in media res

thoughts on Mapplethorpe, censorship and the power of the erotic by aristea F
March 23, 2008, 10:29 pm
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Since there seems to be a holy(…) silence covering the blog lately, and intrigued by the unexpected popularity shown in statistics of the facebook posts (especially the first one), I decided to change course a bit and check on the alertness of those ‘in the middle of things’ and the others in the middle of term papers. I have been busy with the pornography issue lately and the long-lasting debate around censorship-obscenity between(but not exclusively) feminists. It’s a tricky one and I won’t post on the debate before I have gone through the term paper process. Nevertheless I want to talk about Robert Mapplethorpe. Continue reading


in your face-part 3: the beackon and data-mining by aristea F
March 8, 2008, 12:53 pm
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(last part)

A short story first

Facebook, originally called thefacebook, came into existence in February 2004. It initially aimed at college students and a University e-mail account was a prerequisite in order to join. This changed in September 2006 and, now, everyone over thirteen years old can join (, Terms of Use). The first investment of $500,000 (US) came by the end of 2005 and, later, Accel Partners invested another $13 million to the site, whereas Greylock Partners gave them $25 million. Microsoft adCenter became the exclusive provider of banners and sponsored links for Facebook from August 2006 (until 2009) . In July 2007, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder, appeared in the preliminary hearing of the lawsuit by . In October 2007, Microsoft bought a 1.6 per cent stake of for $240 million (US) and, a month later, Facebook announced the controversial Facebook Beacon. After worries about privacy issues were expressed, a Beacon control feature was added to Facebook, which however does not entirely disable it.

So what happens to this information Facebook stores? Continue reading

NGO imagery narrated as development porn by meandomedar
March 5, 2008, 10:26 am
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This is just a short and a “linked” post following the idea of ethics and the display of dead bodies through the media. It was virtuously connected with the idea of porn and the fact that dead bodies resemble the male ejaculation – in a porn the spectator gets to see everything but the ejaculation. In a war, if we didn’t get to see the dead bodies, it would be like showing everything but the end of it. It thus would resemble the narration of porn. Please correct me, if I missed out on something.

I was intrigued by the idea of “porn” outside of porn, leaving the spectator to gaze at something/someone who is exhibited in front of the spectator and its connection to media ethics. I and started looking for resembling thoughts of “porn” imagery – and found an interesting article :,com_jd-wp/Itemid,34/p,488/


The Apocalyptic Media and the New World Order by meandomedar
March 4, 2008, 8:16 pm
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I have just returned from an astonishing lecture on Newton and his interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Most interesting. And, come to think of it, there has to be some connection to be made with the ways Newton’s work was presented and the media’s dealing with globalisation issues, always being on the verge of a new world order.

Apparently, the claim of humankind entering a “new world order” has been used frequently, again, by American politicians and was a term more than likely to get picked up in the media’s representation of the struggle between good and evil. The notion of the world moving on to finding this new world order, in Newton’s term, can be calculated in taking several steps from the first visions of St. John right through to the seven seals opening, one after the other, to reveal the seven steps right through to the end of the world as we know it. When looking at this notion and the media’s working with not only terming a “new world order” but also claiming that we move on to this next stage and are always just on the brink of something new, something that has never been before – can we say that the media follow Newton or rather the Book of Revelations proclaiming something that is much more religious, even Christian? The steps that are being described in the Book of Revelations talk about environmental desasters, men being slain, peoples from the east and west fighting each other – Newton has tried to backtrack these events throughout history to find out when we will finally find this new world order or how we, then, can calculate the end of this world.

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In your face part 2: Conspiracy theories and actual cases by aristea F
March 3, 2008, 12:18 pm
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This post is a summary of the existing conspiracy theories about facebook and lists some actual real life cases about people prosecuted due to their facebook activity. I have included a list of links to various cases published in mainstream media and to some conspiracy sites.

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