Implied Spaces – Media Experiment

I tried  a little mass media-blogging experiment. As a consequence of playing with the blog system here are my present top posts.

The Needle on The Oil

Red Letters: Memories of You

Magazine Cover & Book Spine Poem: Traveling with The Dead

Corner Shot

The Dadaist Detective and the Curious Case of the Asemic Arsonist

Mail From the Borderlands: Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises?

All About Implied Spaces

Book Spine Poetry: Strange Doings

Broken Folklore: Glouyeinshire Tales

River Metamorphosis

 

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.

H BtAM

 

 

Those of you who remember the Ditto handouts in the classroom will recognize the blue text in these compositions created from scanography loose collage pieces. Finally clearing out left overs from years of teaching, brings back a host of memories and emotions – time has turned to past tense reveries, technology changes and crucial Mass Media becomes artifacts of another century ( Mass Media consumes & transforms other Mass Media into content ). For those of you too young to have experienced the blue/purple of a Ditto, here is a bit of historical background.

A spirit duplicator (also referred to as a Ditto machine in North America, Banda machine in the UK or Roneo in France and Australia) was a printing method invented in 1923 by Wilhelm Ritzerfeld and commonly used for much of the rest of the 20th century. The term “spirit duplicator” refers to the alcohols which were a major component of the solvents used as “inks” in these machines. The device coexisted alongside the mimeograph.

Spirit duplicators were used mainly by schools, churches, clubs, and other small organizations, such as in the production of fanzines, because of the limited number of copies one could make from an original, along with the low cost and correspondingly low quality of copying. ( See:  History of the Spirit Duplicator )

As secondary school teachers, my wife & I always had  a stack of ditto sheets ready to go at home to prepare handouts ( the eventual arrival of a photocopy machine made life considerably easier) . One day we came home to discover our dog and cat waiting for us. Dog sat happily wagging his tail with his very blue/purple tongue.  The cat was sitting daintily on the table top with her now lovely indigo paws. Shredded ditto sheets littered the floor. The dog was happy to see us, while the cat had an expression that seemed to say he did it, I tried to keep those papers from sliding off the table, but alas it could not be helped. 

Torn strips, blue letters

fallen to memory’s floor –

Time stains finger tips.

 

 

Ethel Walters sings “Am I Blue” recorded 1929. I can recall/hear my mother singing this one and she & my father dancing to the tune.  More tangential stains left by Time.

Alternative Realities: Mass Media Clues

 

 

Looking at Mass Media artifacts ( plays, book & movie titles, pop culture tag lines) through a Mandela Effect – Mandala Mirror, we find a list from an alternative history.

 

 

Titles

Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stoned ! – from the fantasy series by J.K.  Leary

For Whom The Bell Trolls  – historical novel about the Nordic Civil War by J. E. R. R. Hemingway

Prides & Prejudice – H. R. Haggard’s epic  verse novel about class structure and the British-Hungarian African Empire.  Haggard’s tragic hero, Lord Darcy Greystoke ( Tarzan of the Lions ), represents the African European identity at the crossroads of a new century.

Sons and Loafers  –  self help/autobiography by G. K. Chesterton about growing up in the family bakery business.

Oklahoma Crude !  – first Hollywood 3D Musical was directed by Carrie Fisher.  Fisher’s screenplay & triumphant adaptation of the beloved Broadway Musical by Lenny Bruce and Richard Rodgers started the new era of film musicals.

The Good, The Bad and The Bigly  – political thriller movie  directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Star Wars: The Last Deli –  the final  part of George Lucas’s Broadway musical trilogy about New York ‘s great Chefs.

The Maltese Trashcan ( The Age of Art Deco Noir 1920-1957 )  – art history text by Ivanka

Arsenic and Old Origami – Louis Armstrong’s ragtime operetta about the birth of the Civil Rights Movement & Trade Unions during the 1937 General Strikes led by the North Western Origami  Workers.

Hamlet, Prints of Cranes  –  Collodion Photography, Cyanotype Art & Poetry by Akira Kurosawa, translated from Japanese by William Shakespeare

 

 

Tag Lines, Phrases & Slogans

 

In Space no one can hear your WIFI Stream

Just Stew It

Frankly My Dear, I don’t give a Hydroelectric Dam

A Diamond is for Drilling

All the Chews that fit with Mint

The Seven Purple Sages of Man

Stray Palms and Carry On Ragtime

I’d walk a mile for a Caramel Malt Shake

Smelts in your mouth, not in your hands

Please Don’t Squeeze the Chairman

 

Blog Page Realities

 

 

 

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.