Tag: media

There is no medium anymore

While Jean Baudrillard’s piece was very confusing, one of the most clear depictions to me was how in today’s society there is no mediums anymore. “We are no longer in the society of spectacle, of which the situationists spoke, nor in the specific kinds of alienation and repression that is implied. The medium itself is no longer identifiable as such,…

Group B: Harry Potter and Participatory Media

In this chapter of Convergence Culture, Henry Jenkins seeks to draw attention to a phenomenon which has managed to pervade recent media and discussions of media: participation. On all sides and at every level, the term participation has emerged as a governing concept, albeit one surrounded by conflicting expectations. Corporations imagine participation as something they can start and stop, channel…

Group B: McPherson and the “Illusion” of Liveness

In Tara McPherson’s “Reload: Liveness, Mobility, and the web” there exists a section entitled “Tara’s Phenomenology of Web Surfing.” Within this section, she writes: Of course, as with television, this much touted liveness  is actually the illusion of liveness: though the weather conditions may indeed be up to date, most of the “breaking news” I access via my personalized MSNBC front…

Group B: Gramophone, Film, Typewriter and the Challenges of Media

I remain fascinated by the constant challenges human beings historically face when confronted with new means of expressing themselves through media. For Kittler, von Mücke, and Similon, what are at stake in these challenges? I’m also still interested on the topic of writing in response to orality, and then electronic media in response to writing. In this piece, those concerns appear again concerning issues…