Archive for April, 2008


The Daily Show strikes again with a report live from Liberty City…

Video Link

video games &Videos &Virtual Worlds Ross Bell 30 Apr 2008 1 Comment

More on the Confessions site

Check out this interesting article about the background of Middlebury Confessions and some the controversies the sites have fostered.

social networking Jason Mittell 30 Apr 2008 1 Comment

A Little Public Domain Happiness

When browsing Wikipedia, I discovered that fellow Blue Hill Mainer Noel “Paul” Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) gave the copyright to one of his songs to the Public Domain Foundation. Pretty cool.

Wikipedia Link

copyright &Media politics Ross Bell 29 Apr 2008 No Comments

Facebook Anthem

Set to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Someone may have posted this earlier in the semester, but relevance demands another look. Expresses some of the angst I think we are all feeling about Facebook.

Internets &Remix Video &social networking &Taste of the Internet Derek Long 29 Apr 2008 No Comments


I know we’ve been bashing Banner in the “fix Midd’s interwebs” thread, but it didnt freeze on me once this morning and i was done by 7:01

Uncategorized Ross Bell 29 Apr 2008 1 Comment

ur doin it wrong

In light of our discussion of SNSs…

humorous pictures
see more crazy cat pics

See also Opacity Cats and Italics Cats.

General Geekery &Taste of the Internet Jessie Gurd 29 Apr 2008 No Comments

interesting wiki

Here’s a wiki i stumbled upon.

it’s a list of every gun used in pretty much every movie. Things like this wouldn’t be possible to do if one person was trying to research it all, but with tons of users (nerds) we gain access to this info.

Uncategorized Brian Sommers 28 Apr 2008 1 Comment

‘Fess Up

Speaking of social network sites, what are you guys’ opinion on Midd Confessional

Uncategorized Melissa Marshall 28 Apr 2008 12 Comments

Responses for 4/29

Today’s readings explore social networking sites, an area you’re all probably quite familiar with. As native “experts,” do you think these articles capture the appeal of Facebook, myspace, and the like? What drives you to participate or abstain from these sites?

(And remember to please add your thoughts to the thread on Midd’s internet presence.)

Reading Responses &social networking Jason Mittell 28 Apr 2008 15 Comments


This Friday WRMC is holding Sepomana, it’s annual music festival. I used my newly acquired flash prowess to design a banner for the festival. The font is from the cover daft punk’s discovery.

check it out here

keep it crucial,

found music &Remix culture Ernest Russell 27 Apr 2008 No Comments

The Politics of Media Technology and Cultural Change

So through our readings and our class discussions, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the technological change we’ve been studying will effect the politics of our country and whether or not in will improve our democracy. I wrote a post on my blog that discusses how I believe technological change will probably be a good thing, but that we need a grassroots change in culture in order to really improve things. Yes, changes in fair use law, net neutrality and other measures we’ve discussed in class are necessary, but what do you guys think? Will the emerging media convergence and creation of networks ultimately improve our politics and sense of community? And on a deeper level, will it make people or autonomous and happy?

My personal opinion is that all this is a gradual step in the right direction. I’ll be really interested in hearing what you all think of social network sites next week, and whether they are actually creating more civic community (as Mark Zuckerberg claims).


Uncategorized George Altshuler 24 Apr 2008 No Comments

podcast update

Hey guys,
Since Jessie and I made our podcast featuring the song “Smell Yo Dick” the artists have recorded a music video. when we were capturing the video for our project, they only had a photo series, no actual music video. So, i present to you all, the official video to the song

Podcasts &Videos Brian Sommers 24 Apr 2008 3 Comments

Flash Project Woes.

So, we’ve been ‘working’ on our flash project all night, and have not made a whole lot of progress.

Despite having put time into this for the past week, we haven’t gotten a whole lot done, and even the simplest task of making a frame not play to another is impossible, nevermind anything past that.

Unfortunately, the directions on the blog and on the sheet we were given aren’t quite specific enough, and the tutors, as nice as they have been, can’t help because they have very minimal knowledge with Flash.

Thus leaving us with a bit of a predicament on our hands.

I guess I was just curious if we’re the only ones having trouble with this?

Two weeks just doesn’t seem like enough time to create something even remotely substantial with a program we’ve had two hours of experience with. Especially with finals looming and term papers for other classes raising their heads, it’s hard to do four hours of work on something without producing any results.




