Blog Response 4 — Colin Rosati

If I were to make a speech about the state of technology today and the direction it is headed I feel Neil Postman’s speech raises some good points.

Subjectivity of media is becoming more malleable, and the internet provides a medium to fulfill subjective answers any sort of questions that someone might have. I feel that the internet is not the only actor in this flattening of subjectivity- postmodernity is a result of many global issues. The “losers” that Postman speaks about will be granted a voice, venue and community to be apart of. Not, only the “losers” but anyone that has access to the internet is able to transcend there geographical limits and create new communities. Communities and culture will be sprouting up everywhere, localized information like memes, fan fiction and user generated content will be a competitor to cultural insititutions like universities and hollywood. The collapsing of cultural producers and identities is also a changing factor. Jeremy Bailey’s project The Master Slave Invigilator is telling of how an artist/celebrity can be a host for their audience.¬† Taking this a few steps further we can see how anybody will implanted camera’s could live stream their POV to any audience members. The audience will then be able to consume multiple identities. With the increasing invisibility of technology I see in the near future a fully integrated tech system with our bodies. We are hurtling toward the stretching of our senses into a new exciting place where communities can organize information for themselves and really generate their realities.

Looking at this flattening and fluidity of identity I see corporation and government spying to become an even more prevalent part of how we conduct ourselves. I have an idea for a sic-fi plot where a corporation is creating AI and uses someones social media platforms as the education to make a more human AI machine. In this plot the AI machine is an evil entity that tries to replace the real you. It is really important to recognized the privatized ownership of these technological tools we use because they really shape us in the end. I often ask very technological deterministic questions as a way of getting to know how these tools reflect and shape us. Like how is Facebook changing your relationships, and interactions.

In the digital archiving world many people are preparing for a post-google time because the amount of information google is constantly pulling will be so large that it won’t be functional in a useful way. I see individuals starting to create their own distribution systems or mini archives. In this way the achieve of information becomes more subjective to the archivist but also decentralized outside of corporations like Google.


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