Category: Past issues

Editorial

Are we living in a culture that places a premium on mobility and constant connection? If so, then what are its contours, shapes, and manifestations? What new practices arise, what is transformed and what persists? How are such transformations experienced?

“Tweeting Out a Tyrant:” Social Media and the Tunisian Revolution

This paper focuses on the Tunisian Revolution that occurred in January 2011. The revolution was dubbed by many on television, on the Internet, and in the blogosphere, as the “Twitter Revolution.” I focus on how social media serves as an effective tool in the political climate of Tunisia, but in analyzing critiques of the Twitter title in conjunction with survey responses from 50 Tunisians, I argue that the “Twitter” title is Orientalist as it emphasizes the role of Western-made technologies, rather than the role of Tunisians themselves.

“Default Users”: An Exploration of the Use of Geolocation on Facebook

This article explores the ambivalence between use and non-use through the notion of “default users”. “Default users” are users “by accident” who have access to the necessary technologies and possess the skills to make Places work. They have no particular interest in Places per se, but they still use it because of its availability as yet another tool for socializing.

Media production in flux: crowdfunding to the rescue

If you are an established filmmaker living in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, or Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, you have probably already produced and/or directed more than fifteen projects of your own. Some may be award-winning; several have likely been produced or distributed with major Canadian media players, such as the National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Having established your credentials over the past decade, you seek funding for your next documentary project but cannot secure the support needed by pursuing traditional industry sources.

Mobile Audio Apps, Place and Life Beyond Immersive Interactivity

In this paper I investigate the emerging trend toward connecting audio content with place in mobile audio applications for smart phones. I contextualize such apps in terms of previous mobile music practices, like those associated with the mp3 player, as well as draw connections to mobile sound art.