8 Feb

Week 4 Reflection

This week I continued to work on a more curated lifestream, which I am enjoying much more. I continue to use a mix of automatic technologies (scheduling, searching, embedding), but putting them into boxes (a box of sounds of the internet, a weekend round up of my Twitter activity).

The lifestream has therefore had space to explore a little wider: I looked at visual representations of cyborgs and robots on Tumblr, and I collected audio/video recordings of ‘the sounds of the historic internet’. I wrote my reflections from the Skype by hand, so I uploaded that as a photograph. I continued to live-blog the readings. I found a MOOC to study next week.

I’m cheating a bit on the temporality to keep things tidy. I’m reflecting on that–it seems to go against the real-time notion of a life-stream, but it stops me having to contort my daily online activities to do the right actions so that IFTTT would pick up the right mix of content to display in my stream.

I guess I’m more interested in digital culture and digital education and digital communication than I am in digital anything.

What hasn’t made it onto the blog this week is the thinking I’ve been doing about my final research assessment. In the hangout, I described my visual artifact as a kind of ‘nostalgia’ and I’d like to explore digital ‘histories’/nostalgia further (‘watercolour’ Paper, vintage filters on Instagram, the Hanxwriter app), comparing idealised authentic or glamourous pasts with a utopian and dystopian technofutures. It needs focus and clarifying, but it’s starting to come together.

One thought on “Week 4 Reflection

  1. Katherine – I like the sound of this as a final assignment: bringing ‘nostalgic’ analogue media up against the representations of our various technofutures promises something very interesting. There’s a terrific chapter in Poster’s (now oldish) text ‘What’s the matter with the internet?’, in which he writes about the difference between analogue and digital authorship. While his focus is primarily on text, I wondered whether this might be useful to you in terms of theorising the distinction between analogue and digital visuals? Thanks to the fabulousness of the internet, there’s a scanned copy of the chapter here: http://web.uvic.ca/~jlutz/courses/hist481/pdfs/Poster%20Authors%20Analogue%20and%20Digital.pdf

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