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Virtual First Impressions

Virtual First Impressions

Any recruiter will tell you, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. But in today’s world of Twitter and Facebook, that simply is no longer the case. Social media have made a virtual presence just as important as how you look in that ill-fitting suit from Zara. Navigating the world of […]

The Tweeting Classes

Twitter boasts a global network in which over 140 million active users post some 340 million messages a day, advertising nightclubs or chatting about celebrities. Yet in Austria, the platform has become a political microcosm in which the Green party is the dominating force and Stefan Petzner, a confidant of the late Jörg Haider, has […]

Vienna’s Russians: Remote and Resigned

Online social networks are today’s stage for political discourse. This became relevant for Russia when suspicions of fraud by the ruling party in parliamentary elections last December brought some 50,000 protesters to the streets, organised over the internet. Since then, there has been a string of demonstrations in urban centres, not seen in Russia since […]

Print is Back! But did it ever go away?

Esaya Isaak took a step to the microphone, but remained speechless. Too overcome with emotion was he after receiving the 2011 Golden Pen of Press Freedom on behalf of his brother, Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea without trial since 2001 for criticising the government in Setit, the country’s first independent newspaper which […]

From the People For the People

When a Virginia Tech student shot 32 people in April 2007, it was not a professional cameramen who first shot scenes of the dramatic events, but a graduate student on his cell phone, who then uploaded them on YouTube. Within minutes, thousands had accessed the videos. Later, the footage went on to iReport, a CNN […]

Face-to-Face with Facebook

Long ago, when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in grade school, I wrote a book (Release 2.1: A Design for Living in the Digital Age) in which I lauded something called “P3” (now p3p), the platform for privacy preferences. I was sure that people would start using P3 or something like it to control access […]

Wars on the Web

Complaints of racial discrimination on the web are becoming more and more common.  But imagine, for a moment, a world with no Internet. At this point, it’s hard to imagine unplugging. In today‘s information crazed society, we have become like addicts, reliant on the web to feed our information habit at the click of a […]

Time to Lose Face(book)?

Finally it is my time to brag about Facebook! Our love relationship has turned into a love-hate relationship. I like(d) social networks: I am home in two different countries. I went to an international school and then an international university. Later, I worked in international business, so my friends are scattered all around the world. […]

Cloverfield: Operation Brainwash

Cloverfield: Operation Brainwash

We should not try to bend the spoon because it is impossible. Instead we should realize the truth: that there is no spoon. And then we’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is ourselves. The boy who bends the spoon in the 1999 film the Matrix taught us in ‘post modern’ […]

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