The more time we spend in the co-presence of people on social media and though texting, the more important it becomes to represent the simultaneous presence of multiple people and conversations in film. This is a litte summary on the depiction of texting and the internet in film.
80s computer hacking: a supercut
"You could judge those rooms and say that America has a paucity of visual imagination, that we live in a kind of wasteland. Or you could draw another conclusion, and note that America might be a little more broke than it wants to show. The painfully expensive 2,000-square foot home is furnished with cheap big sofas and junk from Target. Maybe these video stars don’t hang pictures because they are renters. Maybe they know they are going to move soon, to another part of the state or country; suburbs are the temporary worker housing for America. Maybe they moved in and just haven’t unpacked yet, and the big picture of grandma is still in the garage.”
A 2000 Jazz song about the Internet, containing the exact expression “website.. aright”, as well as “cybercreature”
What the Internet sounds like.
"Internet machine (trailer)" by @timoarnall on Vimeo
I found this great video in a post by Christian Sandvig: Early ads for the Internet wouldn’t work today. We no longer aspire to leave our bodies behind. Or we can no longer imagine it. Remember this ad? (c. 1997)
Playing around with Pantheon – MIT Media Lab’s ambitious effort to visualize cultural production across history – I pulled this intriguing comparison of the most culturally significant industries in various countries before the Middle Ages and after.
On the vertical axis, countries are plotted in descending order of cultural power – fewer countries existed before the year 1500 – and on the horizontal, each country’s cultural production with the listed occupations and fields.
One of the most obvious patterns is the decline of religion as a domain of cultural power and the rise of the natural and social sciences, as well the emergence of the creative arts, from film and theater to design. Philosophy appears to have endured with little fluctuation – it’s no surprise, given the staying power of ancient wisdom. Curiously, writing appears in neither plot, even though the written word is arguably the single most powerful and effective carrier of cultural wisdom.
Explore Pantheon for yourself here.
A short compilation about the visual concepts of volumetric display systems from 1955 to 2012