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Photography, hello — Software ate the camera, but freed the photograph by Craig Mod
Photography, for me, has always been about story. Has always been about placing markers in my mind to which to later return. It was, long ago, about obsessing over the mechanics of process and geekery, the zone system, about perfect black and white saturation and gradients.
commentary  photography  storytelling  technology 
43 minutes ago by alexforey
I Forgot My Phone - YouTube
Are we addicted to our phones? What is technology doing to our brains?
Mobile  video  Technology  Addiction  connection  Connectedness  inspiration  GOOD  OneToRemember  YouTube 
46 minutes ago by mstmorris
Theorising and analysing digital labour: From global value chains to modes of production | Fuchs | The Political Economy of Communication
"Corporate social media (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Weibo, Blogspot, LinkedIn etc.) all use a business model that is based on targeted advertising that turns users’ data (content, profiles, social networks and online behaviour) into a commodity. Commodities have producers who create them, otherwise they cannot exist. So, if the commodity of internet platforms is user data, then the process of creating this data must be considered to be value-generating labour. Consequently, this type of internet usage is productive consumption or prosumption in the sense that it creates value and a commodity that is sold. Dallas Smythe’s concept of the audience commodity has been revived and transformed into the concept of the internet prosumer commodity (Fuchs, 2012). Digital labour creates the internet prosumer commodity that is sold by internet platforms to advertising clients. They in return present targeted ads to users.

Digital labour on “social media” resembles housework because it has no wages, is mainly conducted during spare time, has no trade union representation, and is difficult to perceive as being labour. Like housework it involves the “externalization, or ex-territorialization of costs which otherwise would have to be covered by the capitalists” (Mies, 1986: 110). The term ‘crowdsourcing’ (Howe, 2009) expresses exactly an outsourcing process that helps capital to save on labour costs. Like housework, digital labour is “a source of unchecked, unlimited exploitation” (Mies, 1986: 16). Slaves are violently coerced with hands, whips, bullets—they are tortured, beaten or killed if they refuse to work. The violence exercised against them is primarily physical in nature. Houseworkers are also partly physically coerced in cases of domestic violence. In addition, they are coerced by feelings of love, commitment and responsibility that make them work for the family. The main coercion in patriarchal housework is conducted by affective feelings. In the case of the digital worker, coercion is mainly social in nature. Large platforms like Facebook have successfully monopolised the supply of certain services, such as online social networking, and have more than a billion users. This allows them to exercise a soft and almost invisible form of coercion through which users are chained to commercial platforms because all of their friends and important contacts are there and they do not want to lose these contacts. Consequently, they cannot simply leave these platforms."
digitalLabour  capitalism  computers  technology  minerals  Congo  manufacturing  China  software  development  India  callCentres  SiliconValley  socialMedia  work  labour  businessModels  advertising  dctagged  dc:creator=FuchsChristian 
4 hours ago by petej
Teenagers hack ATM by bothering to read the instructions
Google instructions. See if they've changed the default passcode. Don't steal money, just set the welcome screen to say it's been hacked, and tell the bank. Realise you're late for your next school lesson…
Awesome  fail  hacking  technology  money  Canada 
5 hours ago by FearMeForIAmPink
'The Wire' is finally being remastered in HD, and it's probably coming to HBO this week | The Verge
But what if I don’t want The Wire in HD? What if I feel that 16:9 forces the viewer to assign contextual meaning to images that speak for themselves? What if I believe 4:3 is a democratic framing and the consistency of that framing over the course of the series is the whole fucking point?
The-Wire  HBO  television  technology  finally 
5 hours ago by magneticmediafed
A Mission for Remote-Controlled Bugs
> Researchers from North Carolina State University are trying to turn a living moth into a remote-controlled robot, or biobot. By attaching tiny electrodes to the moth, they can monitor the electrical signals the moth uses flight to communicate with its muscles. The researchers, also working on a similar project with cockroaches, believe that insect biobots could be used to search through rubble during rescue missions.
nytimes  insects  computers  technology  mobile 
6 hours ago by axelav
Buying Into Stellar — Medium
We are lucky to work in a time when transformative technologies seem to be emerging at an accelerating rate. Even in my short lifetime, I can choose to work on smartphones, or on their “peace dividend” in the form of connected hardware. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  currency  innovation  technology  transformative 
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