Mimi Ito and team, who say that youth are developing new forms of media literacy within &quot;youth-centered social and cultural worlds.&quot; Efforts to address new media literacy, they say, need to take into account those social and cultural contexts that are important to youth. &quot;Our values and norms surrounding education, literacy, and public participation are being challenged by a shifting landscape of media and communications where youth are central actors&quot; (Ito et al., 2009, p. 2). Here's the link to the article: http://digitalyouth.ischool.berkeley.edu/files/report/digitalyouth-WhitePaper.pdf
Instead of institutions. We will look at individuals. At YOU. If (the properties) of media artifacts act as the interface between humans and the world, what can we say about contemporary media artifacts that are: Converged Interactive Personalized Screen-based Wireless Networked? Well, that we understand the world by SEEING it, that we have an INDIVIDUALIZED worldview, and that we want to (SELF-) EXPRESS that perspective; EGOCASTING
Robert Dziekanski, Vancouver November 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gMPqJmVyoM
Online suicide 2005 in the UK: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23390052-chatroom-users-egged-on-father-to-kill-himself-live-on-webcam.do Chatroom users 'egged on father to kill himself live on webcam' Last updated at 00:07am on 24.03.07 A father-of-two hanged himself live over the internet in Britain's first 'cyber suicide'. Kevin Whitrick, 42, took his life after being goaded by dozens of chatroom users from across the world who initially believed he was play acting. But as they watched in horror, Mr Whitrick climbed onto a chair, smashed through a ceiling and then hanged himself with a piece of rope. Scroll down for more Kevin Neil Whitrick, 42, was found dead by police in Wellington, after being alerted by a web user who is thought to have watched in horror as the man harmed himself Stunned by what they had witnessed - broadcast on a popular chatroom website used by millions of people across the globe - chatroom users immediately contacted the police. Officers rushed to the electrician's home in the Wellington area of Shropshire within minutes, smashing down the door to try to save him. Kevin Whitrick had two 12-year-olds who he visited regularly But despite their efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.Last night it emerged that Mr Whitrick had been suffering from depression after being badly injured in a car crash last year. Friends said that the breakdown of his marriage with wife, Paula - with whom he had 12-year-old twins - and the recent death of his father had also been causing him some distress. Mr Whitrick told users of web-chat site PalTalk what he was going to do two hours before he killed himself on Wednesday night. He was logged on with around 50 other users to a special &quot;insult&quot; chatroom where people &quot;have a go at each other&quot;. Today distraught users of the site said that they felt sick and had previously thought the web broadcast was a hoax. They confirmed Mr Whitrick told friends in the internet chat room of his plans to kill himself but, thinking he was joking, they egged him on telling him to make sure the his webcam was on. Mr Whitrick, using the user-name Shyboy-17-1, switched on his webcam and went ahead with his grisly plan. One anonymous user said: &quot;He tied a rope around an uncovered ceiling joist and stood on the chair as he tied the rope around his neck. &quot;Some of us chatroom users, talking to Kevin over text chat, microphones and video tried to convince him to step down, but others egged him on telling him to get on with it. &quot;We just couldn't believe he was doing it - it was surreal. &quot;One chatter said: 'F***ing do it, get on with it, get it round your neck. For F***'s sake he can't even do this properly'.&quot; Another user who did not wish to be named said: &quot;When Kevin stepped off the chair and was left dangling, the mood in the chatroom changed and people began to realise what they had just seen. &quot;We started asking if anyone knew where he lived and saying they should contact the police. &quot;I think someone contacted the police in their local area but sadly no one could get to him in time.&quot; Shortly after, moderators on the site closed the feed from Kevin's webcam. 'Considerate and kind' Mr Whitrick had been living in his flat, a converted house, after splitting from his wife Paula two years ago. The couple, who married in 1988, had 12-year-old twins Lewis and Melissa who live with their mother in a three-bedroom, semi-detached home close by. They are said to have visited their dad, who worked at family firm RMW electrical services in Shrewsbury, at weekends. His older brother Malcolm Whitrick is an associate director at Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Kevin Whitrick's sparse profile on the paltalk website Last night Mrs Whitrick said: &quot;Kevin was a loving father and family man. He was always the life and soul of the party, an extremely considerate and kind person and loved by many, he will be so sadly missed by us all. &quot;Unfortunately Kevin had a very serious car accident in July 2006 and had never fully recovered back to full health.