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oliver

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oliver
3 weeks, 6 days ago

Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy and Unhealthy?
A look at new research covering thousands of adults

https://www.wsj.com/articles/does-facebook-make-us-unhappy-and-unhealthy-1495729227

lisagye
1 week, 4 days ago
I call bullshit on these studies - if you go and look at the actual methodology they used, they don't have a baseline of mental health before FB use and after - so it could just as easily be argued that people turn to FB when they are, for many reasons, unable to enjoy the privilege of FTF encounter and are already suffering from social isolation or anxiety/depression. I think it displaces attention away from the systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital. Online social networks can act as supports for genuinely local, community based activities (which I think are key to our ongoing survival and resistance) when they are not seen as replacements for these activities.
oliver
1 week, 4 days ago
here I disagree. FB is a symptom of and tool for what you call "systemic breakdown of community/localised relations brought about by global capital." social networks do not equal social networks and FB plays a particular role. its far more detrimental than just effecting personal mental health but it is one of the main players of destroying the public sphere. I am not saying everyone using FB is not happy or is unhealthy but FB - if used as so many people use it- is far from doing much good. using FB for ongoing survival and resistance can be good but this is done by people that are savvy and disciplined in this actions, not by regular users, at least not by the ones I know.
lisagye
1 week, 4 days ago
I agree that the FB is definitely not the ideal space for online networked community - but it is where people are for now. Of course, I think we are already seeing a drift away from such spaces. At the moment though there are many people who struggle to engage technically even in a relatively easy to use space such as FB (and don't get me started on Twitter) so part of the issue is technological literacy at the local community level. I would love it if more people used radically open platforms like Memefest (which is why I'm here ;) but as we know this is the dilemma. I don't have an easy answer to this. And I agree we need to keep looking for one.
lisagye
1 week, 3 days ago
The thing I hate about FB is that it is like a sideways glance at a party with no need for further dialogue. You're right in that in making "contact" easy it becomes trivial - I keep thinking of Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being" - that's what FB is. Real dialogue and connection is hard and takes work when we live so far from each other (even when that means only streets away). It requires commitment and that is made to seem like such hard work when really it isn't.
oliver
1 week, 6 days ago

This is a great read: Notes Toward the Memes of Production

https://www.textezurkunst.de/106/notes-toward-memes-production/#id56

oliver
1 week, 5 days ago
http://artfcity.com/2010/09/09/img-mgmt-what-relational-aesthetics-can-learn-from-4chan/

[IMG MGMT] What Relational Aesthetics Can Learn From 4Chan
lisagye
1 week, 4 days ago
Yes, it's always struck me as odd that RA proponents and advocates still want legitimacy from the institutions they are trying to evade or unsettle. These are just the sorts of readings I have been looking for - thanks
lisagye
1 week, 4 days ago
Also, it would be interesting to get some insight into the Momentum campaign in the recent UK election. I had a student working with a small Labor Party electorate membership group this semester, trying to help them understand how they might use social media to increase youth participation in their branch of the party. From what I can tell, it was like pushing shit uphill trying to get 'older' party members to understand how the communicative political landscape has changed.
oliver
1 week, 5 days ago

Disobedient Electronics booklet edited and hand-crafted by Garnet Hertz.

http://we-make-money-not-art.com/disobedient-electronics-protest/?utm_content=buffer63afa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

lisagye
1 week, 4 days ago
This looks amazing. I've just submitted a request for a copy. So many great ideas in here.
oliver
3 weeks, 5 days ago

Here some very good research on Facebook, highly recommend!

https://labs.rs/en/

francaformenti63 likes Franca 's blogpost
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Occupy the Kitchen !

oliver
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents based on research quietly conducted by the social network.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/01/facebook-advertising-data-insecure-teens

oliver
1 month, 3 weeks ago

This is great- Open Source seeds!

http://opensourceseeds.org/en/home

Memefest wrote new blogpost
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Pleasure Praxis Education: The Memefest Melbourne Sessions
The Second International Swinburne Memefest Extradisciplinary Symposium, Workshop/ Interventions eve...

Vida commented on Franca's blogpost Occupy the Kitchen !
3 months, 1 week ago

"Fantastic project Franca! I will share this with couple of people who might be interested! Cheers to..."

Vida commented on Franca's blogpost Occupy the Kitchen !
3 months, 1 week ago

"Fantastic project Franca! I will share this with couple of people who might be interested! Cheers to..."

Vida commented on Franca 's festival work ZONA FRANCA
3 months, 1 week ago

"Franca, this is an inspiring project, beautiful insurrection! Will go and read more on your website..."

