Archive | July, 2014

Groupthink in Beta

I incorrectly assumed that the feedback portion of this assignment was supposed to be on the blog of whom we were reviewing. Guess I should read directions better (oops!) I commented on ifrahansari88’s blog and Lina Ibrahim’s blog. However I’ll summarize my thoughts thoughts on each of their blogs. I thought that the point of ifrahnasari88’s beta […]

A Vector

This quote (more like a paragraph) was entirely too long to post to twitter. Here it is in it’s (almost) entirety, from McLuhan’s The Medium Is the Message. “General David Sarnoff made this statement: ‘We are too prone to make technological instruments the scapegoats for the sins of those who wield them. The products of modern […]

My Inquiry

Here is my Inquiry Project thus far. I have outlined the general flow of my argument on paper, and I feel more confident with the direction that I’m heading now that I’m actually writing. The end result is still up in the air, but I think I’ve got it all in my head now. I’ve […]

Sharpening My Tools

Works Cited Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulation. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan, 1994. BConradWilliams. Web. 20 July 2014. <>. Benjamin, Walter. Works of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. N.p.: Schocken/Random House, 1936. Print. Berger, John. “Ways of Seeing/Episode 1.” Ways of Seeing. Prod. Mike Dibb. BBC. 1972. Television. Engelbart, Doug C. Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. Rep. […]

Some Assembly Required

Artie, Vierkant’s The Image Object Post-Internet. The primary claim I will be using is that art (and images) are now undergoing continuous iconoclasm and reformation. Imagery is in a constant state of flux at the hands of users everywhere. However the nature of mass media is now profoundly different, in that we are both its subject […]

Real Estate/Interior Design

Wikispaces seemed like a suitable place to house my inquiry project for several reasons. It’s designed to be spread out over multiple articles, similar to my PYLON series of posts which were fun to do. Additionally it’s expandable and modular, which suits my topic well. I’m going to be spreading out over a lot of […]

Investigators Assemble

On the subject of image reproduction in a mass-media culture, there is no friendlier, more thoughtful source than the video by John Berger Ways of Seeing; it’s designed to inform someone who isn’t aware of the dialogue started by Walter Benjamin. With Berger’s words in mind, Benjamin is the best follow-up to expand on the thoughts; as […]

Filling My Toolbox

Doug Engelbart’s Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib/Dream Machines Alan Kay’s Personal Dynamic Media Marshal McLuhan’s Understanding Media Artie Vierkant’s The Image Object Post-Internet Walter Benjamin’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction John Berger’s Ways of Seeing: Episode 1 Jean Baudrillard’s Simulations and Simulacra  

Possible Relations

Somewhere I once read a quote that went along the lines of “You haven’t thought anything until you write it down.” I’m grossly paraphrasing, but the idea is there. Over the course of this project this has become truer; my concept experience was helpful in that writing forced me to concreteness. I feel more assured […]


From a short .pdf on Visual Culture by Nicholas Mirzoeff Visual culture is concerned with visual events in which information, meaning or pleasure is ought by the consumer in an interface with visual technology… from oil painting to television and the Internet. The text goes on to explain how Postmodernism is intrinsically tied to visual […]

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