Category Archives: Information

Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

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I think we all remember this scene… [Credit: News.com.au]

The way we visualise the invisible depends on the medium that we use to do so. For example, when I fly to Perth, I literally have no concept of where I am, but if I turn on the “Flight Path” channel on the in-flight entertainment system, I can see exactly where in the world I currently am flying over. The invisible flight path is illuminated by the dotted line and the plane symbol shows the exact location- perfect!

I believe that things such as Facebook Check-Ins and Foursquare (geotagging) has really lead the way in the social media world in making the invisible, visible. There is a visible track of the places and photos of places that I have been to.

The reading by Paul Virilio (1997) explains that there has been an “industrialisation of vision”, which has altered our perceptions of vision in a negative way. I agree with this point, as we could use the smartphone to exemplify this “industrialisation”- people needing to constantly feel that they need to connect with people that aren’t physically there with them.

The Google Glass, when released, will be an absolute phenomenon and will re-revolutionise the already revolutionised social media, smartphone and switched on world. Although I understand that there is a myriad of privacy issues – I think that this kind of technology is going to really change the way we interact with each other. On the plus side, I already wear glasses so I’m all ready for them!!

 

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Infotention, anyone?

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What a cool guy Howard Rheingold is, with all his infotention-ing.

I mostly agree with Rheingold – in this day and age we are being exposed to so much information through the various media platforms we use, and in the words of Rheingold, we are “overloading” on this information.

How could you not trust a guy with different coloured eyebrows and moustache? [Credit: his website]

It has a lot to do with blocking out and filtering the information that we process throughout our daily lives, and Rheingold has actually developed a method to help people do this – smart guy.

I am hoping that I am able to do the filtering myself without needing this training though!!

“Infotention [is] a word I came up with to describe the psycho-social-techno skill/tools we all need to find our way online today, a mind-machine combination of brain-powered attention skills with computer-powered information” (Mindful Infotention: Dashboards, Radars, Filters, by the Howard Rheingold, SFGate, 2009).

I have just read this great blog about how to get students to practice Infotention mindfulness to get them to focus on the tasks at hand – something that would be very helpful to a lot of people I know that do a million things at once and have concentration issues (I might be talking about myself?)

(Right now I have been switching tabs between my blog and Facebook (infotention, anyone?), and continually losing my train of thought so I’m sorry if this is all jumbled.)

Mindful Infotention Map [Credit: Infotention.com]

Mindful Infotention Map [Credit: Infotention.com]