Dr. Richard Smith

Digital Media in Brazil

Centre for Digital Media’s director Richard Smith travelled to Brazil early this semester to connect with Brazil’s digital media industry. This is his account of the trip.

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Digital media: what does it mean?

My students recently told me that they wanted to know more about the social, moral, ethical, cultural, and environmental implications of digital media. No kidding. Who isn’t worried about this topic these days, right?

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Elephant Trails: How Old Technologies & Business Practices Continue to Influence Us

There is a saying in business that when developing a new product or service you should seek to "pave the elephant trails." This refers to the actual pathways through the forest left by elephants, and—by extension—the pathways through our lives that many people

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Robots or People: Is There a Place for People in the Future of Information?

If you read my last post about how data are turned into information and then how information is turned into knowledge, you might remember the two lists of

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How Do We Create Information?

In a previous post, I discussed information as a pyramid of human communication, that starts with data and ends with wisdom.

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What is Information?

Information is my lifeblood. As a communication scholar, I study information in all its forms. How it entertains us, how it shapes our politics and our social lives, how it is embedded in technology and enables economies. But what is information?

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Creativity & the Power of Attention in 2014

MDM students started their second semester on Monday with a kickoff to Projects 2. Building on the project planning and management skills they learned in Projects

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Are Computer Games "Addictive?"

In my view, this is a difficult topic and made more difficult by unnecessarily bringing in language associated with destructive behaviour and physiological dependence. Certainly problems arise with playing too much. But most of the time, it isn't "addiction."

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