I feel like this encapsulates my feelings towards both of those things. As you’ve probably seen in my past blogs I really like the culture of the internet, even the dark bits of it. It makes for a psychology that’s so chaotic yet colourful and beautiful at the same time. Hence why I enjoy YouTube Poops so much; they offer a succinct, humorous, and accessible way of defining the environment of the internet.
I feel the same toward gaming for similar reasons, yet quite different reasons. Modern video games are a truly magnificent amalgamation of past mediums. Elegantly weaved together they don’t only tell stories of characters, but of entire worlds, and galaxies. They offer a space to explore, not simply a narrative to obediently follow along. Video games create a space for a player to have their own take on the world, or completely submit to it’s rules in an act of roleplaying.
We looked at Technology in our Communications Histories and Technologies class earlier this semester, albeit with a lot more detail about the interaction between Culture and Technology. It was very interesting to look at some of the linguistic and ideological fallacies we take for granted in our society.
The ideas are great but once again I deplore the unnecessarily complex nature of the text like a lot of other academic texts. I still fail to see what justifies such confusing language. Is it a relic of an era when society had more diction, is it just meant to be exclusive so only smart people can read it?
Becoming aware of these kind of things really does influence how you think and operate day to day, at least it does for me. There are a lot of unelaborated ideas we subscribe to as members of society without really thinking about them.
This is the best example I could come up with on a whim, nevertheless I feel it demonstrates (at least on a basic level) how Technology does not necessarily dictate change in society, or individuals. The claim that it does is an idea you can see on the end of the originally linked excerpt: Technological Determinism.
In the symposium a couple of weeks back there was mention of the video essay and how it’s not yet an academically acknowledged format. This immediately made me think about the video essays that exist as part of popular culture.
I wonder why this is so, and my first assumption would be the sloth like system of academia and the slow uptake of new technology, processes, and reliance of classic formats. I immediately considered however, should this kind of essay be expected to be included in the academic world? I mean it would be, eventually, I expect given that the videos provide thoughtful and logical discussion as the internet continues to grow, but with the speed at which information flows and evolves within the global network will academia even be able to keep up?
I expect it would have to redesign it’s regulations or whatever they do to call something ‘academic’ to do so, but even right now any piece of information is available via the internet which is inhabited by students and experts alike who are more than willing to share their ideas without hesitation. Just take a look at reddit with it’s numerous sub-reddit communities based on asking questions to experts (/r/askhistorians, /r/personalfinance etc.). Even Wikipedia which is relied on every single day by them asses to validate information without a second thought as to it’s source, could I dare say that academia in the traditional sense – writing, reviewing, publishing, updating – will eventually become defunct?