Vida likes Franca 's blogpost
3 months, 1 week ago

Occupy the Kitchen !

oliver
3 months, 4 weeks ago

The Critique of Design Thinking is a bit naive, but there is a lot in here which deserves support. Quite a few things similar to our Memefest workshop approaches. The idea that good design is potentially solving problems created by bad design is one of them. Still what's missing is an emphasis on decolonization:

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3068235/want-to-fight-inequality-forget-design-thinking

Memefest wrote new blogpost
4 months ago

LECTURE Roderick Grant Critical Infrastructure: Landscape, Intention and Intervention
What we see as the outward visual denotation of urban infrastructure is not always connected directl...

oliver
4 months ago

This is really worrying if we don't find an alternative. Its interesting because the growing distrust to media was mostly visible in advertising first. Now media as such will become distrusted but with potentially severe consequences.

AI and the End of Truth
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.

https://medium.com/swlh/ai-and-the-end-of-truth-9a42675de18#.tj0bq4yuq

oliver
4 months ago

Organizing for protest on Facebook will make you vulnerable as your activities are monitored and data fwd to police and other control agencies:


Inauguration-protest arrests lead to Facebook data prosecution
Move fast and break democracy.


https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/10/inauguration-protest-arrests-lead-to-facebook-data-prosecution/

oliver
4 months, 3 weeks ago

Is America Prepared for Meme Warfare?

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/meme-warfare?utm_source=mbfb

Sttwn
4 months, 1 week ago
I am here. We are not prepared as last I checked.
oliver
4 months, 1 week ago

This is a must read to understand the logic of current medias "fake news" potential.

The Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/veles-macedonia-fake-news/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

oliver
5 months, 3 weeks ago

Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

Hyperface project involves printing patterns on to clothing or textiles that computers interpret as a face, in fightback against intrusive technology

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/04/anti-surveillance-clothing-facial-recognition-hyperface?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

oliver
ABOUT ME

Username

oliver


Name

Oliver Vodeb


Gender

male


Country

Australia


Description

I am a member of Memefest communication/art/theory Kolektiv, and founder, curator and editor of Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art. Iam also facilitator of Memefest online social network.

I am an Academic at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. I teach and research mostly in the field of communication design. I approach design/communication from a critical interdisciplinary perspective and I investigate theoretical, strategic, conceptual and "hands on" practice.

I enjoy working in many different media including visual and text.

Books I have published :

www.memefest.org/en/indebtedtointervene/

www.memefest.org/demonstratingrelevance/en

www.druzbenoodzivnokomuniciranje.si/

This was my studio in Slovenia (2004-2012): www.poper.si

CV (sort of): http://www.memefest.org/en/about/who_we_are_oliver_vodeb/

You can read some of my texts here:
https://swinburne.academia.edu/OliverVodeb


I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

I have been here from the very beginning. I am interested in communication/
design for social and environmental change.
I name such communication
socially responsive communication.

Broadly speaking iam interested in visual communication, photography, sociological aspects of communication, design and media.

Iam interested in institutionalised forms of communication like for example communication done by design/communication studios and advertising agencies as well as non institutionalised forms of communication like tactical media or broader aspects of media activism.

In a slightly more academic language:

I am interested in how critical social theory can illuminate the complex processes of production, distribution and reception of public (visual) communication in order to generate public communication as a responsible social, political, economic and cultural practice.

I am particularly interested in relations between concepts of response-ability and communication effectiveness, and the social construction of design and other forms of pubic communication as profession, practice and praxis within academia, the market environments and non-institutionalised communities.


Faculty

was studiing at Faculty for social sciences University of Ljubljana


Education

PhD in sociology of communication and design


Working place

Swinburne University of Technology


Music I like

Flamming Lips, Pixies, The Black Crowes, Demeter, Porno for Pyros, Ry Cooder, Junior Kimbrough, Townes van Zandt, T-model Ford, The Dirty Three, Bonnie Prince Billy, Primus, Faith no More, Bob Dylan, RHCP, Alice Donut, Faith no more, Mark Lanegan, Reigning Sound...;


Books I like

The unbearable lightness of being, A Confederacy of Dunces, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,...;


Films I like

The man who wasn't there, No country for old man, Genova, Zidane a 21st century portrait, There will be blood, Il Postino, Festen, Straight Story, Wild at heart, White Ribbon, Dog tooth;


Communication projects I like

I like stuff we did at Poper studio. I like posters from Inkahoots. I like the zine project 23/56 from Kevin. I like many things that were submitted to Memefest, I like stuff from Cactusnetwork, I like the work of Image-shift.


Websites I like

poper.si, memefest.org, rebelart.net, magnumphotos.com, mubi.com, ubu.com, http://twotheories.blogspot.com, brianholmes.wordpress.com, www.lensculture.com, www.burnmagazine.org, www.bagnewsnotes.com, www.cactusnetwork.org.uk, http://www.image-shift.net, www.inkahoots.com.au/
www.lokidesign.net


People I like

My dear family and my wonderful friends.


COMRADES