Broken Light flows out –
Returns to the frame
Self reflection .
I tried a little mass media-blogging experiment. As a consequence of playing with the blog system here are my present top posts.
Some of these posts go back to 2014 ( I remember when that was once perceived as considerably far enough in the future to be a setting for a Speculative Fiction narrative), if you missed out on any of these, you may wish to take a look. For those of you who have seen the posts, I include some new compositions based on screen capture of a blog post ( pedalling faster ), scanography, and some digital photos of the family TV screen.
I also have a couple of questions about blog layouts and reading habits related to blog posts. I have included to a musical component to the blog to make the whole process of reading the blog more enjoyable.
Blogs include a range of components, depending of the content and intended target audience. Some of these components reflect the social media aspect of blogging. Besides likes and comments, many bloggers will include My Community, Recent comments, Top Posts & Pages, and Recent Posts Visited & Liked by the blogger. These specific components of a blog’s layout demonstrate the blogger’s activity in producing and interacting with the blogging community. It also provides a structure that invites/encourages others to participate in the shared social experience of blogging.
Further components enable a viewer to explore the blog based on related subjects by using Categories and Tags ( presented as lists/clouds ). The blog can also be explored through searches and an archival search/listing. The viewer can often interact through comments that go back a number of months or even years.
Pondering all this left me wondering about the effectiveness of these components. I also began considering how the expansion of digital devices has altered how blog posts are being accessed. Recently WordPress made changes to the Editor & Reader to accommodate a growing audience that are using digital tablets & phablets , as well as phones and laptops. Many were not happy with these changes, especially those “old school” desktop bloggers who found that the new touch-screen interfaces & layouts were less friendly when trying to use a desktop screen & keyboard. They also noticed that the Reader’s new layout, designed to be more friendly to a Touch-screen Tablet was more effective at presenting specific type of content – posts with more than three images and posts with longer pieces of prose text were presented more clearly.
This is actually an example of mass media technology subtly shifting into a new medium. It is subtle because the technological advances do not initially appear to either the creator/producer or the target audience to be a change in media; the changes are seen as enhancements, but still considered the same medium. Moving from radio to television is an obvious change from one medium to another, as is going from photography to cinematography. Changing from black and white to colour photography/cinematography/television is a change in media. Moving from a desktop screen to a hand held touch screen is technological enhancement that alters how the viewer interacts with the media content, therefore it is a change in the type of media delivering the content. When you change the medium, you alter the message.
So here are the questions I have been considering – I am hoping you will provide some feedback.
How many of these components do you include in your blog’s layout ? Why ?
Do you use any of these blog features when visiting other blogs ? Why ?
How are you accessing blogs such as mine ?
Are differences in digital devices influencing your consumption and production of blog content ?
Hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for any input you may provide.
So I happened to be looking at one/two of my earlier posts, Observed Encounter Between Water &Rock and I took a screen shot. Inspired by Ashley’s post, Abstract Square #1, I started manipulating the textures using a polished stone effect and a detail-stylizer effect. Ashley uses her camera-phone to take wonderful minimalist & surreal compositions of her surroundings, finding art in the odd corners of her environment. I looked at the constructed reality of the blog page and reimagined it as a physical surface and then framed these surfaces within the context of old photographic processes – they became digital representations of older types of photographs, that captured the constructed reality of digital images turning into a physical surface.
My screen-shot included icons from community members. Bloggers included here are Nia(private blog), Photobooth Journal, Harrienijland, A Nomad in Cyberspace, Slippery Edge ( art magazine), Jennspoint, Ananya Learns to Julley , Herman van Bon Photography , A Certain Line, – please note that there is one icon unidentified; I am unsure as to what blog is represented .
The whole process demonstrates the Mass Media Principle that I refer to as Necro-Media. Mass Media consumes itself. One form of Mass Media turns another into content. It may also attempt to imitate/emulate the codes & conventions of another medium.
Hope you found this experiment in re-combining Mass Media of interest. Clicking the links will let you access the other blogs in a new browser tab. Clicking the images will let you see them in larger detail.
Notes: Guess I have another excuse to sit in front of the computer screen – even less reason to leave the house as a warm front turns Boxing Day into a mix of contradictory precipitation, or perhaps a precipitation of contradictions. Ice pellets, drizzling fog, rain, freezing something or other, maybe even snow. So here is the latest exploration of the implied spaces of Mass Media. While looking at the new WordPress Reader Format, of which many have exclaimed , I noticed that if one looks at the post titles, Found Poetry can be discerned/imposed.
Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem() can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original. Examples of found poems can be seen in the work of Blaise Cendrars, David Antin, and Charles Reznikoff.
Each line in the above stanzas is a post title found on the Reader using the Photography Tag. The hyperlinked lines will open in a new tab revealing the original post ( make sure to visit all of them). The context and meaning of the stanzas are now inter-connected with the posts and the posts are likewise re-imagined in the poetic context . In some cases, the posts appeared directly after one another in the Reader. In other cases, some posts were skipped because they lacked titles ( impact of new Reader Format processing the original post – haven’t figured that one out yet ), others were very commercial or seemed to be multiple posts selling service/product. As a further challenge, I attempted to create visual compositions that are inspired by/reflect on the stanzas, thus expanding the visual context of the words and the original posts. If anyone else has experimented with this type of Found Poetry, Tag verse, I would be very interested in your process and finished product.
This is part of the incredible visual conversation between two bloggers, Ashley Scarlett ( Sydney Australia ) and Richard Guest ( London England ). Using the implied space of photography and a blog, they have created a new Mass Media form to explore meaning, communication and culture.
My response to the above image – a short allegorical faerie tale composed in the form of a haibun.
I talked about ancient ones to an old man at the end of his pain.
Not only the young people in an anxious dance is what I perceive here; I will gather up the tea of sorrow and read the leaves.
The thin grey dragon of fear slinked through the poisoned air, as the Great Orange Mouth proclaimed the huge Wall of Ignorance and Shame –
torn despair hangs high
above freedom, littering –
broken hearts and minds.