Digital Cultures Student Portfolio

Month: October 2019

Paper: Millennials and their Interpretation of the Concept of Hacking

Abstract: The term ‘hacking’ is a broad one, which is often associated with hacktivists, data leaks and computer criminals. However, when understanding the term in its broader definition, as “the process of solving an issue in a smart, possibly unexpected way” (Richterich, 2016: p. 22), it is not that negative. In this paper, an attempt is done to find out what interpretation Millennials, people born between 1980 and 2000, have of hacking. Do they look at it as a process of creativity and innovation that is socially acceptable? Or do they see hacking as a negative, criminal practice, that is dangerous for individuals and society? To answer these question, in this paper a qualitative interview is conducted, which is linked to a literature review on the interpretation of the term hacking.

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Paper: Rethinking Aura in the Photos Printed from a Technostalgian Polaroid Printer

Abstract: In today’s media landscape, we are witnessing an increased interest in media technologies from the past. This ‘technostalgia’ is for instance visible in the trend of polaroid cameras and in the re-use of the instant printing technique in polaroid printers. This paper focuses on the aura of photos printed from a polaroid printer and dives deeper into the question what it is like to use a polaroid printer for creating polaroid photos. The research methodology that is used is phenomenology.

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