Week 9 Private Post: Joel Arellano

Canzo Empyrean and the Economy of Intrigue

The relationships between people and media described in Spreadable Media seemed fresh as well as consonant with my own experience. While Gere explored the history and system trends in the progress of digital culture, Jenkins et al did more to frame and describe our daily engagement […]

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 10: Steven Wheeler – Response to Viewings

Rather than return to a question like technical literacy that I’ve already articulated ad nauseam, I thought it might be more interesting to discuss some of the ethical considerations circling around Hakim Bey’s concept of Temporary Autonomous Zones, or T.A.Z.s for short. Described them as provisional enclaves against the powers that be that are “dissolved […]

Week 10: Mike Plett – ethical questions

I think it’s interesting that Helen asked us to think about ethical questions this week since that was the subject of yesterday’s Foundations of Strat Comm class. We discussed the ethics of ghost blogging and learned that PR industry professionals and the general public have very different expectations when it comes to ghostwriting, especially when […]

Week 10: Helen De Michiel- Sam Ford Video Conference Call

Thanks to our persistent (and charming) twitter engagement with Sam Ford, he was able to get back to me and offer us a time this week to do a video conference call with the class. He said, “I look forward to the discussion and hope some of the challenges, critiques, and issues come out in […]

Week 4- Helen De Michiel/ Sam Ford reaches out to us

Spreadable Media’s co-author Sam Ford tweeted this to me today. What do you think would be the best way to share your writings with him, if you would wish to? Perhaps we can invite him for a Skype session to our class? Ideas?




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 […]