[-empyre-] digital tools

Murat Nemet-Nejat muratnn at gmail.com
Mon Feb 12 12:09:23 AEDT 2018

Hi Ana, my experience in the digital world is very similar to yours,
particularly in Facebook. It seems you need to have a certain style to get
reactions in Facebook, in addition to spending a lot of time on it. The
questions seem to be self centered, such as, "what do you think...,"
requiring on the spur of the moment responses, short and momentary.
Facebook designed it that way so that it gets a maximum number of hits.
This is a perfect example of the medium determining the nature of our
thinking, even more essentially, determining human nature itself.


On Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 12:37 PM, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:

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> The problem with the digital writing is the lack of a real “conversation”.
> And it was the reason I ended my active presence in Stumble Upon I didn’t
> face any challenge posting my lectures my links and my thoughts in the
> empty space.
> It was the same with Scoop.it, an interesting platform created in Italy
> where you curate news and links. I was very active at the beginning but now
> I am not using it any more. For some reasons as the above.
> I made a long break in my use of Facebook for the same reasons the lack of
> interactivity and I feel the same in Twitter now I get very seldom an
> answer to my postings and it’s rare to find some interested in a
> conversation for a longer period.
> That’s one of the reasons I love -empyre :) the form is still for me one
> of the most successful ways to use digital writing as a way to interact to
> have reactions and to generate new thoughts.
> I am a traditional writer as well, I published between 10 and 14 books,
> fiction, poetry, essays, translations, a children book. But excepting the
> reviewers who presented the books in cultural pages I got very little
> response from my readers. If you add up them I have surely ten or twelve
> thousand readers, but they are as mute as my 5000 Twitter followers. My
> Facebooks friends, almost four thousand, are better reacting but it’s very
> rare to have a long term conversation.
> I love Walter  Benjamin’s writings, specially his book “Passagenwerke”,
> his books about the galleries in Paris and the “flaneur”, the one engaged
> in casual strolls in discovering new paths new things to see, the one able
> to walk endlessly without reaching any special point, the one seeing behind
> the map or the print or the canvas of a city.
> I am a digital flaneur and want to discover the unseen.
> Ana
> sön 11 feb. 2018 kl. 13:01 skrev Renate Terese Ferro <rferro at cornell.edu>:
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>> Dear Ana
>> Interesting that you referenced Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow, both of
>> whom I reached out to be guests this month, were unable to join us because
>> of previous commitments.
>> https://www.furtherfield.org/
>> Furtherfield.org, an online platform, was originated collaboratively by
>> both Marc and Ruth in London in 1996.  Their mission was to nurture
>> collaboration as opposed to the historical assumption that artistic genius
>> was an independent venture.  It was in 2004 that Furtherfield touched down
>> in physical space inspiring networked media art in a North London
>> neighborhood.  They host exhibitions, events, pirate radio, activism,
>> street art but also continue to have an online presence that invests in
>> both the theory and practice of digital culture and technology.
>> In looking at your online presence Ana it appears that your last post on
>> Stumble upon, if I am reading it correctly, was in 2011. Your writing
>> practice has reflected changes and shifts in technology throughout the past
>> 35 years.  On twitter, you have 5,624 followers and you follow 6,166
>> today.  I am really looking forward to hearing about the reflections of
>> your political voice within your early writing and if you were ever fearful
>> about being so open?  How do you think your voice has shifted over the
>> years?  I have a few Introduction to Digital Media students from Cornell
>> who are lurking in on our conversation.  Many of them and other new
>> subscribers are not as familiar with the history of networked platforms.
>> Hoping you will share your own perspectives and experiences and thanks for
>> this link to Marc’s insightful discussion of your online presence.
>> More later today.  Renate
>> Renate Ferro
>> Visiting Associate Professor
>> Director of Undergraduate Studies
>> Department of Art
>> Tjaden Hall 306
>> rferro at cornell.edu
>> On 2/11/18, 10:35 AM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
>> behalf of Ana Valdés" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
>> behalf of agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:
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