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The 10th anniversary issue of Bunk Magazine is online with a new issue, featuring:
Los Wikiless Timespedia

The premise: The Los Angeles Times, to save its flagging enterprise, has relaunched itself in an entirely wiki format as The Los Wikiless Timespedia.

LA Times Switches to All-Wiki Format in 11th-Hour Battle for Life

In a desperate attempt to stop the involuntary leakage of its readership, the slightly less-old gray lady has tried the Depends of new media, embracing a technology that almost spelt its d-e-a-t-h in bright blue hyperlinked Arial.


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[Updated 2/9/2008, see Suggestion Box below]
Before one brick for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture has been laid, its online instantiation is already being constructed by those who preserve and people that history. Surely, this is not the first museum to use a website to allow people to shape […]


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To mark Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, here is a new video (or a video response to Michael Wesch’s “A Vision of Students Today”)
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The video collaborates with Michael Wesch’s Kansas State students, who, according to the megapopular video, used Google Docs to collaboratively edit a document, essentially conducting a survey and, presumably, designing the video itself.

Wesch’s students’ video offers itself as a glimpse of today’s students. However, unlike Wesch’s even more famous Web 2.0 video, “The Machine is Us/ing Us,” which seemed to both capture and promote an image of technoculture, this video offers itself as an image of contemporary students (not “KSU Students Today” or “American Students Today”) without reflecting on its own particularity, its own demographics.


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Some colleagues at U. California Santa Barbara are hosting a conference on Baudrillard that might interest WRT readers as it connects new media to broader philosophical and cultural issues. The deadline for 250 word abstracts is Feb 4th, the conference is April 18-19, 2008. Here is an excerpt from the call:

The Succession of […]


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Jerry Everard of Mindsigh did us the honor of tagging us for the Thinking Blogger Award. The Thinking Blogger Award was introduced by Ilker Yoldas as a tag meme with meaning. His meme asks that you tag ‘5 Blogs That Make Me Think‘. But being a group blog, not only will we be putting forward […]






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