Blog Codes & Conventions – an implied space

Top Posts

misty rain at the lake

asemic postcard 125

The Sage Steampunk Dadaist Pontificates

dadaist collage poem 46

Muse in the Night – Snowy Pagan Museum

asemic snapshots 126 & 128

fibku blue sky reflects

oven pan abstracts 94qb – 94qbt

asemic snapshots – Dakota & Natasha

oven pan abstracts 95qb~qbt~qbv

 

 

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.

Huggin’ The Keys

 

    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

Door Handle Art  Laurie Freitag Urban Jungle

Brick      Woman No. 5 and Other Nude Art (Collages)

bodily maps      art from Wednesday Studio

autumn composition 2021 7  nailed it again

explosion    recycled doors

thursday doors cordoba    thursday doors 111121

colourful doors of Mexico   Art of Pablo Picasso

Nils-Ole Lund: Collage Artist    Collage Poem Art – Imagine

 

 

Asemic Postcard 105

Governor DeSantis ~

A few observations based on recent events ~ I wonder if the floor is raging every day – the heterosporous tatter is getting dirty, but even though I derail it claustrophobicly, by day’s end, it thins with ire. It has not been so rage-worn for years, so many troubles have accumulated – maybe a ruffianly feathered misfeasor will take flight at penumbra. It looks like a chamferer moth wing to clean the room is needed. Alas, it will go Garbo, like a slow fire burning in staccato. By the way, I think the sawed flesh has also fallen, an unsubstantiated chasm.

Two birds with one stone ~

an unsearchable spireme.

~ Mistress Manatee of The Alluvial Plain & the Higher Realities

 

Note: The absurdist prose poem actually began as a translation of a Tweet from a Japanese photographer.  I think it was about cleaning floors & polishing them with a cloth. I may be wrong, Google Translate seemed to have problems with idiomatic expression.

Using a random word generator, and a few phrases grabbed from some online articles, I reconstructed the passage.  When considering the recipient of this absurdist  missive, current events in part of America came to mind.

Take care and stay safe – try not to overheat your brain when perusing the news.

collage 13

More is the whole than a part: but half is more than the whole:

Clearly, The soul is the body: but is not the body the soul?

 

One and two are not one: but one and nothing is two:

Truth can hardly be false, if falsehood cannot be true.

 

Once the mastodon was: pterodactyls were common as cocks:

Then mammoth was God: now is He a prize Ox.

 

Parallel all things are: yet many of these are askew:

You are certainly I: but certainly I am not you.

 

 

from:  The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell

 by Swinburne, Algernon Charles   1870