1984

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"As everything becomes aesthetic, the debasement of value that typifies modernity proceeds apace, as does the ubiquity of the spectacle that typifies the postmodern age."
Vito Campanelli, 2010


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Test article: on tags and categories

testing an article…..

I am trying to get my head around all these WP features. I discovered I had an older version of IE and some features did not even appear.

I had a similar experience with Pebblepad. At the time it was crucial I would write an essay, but spent most of my time working out the features, and got dreadfully distracted from the actual purpose of my writing. I am sure I would have written a completely different essay in MS Word….

So yes, let’s try and get a feel for this.

I am conscious I should be ‘tagging’ and ‘categorizing’. The internet is tagged-heaven, if you don’t tag you are doomed, hellish…. Same for categories. We are all labelled. It makes us more friendly to the big wide world out there.

I now tried IE, Chrome, Firefox… but my daytime version is different from my evening version (work/home) so this will still be a potential barrier…

In the meantime I am still trying to work out the difference between a ‘post’ and an ‘article’… must check the manual…

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Anabel Jankel and Ricky Morton

This book published in 1984 (available from Amazon) was one of the first computer art books I bought and offered a fascinating insight in digital visual culture, seen as quite separate from ‘traditional’ cultural expressions.

The blending of the ‘material’ and ‘immaterial’ had not quite taken shape and the idea of cyberspace was a space ‘out there’ or at least that was my perception of it then (and now). The readings in the next few weeks will bring an opportunity to take stock.

Anabel Jankel and Ricky Morton were also responsible for Max Headroom, a TV character that was made-belief entirely digital, but in effect was an actor. Computer imagery was not quite sophisticated enough to be able to visualise fully digitised realistic  animation.

This idea is in stark contrast to the character of Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, who (if one listens to Ridley Scott)  is not quite certain if he is a replica or not…both fictional characters appeared in 1984 and it seems that back then any visionary conceptions of what CGI might develop into was unlimited…

CGI articles in specialist journals seem to endlessly describe the wire-frame modelling and rendering of images,with ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ for a perfect realistic result. Hence the refreshing appearance of Pixar Jr which was actually telling us a story, in addition to some pretty good animation…

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This week’s activities (week 0)

The icebreaker is a great way of getting in the mood and swing of things.

What digital culture means is a kaleidscope of imagery… My mind always wanders… I started off with the ‘Dog image’, then there was Pixar, Mandelbrot, Blade Runner, Human League’s ‘Being Boiled’ and I had to stop myself.

1984 was a pretty crucial year for me: I decided then that computer graphics was totally fascinating. I thought it would be a great way to enhance film and TV images, music videos, even make some original electronic art… I met a few people, Edward Ihnatowics, Harold Cohen, John Landsdown all inspirational encounters, and then there was Ridley Scott’s film based on an old time favourite of mine (Philip K Dick‘s novel) and the music of the eighties, influenced by electronics, which I still listen to most days now…

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Hello (new) world!

“Welcome to E-learning and Digital Cultures 2013. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!”

Well, this is certainly a new skill to develop, getting into WordPress, very useful indeed as by happy coincidence the day job (finally) brings an opportunity at the same time to develop a research blog for an academic community. After months of trying to persuade colleagues this may be a useful tool for sharing discussion and project development, I am about to take the plunge….

As far as this week is concerned, I intend to try out the dashboard, read some help files (no doubt I get myself in a twist) and basically take the lead (initially)  from the features of this graphic-friendly  tool (it’s like digital mascara), and let it take its course.

Perhaps the WP features will affect my thoughts?

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