Hebdige on Subculture: The Emergent Worlds

In his book “Subculture: The Meaning of Style,” Richard Hedbige discusses the ways in which subcultures work to define society in their own terms. What I found particularly interesting, is the way Hedbige begins his discussion with a focus on ideology, and the way ideology inscribes itself on form and style, which is something we … More Hebdige on Subculture: The Emergent Worlds

Black Lives Matter: From Centralized Leadership to Decentralized Power

  In The New Yorker article entitled “The Matter of Black Lives,” the author Jelani Cobb discusses the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Much attention has been given to Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi as the founders of the movement. Alicia Garza is responsible for coining the name of the movement. … More Black Lives Matter: From Centralized Leadership to Decentralized Power

FemTechNet: Collectivity is the Change-Maker

http://adanewmedia.org/2012/11/issue1-juhasz/ http://fembotcollective.org/femtechnet/faq-for-femtechnet/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/16/femtechnet-online-courses-teach-feminist-technology_n_3763863.html In our day and age, though women have many more rights than they had a hundred years ago, there are still some basic conceptions of femininity that remain and give people the idea that women are less capable of working in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. This ideology remains … More FemTechNet: Collectivity is the Change-Maker

Cyborg or Goddess, or Both?

In her “Cyborg Manifesto”, Donna Haraway describes the cyborg as a creature that inhabits the very boundaries between binaries, living at the sites of boundary transgressions. Specifically, Haraway discusses the human and animal binary, the animal-human (organism) and machine binary, and finally the physical and non-physical binary. She argues that, in the late twentieth century, … More Cyborg or Goddess, or Both?

VJ Um Amel: A Whole New Way to Write History

What stood out to me in the first article I consulted, was the discussion of the formation of culture by means of different levels of communication and expression. By understanding the creation of culture in this way, incredible weight is given to emergent mass communication platforms. Throughout her investigations of social media, VJ Um Amel … More VJ Um Amel: A Whole New Way to Write History

Arab Women Techies and Gender Disparities

https://lb.boell.org/en/2014/03/03/female-arab-techies-meeting-statehood-participation http://arabtechies.net/?q=node/84 http://www.firstpost.com/world/what-modis-selfie-with-the-women-techies-of-riyadh-says-about-his-relationship-with-the-oil-rich-kingdom-2715412.html From reading some of the articles I got some mixed feelings regarding Arab Women Techie meetings. In the first article I read, the author mentions the controversy surrounding these techie meetings because of the lack of equal gender representation at each meeting. While I do believe that this is a valid point, … More Arab Women Techies and Gender Disparities

Christina McPhee: Collapsing the Realms

http://www.christinamcphee.net/about/ http://www.artspace.com/christina-mcphee http://www.ojaifestival.org/christina-mcphee-how-ojai-inspires-me-as-an-artist/   Reading Christina McPhee’s recount of her experiences with producing her paintings is extremely interesting. For her the physical act of being collapses with the works of art she physically creates as well as with the art that she can audibly experience. McPhee explains that she had always found solace in playing … More Christina McPhee: Collapsing the Realms

Empyre Discussion Articles: The Humanist versus Post-Human Perspectives

1)Disembodied Eye http://lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/2016-July/009218.html I found this reading especially interesting because of the way it argued that conceptualizing vision as a mechanical process has the potential to veer us away from the humanist perspective, and reduce divisions between human beings on the basis of race, gender, class, etc. The writer of this post stipulates that the best … More Empyre Discussion Articles: The Humanist versus Post-Human Perspectives