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    • Seizing the memes of production : political memes in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Diaspora 

      Rodríguez, Aziria D. (Rodríguez Arce) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This thesis seeks to understand how different groups of people in Puerto Rico and the diaspora deploy internet memes for political critique. In this work, I analyze three case studies focused on how Puerto Rican groups and ...
    • Sense and the city : representations of air quality data in the 'smart city' 

      Bui, Lilian (Lilian D.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The proliferation of sensor devices in the emerging landscape of 'smart cities' provides new mechanisms with which to measure the built and natural environment. City governments increasingly rely on sensor data to monitor ...
    • Sex, drugs, and women's desire 

      Nowogrodzki, Anna (Anna Rose) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      Low desire is the most common sexual dysfunction in women. Pharmaceuticals are being developed to treat it, most notably Flibanserin, owned by Sprout Pharmaceuticals. Sometimes inaccurately referred to as "female Viagra," ...
    • Space, place, and database : layers of digital cartography 

      Finkelberg, Amanda (Amanda Suzanne) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This paper addresses the changes in cartography since digitization and widespread popular dissemination. Cybercartography, an emergent system of maps, mapmaking tools, and mapmakers, forces a rethinking of spatial ...
    • Spacing innovation and learning in design organizations 

      García Herrera, Cristóbal, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      The main research question of this thesis is the following: What is the relationship between spaces and innovation in the context of design organizations such as IDEO, the MIT Media Lab and Design Continuum? This thesis ...
    • Staged empathy : empathy and visual perception in virtual reality systems 

      Sutherland, Elisabeth Ainsley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      This thesis proposes staged empathy as a new analytical framework to examine how virtual reality work provokes empathic feeling. Virtual reality has seen renewed interest in recent years, and has been hailed by journalists ...
    • Stepping your game up : technical innovation among young people of color in hip-hop 

      Driscoll, Kevin Edward (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      Hip-hop is a competitive form of popular culture characterized by an on-going process of aesthetic renewal and reproduction that is expressed through carefully selected media and communications technologies. Hip-hop is ...
    • Street media : ambient messages in an urban space 

      Murthy, Rekha (Rekha S.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      Ambient street media are the media of our everyday lives in cities. Manifested in bits and fragments on the surfaces of the streetscape, these media often escape our notice - tuned out as visual clutter or dismissed as ...
    • Strictly Bollywood? : story, camera and movement in Hindi film dance 

      Shresthova, Sangita. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      Film dances, or filmed dance sequences accompanying film songs, are an important part of popular Indian cinema. Over the years, Hindi film dance has evolved from a cinematically simplistic, filmed documentation of performance ...
    • Subverting the algorithm : examining anti-algorithmic tactics on social media 

      Chung, Anna Woorim. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
      As social media users have become increasingly aware of algorithms and their potentially negative effects, I argue that some users are challenging algorithmic systems of control. This thesis examines anti-algorithmic tactics ...
    • Tactical cities : negotiating violence in Karachi, Pakistan 

      Yusuf, Huma (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis examines the relationship between violence and urbanity. Using Karachi, Pakistan, as a case study, it asks how violent cities are imagined and experienced by their residents. The thesis draws on a variety of ...
    • Technology against technocracy : toward design strategies for critical community technology 

      Wagoner, Maya M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      This thesis develops an intersectional, critical analysis of the field of practice known as Civic Tech and highlights other relevant community-organizing and activist practices that utilize technology as a central component. ...
    • Television 2.0 : reconceptualizing TV as an engagement medium 

      Askwith, Ivan D (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      Television is in a period of dramatic change. As the mass audience continues to fragment into ever-smaller niche audiences and communities of interest, and new technologies shift control over the television viewing experience ...
    • Televisual sports videogames 

      Stein, Abraham D. (Abraham Daniel) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Over the three decade long history of sports videogame development, design conventions have lead to the emergence of a new sports game genre: the televisual sports videogames. These games, which usually simulate major ...
    • Theory and practice towards a decentralized internet 

      Su, Han,S. M.Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
      Why is it the case that Web 2.0 ideals have been reestablished and taken over by centralized apps? What is the root cause behind privacy breaches, data ownership problems, and surveillance capitalism? It is the lack of ...
    • There and back again? : reproducibility and the hunt for a human compass sense 

      Greshko, Michael A. (Michael Anthony) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      Living creatures must navigate their environments in search of food, reproductive opportunities, and better habitats, and they use many stimuli in order to do so. After centuries of skepticism, biologists in the 1960s ...
    • Towards a better inclusivity : online comments and community at news organizations 

      Gupta, Anika, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Over the past several years, traditional - or legacy - news organizations have faced enormous challenges as a result of financial pressures and the advent of the participatory internet. This paper traces the znew journalistic ...
    • Toying with obsolescence : Pixelvision filmmakers and the Fisher Price PXL 2000 camera 

      McCarty, Andrea Nina (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      This thesis is a study of the Fisher Price PXL 2000 camera and the artists and amateurs who make films and videos with this technology. The Pixelvision camera records video onto an audiocassette; its image is low-resolution, ...
    • Transformational tales : media, makeovers, and material culture 

      Kuritsky, Orit (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      This thesis probes into current American makeover culture, thorough three detailed case studies that represent an increasing confluence of commerce, entertainment, and, at times, spirituality. Each of the chapters is devoted ...
    • Transmedia storytelling : business, aesthetics and production at the Jim Henson Company 

      Long, Geoffrey A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      Transmedia narratives use a combination of Barthesian hermeneutic codes, negative capability and migratory cues to guide audiences across multiple media platforms. This thesis examines complex narratives from comics, novels, ...