Monday, September 15, 2014

New media growth: yes and yes

One interesting thing about new media, is that it has been possible to see it develop from the very beginning of its growth, in a few number of years. Is it the case that this kind of development is a generic kind of development.

Let us examine the nature of this development, which is a personal view on this. The first element is the emergence of a kind of syntax, namely the act of composing words. Next, is the development of a kind of enhanced syntax. It seems to be a feature of social media that this is a part of its expression. Indeed, it seems to be something that comes from the Internet itself. It is interesting to speculate perhaps about the nature of an intelligent framework for the Internet, that is intelligent AI powering it. Would it have a tendency towards a more meaning based expression.

In all events, one could perhaps see an infusion of content into new media as it was, that is some kind of creative original work, composed to some extent for itself, rather than to be something. Of course the core of a new media strategy is perhaps to find some kind of harmony between syntactical effects and meaning based effects. Whether that is possible or not is another matter, but it seems necessary.

Is new media a kind of extreme example of the cohesion of words and money (or can it be). Or is it something else. Is it a way towards something new, that is content placed closer to money, without cohering with it. That idea may be a motivating force to continue with new media content creation.

But if we ask if this is a generic kind of growth, we can ask is it the case that content needs to develop in such a way. That is, to get away from the issue of either making content for its sake with little rewards, or making content for rewards. Namely, expression has a problem and new media is a solution.

So what does placing content closer to money do to it. Does it inevitably make it like a strategy, or does it enhance it as content. Does it affect the structure of content in some way. Is this an issue with time, that is the extent to which content is developed in such a way. Just as a personal observation, the answer to both questions may be yes and yes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Simplicity and complexity when sailing the (new media) sea

New media seems like a revolution in expression. But what would a media expression be like consequent on the development of new media. Let us consider that new media entirely takes over all media, or the reverse.

But perhaps one might consider that nothing ever really takes over from expression, that what happens is it influences it. But how, is the question. However new media is more than a technology, it seems like a technology of expression, in that great expansion of the meaning of technology that has happened with the Internet. The power of words and images, in the landscape of the Internet.

So as a technology of expression what is it. It is like, to me, something where the effect of the meaning of a statement is particularly contingent on the attitude of the reader. But can we find things which are more robust to this. Well, the use of types of images which are usually popular is one such approach. But so is perhaps the creation of original works (but maybe of a certain kind). One could see this as a new life for creative works, one also which fits into advertising as new media creations can be advertised as they are.

This is another interesting possible effect of new media on media. A simplification of media, with an increased freedom for complexity of the content itself. Not necessarily, but possibly.

So where does creative content fit into some kind of strategy. If one wants a strategy to do something, to have an effect, one might consider what is the strategy of creative content. That is one simplifies again because one might consider the strategy of such content is to exist, perhaps in some strong way, perhaps in some softer way. However one may need a strategy to prune that content.

But creative content does not carry a message, does not have an effect. Well, it does, but it may not be possible to control what this effect is. However note that one may not be able to control the effect of explicit messages, as noted above. So one simplifies again. It is like one trusts and enables the boat to sail the sea, but there has to be a sea for it to sail.

So what would the effect of this be on media. Well, might one consider the sea of new media exists sufficient to itself, at this stage (that is, consider new media comes from something different from media and this technology of expression has roots elsewhere). Its influences may depend on how media interfaces with it, rather.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fragmented Stability on New Media

Consider inputs into various new media artifacts. Is it the case that an input or set of inputs changes a new media artifact. Might one want this to be the case, for an input to create something greater than the whole.

Is this what one wants inputs to do. That is, I want this artifact on such and such a network because it gives this change to it. Well, one might ask, what is the nature of such a change if it happens. We can consider this as a) the time such a change may linger for and b) the extent to which the artifact becomes something new.

But consider a traditional media output. Do we expect it to change because of where it is. Well, perhaps to some extent, as a book takes on a life of its own (but note, of its 'own'). But new media ? Here stories are central these days, but this is perhaps to push the product into life on the Internet.

But if the product itself is a new media story of some kind. That is, if the product is something like a traditional media output. Well, if we consider such outputs to be creative one might assume that the strength of their life, makes them resistant to any change, and allows for a long lingering.

But if it is a creative act within and from new media, does it take on characteristics of a less stable life. That is, is the creative act of new media something different, with a different kind of life from other media outputs.

One does perhaps have this sense of intemporality of any new act. As in: where is that stability of life from creative traditional media. But perhaps one accepts this and asks what is the advantage now of this difference.

Let us consider the advantage is malleability, the possibility of molding it to different forms. And ask is this better. One might consider variety here, that each form has a functional life, as well as an artistic or creative life. But might consider that both are likely to be short (the nature of new media). But one might consider there is a way to get some stability of life in this media.

Where might it be ? It might be in a sense of logic, a life on the structure of the Internet. That is logical artifacts, not as artifacts representing logic or science, but simply logic of time, that is: what, with a short life can live long ?

So instead of going with some kind of disposability, from the fact that we can dispose with such ease and it seems to be nature of things on the internet, we go for permanence, nesting in such fragments of stability as exist on the Internet.

Perhaps such islands exist in the quality of each network. So instead of changing an artifact per se, the network stabilizes them and changes them thus, to, if one might put it like this, their form hidden within new media fragmentation.

Well, perhaps, but it may be that the nature of such artifacts is as we have suggested to be like this, fragmented and impermanent. Is it the case that all outputs are like this. One might suggest they are, in effect. But what is new is that it is now potentially possible to stabilize them in a naturalized way. That is, new media is a structure such that artifact can find stability, but this may be dependent on the artifacts themselves.