Uncategorized Elliot 22 Apr 2008 2 Comments

Meeting for final projects

As mentioned in class, we can extend the deadline for the final projects if we can set-up a meeting time during exam week, preferably early in the week. There won’t be any class meeting on Thursday the 8th, and most of Tuesday the 6th will be open work time.

Please post any conflicts that you have for Mon – Wed, May 12-14, over the next couple of days and I’ll try to propose a time to meet for around 1.5 hours to share final projects, and celebrate the end of the semester.

And as inspiration for your final projects, check out this blog post about last year’s class, with a number of links to projects.

Class business Jason Mittell 22 Apr 2008 6 Comments

Rowling Reverses

I thought this article about J.K. Rowling and her legal team taking action against a webmaster who decided to take his Harry Potter lexicon site and publish it was particularly relevant given the Jenkins reading.

Uncategorized Melissa Marshall 21 Apr 2008 No Comments

Passage, reviewed

Check out this review from a article. The author makes the same kind of arguments that we did in class that day we played Passage. Also, check out Roger Ebert’s asinine article wherein he argues that video games cannot be art. Damn you, Ebert!

video games Derek Long 21 Apr 2008 No Comments

I want you to want me

I found this to be an interesting remix for online dating and socializing…


“‘I Want You To Want Me,’ an interactive piece on the subject of online dating and relationships by perennial CH fave Jonathan Harris and his collaborator Sep Kamvar, and one of the standouts commissioned for MoMA’s recent Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit, is the subject of this m ss ng p eces produced video. For anyone who missed the show at MoMA, the short explains how the piece represents constantly-updated info collected from dating sites using a drop-dead gorgeous interface and the visual metaphor of balloons. ” (

Uncategorized Stephen McCombe 20 Apr 2008 1 Comment

Responses for April 22

Check out this article on transmedia storytelling & the “geek elite.” How do you see Jenkins’s ideas playing out in the contemporary media landscape? Does convergence culture serve as the “new normal” or is it still a fringe phenomenon for specialized audiences? How do you see such practices transforming the future of media production & consumption?

Reading Responses &Transmedia Jason Mittell 20 Apr 2008 9 Comments

slranG yelkraB

Gnarls Barkley just released their new album “The Odd Couple” for a free download… BUT, it’s in reverse… how’s that for an interesting spin on things?

Check it: Gnarls Barkley


Uncategorized Stephen McCombe 19 Apr 2008 No Comments

very nerdy

No comment necessary.

General Geekery Jessie Gurd 19 Apr 2008 4 Comments

South Park Fixes the Internet

South Park continues its forays into internet culture with this brilliant episode excerpted here…

South Park Saves the Internet

Internets &Videos Ross Bell 18 Apr 2008 1 Comment

Search is Dead

Brendan Owens, the Digital media Tutor Supervisor, forwarded this article to me. I am not sure which is more interesting, that we could be moving away from Google as the primary search resource, or that Popular Mechanics has taken an interest in digital technologies. Sign of the times.

Uncategorized Joseph Antonioli 17 Apr 2008 1 Comment

Brooklyn is Watching (us)

I just read a really interesting article about a “sandbox” space in second life that is being recorded and projected (in almost real time) to an art gallery in Brooklyn. The avatar who is doing the recording is being controlled by people walking through the gallery. I’m going to sign in and check the space out in a few minutes. Here’s the slurl if you would like to teleport.

Check out the article on the Not Possible in Real Life Site.

The Escher reference is tight.

MMOW &NotPossible(w/o sl) &Remix culture &social networking &Virtual Worlds Ernest Russell 17 Apr 2008 No Comments

Class Wiki. Shortage of info? Wii Fit!

I’ve been running through some of the keywords that already have entries, and I found that in my opinion, a great deal of them are lacking.

I’ve started to edit a few them, adding new material etc. It’d be awesome if we all got on this. Some of this stuff deserves a lot more time than was previously given to it.

In other news…

Anybody been reading up on the Wii fit? it’s a ‘game’ designed to function as a workout system by using a balancing board that registers data directly to the game. It sold a huge number of copies in Japan, and it’s already sold out in the UK.

Pretty cool idea I’d say.

Any thoughts?

Wii Fit

Uncategorized Elliot 16 Apr 2008 2 Comments

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