&quot; Mr Whitrick's stepmother Betty Whitrick, 74, told the Mail: 'Kevin was a bubbly kind of person, full of fun. I just don't know why he would do this. &quot;He lived alone but he always cheerful when I saw him. I knew he was very into computers and he also used to like playing bowls.&quot; Detective Chief Inspector Jon Groves who is leading the investigation said: &quot;Our enquiries to date have revealed that Mr Whitrick was using a chat room with a number of other people at the time of his death. &quot;We are liasing with the internet service provider at this time to contact other users who were online at the time of this incident and who may have information that could assist our enquiries. &quot;We are also working to ensure that witness support facilities are available to those who may have been affected by what they saw.&quot; Sharon Atwal, who works in a cornershop opposite Mr Whitrick's flat, described him as &quot;subdued&quot; the last time she saw him. She said: &quot;Every night he'd take eight cans of Boddington's bitter from the fridge and re-stock it with the cans from the shelf. He always seemed quite cheerful. &quot;On Wednesday night, though, he didn't seem himself and it was the first night that he did not re-stock the fridge. It was as if he knew he wouldn't be coming back. &quot;He always struck me as very happy, he was friendly and had two perfect kids. I cannot believe he has done this.&quot; Her brother Bobby added: &quot;Kevin has lived in the flat for the past year and I have seen him every day without fail. &quot;Last week, he told me about his chat room. He was excited and said he had set it up himself. He said he had been speaking to people in Australia on his webcam. &quot;His two children used to visit at weekends. He had a very good relationship with them and always gave them lots of money to buy sweets.&quot; The case appears to echo that of Brandon Vedas, a 21 year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, who committed suicide online using a mix of alcohol and prescription medication. In that case people in the chat room egged the young man on, while others tried desperately to find his address. Local MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, said: &quot;This is a very sad and rare incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. &quot;It is important that the use of the internet in this death is fully investigated.&quot;
AP video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhCH9mt0Pow http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/us/25suicides.html?_r=1 Web Suicide Viewed Live and Reaction Spur a Debate By BRIAN STELTER Published: November 24, 2008 For a 19-year-old community college student in Pembroke Pines, Fla., the message boards on BodyBuilding.com were a place to post messages, at least 2,300 of them, including more than one about his suicidal impulses. In a post last year, he wrote that online forums had “become like a family to me.” “ I know its kinda sad,” the student, Abraham Biggs, wrote in parenthesis, adding that he posted about his “troubles and doubts” online because he did not want to talk to anyone about them in person. Last Wednesday, when Mr. Biggs posted a suicide note and listed the drug cocktail he intended to consume, the Web site hardly acted like a family. On BodyBuilding.com, which includes discussions of numerous topics besides bodybuilding, and on a live video Web site, Justin.tv, Mr. Biggs was “egged on” by strangers who, investigators say, encouraged him to swallow the antidepressant pills that eventually killed him. Mr. Biggs’s case is the most recent example of a suicide that played out on the Internet. Live video of the death was shown online to scores of people, leading some viewers to cringe while others laughed. The case, which has prompted an outpouring of sympathy and second-guessing online, demonstrates the double-edged nature of online communities that millions of people flock to every day. Online communities “are like the crowd outside the building with the guy on the ledge,” Jeffrey Cole, a professor who studies technology’s effects on society at the University of Southern California . “Sometimes there is someone who gets involved and tries to talk him down. Often the crowd chants, ‘Jump, jump.’ They can enable suicide or help prevent it.” On blogs and forums last week, some people wondered whether Mr. Biggs had hoped that by broadcasting his suicide, he would attract attention and cause someone to intervene. Viewers eventually called the police, but only after he had lapsed into unconsciousness. The video streaming Web site, Justin.tv, said Monday that it hoped its members would be “more vigilant” in the future. It was not the first time someone had used the Web in this way. In Arizona in 2003, a man overdosed on drugs while writing about his actions in a chat room. In Britain last year, a man hanged himself while chatting online and webcasting. In both cases, other users reportedly encouraged the individual. Sometimes other users show support in troubling ways. In a number of well-publicized cases in Japan, South Korea and elsewhere, people have formed suicide pacts on the Internet and met in person to carry out their plans. “ If somebody threatens suicide or attempts suicide, it’s never a joke,” said Joshua Perper, the chief medical examiner for Broward County, where Mr. Biggs lived. “It always requires attention. It’s basically a cry for help.” Much of the evidence of Mr. Biggs’s suicide and the reactions of users was removed from BodyBuilding.com and Justin.tv after his death was confirmed. But according to a chronology posted by a fellow user, Mr. Biggs listed the pills he had obtained and posted a suicide note that he had copied from another Web site. He directed people to his page on Justin.tv, where anyone can plug in a webcam and stream live video onto the Internet. In a chat room adjacent to the live video, the “joking and trash talking” continued after Mr. Biggs consumed the pills and lay on his bed, according to the user, who said he tried to reach the local police from his home in India. Several other concerned users called the police when it appeared that Mr. Biggs had stopped breathing. As officers entered the room, according to a screen capture of the incident that circulated online, 181 people were watching the video. In the chat room, users typed the acronyms for “oh my God” and “laugh out loud” before the police covered the webcam. After his death was confirmed, words of sympathy were interspersed with complaints about Mr. Biggs’s behavior on the free-wheeling “Miscellaneous” section of BodyBuilding.com, where he frequently posted. Some users claimed that Mr. Biggs had threatened to commit suicide repeatedly in the past. Mr. Biggs’s family has said he suffered from bipolar disorder and was being treated for depression. Telephone messages left at the home of Mr. Biggs’s father, Abraham Biggs Sr., were not returned Sunday. But in an interview with The Associated Press, the father said he was appalled by the lack of responsiveness on the part of the users and the operators. “ As a human being, you don’t watch someone in trouble and sit back and just watch,” he said, before suggesting that “some kind of regulation is necessary.” The case remains under investigation by the Pembroke Pines Police Department. Justin.tv said in a statement, “As a result of this event we are confident that all online community members will be ever more vigilant in monitoring and protecting their fellow users in the future.” While sites like Justin.tv will remove content they find objectionable after the fact, the content of video sites and chat rooms are largely at the control of the users. M. David Rudd, chairman of the psychology department at Texas Tech University , said the Internet did not fully live up to its potential to help with suicide prevention. “Most of what’s available via the Internet only serves to make the problem worse,” Mr. Rudd said, whether it is information about how to commit suicide or immature comments from chat room users. Mr. Cole of the University of Southern California described the death of Alethea Gates, a teenager in New Zealand, who killed herself after using Google to read about different methods of suicide. Rather than blaming the Internet, her parents said they wished that the Google search had turned up links to suicide prevention Web sites. In effect, they wished the Web had shouted “step back from the ledge” instead of “jump.” (Many Google searches that include the word suicide include sponsored links to prevention Web sites.) Mr. Rudd said he believed that Mr. Biggs was not seeking an audience online. “ What he was really doing was expressing his ambivalence about dying and, in an awkward manner, asking for help,” he said. But the virtual nature of the community — distant, largely unaccountable and often seeking entertainment — was equally ambivalent. Hours after Mr. Biggs died, some of the forum users still sounded highly skeptical of the case. Others asked to see the video. “ The anonymous nature of these communities only emboldens the meanness or callousness of the people on these sites,” Mr. Cole said. “Rarely does it bring out greater compassion or consideration.”
