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Digital Divides and The Creative Commons
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Digital Divides and The Creative Commons

While rampant, unsustainable, growth-oriented capitalism has become the underlying code that is driving digital divides we can take hope in the open source, sharing community as a way forward. The colonial interests of capitalism are, using new extractive technologies and platforms, sabotaging community bonds, and increasing digital divides but I look to show here through…

The Backyard Futurist: Digital Divides

This video brings attention to the role hyper neoliberal capitalism was taking in creating the algorithms which occupy the digital space, and increasingly our attention. The way new technologies like virtual and augmented reality are evolving and interacting with hyper-capitalism and the attention economy is showing some troublesome trajectories. While this assessment may seem a little…

Making YouTube

Have you ever wanted to create a YouTube channel but don’t know where to start.  Here is my guide to getting it all together and some reflections on what has been a rewarding and enjoyable challenge.   Embrace Your Weirdness The road to authenticity is not always easy, but with a little effort, living a…

Vanlife, Mindfulness, Minimalism, Serendipity and Finding Purpose

Vanlife, Mindfulness, Minimalism, Serendipity and Finding Purpose

Question:  You make some interesting points, though I do find myself finding a great deal of beautiful serendipity in media-making too… Thanks also to Adam Brown for sharing these ideas on Serendipity: Answer:  Sure. A great insight you have presented to explore. Let’s think of serendipity as those happy accidents that seem to happen by…

Van Life Travelling and Blogging Movement Podcast

Van Life Travelling and Blogging Movement Podcast

Episode 1 transcript: I’m Ricky from Communication Generation and this is episode 1 in the Van life Culture series. Where we put the lens on the van life traveling and blogging movement established by Foster Huntington, who famously quit a Manhattan corporate job to travel, and blog full time in Volkswagen.Vanlife is made possible thanks…

Soft Skills and Virtues

Soft Skills and Virtues

Lets start with virtues Courage As a creative it is important to have the courage to pursue ideas. And then face constructive criticism as to weather changes would strengthen or weaken the defined communication message. Diligence Through diligence perseverance and dedication to professional practices I continue to improve. Compassion I have compassion for all stakeholders…

The Complete Guide to Creating a Passive Income, #Vanlife, and AI Communication Generation

The Complete Guide to Creating a Passive Income, #Vanlife, and AI Communication Generation

Introduction: What is Vanlife? “How do you make money on the road?” It is one of the most commonly asked questions by those who live in vans. There are many reasons why someone may choose to live this way: it’s cheaper, they want to reduce their environmental impact, they want more freedom, or they just…

Gamifying Politics – 30 Minute Blog Challenge
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Gamifying Politics – 30 Minute Blog Challenge

The gamification of Indian politics is a popular topic now. This is largely due to the way many of the candidate’s supporters are getting really active in the digital space by spreading memes and gamified elements. Many of these gamified elements are blurring the lines between propaganda and reality. Like the app that gives you…

Perform Your Online Identity with Mindful Attention

Perform Your Online Identity with Mindful Attention

I’ve long been a fan of mindfulness but have only recently realised how mindful attention can actually change my brain and help mould my identity. The effectiveness of my social media use and the satisfaction I derive from it have been enhanced as a result. By mindfully paying attention to my breath, body, emotions, attitudes, and…

The performed self – Why I have taken on the persona of the hipster

The performed self – Why I have taken on the persona of the hipster

Have you encountered the idea that there is not really a true “authentic” self, and that we don’t really have a fixed identity?  We perform differently depending on the situations we encounter. The whole idea is a bit of a mind flip, but one that I have decided to throw myself into in the past…

Global Timing – How time management and global warming are linked
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Global Timing – How time management and global warming are linked

This week I was set the task to write about time management in about 300 words. Taking the macro lens to the problem given the recent education I had been given on the topic by a couple of my favourite scholars I looked at the issue of the apparent lack of time we all seem…

Do Popularity Metrics Matter on Social Media?
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Do Popularity Metrics Matter on Social Media?

Could you remove your popularity metrics? Today I discovered a browser extension which hides those like, and retweet numbers on Facebook and Twitter. Part of the purpose of the extension is to find out what happens when we judge others on Twitter and Facebook, not by the numbers but what we encounter through experiences we have with people. The…