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Street Art Dialogue Werthmann, Laura This paper reviews street art dialogism as understood through parallel architecture, remediation, recursion, and combinatoriality of signs through art’s social setting. It exposes the contrast and comparison of the nodes in visual culture, digital media networks, and most importantly the dialogue throughout contemporary art networks such as Abstract Expressionism, Dada, Pop Art, Postmodernism, and Post- Postmodernism. This remix culture forces an engagement from the art world to comment, reply, use, reject, admire, and debate the new semantics of an ephemeral art form that spans across public visual spaces. The ability for street art to be seen is very important and enabled by the structure and dimensions of the wall, but today, it is also facilitated through the digital world as more art is being transformed for an internet viewership that has opened up a new interface outside museums, galleries, and even the streets; it helps enable art become global.
Otto’s Notebook vs the Memex: Comparing the smartphone and the PC as two paradigms of cognitive enhancement
Otto’s Notebook vs the Memex: Comparing the smartphone and the PC as two paradigms of cognitive enhancement Huber, Linda The history of computing has been characterized by an effort to replicate and augment human intelligence. Today’s personal computers are still substantially similar in their overall goals to the “memex,” a hypothetical computer prototype described by Vannevar Bush in 1945: both are designed to use computation to augment advanced forms of intellectual labor. Yet in the last decade, the rise of the smartphone has disrupted this long-standing paradigm of cognitive enhancement. It introduces a paradigm characterized by less complex but more pervasive kinds of cognitive enhancement. This is a kind of cognitive enhancement perhaps more akin to ever-present notebook that facilitated Otto the hypothetical Alzheimer’s patient in his daily activities (as described by Clark and Chalmers in their seminal paper on extended cognition in 1998). In this paper I compare and contrast some of the basic augmentations and affordances of the smartphone as compared to the PC (either desktop or laptop). Using Heersmink’s “multi-dimensional matrix for exploring cognitive-artifact relations” (Heersmink, 2012), I conducted a preliminary investigation suggesting some of the concrete differences between these two paradigms of computation and cognitive enhancement.
Life in the New Media landscape: Ritual Communication and Distributed Cognition on Reddit Miller, Chris The New Media landscape is diverse and complex. More importantly, as noted by Lev Manovich, it is fundamentally new. This paper will explore one instance of New Media, the social news site reddit, in terms of several theoretical frameworks, situating the site both in terms of its historical precedents and novel contributions to the New Media landscape. The analysis will show that the affordances of New Media embodied in reddit, including expansions on Ritual Communication and Distributed Cognition, along with a Web 2.0 ethos that highly values interactivity and user-control, have made reddit a site of 21st century community building.
Carroll Round Proceedings 2015 Carroll, Round Undergraduate economic research papers presented at the 10th Annual Carroll Round Conference at Georgetown University
Carroll Round Proceedings 2014 Carroll, Round Undergraduate economic research papers presented at the 9th Annual Carroll Round Conference at Georgetown University