31 May 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.