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A new discovery for me. I’m very excited.

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New York Times reporter is a journalist, but so can be a high school student with a camera phone if he is at the right place at the right time. Such is the premise of newspaper columnist and blogger Dan Gillmor’s 2004 book We the Media. Read the rest of this entry »

Christiansen and Bower wrote the article “Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave” in 1995, but their advice seems even more relevant (and easy) today with the popularity of social media. In order to take advantage of disruptive technology opportunities, they argue that companies need to:

  1. determine which technologies have legitimate disruptive potential
  2. figure out why this is so
  3. locate the best market to initially roll out the disruptive technology
  4. hire an outside company to develop the disruptive technology
  5. keep the outside company separate Read the rest of this entry »

Done as part of the Multimedia Storytelling Saturday editing workshop. Read the rest of this entry »

Winston states at the end of chapter 18 of Media, Technology and Society,

“There is also little to support the idea that the net will become a crucial method for selling goods and services. Every system for avoiding shopping from the mail-order catalogue to the cable television shopping channel has never done more than provide, albeit profitably, niche services. One of the sillier facets of Information Revolution rhetoric is the belief that technology is urgently required to help people avoid going shopping or traveling on business. People like shopping and traveling.”(p 335)

The success of Amazon.com and other online retailers have proven this statement to be overwhelmingly false. Does his inability to predict the future make you think less of his previous analysis? Do you see any personal biases (pro-travel/anti-shopping) on Winston’s account in this statement? Was this really a trend that even an educated academic could not predict?

Thesis

Up until not too long ago, recipes were passed along orally from generation to generation, if they existed at all; many meals were prepared by taste, sight, and smell alone. Then, somewhere along the way, someone had the idea to record, collect, standardize and publish these recipes in mass-produced cookbooks. Suddenly, home cooks began relying less on what their mothers did in the kitchen and more on what Betty Crocker told them to do.

Preliminary research based on the article “Pluck a Flamingo” from the December 20, 2008 edition of The Economist shows that cookbooks have been in existence for thousands of years, but only popularly used by home cooks for the past 150 or so. Before the industrial revolution, cookbooks were primarily used by professional chefs who could understand their sometimes cryptic notations; measurements did not appear until the 1850’s. Cookbook styles vary by country, and differ according to popular trends or necessities of their era; for instance, cookbooks published during World War II reflect shortages and rationing.

The scholarly article “Culinary Tourism: An Exploratory Reading of Contemporary Representations of Cooking” further explores this claim. It states that cookbooks are works of social history, with their content mirroring the views of certain segments of society to the point where they may even define a woman’s role in her society. The article also states how attitudes towards cooking has changed over the past century, from the drudgery of the 1950’s to the modern idea of cooking as therapy– in uncertain times, the kitchen is warm and comforting. If social choices mirror technology, how are digital versions of cookbooks and recipes extensions of these phenomena? Read the rest of this entry »

I made it in iMovie and am noticing that each of the images is really pixelated. Any pointers for improvement (aside from never, ever using iMovie again)?

Questions:

  1. Are blogs, comments and instructional videos taking recipes back to word of mouth?
  2. How has the internet affected the geography of the recipes?
  3. How has the archival and transformation to digital content occurred?

Keywords:

  1. cooking
  2. recipe
  3. cookbook
  4. foodways (not suggested but come to my attention through looking for articles)

Articles:

  1. COOKBOOK: AN ANDROID MOBILE PLATFORM APPLICATION

POPOVICI, R., PETRESCU, S., & NEGREANU, L. (2009). COOKBOOK: AN ANDROID MOBILE PLATFORM APPLICATION. Annals of DAAAM & Proceedings, 277-278. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

“Cookbook: an Android Mobile Platform Application” should be useful because it discusses cooking applications for mobile devices, both existing apps and one in development. It also goes one step further to say what the next trend in recipe sharing (recipes shared over Bluetooth) might look like.

I am intrigued by Winston’s notion that the “Digital Media Revolution” is less of a shocking singular chain of events, as is the common perception, and more of an steady evolution. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m a history buff, and as they say about history, “You must learn the past so you don’t repeat it.” Or in some cases, recognize what works so you can repeat the good parts.

As different as online media are from the printing press or the telegraph, they are essentially the same: communications technologies. We haven’t migrated completely to digital communication yet, and odds are slim that we will be completely digital within any of our lifetimes. Still, print is dying. I’m interested to know what things have already successfully made the jump from print to computer, and why and how they did so.

Essenially, my learning goal is a string of “why’s”: discover why things happened the way they did to get a better understanding of why we are where we are. It’s cool that Google is the largest search engine in the world, but I remember the days of Lycos, Go.com and Yahoo!, when Google wasn’t even on the radar. Why did Google surpass these other perfectly-useful search engines?

I’m currently an intern at a start-up, and I imagine I will make a career out of websites, in one way or another. Knowing what works and having some vague idea of where things are headed will be extremely useful.