This weeks lecture and readings are about digital documentary; how contemporary shifts in visual and digital culture have changed our absorption of media.

 

Aesthetics regards the style, design and judgement and how these ultimately impact upon our ourselves, culture and politics. The way that our perceptions are structured in relation to the way the world affects us.

 

This is reflective of theory cognitivism where the mind is seen as a control program, separate from the “inputs” and “outputs” of the body/world. Ultimately, it is our decision on real life events that form a basis of opinion aside from the facts that are presented to us. When we see a form of news, (in regards to timeliness, the Budget can be assessed), although we are presented with facts and opinions from politicians, experts etc our opinions are ultimately fuelled by how it will affect us and how we respond to this information. This is furthered by Varela’s theory of embodied mind where an immersion within society, language and physical events and so on produce thoughts, feelings and perceptions.

 

Ethico-Aesthetics is the role that sensation plays in our lives, in thinking, in social worlds and so on. How do different media assemblages or ecologies shift our ecologies of feeling, sensing, affected and being affected? These ecologies are shifted by different medias, old and new (telephones, TV, film, 3D, networked art etc). These shifts change different concepts of friendships, relationships. I think that Twitter is important to note in this regard, the use of #hashtags forms communities where through both smartphones and the internet, people are able to communicate, share ideas and rebut thoughts on learning and politics.

 

New media has provided different ways in which we can be affected by information. I think that the way in which we read articles differs from watching a video. Different feelings and perceptions are formed as reading does not show a visual depiction of what is going on.

 

Massumi indicates that the concept of media is in crisis, because the digital isn’t a medium but it is now what dominates the media field. Digital technology is an expanding network of connective and fusional potentials. An input can be translated into any other form of media through media; i.e. a sound into an image. 

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