Tag: Image-Consumption

Society of Simulations

“The End”: a Virtual Opera Singer, Millions of Fans and the Meaning of Death

Sixteen-year-old Japanese singer Hatsune Miku grew in short time to a worldwide popstar. With her colourful appearance she counts millions of followers on social media, she collaborated with Pharrell Williams, opened Lady Gaga’s concerts and even appeared in car commercials. She was in the Netherlands last summer to perform in her very own opera The End. More precisely: the hard-disk containing her was.

Because she is not made of flesh and bones, she is an entirely digital hologram with a computer-generated voice. Nevertheless, the huge concerts of Miku that take place in the biggest stadiums of Japan are often sold out in the blink of an eye. Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans love her dance moves, her dress designed by Louis Vuitton, her characteristic blue hair and, above all, the sound of her voice.

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Society of Simulations

Solutions to Virtual Reality’s Big Problem

Virtual reality glasses come with a big limitation: motion sickness. The human eye just wasn’t built to look at screens this way, you see yourself riding a virtual roller coaster while your body doesn’t feel the movement. This mental discrepancy not only affect the believability of the VR-experience, it also leaves you nauseous, dizzy and suffering from headaches.

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Analogue vs Digital: Digital Mediated Experience

Can you resist the feeling of your smartphone in your pocket at a concert? Nowadays we collectively tend to record concerts and upload them on YouTube. The always-available camera in our pockets compels us to shoot photos and videos every minute a day. Are we afraid to miss a second, so that we can watch it afterwards? Or are we just preserving our memories? Sure you look cool on your social networks after posting a video of a nice band!

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

Boomeranged Metaphors

Analogue vs Digital: Boomeranged Metaphors

The photo at the top is not captured in Google street view. It is a giant Google map pin in the middle of an analog city. At the start of the digital era, metaphors from everyday analog life – like map pins – were used in order to make new technology acceptable. Google could have come up with any icon to mark a location. But they didn’t, because they wanted us to understand their digital version of maps. Some years later, this typical digital map pin has proven itself. It has proven itself that much that it even pops up into the analog world. Is it analog, or is it digital? It’s a boomeranged metaphor!

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game


Analogue vs Digital: Caught on Film

Digital cameras have made us think less about taking a snapshot. Why should you think twice? We are no longer limited to a film, which lets you take about 27 photos. The memories of our experiences are unlimited because of the number of photos we can take. Photographic memories never die! Or are our photographic memories being killed by quantity?

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game


Sexy Car – From Russia with Love

You must be crazy to dress up your car with a tanga to increase its sex appeal, however, it is only slightly crazier than seeing car as ‘sexy’ in the first place.

Projecting a level of sexyness on machines and design objects is pretty normal in our society. How did that ever happen? People cannot have intercourse with cars or replicate with them, so why would we find cars sexy anyhow? Gives us shivers of Anthropomorphobia.

Peculiar image of the week via Carztune.com.

Digital Native

Analogue vs Digital: Thumbs Up

Good job! A thumbs-up is a common hand gesture to sign approval. The source of the gesture is obscure, some origins in ancient Rome, medieval or World War II have been proposed. But who knows, will the children of the future think Mark Zuckerberg came up with this gesture?

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

Facebook drug
Boomeranged Metaphors

Facebook Turned into a Real Toxic Drug

How many times did you refer to Facebook as a drug that gives you addiction? Unfortunately this metaphor has recently boomeranged into the physical world, in the form of an illegal Facebook-branded synthetic drug sold in Hungary.

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