Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Finding Interest and Value

This post is about where should content actually go and the issue that it may work best in places that it might not seem so clear it would.

It might be said that new media speaks a universal language.

I do not mean the language itself, but the concepts, the ideas of novelty and potential. Is new media still new - it seems though to continues to evolve and create.

Where it goes is undecidable in this sense: while it can be targeted, it may work best in another serendipitous direction. This is perhaps a key feature of new media: that not only does it have a potential given by tech to move across the world, it may need to, to realise the potential of the created content.

As a free expressive space, the sense of fitting it into spaces may not exist, so it needs to fit itself, using a diverse potential for finding a fit.

This is perhaps a tech of structure and meaning, with an openness for the creator of it to define what it can do. That core idea of potential, that unknown which drives tech is here as well. It is an unknown that can create hugeness, or a sense of being lost in a vast space.

The tech of new media, is its integration with tech itself, with the programs.

But the words and images themselves also have a potential themselves, in terms of creating a new space. This translates for words and images as a new expressive space, tech itself provides the space, but new media populates it, diminishing the sense of vastness and emptiness and potentially finding a place to thrive.

New media is perhaps like an effectively instantaneous transposition, of an indeterminate value. Such a value can be one of interest only, but it potentially gains value from this transposition. Which suggests liquidity of transportation is important for new media. What I mean by this is that the content can be transposed, which is where any idea of a universal language starts to come up against the content itself, with the solution that it is let find where it can exist and thrive.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Kinds of Depth in New Media

This post looks at ways that new media can be used to help the creation of creative content. If it is the case that a certain delay in positive to new media content, what should the time delay for new media posts be, which are issued in a regular basis with connectivity between them. Is it the case that too long a delay may result in a decay like the decay resulting from too frequent posts. However this is new media, so can methods really be employed to counteract problem consequent on creative content and its production.

Consider ways of healing content that has suffered decay. That is, algorithmic methods can reinforce the content. But if too long a delay is left, the content may tend to being divorced from the stream of meaning it comes from and appear algorithmic. If too short a time is left, the content may tend to appear algorithmic. But in either case is it so - in a long time delay it may not be, simply because a new creative source may fill the content.

This assumes that there is a desire for creativity in the content, but the realities of composition make for other means to shore the content up from degradation, rather than relying on creativity (but one might note that the stream of meaning it comes from may provide a more reliable non-algorithmic support). So here the generic nature of creative production, overcomes the effect of the necessity of regular updates on content.

However I do believe that the way in new media that a) an item of content can be created, b) the context within which that content takes place and c) the way it can be published all help to create an algorithmic dynamic by which content is boosted as an expressive form, without harming the form itself. In the example of time delay this is seen as the way that the structure of content creation helps stabilise decay and indeed reverse it.

But the necessity of an old fashioned recourse to creative reasoning still remains, if one really wants something new in this medium, I suggest. Perhaps this though expresses itself as changes in themes, at its extreme.

So a happy medium, as it were, is required, like the time delay, in terms of the way the mind works and the way new media works to structure and direct content creation. But that happy medium is presumably rather dynamic and contextual.

So new media content then may require other stabilizing elements, including the structure of the website, its ability to be available in all nooks and crannies, wherever it is called to be, and content that is both adaptive in some ways and with an element of permanence (e.g. creative images). New media has an interplay of permanence and the momentary, but that interplay can also create a new kind of depth.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

What Should Drive the Production of New Media Content ?

Is it possible to control the production of creative new media content. Is it necessary to let some time elapse between blog posts for example, or other related new media content. It is a key concern if one is producing new media content.

It feels to me that there is sometimes a wellspring from which content comes and indeed it gets used up and must be replenished. That is, one can write daily blog posts, but at a certain point they become difficult to compose. It may be desirable to avoid having an algorithmic approach to new media content, because in this case, the creative source is avoided or perhaps constrained.

Perhaps the point of content is to produce the best it can be, and to avoid the tribulations that a creative source brings, is to avoid the fact it may generate the better kinds of content. But is this the case, is the content suitable for new media, content which is closer to being algorithmic. That is to say, on the Internet, does not one want generated bites of things to read on ones smartphone or while surfing.

I would think not necessarily, but it may be the case that a native new media form incorporates such structure, as well as having the capacity to find depth, maybe even a depth that comes from development over time, of ideas and presentation. This may enable a kind of smoothness of content, in the content of the technology presenting it. This smoothness may not necessarily be symmetrical with traditional media.

So my answer to this, is to find structure, so one tries to avoid issues that can enter any output and indeed make use of the native advantages of new media to counteract them and include time lapse as part of this. The continuing logical direction, informed by creative sources, helps generate the output. This can be quite structured in terms of time, or less structured, especially in terms of updates to established content that is suited to being updated.

It is perhaps less enjoyable than pure creative output. However, one does not feel like one is exhausting the creative spring, but rather that one is improving its presentation in this world. So what determines the rate of output, and the desirability for this, is to an extent the work itself. But behind this is the flexibility and power of new media tools.