Category Archives: New Media Applications

iPad 2 voordelen en nadelen

Gadget-freaks knijpen in hun handjes. De veelbelovende iPad 2 is te koop in Nederland. De verwachtingen zijn hoog. Op internet circuleren filmpjes van kopers die niet alleen voordelen, maar ook nadelen belichten.

iPad 2 backlight bleeding

Zo hebben meerdere kopers al last van ‘backlight bleeding’, licht dat doorsijpelt aan de zijkanten van het scherm.


De nieuwe iPad is met zijn 8,8 mm een derde dunner dan zijn voorganger. Hij is ook een kleine honderd gram lichter dan zijn voorganger. Het beeldscherm en de beeldresolutie zijn hetzelfde gebleven (1024 x 768) en ook de beeldverhouding (4:3) is gelijk gebleven. De iPad 2 is zowel in zwart als in wit te verkrijgen. Het apparaat is gemakkelijk aan een (HD-) televisie aan te sluiten.

Een futuristische magnetische hoes is bijleverbaar, die aan het beeldscherm kleeft en de machine door middel van een sensor automatisch in de slaapstand zet. De hoes is aan de binnenkant voorzien van een speciale stof om het scherm schoon te houden en is oprolbaar, zodat hij als standaard fungeert om de iPad op te zetten. Continue reading


Twitter as Discourse

On a first encounter with Twitter, one may understandably think: ‘what are these twittering twats tweeting about!’ The twats bother each other constantly with utterances too short to be meaningful. A common reply is: Just try it for yourself!

Twitter, a micro blogging platform, is not about individuals expressing their personalities or giving ground breaking analyses. Twitter is about sharing everyday thoughts over a period of time. These thoughts, written down in one or two sentences, are not interesting until you see them in the greater context, which is created over time. The attraction here does not lie in the content of these messages, but it’s the creative complement or personal touch to the already-going-on narrative that is the interesting and fun part. The story is to be part of the story. Continue reading

Superdudes/Sugababes: Guilty or not guilty? and, two related websites, together form one of the biggest social networking sites in the Netherlands. Almost 60% of all the youngsters between 13 and 18 have created a profile at least once. Superdudes, not very surprisingly, focuses on boys, whereas Sugababes is the girl variant. The aim is to become popular, by creating a profile and uploading your hottest, sweetest and sexiest photo’s. The way to achieve popularity is by collecting as many kudos as possible. Kudos are signs of appreciation, which are usually reciprocally given and received by peers.

Since the site is divided into a blue site for the boys and a pink one for the girls, it could hardly be bold to state that the site enforces stereotypical thinking about men and women. After a small investigation it has become obvious to me that brains don’t matter here. As a man you need to look tough, but show a soft side as well, have short hair and carry a sixpack under your shirt. The girls, usually sarcely dressed, need to be bored with everything, have long hair, and wear lots of lipstick. We can imagine parents wondering whether all this is really necessary and possibly are shocked when they see their children putting themselves on display in such shallow stereotypical positions. But do we know what’s really going on there? Continue reading

Webkare: a new web 2.0 application

Last week a new sort of web 2.0 application was launched in Japan. Web-Kare (Web-Boyfriend) is a social networking site for Japanese girls, which allows the girls to date a virtual boyfriend. There are four cartoon boys to choose from, and by interacting and flirting with these virtual boys, a relationship with one of them can be created. According to TechCrunch the site ‘ a huge hit over here [Japan]..’, maybe a bit exaggerated, since those ten thousand members are part of a country where 130 million people live. Nonetheless, the concept is very interesting. Continue reading