Posts tagged ‘identity’

  • Avatar

    by Barry Chudakov on June 17th, 2010

    As everybody knows, Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash coined the modern sense of the word avatar, from the Sanskrit word avatāra, meaning something similar to incarnation. Before James Cameron’s runaway hit movie, an avatar was considered a three-dimensional model representing you or an alter ego in computer games; or a two-dimensional icon on Internet forums and other communities.

    That was so five minutes ago.

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  • Designer Privacy

    by Barry Chudakov on April 14th, 2010

    How does anyone know who you are? On the surface this may seem like a question too abstract (or obvious) to consider. Yet it is a question government officials are facing every day. In fact, governments around the world are presenting an intriguing new narrative that may come soon to a plastic card or digital device near you. With ID cards, at long last citizenry will have something as important as suffrage—an established identity.

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  • Meta Tiger

    by Barry Chudakov on December 7th, 2009

    As Tiger Woods’ recent accident and mounting revelations work their way through the 24/7 spin cycle, it is time to consider this remarkable saga from another level. Tiger Woods is a case study in having a Metalife and the bewildering consequences that stem from it. After the dust and details settle, this story compels a basic question: whose Metalife is it, anyway?

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  • BarackObama Dot Com

    by Guest Author - Mattea Schue with Barry Chudakov on November 26th, 2009

    In the 2008 election, the fight for the presidency took on a new dimension due to the Obama campaign’s intuitive understanding of the power of social media. It is no longer news that Obama’s efforts to tap into the Millennials’ exploding use of social networking sites and the Internet put him one step ahead of other candidates. Obama’s tactics also reveal the emergence of a Metalife, or the way our communication tools change our sense of identity and then change our everyday interactions.

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  • Metalife Afterlife

    by Barry Chudakov on November 5th, 2009

    A core Metalife idea is that communication tools create versions, extensions, echoes and revisions of our self and identity. As Gillian Raymond, curator of the Online Identity exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery said recently, “People spend so much time online these days, Skyping, Facebook, paying bills even … to the government we are pieces of data, we are a license plate number.”

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