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/03/moore.twitter.threat/index.html LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Actress Demi Moore's frequent postings on Twitter put her in the middle of a life-and-death drama Friday when a woman sent her an online message threatening suicide. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are both active members of the Twitter social-networking site. Moore, who was in southern France where her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, is filming a movie, quickly replied to the threat saying, &quot;Hope you are joking.&quot; Twitter followers who saw the message tracked it to a San Jose, California, home, where police found a 48-year-old woman. The police took her into custody for a psychological evaluation, according to a police spokesman. About two hours after the initial exchange, Moore posted this message -- known as a &quot;tweet&quot; -- on Twitter : &quot;Thanks everyone for reaching out to the San Jose PD i am told they are aware and no need to call anymore. I do not know this woman.&quot; A San Jose police spokesman said a &quot;concerned citizen&quot; -- not Moore or Kutcher -- called his department at 4:37 a.m. to report seeing the threat on Twitter. Police went to the residence that the caller provided and found the woman unharmed but in need of help, Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said. &quot;We determined she did meet the criteria for a 72-hour psychological evaluation, and she was taken to a hospital for that treatment,&quot; Lopez said. Don't Miss Is a Twitter backlash happening? Both Moore and Kutcher post tweets from their cell phones several times a day. Kutcher has 675,000 subscribers following his Twitter postings, while 380,000 have signed up to follow Moore. Twitter attracts many readers who enjoy seeing the behind-the-scenes writing, photos and video from celebrities who have embraced the social-network technology. This unusual access also allows subscribers to send messages to celebrities, who sometimes reply. The original tweet to Moore on Friday, which was still online several hours later, read: &quot;getting a knife,a big one that is sharp. Going to cut my arm down the whole arm so it doesn't waste time.&quot; Moore, who apparently knew others were trying to locate the person who wrote it, tweeted that she &quot;was very torn about responding or retweeting that woman's post but felt uncomfortable just letting it go.&quot; She assured readers that &quot;the twitterverse is on the case.&quot; Two hours after the first message, Moore wrote: &quot;And if it is a joke it is not funny and nor is this an appropriate outlet for such a serious matter Time for us to move on.&quot; Her husband, who is known as a constant tweeter, posted his own praise of Moore: &quot;Wifey is pretty amazing, huh?&quot; &quot;Lot of pain in the world... Reach out to someone you don't usually reach out to just to say hi. They might be lonely,&quot; Kutcher tweeted.
Pentagon release military pictures in 2005
http://www.salon.com/news/abu_ghraib/2006/03/14/introduction/ 279 photographs and 19 videos from the Army's internal investigation record a harrowing three months of detainee abuse inside the notorious prison -- and make clear that many of those responsible have yet to be held accountable. The human rights scandal now known as &quot;Abu Ghraib&quot; began its journey toward exposure on Jan. 13, 2004, when Spc. Joseph Darby handed over horrific images of detainee abuse to the Army's Criminal Investigation Command (CID). The next day, the Army launched a criminal investigation. Three and a half months later, CBS News and the New Yorker published photos and stories that introduced the world to devastating scenes of torture and suffering inside the decrepit prison in Iraq. http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20050413_2.htm The Art of Abu Ghraib ( The Independent ) The Art of Abu Ghraib. By Elizabeth Nash. April 13, 2005. The horrors of Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison have been brought to shocking life by the brush of Colombia's best-known painter, Fernando Botero. His series of new works will go on show in Europe in June. The artist, who is known worldwide for his paintings of voluptuous females and prosperous businessmen, says that anger drove him to portray the tortures inflicted by American soldiers upon Iraqi detainees in an Iraqi prison. &quot;This conduct by the Americans was a total shock for me,&quot; Botero told the Colombian magazine Diners in an interview. &quot;I am increasingly sensitive to injustice, which makes my blood boil, and these paintings were born from the anger provoked by this horror.