Wednesday, February 22, 2006

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"Text is indeed 'the web's primary and foundational media' and the artists of text are poets." I can't get past this load of self-promotion crap.

First of all, text is only the primary and foundational media because it can be transfered and reproduced the fastest of all mediums. Once all machines run on fiber instead of cat5, text will nearly disappear except for what is already archived in text. Video and audio will far surpass messages.

Second, there is a lot of textual crap on the internet. And because broadband is becoming more and more available, the amount of crap being added to it daily is overwhelming. It's great, free speech and whatnot, but it's certainly not all profound and poetic.

"They must once again serve the literal matter of language, and as such they must serve the machine: typewriter, word processor, programmatron."

John is talking about with the evolution of the tools used to write art, the artist has become more and more enslaved by the tool. Fantastic. So I may not have as much of an intrinsic knowledge of my instrument as Adolf Sax, but I do know enough to create art with it. I may be enslaved by it to the point that if it substantially breaks, I have to take it to a specialist to fix it. Similiarly, the first poets were not enslaved by their chisel and rock, or quil and parchment, but good authors today can create just as well with whatever form of technology they choose. It's a progression of embracing the tool and finding a new way to create the creation.

6 Comments:

At 10:05 AM, Blogger RAFAEL BRIONES RODRIGUEZ said...

INSTEAD OF "TEXT" WHAT ABOUT USING "EFFICIENCY" AS THE PRIMARY FOUNDATION OF THE WEB-WORLD? TEXT CAN BE SECOND, THIRD, ETC. IN OUR DIGITAL AGE, WORDS ARE NOT A NECESSITY IN ORDER TO MAKE A STATEMENT OR TO PRODUCE "WORK" TO BE PUBLISH IN THE WWW MARKET. IMAGINE "CHAPLIN" TODAY, NO WORDS, ONLY VISUAL "DATA"
DO I GET THE POINT? MUCHAS GRACIAS SENOR TACO.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger flook said...

I totally agree Taco. I think text will begin to wane as more people move to broadband. Furthermore, when broadband improves, more and more websites will utilize video, high-end graphics, sound (and so on). As a web designer, I hate having to STILL cater to 56K people.

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger BP said...

"Once all machines run on fiber instead of cat5, text will nearly disappear except for what is already archived in text. Video and audio will far surpass messages."

How do you figure? Is everybody going to want to produce an a/v file to communicate anything Online?

If text will disappear, how will a seach engine find what the user is looking for?

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Are these new technologies encouraging us to enter the age of a postliterate society??

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger Taco said...

Re: BP

Produce an av file? It's more simple than typing out a message. Walk in front of your computer and say "record". Like a personal secretary that can record verbal and nonverbal. Search engines? Who needs them. Tell your machine what you want and it takes care of it instantly.

Re: E-Liz

Heck yes! It's much faster relay a message through av.

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger Curtisgeist said...

Text is useful, it is s a tool. It IS visual. It is visual shorthand. It is shorthand for sights and sounds we expereience as humans. Text will not go away. Eliminating text would be like cutting off your limbs and/or getting a labotomy. We could all sit around making faces at each other and speaking--but not MOVE or THINK.

 

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