Week 10: Joel Arellano

I didn’t encounter many ethical questions during this course or project, perhaps because I was focused so much more on investigating the ontology and teleology of digital culture. In fact, several times when the authors of Spreadable Media described topics as ethical dilemmas, I felt unmoved. For example, the alleged problem of corporations benefiting […]

Week 8 Private: Joel Arellano


The most valuable point I’ve taken from Gere is how digital culture has made it faster and easier to run through different possibilities. As I’ve reflected on various phenomena in digital culture throughout the term, I’ve frequently returned to this idea as an explanatory model. Take, for example, the most fundamental complaints about digital […]

Week 8: Grace R Morrissey – Digital Putty

Nothing hints so strongly of the potential for participatory media sense making as an archive of raw data. It’s like a lump of clay just waiting for a pair of hands (or the digital version thereof) of those so inclined to give it definition (spin /angle) in an infinite number of ways.

“Rawness” is the […]

Week 4 Private: Joel Arellano

“The rise of the sciences propelled man into the tunnels of specialized disciplines. The more he advanced in knowledge, the less clearly could he see either the world as a whole or his own self, and he plunged further into what Husserl’s pupil Heidegger called, in a beautiful and almost magical phrase, ‘the forgetting of […]

Week 4: Joel Arellano

Tilman Hornig, Content is King!

Gere writes that John Cage’s 4’ 33″ “is perhaps the perfect model for modern electronic media,” because in it, anything and everything can happen (115). He also observes that the nature of the Web as a medium makes it easier to run through different possibilities, offering what […]

Week 3 Private: Joel Arellano

The use of the Internet has both broadened and fragmented the contexts of communication. This is why the Internet can have a subversive effect on intellectual life in authoritarian regimes. But at the same time, the less formal, horizontal cross-linking of communication channels weakens the achievements of traditional media.

–Jürgen Habermas

In the […]

Week 2 Private: Joel Arellano

Technocratic Hubris

In the first three chapters, Gere describes the evolution of digital culture from a 19th century automated loom to the age of IBM, when the Cold War spurned the newly-christened Department of Defense to pour billions into the development of vast computer arrays designed to model and supplement human decisions. Gere […]

Week 2: Jarratt Private Post

At the outset of Charlie Gere’s Digital Culture he let’s us in on a secret, or at least it felt like a secret, which is that we don’t really know what digital means. It is pervasive throughout our lives, yet we don’t really understand it. We think it is synonymous with a technology that connotes […]

Week 2: Joel Arellano’s Response To Reading/Viewings

Charlie Gere introduces Digital Culture by declaring his aim to disenchant the reader from the charm of digital culture. He is alluding to Max Weber’s interest in forces of rationalism and secularism to liberate mankind from superstition, but Gere inverts Weber’s formula, applying the term ‘enchantment’ instead to the mistaken belief that the hyper-rationalism […]