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HamOnt — Twitter, Civic Engagement, Community

December 05, 2014

A brief explanation of my master's research at McMaster University, and the attention it has received.

I recently completed a master’s degree at McMaster University in Communication and New Media. My major research project—completed as a requirement for graduation—was a study on how Twitter affects civic engagement and community at a municipal level. I compared two case studies involving the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

My Digital Self

December 05, 2014

A brief explanation of a research project I completed during my master's research at McMaster University.

During my time at McMaster, I worked on an Independent Research Project for credit towards my master's under the supervision of Dr. David Harris Smith. My semester was spent creating a 30-day performance art piece and culminated in a lengthy artist statement.

Spoiler Alert

September 30, 2013

The Internet has changed the way we consume television programming in several ways; it is no longer a shared experience that we can all meet at the water cooler the next day to chat about.

Note: There are no spoilers in this article.

Finding Zen

June 13, 2013

I spend a lot of time on the Internet, and less of it engaged with the people and places around me. I need to find balance.

Saturday mornings my daughter goes to gymnastics. While she bounces around like a maniac, I, and countless other parents sit and wait in a cramped viewing room for our preschoolers to burn through some energy for the day.

History in the making

March 15, 2013

Being present from behind the screen makes me wonder if I am actually enjoying the moment or the idea of the moment. Memories exist without documented proof that "I was there".

When I first saw the juxtaposed images NBC News released of the crowds at St. Peter's Square in 2005 and 2013, during the announcement of the new Pope, I thought it was amazing how technology has advanced so dramatically in just a few years. This was my first thought despite the fact that I teach all things digital and discuss Moore's Law on a regular basis in my lectures.

New year. New site.

January 02, 2013

Searching through my archives, I found several older versions of my personal site. I have catalogued them here in an effort to curate this domain's history.

I was searching through some old compact discs (CD-Rs!) that had backed up files from my university years. I was looking for old essays for a grad school application. What I ended up finding was some old versions of my website.

The GIF's rise from the ashes

December 29, 2012

The GIF is better than the bad repuation is has been given. This article explores the recent resurgence of the once shunned image format.

The animated GIF has a bad reputation—It's that obnoxious bouncing emoji that distracted you when you were trying to take someone's Geocities account seriously. It's the pixelated "Under Construction" graphic with the twirling caution light. It's everything obnoxious and irrelevant to the article you were trying to read.