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How Do We Create Information?

Feb 6, 2014 By Richard Smith

In a previous post, I discussed information as a pyramid of human communication, that starts with data and ends with wisdom. So, how do we turn data into information? Information into knowledge? The work that MDM students do plays a key role in both of these transitions. In this post I...

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What is Information?

Jan 21, 2014 By Richard Smith

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? At a physical level, information has...

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Creativity & the Power of Attention in 2014

Jan 8, 2014 By Richard Smith

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 1, students will spend this semester working on real-world projects with external clients. By the end of April, the student...

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Are Computer Games "Addictive?"

Dec 3, 2013 By Richard Smith

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." Engaging Is Different Than...

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What is Innovation?

Nov 19, 2013 By Richard Smith

I was hired at SFU, back in 1995, as a "junior chair" in Management of Technological Innovation. I have had a long time to think about—and teach—the topic of innovation and innovation management. If I have learned one thing it is that innovation is not the same as invention. In other...

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What is Digital Media?

Oct 15, 2013 By Richard Smith

What is digital media? Weird that I would get asked this, since it is on the sign above our building, and in the name of the degree for the program I direct, but I do. And, perhaps, with good reason. First of all, if we are being pedantic, we could suggest that the proper question...

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MDM Faculty Patrick Pennefather on Designing Sound for Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach

Jul 23, 2013 By Crissy Campbell

The composer and former professional clown uses collaboration techniques from theatre and other artistic disciplines, and applies them to his teachings in the Master of Digital Media program. MDM faculty Patrick Pennefather has a busy summer. When he’s not advising MDM student project...

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Dr. Kimberly Voll on Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Gaming

Jun 17, 2013 By Crissy Campbell

Dr. Kimberly Voll, CDM faculty, avid gamer and game jam organizer, has an article on Corona Labs, about her upcoming game jam iamagamer . Recently, Gamasutra quoted the video-game industry saying, "you can't have a female character in games." In response to this, iamagamer is hosting a...

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