&quot; The works, which are to be exhibited in Italy and then Germany, include two enormous triptychs showing life-sized images inspired by the photographs that horrified the world. They show men blindfolded and dressed in women's underwear; men and women being beaten or harried by dogs, and bleeding bodies forced into humiliating postures. One painting shows three naked, bound and hooded Iraqis stacked in a human pyramid, with blood pouring from their wounds. Many figures have the roly-poly chubbiness characteristic of Botero's work, while others look more like body-builders. &quot;As I'm an avid reader, I started to read everything I could about what happened, and I was shocked because Americans are supposed to be the model of compassion... The things that happened in the Iraqi cells were serious, very serious. And especially because they flouted completely the conditions imposed by the Geneva convention concerning the treatment of prisoners of war,&quot; Botero said. He added that the written descriptions of the abuses inspired him more than photographs. ... He wants the series to be shown in the US, since &quot;the matter concerns that country above all.&quot; The paintings will not be sold, but will remain part of his personal collection and loaned to museums which frequently invite him to exhibit, the artist said. &quot;I had no commercial intention in painting these works. I produced them purely to say something about the horror. And since all art is communication, it's more important that they are seen in museums and big public exhibitions than that they are hidden away in the house of a private collector.&quot; His aim, he said, was to brand the images on the conscience of the world, in the way that Picasso's Guernica preserved forever the memory of how innocent civilians were bombed during the Spanish civil war.
2005 October 1 – An Australian photojournalist in Afghanistan , Stephen Dupont, films U.S. soldiers burning 2 dead Taliban militias' bodies. DANIEL COONEY / The Associated Press | Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 12:00 am | No Comments Posted Font Size: Default font size Larger font size KABUL, Afghanistan - Islamic clerics expressed outrage Thursday at television footage that purportedly shows U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters to taunt other militants and warned of a possible violent anti-American backlash. President Hamid Karzai condemned the alleged desecration and ordered an inquiry. The operational commander of the U.S. military in Afghanistan, which launched its own criminal probe, said the alleged act, if true, was &quot;repugnant.&quot; Worried about the potential for anti-American feelings over the incident, the State Department said it instructed U.S. embassies around the globe to tell local governments that the reported abuse did not reflect American values. Cremating bodies is banned under Islam, and one Muslim leader in Afghanistan compared the video to photographs of U.S. troops abusing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. &quot;Abu Ghraib ruined the reputation of the Americans in Iraq and to me this is even worse,&quot; said Faiz Mohammed, a top cleric in northern Kunduz province. &quot;This is against Islam. Afghans will be shocked by this news. It is so humiliating. There will be very, very dangerous consequences from this.&quot; Anger also was evident in the streets. &quot;If they continue to carry out such actions against us, our people will change their policy and react with the same policy against them,&quot; said Mehrajuddin, a resident of Kabul, who like many Afghans uses only one name. Another man in the capital, Zahidullah, said the reported abuse was like atrocities committed by Soviet troops, who were driven out of Afghanistan in 1989 after a decade of occupation. He warned that the same could happen to American forces. &quot;Their future will be like the Russians,&quot; Zahidullah said. In Washington, the U.S. government also condemned the alleged incident. The allegation was &quot;very serious&quot; and &quot;very troubling,&quot; State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. His comment came after the department said U.S. embassies had been told to inform foreigners that abuse of remains &quot;is not reflective of our values.&quot; The move suggested U.S. worries about an anti-American uproar like Afghan riots in May that erupted after Newsweek said U.S. soldiers at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility desecrated Islam's holy book, the Quran. Newsweek later retracted the story. The alleged body burning comes as the U.S. military is struggling to bolster its image in Afghanistan amid charges by Karzai of heavy-handed tactics in fighting the Taliban. Australia's SBS television network broadcast the video purportedly showing soldiers burning the bodies of two suspected Taliban fighters in hills outside Gonbaz village in the southern Shah Wali Kot district - an area plagued by Taliban activity and considered by the local security forces as too dangerous to venture into unless accompanied by