Hip Hop Timeline

{All posts under the New Media Class category are for a History and Theory of New Media class I am taking during the 2019 Spring Semester at SUNY Empire. Please be aware that all comments must be approved before they are posted}

Hip Hop Timeline

This is a work in progress. The concentration will be on media forms for the duration of the New Media Class. 

 I am fascinated by Hip Hop as a post-modern deconstructionist art form and culture.  You can find an introductory essay about that here.  or other papers on the same subject.  

Apples and Archivists

{All posts under the New Media Class category are for a History and Theory of New Media class I am taking during the 2019 Spring Semester at SUNY Empire. Please be aware that all comments must be approved before they are posted}

While reading his essay “The Disappearance of Archives”, I couldn’t fight the nagging thought that Mr. Prelinger was unfairly comparing a corporate website with a 501(c)(3) non-profit looking to preserve digital information.  Alphabet/Google/YouTube is publicly traded, their ultimate mission is to make money for their stockholders.  YouTube ad revenues are a large part of the billions in earnings Google rakes in yearly. 

                When large advertisers like At&T pulled away from YouTube in 2017, disturbed by their ads’ proximity to hate speech “and other disturbing content” (Maheshwari), YouTube started to clean up its “effectively infinite proportions” (Prelinger).  This was a purely profit-driven move, YouTube didn’t have a similar reactions when newspaper articles came out accusing its algorithm of using hateful right-wing conspiracy videos to entice viewers (Admin).

                But still we are presented with YouTube as an example of archives contrasted with “radical archivists”, the implication being that those who work to preserve culture without being driven by profit are ‘radical’. 

                All in all, I find Mr. Prelinger’s essay off the mark.  The purpose and motive of YouTube and actual archives are completely different.  YouTube is a for-profit video hosting site.  To state otherwise is like insinuating that McDonald’s is really about feeding the hungry.  Actual moving image archives are created and work to preserve digital video media.

Admin. (2018, February 05). Guardian alleges Youtube algorithm bias in favour of Trump & “conspiracy theories”. Retrieved January 23, 2019, from https://off-guardian.org/2018/02/05/guardian-alleges-youtube-algorithm-bias-in-favour-of-trump-conspiracy-theories/

Maheshwari, S. (2019, January 18). AT&T to Advertise on YouTube Again After a Nearly 2-Year Holdout. Retrieved January 23, 2019, from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/business/media/att-youtube-advertising.html

Prelinger, R. (2016). The Disappearance of Archives. In Hui Kyong Chun, W., & Watkins Fisher, A. (Eds.), New Media, Old Media, A History and Theory Reader (Second ed.). New York, NY, London, England: Routledge.

Spangler, T. (2018, October 26). Google’s Parent, Alphabet, Misses on Q3 Revenue But Rakes in $9.2 Billion Net Profit. Retrieved January 24, 2019, from https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/google-alphabet-q3-2018-earnings-1202994554/

The Internet: a better printing press

{All posts under the New Media Class category are for a History and Theory of New Media class I am taking during the 2019 Spring Semester at SUNY Empire. Please be aware that all comments must be approved before they are posted}

 When the internet when it became more widespread in the 90s, its main appeal to me was the sheer amount of information stored and so easily accessed.  I’ve spent most of my life haunting book stores and libraries, I know my way around a card catalog.  The internet was a welcome ‘more of the same’, a depository of thought, facts, and knowledge right at my eager fingertips. 

            I certainly don’t want to diminish the impact of the internet.  However, I’d submit that the invention of the printing press was the cause of a greater cultural explosion.  The translation of religious texts, epic poems, and ‘mere’ pamphlets let new ideas into the minds of even the semi-literate.  To quote William S Burroughs, the “Word is a Virus” and the spread of ideas became a problem for century old ruling institutions.

            In order to control the masses, it is necessary for there to be homogenized thought.  Religion can be used as a societal panopticon, wherein the people all voluntarily police each other for heresies and transgressions, being told by the clergy what to look out for.  This is easiest when the religious texts are only read and interpreted by the church officials, who let the people know what to think. Please don’t think I’m attacking religion, religious institutions are just one of many control systems.   

