Friday, November 16, 2012

A2: Assignment No 2

The Matrix is real but it is not a product of mainstream media. It is self-made, constructed by the public, and proliferated by social networks. We are (knowingly) constructing personalised prisons for our minds; our realities essentially giant filter bubbles, made up of ideologies we accept. We are turning ourselves into thoughtless, marketing machines, exploited by the highest bidder.

To what extent do you agree with the sentiments above?

Make explicit reference to:

  • The Matrix
  • Baudrillard's theory of hyperreality
  • Strinati's theories about media saturation and superficiality
  • The ideas you encountered in the Boyd, Turkle, Handel, Rosen, Boder, Sunstein, and Keegan articles, including digital identity and the public sphere
  • The ideas put across in Eli Pariser's TED talk
  • Twitter discussion about friendship, digital self and instant gratification
  • Video's about digital identity and digital self
  • Notes from lessons and other discussions
  • Any other research/reading that you have completed

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