Because Internet: Linguist Gretchen McCulloch has thought a lot about the evolution of internet-y language. She tells us about the origins of internet-speak, and how linguists determine the boundaries/rules of this emerging language.
24-hours of Happy: And you thought the ‘Thriller’ video was long! Pharrell Williams has released a 24 hour long video for the song Happy. Music biz insider Jay Frank argues it shows us how music listening is changing in a digital age.
Photo Organization: Digital photography has left us with a deluge of photos we can’t possibly organize in a meaningful way. Molly Bullard is a full time photo organizer in Seattle who helps people tame their photo collections.
Enhancing Beauty: A little zap to the brain may improve the way you feel aesthetically about a picture. Zaira Cattaneo on enhancing the experience of beauty through brain stimulation.
Beautiful Sound: Spark’s favourite sound expert Julian Treasure is one of the judges for the Most Beautiful Sound in the World competition. The author of Sound Business tells us what makes a sound beautiful.
Dramatizing the Internet : Trying to make action out of the things we do online can be difficult to do on the page or on the screen. Quinn Norton on the limits of dramatizing the internet when everything -from writing a love note to filling out tax forms- just looks like typing.