Recently there has been an online uproar sweeping across college campuses, airwaves, and the world wide web. An Act called the “Stop Online Piracy Act” has been the subject of continual controversy causing many sites to even “black out” or “censor” themselves in protest, including our very own WordPress and beloved Wikipedia. But what’s up with all this SOPA business? What the motherboard is it?
I commend Wikipedia for doing the right thing and continuing to inform us of both the pros and cons of SOPA despite their already known personal feelings on the subject (as show by their 24 hour blackout). Thank you Wikipedia for continuing to give accurate information to the public. To find more information about SOPA click here. I also found this FAQ about SOPA that might give some insight into the reasoning behind the Act. To read them click here.
As usual feel free to respectfully leave your opinions.
I set down the book staring up at my ceiling. How did he do it? How could something so abstract and seemingly impossible be the very thing so many wish they could do. It was power at your fingertips. It was mountains of binary and beautiful landscapes of data. The matrix. The system. The thing that could both make and break powers. It was power.
Reading Neuromancer by William Gibson opens your eyes to a world no one sees. The mind being able to bend and break everything all at once. When we think of the internet we are aware of only one thing: it has almost no law. But then again we live in a “meat world” as the character of Case put it in Neuromancer. A hacker with his mind set on living life in the matrix. Real life isn’t living. It’s failed too much. The matrix…it’s everything. It’s his freedom for the life he runs from with drugs and cyberspace. Not that he’s tried to make much of a life for himself in the first palce.
I’m amazed by the amount of emotion behind the computer screen of hackers. Recently I found myself in search of the Hackers Manifesto. There are many of them. One of the ones I find insightful to the mind and lives of hackers is one found in Phrack magazine. The article empowers the downtrodden of society to fight back against the oppression they’ve felt in the “meat world” they’ve come to know as the only destiny. Only option. Poetry in binary. A drug addict of data. What is even more interesting? Most of it talks about teachers, public school, and an education system that failed them. I can certainly resonate with that. I’ve felt the same on many occasions. Though, to play devils advocate for a moment, how much can personal choice be anyone else’s responsibility?
Another article I found called Hackers Ethics. Interesting perspective.
Color is a daily part of our lives (unless you’re blind).
What is most interesting about color is the connotations each has in each culture. For example, red is a color in American (and many western cultures in general) that represents seductive qualities. However in China it’s used for wedding ceremonies to represent luck and prosperity (as well as Communism). As designers it’s important to keep this information in mind when creating a design that will be used in intercultural communications and to remember to make it a huge part of your research stage of the creative process.
Recently a good friend of mine introduced me to the website informationisbeautiful.net which is an excellent resource for designers and artists alike (and will quickly added to my favorite links). I found a visual aid to help in the process of understanding culture and color. To see this image in its original article click here.