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Media Life is a course intended for undergraduate students across campus. Its goal is to make people aware of the role that media play in their everyday life. The key to understanding a "media life" is to see our lives not as lived WITH media (which would lead to a focus on media effects and media-centric theories of society), but rather IN media (where the distinction between what we do with and without media dissolves).

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  • Media Storage

    1. 1. <ul><li>media storage </li></ul><ul><li>consider the dataportability and openid initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>linking & synchronizing online activity </li></ul><ul><li>remember: “the internet doesn’t forget” </li></ul><ul><li>consider the “glass consumer” </li></ul><ul><li>“ ambient intimacy” and “bite-size interactions” </li></ul>
    2. 2. everything gets recorded and stored
    3. 4. “ people, it seems, don’t keep anything to themselves anymore” - New York Times, 09/27/09
    4. 6. media + life = media life
    5. 9. combat medics in America’s Army
    6. 10. The Stone Throwers
    7. 11. “ Game Over: Well maybe you have killed some Israeli soldiers...in the Computer world...But...THIS IS THE REAL WORLD. Stop the killing of the Innocents in Palestine...Before the game is really over.”
    8. 12. newsgaming: playing the september 12 th game
    9. 15. the glass consumer
    10. 16. organizing your stored media life
    11. 18. ambient intimacy
    12. 20. 3 average number of profiles/avatars you maintain
    13. 21. 21 maximum number of profiles/avatars you maintain
    14. 22. creating, storing, and managing multiple versions of ourselves
    15. 23. consider our multiple “front-stages” of self-representation
    16. 24. what if nobody sees you as you see yourself?
    17. 25. hikikomori

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