Losing Control of the Narrative

 

 

 

Newspaper Exclusive – Constructing Reality.

News Update – Redefining Facts……..

Press Briefing – Redirecting the Smoke.

Losing Control of the Narrative –

Black Swan Press Release.

 

 

A pair of Black Swans –

contradictions arising

over deep waters.

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.

Asemic Cinema: Run-A-Way Bus

Welcome to the Asemic Cinema, where opening  shots& titles tell a different story from the one passing before your eyes. This week’s classic comes from a time & place that once was/will be.  It is a re-write of  The Runaway Bus (1954), a British Mystery-Comedy – please note that the sub-titles have been deconstructed to find alternative meaning.

 

Conversation finds

travellers seeking motion

commotion in lines.

 

The Test Commences

 

The Test commences now.

Please take time to read through

the text –

Fairy Tale of Conviction and Hope.

 

 

Remember the Test is Timed.

Carefully read all the questions – Over –

before you compose your Answers.

Take your Time.

 

Remember the Test is Timed.

The Test commences now.

Read all the questions Over

Time.

 

Time begins now.

Test time begins.

Once it is over,

Please note the time.

 

Fairy Tale of Conviction and Hope

Because they have not seen the latest morning sun, the lullaby of trees whispers through the open window. Two turtles dovetail in the clouds. Now this is laziness of metalipsis, not able to find their refreshing habits that are running through first breath of day.

Why you ask ? Ten years ago, a duplicator of spirits was seen in the shadows; a sorrowful multiplication of figures embedded in a dalliance of sweet minimal mimesis . Even now voices softly fade away on the shimmering pond of flowers. Sadly, there is a broken bird song resting in the delicate petals where the sunlight pollinates with soft pirouettes. The scent of melancholy rises up, mixes with hummingbirds and owls.

Like a melted metronome covered in metaphors and dragonflies, the stream in Spring sings and dances joyfully. There, carried by frantic splashes, the Machine churns dreams and octagons, pouring them into jade moulds. This device coexisted with the lovely Mime-to-graph, in the peaceful understanding that each shaped the message to suit medium and the intended audience.

 

As is with such mechanical co-operation, words mixed in a chorus of similes & sapphire epideictic envelopes. The flyers spread – carrying messages, leaving droppings on heads as they passed. The creases of headlines bleached out the insecurities of the day. None minded the turtles hanging in the clouds, laying eggs in shifting air currents, their shells covered in unsubstantiated statements.

So it came to pass that the destined pair walked through the channels of the towering buildings. Hand in hand they moved past wonders and marvels most only saw manifest in dreams. Iridescent vapour poured upward to the distant tops of the busy buildings, and still the young couple pushed onward towards the Plaza of Solace and Despair. 

Once there, they gathered up from the central fountain stirring echoes of the Minnesingers in glazed paratactic pitchers. With youthful certainty they moved on through empty crowds, dispensing conviction and hope stained with tears of happenstance. They are there still, watching the passing elephants sing to the blue blabber wrench fluttering in the City’s ceaseless breath.

 

A common dream is the Test/Exam. Unprepared, unsure memory, confusion and uncertainty fills the dreamer with anxiety.

Dreaming test – questions

certainty of what is real –

waking in time – hope…..

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.