            This system started to erode when the printing press gave the people tracts to read and digest.  A great examination of this can be found in the book “The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a sixteenth century miller” by Carlos Ginzburg. 

The internet has certainly in part filled the same role, when it isn’t just a tool of surveillance capitalism. I would have to say though that the internet is more of a radical augmentation of the cultural revolution started by the printing press.

References

Burroughs, W. S., Grauerholz, J., Silverberg, I., & Douglas, A. (1998). Word Virus: the William S. Burroughs reader. Grove Press.

Foucault, M. (1995). Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison. New York: Vintage Books.

Ginzburg, C. (2013). The cheese and the worms the cosmos of a sixteenth-century Miller. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Amazing Spider-man of Steam not starting

Update 12.8.18:   Installed this game for nostalgia’s sake on a Windows 10 laptop.  Same issue, Same fix.

Originally published 2.22.15:

I purchased the Amazing Spider-Man in a Steam flash sale. The next weekend when I attempted to launch it, the game told me I didn’t have enough memory.  The solution:  – go into Steam/steamapps/common/The Amazing Spider-Man and delete the VideoDetection.dll file.   The game runs fine after that.  Not a bad game, the music is very New Marvel and gets on my nerves.

Firefox: “A web page is slowing your browser”

(Like many of my technology postings, this is really here for my own notes on problems I run into, the solutions I try and what works when. They are updated as I learn.)

To disable multi-process Firefox, do the following

Type about:config in the browser’s address bar.

Confirm that you will be careful.

Search for browser.tabs.remote.autostart.

Double-click on the preference. It should change from true to false. Restart the browser.

Firefox not keeping settings – solved

(Like many of my technology postings, this is really here for my own notes on problems I run into, the solutions I try and what works when. They are updated as I learn.)

EDIT:  5.25.18:  Yeah, it was CASSIE all along.

EDIT 6.27.17:   This solution does not work.  Onward…

 

Once upon a time, at my job we were encouraged to use a program called Update Freezer for the public use computers.  The program was simple enough, install it and turn it on and you could disable the updates for all the major programs (Adobe, Chrome, Firefox, Apple, Windows) .  It worked well enough but honestly I didn’t find it any quicker or easier than manually updating the computers.

As Windows 10 came along, we abandoned Update Freezer but not entirely it seems.  Enough of the remnants of the program remained to cause future updating problems.

The biggest problem was Firefox.  Every time a patron tried to open Firefox, they were asked if they want to import settings from another browser.  The Search Engine, Home page and History rules would never stay.  Now re-installing Update Freezer, enabling all the updates and uninstalling Update Freezer, sometimes more than once, fixed everything else. Firefox would not play nice.  I tried uninstalling Firefox with Revo Uninstaller and re-installing it but the same problems occured.

Turns out there is a Javascript in the Firefox installation that needed to be gotten rid of.  One would think that a Revo Uninstallation would take care of that.  So after re-installing, click on the menu icon and then Help.  In the first section, click Open Folder.  Find any Javascripts with the words perfs in it.  Delete them.  Restart Firefox.  Firefox will rebuild that perfs script and you can customize away.

Mac and iPhone “connection is not secure”

(Like many of my technology postings, this is really here for my own notes on problems I run into, the solutions I try and what works when. They are updated as I learn.)

  • Open the Keychain Access app.
  • Select "System Roots" keychain.
  • Search for the issuing certificate authority.
  • View the certificate details (double click, expand the "Trust" area of the view window).
  • In my case, the trust rule was: "When using this certificate, ".
  • I changed it to "Always Trust", closed Keychain Access (after entering my admin password) and the page loaded.
  • Not wanting to leave it in a less secure mode, I used Keychain Access again and switched it back to "Use System Defaults".
  • Problem solved, no relaxation of security parameters.