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Comment on Visual Artefact – The network of humans by Daniel Jackson-Yang

In much the same way that the people pictured were augmenting their bodies your visual artefact is augmented by sound.

May I suggest an experiment just for amusement? Change the soundtrack to see the change in emotional tone. Maybe this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5rEMQ5a8YQ

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Comment on Digital senses by Daniel Jackson-Yang

Slightly ironic that in an accessibility conference they were showcasing a technology that is inaccessible to me due my monoaural hearing problems. Still, I don’t begrudge people their new toys.

What I found interesting was the idea of how usage is making this a viable technology. Binaural recording has been available for quite some time now, I remember learning about it 12 years ago in music college. What’s perhaps making this more viable for the BBC is mobile technologies and people listening through headphones rather than off single speaker radios. There would have been no point to binaural sound if most people were still listening off old transistor radios.

Anyway.

I think spiritual is a very loaded term to use. It risks attributing virtual reality technologies with a quasi-religious dimension. Possibly implying transcendence and the erasure of the body. Something that Hayles argues against in How We Became Posthuman (another of the extra readings for this block). Totally fine to use the word spiritual if that is what you intend to imply. An alternative without the religious overtones would be subjective, maybe.

The list of transitions can also be interpreted in a problematic way. Transition implies that we go from one state to another whilst with all the pairs you give the two examples continue to exist and interact together.

I also have a bee in my bonnet about the idea of digital natives and immigrants. Check out The ‘digital native’ in context: tensions
associated with importing Web 2.0 practices into the school setting, Vol. 38, No. 1, February 2012, pp. 63–80 , Oxford review of education by Charles Crook

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Comment on Cybercultures by cpsaros

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There are lots of interesting things you allude to in this post Stuart.

Online dating or even online friendships highlight how much importance society places on physical attributes. I have wondered whether there might one day be a computer programme that can ‘read’ our hearts and our heads and take all the fun out of meeting people by just saying, “Yes, boom! You’ll get along and find each other attractive. Match!” I doubt this with come into being because I think that part of our humanity, as well as our ability to love, be kind and honest, is our fickleness!

What I think is really interesting is how these practices have changed the way in which we socialise. In the nineties, when we were only plugged into our Diskmans, we looked up on the bus maybe caught someone’s eye, smiled and started up a conversation. I think of doing the same thing today and it doesn’t seem plausible. Everyone is looking at their phones, and if someone looks up smiling at you with their phone in their hand I’m more likely to think they are taking an unauthorised picture than think they’d be interested in having a chat.

Dating, in general, is pretty hideous! The way dating app developers have made human emotion into a game is even worse but unfortunately I don’t think that ‘traditional’ dating behaviours are likely to be adopted ever again. Which begs the question… how much worse can it get?

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