December 6, 2011 § 6 Comments
This neon ‘Open 24 Hours’ sign represents social media’s functionality. It never closes. Social networks forums are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on Christmas and New Years. Social networks that were intended to make interpersonal communication easier have transformed their users into authors of their own media. Through this a public forum has arisen where people receive and respond to information from multiple channels. However, these channels do not define or shape the messages being communicated. Instead, the public and mass media share, and at times challenge each other, on the news and information being given; allowing the masses to no longer be idle consumers but active players in the world of information 24 hours a day.
December 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Facebook and Twitter have become 24 hour open forums where people have the opportunity of receiving as well as giving news and information in real time. We have developed personal relationships with these devices. They have allowed us to connect with one another, for better or worse, with a level of immediacy never before experienced. Information flows from broadband wires, to mobile tower, to satellites and back around, all within seconds.
The public has a new voice within the media. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube allow the average individual to have an active conversation with the media; allowing the consumer of mass media to challenge and have authority over what they deem as acceptable information. Real time communication has allowed, for perhaps the first time in history, the public and media to use the same channels to communicate their messages; offering the world information not only from those who deliver it, but also those who create it. These new American laws could restrict the flow of information through the public sphere infringing on human rights and freedom of speech.
November 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
I’ve been playing around with the idea that social media is like a new religion for my generation. Growing up nonreligious I never went to church, prayed, or thanked the lord. I did however, have a computer in my house for as long as I can remember. From about the age I could see over a table I was booting up dos and typing in passwords and codes. As a child I spent Sundays in my pj’s playing games on the computer and eventually made my way to AOL chat rooms and surfing the web. I’ve begun to think about the way religion is symbolized in our daily lives. One of the main themes I’ve found is jewelry. People adorn their bodies with crucifixes displayed on bracelets, rosary beads, and necklaces. Jewelery often symbolizes things, ideas, and people that we are close to us. Lockets are worn with pictures of people we love. We keep charm bracelets that can display gifts from many people to remind us of the ones we love. My hope is to create a jewelry line using symbols of social media to represent our closeness to social media. Facebook and Twitter may not be new religions, but they are an unbiased forum for people to share thoughts, ideas, and moments in life. Social media forums do not exist in the physical form of a building. My hope is that this jewelery will represent the preciousness of our new found communication. Below are some pieces I have found for inspiration.
(images from etsy.com )
I have been influenced by Tatty Devine, a London jewelry company that uses perspex to create contemporary charms for their jewelry line. I like the idea of using perspex because it comes in many colors and there are few limitations to the form. Also, I can cut the designs perfectly using a laser cutter in the university workshop. Below are a few pieces from the Tatty Devine website. Stay tuned to see my finished designs, you just might be able to them soon!
October 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
It has become obvious to me that both the adoption rate of technology and the rate of communication in society are both snowballing. The more technology evolves the quicker it is adapted and with new technology comes faster rates of communication. Technology has given people the power to communicate real time information. This power to share information instantaneously has given the individual a new authorship within media. It’s no longer word of mouth, it’s word of tech. In 2011 we use technology to communicate to our bosses, to pay our bills, to share moments, to reach to family members and to find out news from around the world. Before social media the individual was for the most part a consumer of media, but social media has enabled us all to be authors and journalists in our right. These images help us to realize how fast the world has changed. It took radio 38 years to gain 50 million users and Facebook only 1 to gain millions. I’m not sure what the end result of the relationship between the spread of technology, the increase in users and the decrease in time to takes to communicate will be. Perhaps it just shows how much we have evolved over the past century, maybe it means something more. Although, I’m not sure how much faster technology can get unless we break the time space continuum.
October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
You can sit at home reading your news feed and turn your nose up at all the Facebook and Twitter comments, and say “who care it’s just the apple guy.” But that would make you wrong. Steve Job’s was as Barack Obama said “a visionary” and he will be missed. To deny that Steve Jobs has not had an effect on the world would be like denying your own existence. Job’s envisioned people’s connection to technology and knew that as the world advanced people would need tools to help them better relate to the world. We can thank him for more than touch screens and ipods, but rather for understanding its WHY people do things that matters. You cannot deny Steve Jobs benefited from consumerism but he saw that what people wanted was a better way to do things, a simpler way, that in the end people are all the same, we all want and need the same things. Everyone is a daughter or a son and needs freedom of information and education. Yes an ipod is a better way to listen to music; but what is music, music is feeling its information and freedom and beliefs. Apple technology is more than just some new toy or status symbol, it has literally changed the way we view the world. And for that Steve Jobs I say thank you.
I have been working on this piece for a few months. It started out as a poem, but has ended up as a graphic image. I have been trying to convey my relationship with my laptop and how this relationship is similar if not more reliable than any boyfriend I’ve ever had. I think that this image conveys the idea of “I heart my Mac” with out actually saying it. What makes this piece special to me is that after a bit of frustration trying to solve this visual communication problem I ended up writing the poem in my note book. This made me think of my school days doodling about boys in my note book and how my first serious boyfriend carved our initials in a tree. The hand drawn quality brings a tenderness to the piece that it was missing before.
After I put up this blog post I went into the apple store and Liverpool, showed a few of the guys working there my design because I thought they’d appreciate it. They liked it so much that after I left they printed it out and hung it up in the window with other notes to Steve.
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worke…d. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.” Steve Jobs
We listen to music
We watch movies
We order takeaway
We read the newspaper
We talk on the phone
We visit friends
We see the world
We plan vacations
We make art
We pay our bills
We write letters
We take photographs
We go to work
We go shopping
We make dinner
We go to sleep
We wake up
Always looks me in the eye
Always there for me
Always remembers what I like
Never leaves me
Never yells at me
Never ignores me
~By Rachel Hurvitz
October 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
This clever video is a satire on a marketing campaign for a carousel slide projector presented by Mad Men’s 1960’s marketing guru Don Draper. As the video editor shows here, Draper’s philosophies on consumer’s relationship to “new technology” has an interesting parallel to Facebook’s public appeal. In this clip the Facebook Timeline is presented in place of the carousel. The technology is explained as tool for reflection, like a photo album or diary. Don describes how a product or a brand can be a part of your life, something you experience with friends and family, how a can product create a nostalgia for past times. The video shows how people use technology to relate to the word. Another interesting point in this video is the Timeline itself, showing that that the average person can be an author and source of information by sharing moments in life. This video shows the humanity of technology and I find it truly touching.
Unfortunately, Don is a fictional character.
July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
I pulled over at a rest stop on 495 in MA coming back from cape cod with my friends, and ended up having an impromptu photo session with the pay phone. I’ve become fascinated with pay phones lately, they are slowly gaining a vintage status. Who needs a quarter and a pay phone when you’ve got a smart phone with check ins? Can you imagine asking for a quarter to call a hot girl from the bar? Hell no, you’d just text a bird. I’d like to use the pay phone as an inspiration towards studying passé technologies. Aesthetically they have many angles and different designs. And functionally they were a viable, necessary part of culture not so long ago. So begins the study of the pay phone.