Zombies in Revolt

Stories of ghosts and appearances of the dead are common in Cartagena de Indias. Virgins, pirates, saints, and deceased international personalities have appeared on walls, basements, alleys, and other public and private spaces of the city since colonial times. In June of 2009 I was shocked by the news about the apparition of phantom of […]

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The World Wide Web as Social Media

The Internet is the most important socio-technological system that exists in the new networked communication environment. As a “network of networks” (Dutton, 1996) the Internet has expanded globally creating the biggest communication system of interconnected personal computers (the PC/Internet grid). Thanks to its open, distributed, and multidirectional architecture (Benkler 2006; Karaganis 2008) and its principle […]

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World Cup Memes: Robin Van Persie diving header or “la palomita”

The first goal of the Netherlands in the match against Spain was a fantastic head shot (kwnown as “palomita” in Latin America) performed by Robin Van Persie. Given the spectacular movement of the dutch striker and the photographs and screen captures that captured their flying acrobatics, his action has become the first iconic meme of […]

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FOSS Mapping as Alternative Media: The Case of OpenStreetMap (Part 2)

In July of 2004, Steve Coast, a 24-year-old British computer scientist and entrepreneur, started OpenStreetMap (OSM) with the objective of creating a free editable map of the world. Tired of the problems data proprietary companies generate by the restricting geographical information (In the UK, as in other European countries, geographic information is very expensive and […]

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