NMD 100

class notes 9/13

Cultural transformations

  • the creation of music has changed over time. People used to be relying on other people. But young people can interact with music. .
  • Games. Games used to be physically involved with the game and they were interacting socially. Now people can play video games and don’t have the same experience to play with teams, people now don’t have the same team and problem solving ability’s.
  • Then people were enchanted by a few men wearing masks and playing with theater . Now we have integrated tech with the plays so that the plays are more enthralling to every sense.
  • Technologies is being integrated with a huge amounts of cultural. Which is changing how we do thins.
  • Photos have changed completely. The first photos were made by scientists who built their own computers. How long has Kodak been around? Now everyone has cameras. In every give spot people can take photos of something that is happening. There is no chance that something would happen and be not photographed. These photos now can have huge impacts on the world.
  • Tv is evolving over time. Only rich people had access but now everyone with an internet can see things.
  • War is weird now. People did not really like it and but people still broadcast their stories over some form.
  • Computerized societies have gone into a “digitizing craze”
    • Stevens Spielberg Shoah foundation
    • Library of congress american memories project.
    • Maine historical society maine memories project
    • sound portraits
    • google book digitizing project
    • human genome project
  • “we may even call a database a new symbolic form of a computer age. A new way to structure our experience of ourselves “
  • ?the world is reduced to two kinds of software objects which are complementary to each other: data structures and algorithms.”
  • “typically a hierarchical data structure containing all the relevant entities and the relationships and rules with that domain”
  • “an algorithm is a finite set of well defined instructions for accomplishing some task within given an initial state will terminate in a corresponding recognizable state
  • “as the player proceeds through the game she gradually discovers the rules which operates in the universe constructed by this games/
  • “instead they are collections of individual items, where every item has the same significance as any other.” their user can perform carious operations:view, navigate, search.” The user experience of such computerized collections is there fore
  • as a cultural form database represents the world as a list of items and it refused to order into this list. In contrast a narrative creates a causes and effect trajectory of seemingly unordered events. “therefor database and narrative are natural enemies. Competing for the same territory of human culture each layers an exclusive right to make meaning out of the world.
  • “historically the arts made a unique art work with a particular mediums. Therefor the interface and the work were the same. In other words the level of the interfaces does not exist. With new media the content of the work and the interface become separate. It is therefor e possible to create different interfaces to the same material
  • “the user of a narrative is traversing a database following links between its records as established by a database’s creator”:
  • “an interactive narratives can be understood as the sum of multiple trajectories through a database.
  • “a traditional linear narrative is one around many other possible trajectories…”
  • “a database’s can support narratives, but there is nothing
  • “ It is not surprise then that database’s occupy a significant if not the largest territory of the new media landscape. What is more surprising is why the other end of the spectrum-narratives- still exist in new media”
  • foot notes

Class reaction

The idea of a narrative verses a database is a very interesting concept but I believe using a tool like a database can create a narrative. Finding certain items can lead onwards to new things which in itself can create a larger narrative. I do not agree that they are natural enemies but instead that one could not exist with out the other. What is our world other that a hugh compilation of different items that we interact with everyday? If that is true than every day we live creates its own narrative. I just do not understand how we could exist with out a narrative.

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