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discussion of issues around digital media and museums by Seb Chan

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Entries from September 16th, 2008

Siva Vaidhyanathan on the ‘Generational Myth’

September 16th, 2008 1 Comment

In a new article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, former NYU professor and Copyright reform activist Siva Vaidhyanathan writes a provocative essay against the notion of ‘digital natives’ arguing the term and any idea of a ‘generational shift’ is ludicrous and masks the very real diversity in skills, knowledge and behaviours amongst users of […]


Bob Stein on ‘networked publishing’

September 10th, 2008 Comments Off on Bob Stein on ‘networked publishing’

Bob Stein over at the Future of the Book has written some very engaging summative notions around the challenges and opportunities afforded by ‘networked publishing’. Stein charts the move from the multimedia model of the late 80s through to the mid 90s where CDROMs and closed ‘interactive media’ opened up new opportunities for readers but […]


dConstruct ‘Designing the social web’ 5 Sept 2008, Brighton UK

September 6th, 2008 4 Comments

dConstruct in Brighton this year was held in the full glory of an English beachside summer – sleeting rain and gusty winds. Inside the Brighton Dome, 700 web geeks gathered to hear what ended up being quite a mixed bag of presentations from speakers about various aspects of ‘designing the social web’. Light on the […]


Dan Hill makes a modernism in Australia map for Modern Times (or interesting things clever people do when they have some spare time)

September 2nd, 2008 3 Comments

Dan Hill from Arup and the author of the wonderful City of Sound blog wrote a review of the Powerhouse’s Modern Times exhibition. In his criticism of the exhibition he wondered where the extra-exhibition content was – especially given the perfect fit between the content of the exhibition and specific places and sites. He describes […]


Jace Clayton on afro-funk and digital preservation

September 2nd, 2008 1 Comment

One of favourite music and culture bloggers (and DJs), Jace Clayton has a lovely piece in Frieze which explores the issues around how collectors might trawl the digital music of today in forty years time. He starts out looking at the recent craze in African funk reissues – records recovered from master tapes buried in […]


A new collection in the Commons – Clyde Engineering

September 2nd, 2008 Comments Off on A new collection in the Commons – Clyde Engineering

We’ve just added the start of a new collection of photographs to the Commons on Flickr. The Clyde Engineering Photograph collection is full of photographs of heavy machinery. We’ve uploaded the first 50 to give you a feeling for what will be coming in future weeks. The glass plate negatives in the Clyde photograph collection […]