This image means a lot to me, as a glasses-wearer. This assemblage sort of puts together the sorts of things that people might be afraid of, such as seeing the optometrist or the dentist (as represented by the teeth.)
In a media sense, assemblage is about how media form assemblages of people, populations, technologies, meanings, and sensations. (via Media Assemblages).
This image reminds me more of the media assemblages as the artist has incorporated an old telephone dial into the artwork. I guess they help to represent the assemblages we see being formed. A lot of this has to do with the Actor-network theory which is an interesting one.
Assemblage (Free Standing)
The Actor-network theory in my point of view is sort of the “best of both worlds” theory, where it takes into consideration the ‘being’ and ‘acting’ of both participants in any instance. Right now I am sitting on my chair typing on my laptop… but am I sitting here because I chose to sit here, or because the chair exists? Or is it simply both of those things. I like this theory.
You never really think about the alphabet, do you? You just sit there typing everyday… on Facebook, Twitter, your arts2090 blog etc… but never once do you stop to think about the characters you’re using.
The New Zillund Alphabet
The English alphabet, a phonetic alphabet based on the idea of abstraction; the notion of thinking, being and writing more than could be communicated through a pictographic alphabet.
Philosophy would not have occurred without abstract thoughts and they needed the phonetic alphabet – Abstraction leads to philosophy.
I bought a broken keyboard
Publishing can change the power of concepts and words and the founders of writing were suspicious of this. They realised it could challenge the social order.
I’m so glad that the blog is on ereaders because quite frankly, I would be lost without my Kindle.
Without my Kindle, I would never have read over 45 books, and never have known my penchant for Swedish horror novels. My main reason for purchasing the Kindle over an iPad was the simple fact that it emulates a real book page instead of straining your eyes over an iPad.
I believe that Kindles and other ereaders are paving the way of the future for publishing. Our texts are becoming liquid; instead of a text that is printed again and again with new details, we have now single texts that are able to be changed in an instant. Wikipedia is a minefield of information; a plethora of details on science, technology, media, people, history, events and everything else in between. Free publications are changing the world – all you need is an internet connection.
It’s amazing that as a small object, the humble Kindle and iPad can connect to the Internet and suddenly, you have a whole world of books and other publications at your feet, for half (and sometimes even more than half) of the price of the physical copy.
Gone are the days where you had to go to the bookstore, purchase it at some ridiculous price and then have to lug it around with you.
I remember deciding to read “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series again, of which I have the physical copies, and I just couldn’t take it around with me because they are just such huge books!
The day I received my Kindle!