I discovered the WOMBO Art app by way of the Face in the Crowd Project on David’s Galoshes and Collages. The app is generative design software that will convert words and phrases into intriguing images. I used Jabberwocky Cabbage Baggage to generate the above image, which I modified, and then added one of my photo edges.
Clarification of the changes in the WordPress Storage Space has come. Thanks again to carabeinsplash for tracking down the information:
I found more information in the Help Forum. Some people went directly to the source a lot quicker than me. Apparently, the 500Mb storage is for NEW sites. “Legacy” sites i.e. sites active before the storage change will keep their 3GB storage. They say the labelling of 500Mb restriction on our legacy sites is a bug that they’re working on.
Now, they’re only offering ONE paid plan (Pro) which will be $15/month which is $180/year. I don’t know if this only affects new sites or all sites.
So to sum up, WordPress instituted a change just before April Fool’s Day, that is part of a retooling of the pricing and media library storage space – no advanced notification to users. Not all elements are in place and a glitch caused long time & recent users to discover that their storage space has been maxed-out, but it wasn’t. Also new users will find that they can still exceed the max number.
Well, I wasn’t too stressed. JPK
I have just discovered that WordPress has reduced free storage space from 3 GB to 0.5 GB . I have no idea what that means for my blogs and all earlier content. They may simply block some pages or arbitrarily choose to delete old content. I knew this was ephemeral media, but was not anticipating this change. I may just let them sit and give up posting.
There is a plan for $4 a month and that has 6GB of memory.
Looks like the end of the line.
One of the interesting things about blogs is that, as a form of social media, it is digital text, as opposed to print media ( printed or hard text). A blog is a separate medium, with its own set of codes & conventions. As a consequence, composing and reading a blog post requires different Media Literacy skills from print media ( such as magazine, journals, or newspapers)
A simple proof of this – print out a blog page or post. What becomes obvious is that the intended message (content) is disrupted and degraded. As Marshall McLuhan stated, the Medium is the Message. When you attempt to deliver the same message in different media, something in the message changes – the experiences of reading the novel or seeing a movie or serialized television adaptation are always different.
When we consider that the blog post is digital text, we quickly see that it can covey information that is lost when it is turned into a print media. The following examples of digital text convey information in a blog post, but they can not do so as print text.
Digital text allows the blog post to turn a wide range of other media into content. Print text can only use photographs and illustrations (separate media) as content. Another quality of digital text is that it can have Hypertext links. This extends the message’s depth and expands context. There are already 14 links in this post (they all open on separate tabs) that provide additional information and sources.
Frequent visitors to this blog will be aware that I take advantage of the range of media in many of my posts. When I provide links, I make sure that they open in their tab. I am fascinated by how reader activity shapes the hyperlinked selection of top posts & pages, modifying the visual impact of the blog.
A personal quirk of mine, is how I sometimes click likes on other bloggers’ posts. I will, on occasion, try to match up the images. My criteria includes source, colour or monochrome images, and type of art. This creates new context for the other bloggers’ compositions & blog posts.
The examples of Top Posts & Posts I Liked, are from Nov. 20, 2021. In effect, they are historical artifacts. This demonstrates another characteristic of digital text, it can be dynamic & change. You could visit the same blog post over any number of times, and find the extended contextual layout is different. Do these changes modify how a reader interprets the post?
One final consideration, I’ve noticed that the blog layout, with sidebars and footers, are best viewed on a desktop or laptop screen. The layout doesn’t work well on a tablet. I can not imagine reading a blog post on a phone screen. If the blog post is altered, depending on the type of device used, does that mean the message has been altered, in a similar manner, as if it was printed ? Would that mean that each digital device, even though they can carry the same social media, are in fact different ?
Hope you visit the links provided. Do you use these type links on your blogs? Do you use them when visiting other blogs ?
POSTS I LIKED
THE NEXT SENTENCE.
IN THE SKY
This found visual poem is a screen capture of recent BlogPosts I Like icons on my blog page. A principle of Mass Media is that Mass Media will turn other Mass Media & their content into new types of content, modifying/altering the context & the original intent/message. Collage is an art medium that makes use of this principle. The principle is a key component of Dadaist interpretation of culture, art, and popular Mass Media.
Below is a list of the original posts, so you can peruse the full images in their original context. The List is, in its own way, a found poem. Note that a couple of lengthy titles become individual stanzas in the sequence.
Found art happening in the moment.
Korean tourist jams
on a bass
with Romanian street musicians –
the sound of colourful leaves
dancing in a wind