[-empyre-] context and text

I certainly agree with everything you say Lucy and with Jaka's response.  I
suppose I might tend to use the term medium rather than context, because I
think context tends to suggest the way broader and external issues impact
on language,  whereas I think what you are drawing our attention to is a
question of how language is used and received in different media and how it
transforms between them.



 >> Lucy wrote:
>> >When working with visual art media such as installation,
>> >photography, video the context in which the work is
>> >displayed impacts upon its reading by the viewer.
>> >Could such a thing be possible in literature?
>Jaka wrote:
>> yes, medium has influence on understanding of language content, on
>> several levels.
>> When reading from book or screen we usualy use different
>> codes: underlined word means something different in print (emphasize)
>> than on screen (link) - this is stil valid if sreen content (or e-book)
>> is printed -
>> we are aware of this and if we joust get print we are usualy able to
>> reconstruct that
>> content is screen based. Underlining of the word opens different content
>> isuses and
>> different expectations.
>> And there is a lot of elements like this (for example: sreen
>> based text might change if we 'touch' it with mouse - we don't expect
>> this in book, ...)
>> click,
>> jaka
>Jim wrote:
>yes, the context or frame is, as usual, rather strong in its alchemy,
>isn't it. as mcluhan has
>said, "the environment is invisible". but invisible things have their say.
>the frame or context
>empyre forum

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