[-empyre-] Pervasive media

Martin Rieser martin.rieser at gmail.com
Sun Jul 8 16:57:07 EST 2012

Well..where to start- I think we are bogged down in the materiality and I
am looking at a social changes in the nature and uses of screen (of course
predicated on that materiality) -how we enter them , access them and use
them in an age of pervasive and interactive media, and therefore what
concepts of the nature of content and its experience we are now
constructing-I do think we are getting well off beam.


On Sat, Jul 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM, Simon Biggs <simon at littlepig.org.uk> wrote:

> What have you got in that baguette?
> Sent from a mobile device, thus the brevity.
> Simon Biggs
> simon at littlepig.org.uk
> s.biggs at ed.ac.uk
> http://www.littlepig.org.uk
> On 7 Jul 2012, at 19:10, Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:
> On 07/07/2012 03:46 PM, Ian Bogost wrote:
> > On Jul 7, 2012, at 5:50 AM, Simon Biggs wrote:
> >
> >> I think the current debate, about types of screens, is off piste
> >> from the original theme, which was to do with agency. Yes,
> >> different types of screens will have different affects and effects.
> >> But the key point was that we have moved from the more or less
> >> passive screen (whether a blank surface and projector assembly or
> >> an all in one CRT, plasma or LCD panel) to active and pervasive
> >> screens. Screens that we interact with, that form our environment,
> >> that control other devices - screens that actively mediate agency
> >> and can, in some cases, act upon things without human involvement.
> >
> > But, as has been said already, those devices are not screens. They
> > are, most often, computers.
> Computers are significantly correlated with screens at present.
> Televisions are now computers (or their thralls) following the death of
> analog broadcast and recording. Even cinemas are transitioning to digital
> projection with increasing speed.
> > Many of which have screens of particular
> > kinds. If we're ready to simply call all those things "screens" then
> > I'm not sure why we wouldn't also call them automobiles or
> > architecture or sandwiches.
> I'm currently watching "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" on a baguette so I see
> your point.
> Screens serve to conceal as well as present. Think of hospital screens (or
> the back wall of the cinema). In Simon's comment, the screens have served
> to conceal the computers. What the computers conceal probably has something
> to do with agency.
> I'm not sure screens were ever passive though. Cinema was persuasive and
> broadcast TV showed news and opinion.
> - Rob.
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Martin Rieser

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