Ethics? Anyone?

When it comes to the issue of online file sharing the representatives of the copyright  industry (RIAA, MPAA etc.) often play the "moral" card (e.g. you would not steal a bread would you?, pirated DVD's help terrorists etc).  A relatively recent book by Tarleton Gillespie (Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture) provides …

Kadir Has University Department of Advertising New Pamphlet and Logo

As some readers may know, I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Advertising at Kadir Has University.  One of our recent graduates--Mustafa Karamangil--designed our new logo and a pamphlet for the department. The pamphlet displays recent work from our students. You can view the pamphlet online: E-pamphlet Or download the PDF: Pamphlet …

Beware what you read and what you opt out of…

A few years ago, in an article published in New Media & Society (2007), I attempted to draw attention to a recurring problem with respect to user privacy online: the lack of transparency surrounding the data collection/sharing/use practices make it almost impossible for even the most "savy" user to actually challenge corporations' "interpretations" about who …

Frontiers of Permission Culture

A few days after the (please put your indecent adjective here) decision of a U.S. jury in a federal retrial to penalize Jammie Thomas-Rasset with $1.92 Million for 24 songs she downloaded from internet (for those of you who are not good with numbers that makes $80,000 per song), the copyright industry seems to seek …