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FCJ-017 Material Cultural Evolution: An Interview with Niles Eldredge

Belinda Barnet, Swinburne University of Technology Niles Eldredge, City University of New York Niles Eldredge is good at collecting things, particularly fossils. He is Adjunct Professor of Biology and Geology at the City University of New York, and has been a palaeontologist for nearly forty years. His personal specialty is trilobites – a group of…


FCJ-016 The Online Body Breaks Out? Asence, Ghosts, Cyborgs, Gender, Polarity and Politics

Jonathan Marshall University of Technology, Sydney [1] Representations of the online body seem constantly involved with issues of imprecise, crossed or broken boundaries. Online boundaries, both personal and group, appear especially fluid when contrasted with moves towards establishing impermeable boundaries offline. This contributes to perceptions of disembodiment or potential unity with machines. Online bodies are…


FCJ-015 Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Google-Bomb

Séamus Byrne School of Media and Communications, UNSW Google. That the noun has rapidly become a verb speaks volumes for the influence of this search engine. Powered by PageRank, the accuracy of its results has done more than make Google the premiere search application – it has moved web search into the realm of ‘killer…


FCJ-014 Online Memorialisation: The Web As A Collective Memorial Landscape For Remembering The Dead

Kylie Veale Curtin University of Technology Introduction “The life of the dead consists in being present in the minds of the living.” Cicero In the last ten thousand years, our deceased antecedents are thought to number over one hundred billion (see Davies, 1994). Not much has been recorded about them, unless they were famous, rich…


FCJ-013 It’s New Media: But is it Art Education?

Trebor Scholz Institute for Distributed Creativity There is a crisis in new media arts education. Yet there has been surprisingly little debate about it until recently, despite the widespread emergence of new media arts programs and massive student interest all throughout the North American university landscape. The current crisis is only now starting to get…


FCJ-012 Composing the Self: Of Diaries and Lifelogs

José van Dijck University of Amsterdam Introduction A recent cartoon from a Dutch newspaper shows a man and a woman lying in bed, smoking a cigarette apparently after having sex. ‘Do you keep a diary?’ asks the man to his partner, and upon her negation, he comments: ‘Good. I don’t like it when a woman…


FCJ-011 Textual Dreaming: Dis-Ease in the Interface

Phillip Roe Central Queensland University New media presents us with a diverse range of texts which tend to manifest through the centrality of the interface. The interface is often argued as the most important part of any digital application (i.e. Bolter and Gromala 2003: 11). It becomes the surface upon, or perhaps through, which a…


Issue 03 – General Issue

Andrew Murphie Editor New media/information technologies, practices and processes have undoubtedly made a huge difference to our traditional understanding of media. The crucial question – one that perhaps underlies so many other important questions, from shifting relationships to the new terrors and new wars – is, of course, what kind of difference. Yet the question…