Data analytics as curatorial practice

Historians and specialists in both scientific areas of research and those of the humanities, have always been held in high regard for their knowledge of the past and their ability to understand and analyse the present by drawing on history. However, we have reached a point when no one individual can compete with the large databases and online platforms that hold thousands of years’ worth of information. Technology has advanced to unimaginable lengths, even our everyday gadgets are performing tasks that would be impossible for any single human to do at such speeds and with such high levels of efficiency. […]

The empowerment paradox. A discourse on the self(ie) obsession

Whereas there have been quite a few terms on this blog that needed a short explanation before delving into a more in-depth discussion of a topic, the word selfie is most definitely not in need of a definition. This recently emerged, ubiquitous trend has taken the world by storm, raising a lot of debate around the subject and dividing not just the academia, but the general population into two polarized camps: those who celebrate this sensation as a means of empowerment and self-expression, and those who criticize it because its practice leads to narcissism and self-centeredness. (Richard Kedzior and Douglas E. […]