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What is Media Studies?

My mother had asked me the other day "can you please tell me what is it exactly that you are studying?" It took me some time to think of an appropriate answer. It is a question I am confronted with almost each time I tell someone that I am doing my Phd in Media Studies. In a society where we are mostly concerned with the bottom line, with what immediate tangible benefits we can see from the work that we do, ...

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Google Search – how we fetishize it and why we shouldn’t

Has search become a product? Is it possible that we, as human beings have this inherent characteristic about us that compels us to search? Search has become so ingrained in our day to day lives. We search for music on iTunes, search Netflix for movies, search Amazon for books, and use Google to search for practically anything. We search for love, for lost keys, for "the next best thing", and we search for p ...

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Google – the political economy of search

Search is the most fundamental task in Internet use. It assists us to navigate through the vast amount of information that is available over the World Wide Web.  As technology advances it compels us to turn to digital means to search for information pertaining to our everyday existence and concerns.  It seems like every other website has a little search box somewhere on the top of the page.  These are just ...

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We love to share – it’s what makes us human

Much can be learned from observing our closest living relatives -- chimpanzees, apes, and even baboons. Researchers are trying to map out behavioral similarities and differences among the great apes and our hominid ancestors. They hope to, perhaps, find clues that shed light on the story of tools and human evolution, from early Oldowan technologies to today's highly complex ones. One area of research revolv ...

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The propaganda of social networks

"What!?! you're not on facebook ?!?"  Why is that question so surprising? Whenever I encounter someone who doesn't have a profile on facebook I find myself wondering why. It seems to be such a trivial question these days. Where did it come from?  What attracts and keeps people connected to the social network? What is the motivation of people refusing to join?  The impact of social networks on everything fro ...

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