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Lost Dreams of the American Future

Interstellar travel, nuclear fusion for everyone and thinking machines: The 1964 New York World’s Fair promised a new revolution of everyday life, an age of understanding. Far from visions of peace and progress, beneath the façade, a celebration of world ...

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Think good thoughts about a sunny side

Apparently I am a robot. A very incompetent robot. Sometime over the last few weeks, Google launched a new captcha system for its Blogspot subsidiary. The idea, as I understand it from the blog posting announcing it is that most people won’t see ...

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Cybersalon investigates: Gamergate

Cybersalon’s favourite gamergirl asks the who, what, why on Gamergate…

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Vintage Computer Games- Sex Tetris and Grim Fandango

By Niki Gomez Way back then in 1999 I was working in one of the early cyber cafés, in Brussels an amazing visionary place called The Cybertheatre, part funded by the company Silicon Graphics (what happened to them?) and the ...

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Game On: What are we playing? – Hotline Miami

I have been aware of Hotline Miami on the periphery. I never tried my hand at it because the graphics of the screen shots turned me off, on the face off it an 8-bit mess, as well it being a ...

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For the Digital Natives, Every Second Counts

James Moulding on the need for a new digital paradigm shift focused on digital rights, privacy and equal access to the web. ‘Vague, but exciting.’ The words scribbled on an early memo proposing the design for the future World Wide ...

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DIGITAL REVOLUTION: How far we’ve come

Jim Boulton, co-curator of the recent Barbican exhibition Digital Revolution, on the the influences behind the exhibition and how far we’ve come in terms of a digital culture. I was lucky enough to be involved with Digital Revolution this summer, ...

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War is Hell in This War of Mine

James Moulding on the newly released spiritual successor to Papers Please, This War of Mine. So I played This War of Mine. A much needed balance to a dominant gamer culture of shoot-first-ask-questions-never. It’s depressing, it’s believable. It’s probably an approximate simulation ...

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EU offers full-funding scholarships in Media Arts Cultures

One of the few humanities Erasmus Mundus courses the EU funds is the new European Program of Excellence, a joint masters degree in MEDIA ARTS CULTURES. Students have the opportunity to study in Austria, Denmark, Poland and Hong Kong, and ...

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Open Letter: From the Digital Pioneers to the Digital Natives

The following document is a collaborative work, the first outline in forging a national conversation around the rise of Digital Britain, towards a Net Bill of Rights. Do we want a Digital Britain to be a passive theatre or a ...

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