Video: 'Uprising' from the album 'The Resistance' (2009) by Muse. The band is on tour now: San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney... to name a few www.myspace.com/muse.
fig.: The self portrait is from summer 2009. You can see me sitting at the Danube in Vienna. I am wearing the 'Jägermeisterin' shirt. 'Jägermeisterin' means as much as 'female professional hunter'.
News from the Fashionoffice research desk According to Alexa.com, 40% of Fashionoffice's main domain traffic came in October 2009 from Pakistan. Alexa's measurement method with tools installed on computers of users are a good mean to control the usage of a website in addition to Quantcast or Google Analytics (tags installed on Fashionoffice's webpages). For example: the abuse on domain level (contrary to a hacked server) can not be pursued by analyzing server data because domain abuse does not happen on the server.
The significant expansion of user traffic from Pakistan on the domain fashion.at (fashion.at and Fashionoffice.org are directed to the same webspace) was reported as suspected domain abuse on 30 October 2009 to Globat.com (Hosting Provider), Nic.at (Austrian Registry), and CERT.at (Computer Emergency Response Team Austria). On 3rd Nov, the Austrian CERT has affirmed that the technical premises for the measurements are reliable. The domain fashion.at is free of abuse. CERT mentioned some reasons for the domain's popularity boom in Pakistan... (with new data from Alexa and Quantcast from Nov 2009).
Memorized data gain more attention
By comparing the high ranking pages from July, August, September, October and November 2009, Fashionoffice demonstrates that the ‘memorized’ articles from former years gain more attention by the internet and its users than most current content. And this despite the fact that new content is massively promoted on RSS Feeds, Mobile Sites, Trendletters, editorial teasers in the advertising slots, as well as through online and offline advertising.
In numbers: during the last month, solely the inventory pages (these are the pages that run with more than 90% teasers for new articles on Fashionoffice) had been delivered 798.000 times (Quantcast). In these numbers (>90% of 798.000 in 1 month) the contacts through RSS Feeds, Trendletters, Mobile Site and advertising on exterior media are not included. More than 4 million contacts during the last 5 months haven't changed the monthly statistics delivered by Google Analytics for high ranking pages. The most read articles on Fashionoffice tracked by Google Analytics are:
Dec 2009 The influence of advertising on user awareness
Fashionoffice has focused its promotion on editorials from 2009 by running 4 million contacts in 5 months. The effect: Google Analytics tracks not one of the promoted articles as the most viewed.
by publisher Karin Sawetz
Is there truth online?
"We will never see the truth around"
sings Matthew Bellamy in 'Uprising' on the new Muse-album 'The Resistance'.
Is the internet a chance or a trap for democratic opinion building?
Can we trust statistical data or search engines when they provide us with information for keywords?
Is the online-business overruling our perception of truth?
How can we fix the problem that opinion is influenced by technicians who have not learned the ethics of communication and opinion building?
Is it important today to push your own message or act against others with the means of technicians or is the content enough that speaks?
Which content is paid and are there any rules for labeling paid content?
Even if the content is not paid: is the author reporting truthfully?
What's true online? Isn't it easy under the current preconditions to design the reality the way you like?
Wherever these questions are leading you; never stop being a hunter of truth!
Probably we should follow the view of artists to find the truth:
The Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide works on portraying stigmatised ethnic groups and focuses on feminism. Her oeuvre is on view at the exhibition 'The Inner Eye'.
'The Little and the Big Black’ is the name of a sculpture from the Austrian artist Thomas Baumann who states in the catalogue 'Balancing the Wrong and the True...' that "Man wants to live a beautiful dream."
Or look through the eyes of designers:
The French couturier Sonia Rykiel has written: "Woman is institution, and what's good about institution is to be able to break away from it." View the FW2009/10 catwalk show!
Or read about the new spring/summer 2010 collection with the title 'Gravity Walk' by the Korean designer Lie Sang Bong who has a Green Vision.