Collab Docs Review of postdigi

Mandy Rose, who chaired the session on Collaborative, Participatory Practices and New Forms of Authorship, has reviewed postdigi on her Collab Docs blog.

Mandy’s Are you happy? project might also be of interest:

Jean Rouch, Marceline Loridan and Edgar Morin plan the street interviews in a scene from Chronicle of a Summer.

Exactly fifty years ago, in an experiment in documentary, people on the streets of Paris were filmed by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin answering the question, “Are you happy?”. The Are you happy? project is finding out what happens when we ask the same question in the global environment of the web today.

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Just a reminder about – we’re keen to have reviews of this event (500 words or thereabouts) and submissions of practice for online publication to Screenworks editor Charlotte Crofts at (please read the submission guidelines), and working papers for publication on the website or submissions of full articles for peer review and publication in the hard copy of the journal to Gareth Palmer editor of  The Journal of Media Practice at

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Thank you

Many thanks for all of you who attended Postdigital Encounters yesterday – it was great to have you there and hope that you are still tingling with postdigi technostalgia – may the debate continue here and @postdigi / #postdigi.

I will be posting presentations up over the coming weeks – presenters if you haven’t already given Nick or me a copy of your presentation please can you get in touch.  I will link to them from the title of the presentation in the Programme section, within each panel.  Photos and video will go up when I have time.

If you would like to review the event you can either email me or post it as a comment here – it might be nice to post responses to individual panels / papers / practice underneath the actual abstract in the Programme section. General comments could go under the About page.

Thanks again for making the event a warm but critical exploration of where we are in the state of the postdigital.  Keep us posted about your work and, if you are local pop in the Digital Cultures Research Centre or the Pervasive Media Studio Friday lunchtime talk.

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See you tomorrow!

Very much looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.  If you want to tweet us during the event then please use #postdigi.  See you there!


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Welcome to delegates

Many thanks to all of you who have booked a place on what looks set to be a very interesting and vibrant event, attracting a range of delegates from postgraduates studying digital media, artists, festival organisers, innovation managers and academics, making for a day of real knowledge exchange and sharing across disciplines (and platforms!).

We are very much looking forward to seeing you on the 24th.  If you  haven’t registered yet then there are one or two more tickets left if you hurry!

You should have all the information you need to find your way here in the links above.  In the meantime, if you need any more information, or if you change your mind about joining us for a meal at Bordeaux Quay (at own expense), then please email Nick Triggs to book a place.

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“Face it the digital revolution is over”

Back in 1998, Nicholas Negroponte published ‘Beyond Digital’Wired (issue 6.12, December) in which he predicted that “digital-ness” would just become part of the wallpaper: “Its literal form, the technology, is already beginning to be taken for granted, and its connotation will become tomorrow’s commercial and cultural compost for new ideas. Like air and drinking water, being digital will be noticed only by its absence, not its presence”. Referencing the “horseless carriage”, Negroponte is clearly drawing on the notion of “disruptive technology” first coined by Christensen and Bower in ‘Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave’ in 1995.  Suggesting that we hadn’t even reached “base camp” in the Digital Age, Negroponte, nevertheless understood that whilst digital technology was busy disrupting every facet of human life, it would soon become so banal as to disappear:

Theraputic Barbie doll

“Computers as we know them today will a) be boring, and b) disappear into things that are first and foremost something else: smart nails, self-cleaning shirts, driverless cars, therapeutic Barbie dolls, intelligent doorknobs that let the Federal Express man in and Fido out, but not 10 other dogs back in. Computers will be a sweeping yet invisible part of our everyday lives: We’ll live in them, wear them, even eat them. A computer a day will keep the doctor away”.

Whilst Negroponte heralds the end of the digital revolution, Yochai Benkler (2006), The Wealth of Networks suggests that its repercussions are still ongoing: It seems passé today to speak of “the Internet revolution.” In some academic circles, it is positively naïve. But it should not be. The change brought about by the networked information environment is deep. It is structural. It goes to the very foundations of how liberal markets and liberal democracies have coevolved for almost two centuries (1).

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Post-digital or die!

Take a look at this post, from Welcome to Optimism, weblog of communications agency Weiden and Kennedy, London (famous for their Old Spice and Nokia campaigns) for a look at how advertising companies are debating the ways in which digital technologies have disrupted their industry:  “Digital is not a channel; it’s the context in which everything lives As Madonna nearly sang, we are living in a post-digital world. New media are now just media. Digital is not a channel; it’s the ubiquitous, continuous context in which everything lives”.  It seems that advertising is one of the arenas in which the idea of the “postdigital” is cropping up more and more as a concept.

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