U.S. troops. The network said the video was taken by a freelance journalist, Stephen Dupont. Dupont, who told The Associated Press that he was embedded with the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, said the burnings happened Oct. 1. He told SBS that soldiers in a U.S. Army psychological operations unit later broadcast taunting messages targeting the village, which was believed to be harboring Taliban fighters. &quot;They deliberately wanted to incite that much anger from the Taliban so the Taliban could attack them. … That's the only way they can find them,&quot; Dupont said. The video did not show those messages being broadcast, although it showed some military vehicles fitted with speakers and playing loud music. According to a transcript released by SBS, the messages called the Taliban &quot;cowardly dogs.&quot; &quot;You are too scared to come down and retrieve their bodies,&quot; said one message, according to the transcript. Dupont told the AP the messages were broadcast in the local dialect but were translated into English for him by members of the Army unit. He declined to provide further information. The U.S. military said the Army Criminal Investigation Command was looking into the matter. &quot;This alleged action is repugnant to our common values,&quot; Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya said from the U.S. base at Bagram. &quot;This command takes all allegations of misconduct or inappropriate behavior seriously and has directed an investigation into circumstances surrounding this allegation.&quot; A U.S. military spokeswoman, Sgt. Marina Evans, said investigators would check whether the purported act violated the Geneva Convention, which says the dead must be &quot;honorably interred, if possible according to the rites of the religion to which they belonged.&quot; The Afghan Defense Ministry launched its own investigation, Karzai's spokesman, Karim Rahimi, said. &quot;We strongly condemn any disrespect to human bodies regardless of whether they are those of enemies or friends,&quot; he told the AP. Video: American Hostage Eugene Armstrong Beheaded James Joyner | Monday, September 20, 2004 American Hostage Killed in Iraq (AP) A Web site posting Monday claimed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s group has beheaded one of the American hostages in Iraq and that others would soon be killed. The claim could not be verified. The short statement was posted by a Web site contributor using the pseudonym Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, who has put up past statements signed in the name of the Tawhid and Jihad group. The posting promised video proof “soon.” Al-Zarqawi “has beheaded the first American. The group will next behead the others,” the statement said. The reliability and authenticity of such statements, videos and pictures, which appear frequently on Internet sites known for their Islamic content, cannot be known for certain. In July, a statement was posted by what was described as the “media department” of Tawhid and Jihad saying that all of the group’s statements would only be posted through al-Iraqi. In a previous videotape issued in the name of Tawhid and Jihad, militants threatened to behead Americans Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong and Briton Kenneth Bigley on Monday unless Iraqi women are released from two U.S.-controlled prisons in Iraq. The brief posting did not say which American had been killed. The three construction contractors were snatched Thursday from their Baghdad home. Update: Zarqawi Group Says Beheads One U.S. Hostage (Reuters) A militant group headed by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said on Monday it had beheaded an American hostage and posted a video of the killing on the Internet. The video, on an Islamist site, identified the hostage as Eugene Armstrong and showed a masked man sawing his head off with a knife. The video showed the banner of Zarqawi’s Tawhid and Jihad group, which said it had kidnapped the hostage along with another American and a Briton in central Baghdad last Thursday. The video was the first word on the three men since a 48-hour execution deadline set by the group on Saturday expired earlier in the day. Tawhid and Jihad said in footage posted on the Internet on Saturday it would kill the three men unless Iraqi women were freed from Abu Ghraib and Umm Qasr jails in 48 hours. The families of Americans Armstrong and Jack Hensley and Briton Kenneth Bigley have appealed for their release. The men were seized from their house in an upscale neighborhood of Baghdad on Thursday by a group of gunmen. The U.S. military says no women are being held in the two prisons specified, but that two are in U.S. custody. Dubbed “Dr Germ” and “Mrs Anthrax” by U.S. forces, they are accused of working on Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs and are in a prison for high-profile detainees.
