The new digital

The digitization of music and its convergence with the participatory culture online has led to a total shift in the way we interact with, and consume music in our everyday lives. Due to this evolving convergence of digital music and broad access to relatively inexpensive networked device technology, any one can now create, market, discover, store and playback music via the internet. With a focus on the dissemination of digital music online and the reception of fans and major record labels to a new digital distribution model, this essay will argue that music as a medium was perfectly suited for online distribution, ultimately became a major force for activating participation on the internet and still remains a profitable product in an environment of peer-to-peer music sharing.

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Scaling the walls of personalised curation

July 20, 2011

Curation is the art of telling a story. As soon as a piece of content attracts a title, comment or reference to another work, it has been curated (Shott, 1996). This essay will argue that online, curation is too often used as a tool of expedient initiation and personalisation, which leads to data lockout, and walled information ecologies that are hard to navigate. This paper will discuss the pitfalls of allowing the content we interact with, produce and consume to be curated for us, rather than curating it for ourselves.

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The internet, and the perception of free.

August 30, 2012

Capitalism controls the internet, although to what degree the internet is free to an individual user depends on their perspective, the tools used for access and how they spend their time online. This essay will question the real cost of accessing the internet, and the economy surrounding our choices when it comes using it. It will argue that the real value of e commerce, and the individual cost to internet users, cannot be measured only in a monetary from, but by the value generated by engaged parties within the synergistic knowledge, gift and attention economies found in many online environments.

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