Media literacy as failure?

Will Partin has written a post on the QAnon media literacy, What if modern conspiracy theorists are altogether too media literate?. A long-ish read that is well worth it, it reminded me of Whitney Phillips’s talk at the Digital Methods Initiative Winter school in 2019 and her contentions about media literacy. It raises challenging questions about how to challenge this or to even think about media literacy education.

I was also thinking about this while reading Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s article, Helen Keller: why is a TikTok conspiracy theory undermining her story?, and the readings of Helen Keller. I do agree with her conclusions but think that this can be understood as another failure in media literacy. Do we need to consider media literacy for a post-digital age?


MediaStreams and Media Methods

I have been digging into Web Audio a little more deeply to scratch some itches and came across the Media Streams API. I have been thinking about how it can be used to get the browser to interact with streams and how JavaScript can be used to delve into them at a programmatic level. This […]


Re-purposing A-frame?

Currently having a nose around the a-frame design tool as a way of designing some scenes. I have a vague idea of what I want to see and hear but I am looking at what existing tools offer. Does reading the documentation become a way of testing the tool and becoming a way of thinking […]


A testing time…

Recently, I have had to begin patching a project that I was using. Having found and downloaded the source code from its version control, I looked for the documentation. Not finding any, I started a Jupyter notebook to work out what the methods were and to make notes on the progress. Although that let me […]


Technological literacy and critical thinking

Going through some older newsletters, I came across this brief interview with Tim O’Reilly, The unwavering optimism of Tim O’Reilly, on Infoworld. Whilst his optimism that “[h]aving technical literacy is on the same level as being good at reading, writing, and speaking”, there seems to be a question of how and what is taught and […]


Digital Tools and Makers

Mathieu Jacomy writes a good post on the development of Gephi, Science tools are not made for their users. I agree with much of this as I write tools for either my own or group research / development requirements. My own doctoral work is something to look at an issue that I am really interested […]


Machine Learning and Allusion

I went to the Voltaire Foundation and Wolfson Digital Cluster seminar on Machine Learning and the Experience of Allusion: Experiments in Classical and Eighteenth-Century Poetry yesterday by James Gawley. Beginning with the changing reader of Voltaire, from Voltaire himself to a Mechanical Turk, and contextualising the work within intertextuality as shared subject, stylistic similarity and […]


Notes on Transmediale (Saturday)

These are my notes from the Saturday sessions. The Friday notes are here. The morning started with “Deplatformization and the Ethics of Exclusion”. Eva Marie Giraud began the session talking about food and its communal politics. From this, she raised the questions about how boundaries materialise and the came back to the point that, as […]


Receiving PhD feedback

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities has a post on receiving PhD feedback. Mine tends to come in ink on paper which has its points. Like most people, I do find it hard when a piece comes back and its hard to find the original printing ink underneath the comments but equally this […]


Going data intensive?

As a result of a few emails and some long running thoughts, I have finally set up a small, heterogeneous cluster of Raspberry Pis. Using the 2s and 3s that I have from other projects, I put the machines together with a small switch and installed MPI with the Python bindings to test some scripts. […]