Rainey Bethea (October 16, 1909 – August 14, 1936) was the last person to be publicly executed in the United States. Bethea confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old white woman named Lischia Edwards, and after being convicted of her rape, he was publicly hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mistakes in executing the hanging and the surrounding media circus contributed to the end of public executions in the United States.
What this means, is that we are all living inside our own TRUMAN SHOW, as the Jim Carrey character in the movie of that tile did: surrounded by omnipresent media, being recorded and monitored all the time, making and consuming media constantly, being connected to everyone else through increasingly digital, portable and networked media devices all the time - and unwilling or indeed unable to switch any of this off. The question now is: what skills and attitude do you need to cope with this kind of life? How do you survive inside your own Truman Show?
The Matrix is the “Platonic” treatment of reality: as an illusion mistaken for reality Plato imagines a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of the cave entrance, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not constitutive of reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners. link PRISONERS with PANTOPTICON
British Journal of Psychiatry 2008
Always remember: Reality = open source
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Media Life (2010)
Media Life Love Sex and Death in Digital Culture
the 7 secrets love in media sex in media death in media what is reality? what is media life?
<ul><li>Dr. Michael Rich, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston who directs the Center on Media and Child Health, said that with media use so ubiquitous, it was time to stop arguing over whether it was good or bad and accept it as part of children’s environment, “like the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat.” </li></ul>January 20, 2010
"And if it is a joke it is not funny and nor is this an appropriate outlet for such a serious matter Time for us to move on." Demi Moore - 2009
Justices talk dog-fighting videos, 'Human Sacrifice Channel’ A Supreme Court argument about 1st Amendment rights and animal cruelty conjures the specter of programs about people being killed. Los Angeles Times | October 6, 2009 | 10:22 a.m. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. garnered the attention of his colleagues with a series of questions on whether videos portraying humans being killed would be protected as free speech. Alito said there may well be a "pay-per-view" market for programs made outside the United States, so there would be no criminal jurisdiction here, that showed real people being killed. He called it the " Human Sacrifice Channel " and wondered aloud whether Congress could outlaw the showing of such programs in this country.”
experiencing death in media: public execution (last one in usa: 1936)
"[I]n order to an individual to immerse herself in the virtual space, the big Other has to be there, more powerful than ever in the guise of cyberspace itself , this directly universalized form of sociality which enables us to be connected with the entire world while sitting alone in front of a screen." Slavoj Žižek - 2008
INTERVIEWER Why do you feel that Truman’s never come close to discovering the true nature of his world? CHRISTOF We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented.
Plato, Matrix, “ True Man ”: missing the point
” Why do you believe firmness of will is so highly touted, and constancy of feelings? The former has only to waver a little, and the latter has only to be altered by one degree or change ever so slightly, and it’s goodbye to our reality! We realize immediately that is was only our delusion" Luigi Pirandello - 1925
<ul><li>there is the sense that the ordinary is changed or different, and that there is particular significance in this; </li></ul><ul><li>this is coupled with a searching for meaning; </li></ul><ul><li>a profound alteration of subjective experience and of self-awareness, resulting in an unstable first-person perspective with varieties of depersonalization and derealization, disturbed sense of ownership, fluidity of the basic sense of identity, distortions of the stream of consciousness and experiences of disembodiment. </li></ul>The British Journal of Psychiatry - 2008
"I think that the question that we human beings must face is that of what do we want to happen to us, not a question of knowledge or progress. The question that we must face is not about the relation of biology with technology [...] nor about the relation between knowledge and reality [...] I think that the question that we must face at this moment of our history is about our desires and about whether we want or not to be responsible of our desires.” Humberto Maturana - 1997
“ Our challenge now, it seems to me, is to think carefully about how these technologies can be used to enhance human well-being and the fullness and richness of human-being-in-the-world” Katherine Hayles - 1999
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