & Aesthetics

If you think about Andy Warhol & Robert Mapplethorpe, their artistic practices and sensibilities were pretty different, but I think their underlying world views were fairly in sync. On the other hand I kind of suspect that while Paris Hilton & Britney Spears seem to have similar aesthetics, that their underlying ideologies are actually different.

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Conflict Free

  Many of us New Media / VR types probably like to think of ourselves as progressive, as green, maybe we worry about our myriad electronic devices being “Designed by Apple in California,” but built in horrific human conditions at places like “Foxconn City.” Brooke Smith, The Mac Guy, and the PC Guy remind us […]

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Authentic

Authenticity is often the coin of the realm in culture. An authentic singer on stage, genuine emotion poured into a painting, an authentic pair of Levi’s 501’s, or the power of “Real Life.” But can authenticity be performed? Is it ever NOT performed? When the singer-songwriter stops a song after a few chords, tunes their […]

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Culture is Virtual

NEW CALEDON, 22 September — When human beings interact they create culture. Culture in physical space; culture in virtual space. Peter Farb’s marvellous book Humankind has a photograph of two prison inmates in cells next to each other, the separating wall prevents them from even seeing each other’s face, but their hands extend through the […]

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