Virtual Authenticity

Last fall, I attended the Virtual Identity Summit in Park City, Utah, which brought together a wide assortment of people working in virtual reality.  There were a lot of topics discussed at the summit, from educational uses of VR, to art pipelines, to monkey-controlled robots (which is always a fun topic).  The main theme of […]

The Beginning and End of the Internet

A few weeks ago, I was able to attend the 2013 Frontiers of New Media Symposium here at the University of Utah. Due to growing concerns over censorship and surveillance in the wake of the recent NSA scandal, the symposium, which looks at Utah and the American West as both a geographical and technological frontier, […]

Freight Trains and Monkey-Controlled Robots

Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably noticed an uncharacteristically large burst of semi-coherent tweets over the weekend. This was due to my attendance at the Frontiers of New Media symposium last Friday and Saturday. The symposium is a biennial event organized by the departments of Communication and History at the University of […]

Coding Like a Saxon

Scholars have been studying written texts for centuries. If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s seeing words on a page and saying something about them (and hopefully saying something smart). When it comes to computer programs, however, we aren’t quite so confident. Computer programs, in all their varied forms, make up a significant number […]

The Digital Dilemma

For Christmas this year, my wife gave me a Moleskine journal with Pac-Man on the cover.  On Sunday, I began my latest attempt at keeping a journal.  My previous attempts were thwarted by either my inability to remember to write in it, or by my dissatisfaction with my writing style.  More than once, I have […]