Today on virtually any news site, you have to sneak around the headlines to avoid a story about hacking. Whether the recent phone hacking scandal of News of the World; the New York real estate brokerage, home to hundreds of upscale apartment listings, accused of hacking into a competitor’s computer system and stealing listing information; or Anonymous and V for Vendetta-masked LulzSec, hackers are gaining increased notoriety and profiting handsomely from their ventures.
“Professional Shirt Wearer” DeAndre Upshaw wears his hair in Rasta braids that fall in beaded lines around his wide smile. A self-proclaimed “Social Media Ninja” who grew up forcing his friends and family to perform in short films he wrote, directed, and produced, DeAndre has spent the majority of his professional career helping people connect to others via social media. He performs for (‘works for’ doesn’t seem accurate) iwearyourshirt.com, a company that embodies multidimensional storytelling.
Most of us give little consideration to the further life of our digital explorations—the messages we text, the files we send, the photos we store. That is, until something that we thought was ‘ours’ becomes evidence of something else.
Douglas Brush is Founder and Chief Forensic Examiner of The Digital Forensic Group in New York City. The company’s mission is to use specialized computer forensic methodologies and tools for the identification, extraction, preservation, analysis and documentation of electronic evidence as it is used in civil and criminal matters. The Digital Forensic Group provides its services to law firms, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. In essence they devise a framework for investigating moments captured on digital devices in order to provide clarity and ultimately a report of what happened.
As we will see, Brush’s work is fundamentally about the unearthing and documenting of a Metalife. This life is a shadow digital existence with our name and footprints all over it.
“Would you have a drink with you?” the Stoli Vodka ad taunts us. “Create your alter-ego at Facebook.com/Stoli.” Alter-egos are all the rage now that 12 million people play World of Warcraft, and 500 million more have a second life on Facebook. Or perhaps, given the mounting evidence of how we are changing our lives, there’s more going on with this alter-egoing than meets the eye, or the I. We are all engaged in massively multiplayer online and offline role-playing. Is it a game, or a ruse resembling a game resembling a life? Whatever is happening as we evolve our identity, our tools and technologies, this is as good a time as any to ask a few questions. The following is an interview of the interviewer. The subject is Metalife. The Stoli’s on us. Both of us.
The following interview was conducted by Mindy Saunders, a student in Bruce Moorhouse’s Strategic Communication Campaigns Course in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota.
Phillip “Flip” Saunders is currently the head coach of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. He previously coached the Detroit Pistons and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In this interview Mindy Saunders asks her father, Flip Saunders, about a new communication tool he has introduced to the players and coaches of the Wizards. This tool provides a unique look at the players, the game of basketball—and as we’ll see—the way the players see themselves on and off the court.
Here you will find conversations among some of the most productive and interesting minds from the worlds of science, fashion, entertainment, art, business, and education. Once again, we welcome your submissions of an interview with someone whom you feel has a compelling Metalife commentary. Submit your interview to firstname.lastname@example.org.