Archive for September, 2011

pieces of the broadcaster project narrative

September 20, 2011

“We are what we eat”
this is true of our bodies(food literally becomes us) and our minds. we consume massive amounts of video, print, digital. most of this content is designed to act as filler for commercial consumption messages. so how does local media provide a service that mass corporations are not providing? something truly connected to physical space. local media as local food for our minds. fresh, seasonal, small batch, made by people we know, sustainable, etc.

“face to face is the highest bandwidth”
for all our computer and technology advancements, nothing compares to the information bandwidth of face to face communication. this is what builds trust and long term productive relationships. so if that is true, why do all our devices make us spend more time communicating through a screen and typed characters?

“parallel vs serial devices”
a blackboard is a parallel media device. people can stand next to each other, both have write/read access to the surface and face to face bandwidth with each other. how would you design digital devices that have interfaces more like this? it’s so strange to see a classroom full of kids staring at individual screens or a train car full of people staring at their phones. phones and laptops are inherently serial devices. serial devices that tunnel long distances lead people to be disconnected from their local physical environments. like i am right now! 😉

“copying is the advantage of digital”
plain and simple, the distinct advantage of digital is it’s ability to be easily copied. existing old school players want protection but all the young kids don’t care about that if you get to them first. a media company service based company based on public domain media flow, more like a utility. metered up, metered down. do whatever you want with bits once you have them.

“publishing and record keeping as a service to the marketplace”
craigslist(goods, services and property), reddit(conversation), ebay(goods), github(software), and facebook(conversation) are all good examples. also, courtrooms, stock exchanges and news wires as old school versions. the ability for individuals to publish and broadcast is powerful. how does this become linked to a physical place rather than a personal device? the digital nature still allows mobility but doesn’t require ownership or maintenance of part of individual.

“media and group witness”
reading a newspaper vs going to church or a sports game.

“freedom of speech and write access”