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Virtual Reality Like Tobacco

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Alejandro Ribadeneira

About five years ago my family thought that it would be brilliant to give my seventy-something year old grandfather an electric cigarette. This old man who smoked tobacco since he was a teenager, and loved it, did not say thank you for the gift. Instead, he said—“this is like having sex with a sex doll, I do not want it.” …

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Text versus a Wave

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Leslie

“Free Wi-Fi”. This is music to the ears to anyone trying to get a faster connection on their phone so they can finish their comment on Facebook. The internet has because a place where everyone and anyone with a smartphone or a laptop live in many hours a day. At least once a day, someone either asks me ‘Do you …

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Baudrillard’s Simulacra

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Tori

After the tremendous gaffe that was the grand finale of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, an article began to float around Facebook titled “Did the Oscars Just Prove That We Are Living In a Computer Simulation“. While I scoffed at this idea at first, believing it to be pretty far out there for a New Yorker article, I began to recall …

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Lightbulb Ideas

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Melvin

As I read The Networking of Public Space, I look around and I the things I see happening confirm the suspicions that I read about in their writing. I was in 5th grade when I got my first phone. It was a flip phone, and that was the time when I was first introduced to the wonders and the horrors …

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Digital/Physical: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige and the Nigerian Prince

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Abigail

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, two filmmakers from Lebanon, have been collecting scam emails since 1999. In interviews, they say they don’t know why they started, but that something in it “spoke to them,” and so here we are. The couple compiled some 4,000 plus emails into an installation piece in 2014. Emails like the Nigerian Prince scam, or the …

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Buzzin’ Around

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Sarah

Have you ever been walking around, being guided by your maps application on your phone, and thought: “Ugh, I wish my right leg would just vibrate when I need to turn right so that I don’t have to look down at my phone all the time?”  Ya, me neither.  But, Marie Spinali, CEO of Spinali Designs, thought of it, as …

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“Where did you meet?”

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Ella

Them: “Where did you meet your boyfriend?” Me: “Online.” Each time I am confronted with this question, either alone or when I am with him, I get a little uncomfortable. No doubt, online dating along with dating apps is a widespread phenomena, especially for those in their 20s, there still is an uneasy connotation around it. But that isn’t what …

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Meet Alexa

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Michelle Johnson

She is quiet in nature, but highly attuned to your every needs, wants and desires. She is a good listener and responds well to commands. She is obedient, but her answers are usually spot on. She may seem ordinary from the outside, like just another speaker or stereo system, but she is so much more. Her name is Alexa, the …

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Pokémon GO: A Virtual Reality

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Daniel Sully

Pokemon GO undisputedly created a new and captivating way of experiencing space and place. Although the app had its heyday in the summer of 2016, it’s making a slight resurgence after the release of a long-awaited update. The game takes the world around us and superimposes onto it another, familiar world: the world of Pokémon. Point your phone (and its …

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Good Girlfriend Good Home

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Eve

If you’re quick, for $2700 you can purchase a limited holographic anime “robot” girl to act as your loving girlfriend and housekeeper. Japanese tech company Vinclue have created what is called “Gatebox,” a home automation system in the form of a digital girl with blue hair. “She” is marketed towards lonely salary men who crave some sort of emotional connection …

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Network Culture: The Culture of Distortion

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Emily

Before embarking on trips, I often incessantly google images of the places I am going to to further build my excitement. I look up pictures of everything from the scenery to the inside of my Airbnb to the interior of the restaurant I plan on visiting. Yet when I actually experience those places, I am far less enthralled with them …

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Digital > Reality

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Rex

The development of modern technology has developed another layer to the meaning of a sense of place. A sense of place can no longer only come from just the physical world, but also a new digital world made possible by Web 2.0 technology. Sometimes, even digital places manifest into the creation of physical places. When I was younger, my brother …

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Humanitarian Virtual Reality

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Paula Sevilla

Humankind’s ability to develop technology like Virtual Reality is both breathtakingly beautiful and horribly scary, because we are still not quite sure whether we can control everything that we are now creating, and can in no way be aware of the social consequences that these advancements will bring. Will this be an end to traveling? Will this be how we …

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Phone and Spaces.

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Ivan

The growing popularity and affordable access to new technologies constantly results in reshaping of the urban landscape. Nowadays we can see the number of free Wi-Fi street stations, which may eventually reshape the use of devices and take thousands of mobile stores out of business due to unnecessity of the existing data plans. Similarly to this, the transition of music …

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Assured Sense of Home

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Idris Al-Hadidi

Networking and connectivity already have a huge effect on the sense of a place and it’s only going to get more interconnected. In real estate, there has been a massive shift between selling a house into selling a home. Their focus is shifting from the black and white with how many bedrooms and bathrooms and the square footage, to selling …