Publicness

Wow! I woke up this morning and started writing this blog post in my head! I haven’t done that in soooooo long! I screenshot from iphone with worried sim at 13:37suppose it’s a sign that it is my last week at work and my own thoughts and desires are starting to come out of their protected shell.

Two weeks ago I was fortunate to catch the back end of an amazing symposium in Bergen called “Data is Political” organised by Amber Frid-Jimenez and Ben Dalton. I suppose I had been too wrapped up in my own life to notice that this event was happening so thank goodness for the fabulous Jill Walker Rettbergwho tweeted from the event. After work I stopped by to catch the panel discussion and get some form of conclusion about what they had been talking about all day. I mean … what an interesting subject for art students and scholars to be discussing? I was so impressed and rather excited!

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Ph.D. course: Technology and the Public Sphere

Some of my favourite professors(?) at my department are running a Ph.D. course on Technology and the Public Sphere.

“The relationship between media technologies and the public sphere is increasingly important. We will explore it theoretically and empirically during four days of intense academic activity”

They’re focusing on John Dewey, Marshall McLuhan and everyone’s beloved Jürgen Habermas and “a range of articles from contemporary writers will also be discussed, among them James Carey, Chantal Mouffe and Graham Murdock.

And my personal joy: Brian Winston and Andrew Feenberg are coming!!!

It looks great! And I really wish that I could participate – huh…would be kinda cool to try, actually! Who do I have to persuade, I wonder?

Anyways! I really recommend it! So if you’re looking for an intense Ph.d. course – go for it!

Great news!

Too often do I blog about things I want to follow-up and instead I just forget them entirely! But alas! Today at least one of these cases can be closed!!

In March, Brian Kopp filed a lawsuit against Blizzard for blocking his ability to sell his book “The Ultimate World of Warcraft Leveling & Gold Guide” because they felt it violated their intellectual property rights.

And the case has now been settled! Blizzard is now dropping its ‘claims of copyright and trademark infringement’ as long as he keeps his disclaimer of not being an official guide! Isn’t that lovely!!! Way to go Blizzard!!!

For more – The Public Citizen!