Author: Andrew Hare

  • The Great Leap Backward

    The revolution will most certainly not take place on the iPad.  Apple, the hardware, software and electronics mainstream-cum-alternative brand, has bestowed upon the masses yet another spectacle of the box from on high.  The iPad, a tablet computer, represents perhaps the most advanced form of media convergence available as a consumer electronic device.  The question isn’t what it can do, but what it can’t do.  Internet, email, photos, videos, music, books, magazines, newspapers, and although the iPad is not designed to replace a cellphone, <

  • From Orality To Digitization: Leaping Past The Written Word With ITC For Development In Rwanda

    “Writing,” according to Walter Ong, “is the most momentous of all human technological inventions.  Because it moves speech from the oral-aural to a new sensory world, that of vision, it transforms speech and thought as well.”  The transition from oral culture towards written culture, also represents the first major technological shift that profoundly altered mankind’s relation with the world and the self.   For Robert Logan, the introduction of

  • A Facebook Group Takes On Marriage (and God) in the Middle East

    “We are witnessing a fundamental change in how individuals can interact with their democracy and experience their role as citizens.  Ideal citizens need not be seen purely as trying to inform themselves about what others have found, so that they can vote intelligently.  They need not be limited to reading the opinions of opinion makers and judging them in private conversations.  They are no longer constrained to occupy the role of mere readers, viewers, and listeners.  They can be, instead, participants in a conversation.” – Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks

  • Towards A "Too-Smart" City

    One area full of possibilities for exploration within media studies is the incorporation of technology into the physical environment that surrounds. The constant connectivity of modern (or postmodern) life presents unique challenges when attempting to harness the technology to improve the spaces we inhabit in the “real-world.”