PressPausePlay and the changing landscape of art & media industries

Just tonight I read these two blog posts, which passionately put forward two opposing points of view about the current problematic situation of monetizing intellectual property (IP) and piracy of it, caused by rapid development of technological circumvention, and, in Demonbaby’s view, the stratifying business practices of major recording labels. When Pigs Fly: The Death […]

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FBI kills Megaupload. Precursor to SOPA/PIPA?

Two days ago, Wikipedia, along with a host of other influential online identities, such as Google, Wired, WordPress and Mozilla (responsible for the advent of Firefox), instated a 24 hour blackout in protest of the SOPA/PIPA bill currently making its way through the US legislature. As of 4.25pm yesterday, authorities in New Zealand acted on […]

Risk Society and Media

Question: what are the implications of Becks “Risk society” thesis for our understanding of the media? This question can be viewed in two parts. What must be first understood is what a risk society is.  Secondly, what must be discussed is how such a societal paradigm’s development could be linked to media and communications practices. […]