Disrecognized Space

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Publishing on the web: Everybody’s talking at the same time

All the news is bad
Is there any other kind?
And everybody’s talking at the same time. (Waits, 2011).

The rise of Web 2.0 and its collaborative, participative nature has changed publishing on the Web from something resembling traditional publishing and its presentation of static texts, into a space more closely resembling a public meeting place with its numerous voices. This change has also, in turn, led to traditional media making a similar transformation. These changes will be examined with specific reference to blogs and Twitter, and the ways these platforms can assist as well as confuse the conversation with a particular emphasis on Web 2.0’s emphasis on attention (and how to gain it).

The internet has allowed anyone connected to it to publish and make available across the distributed network anything of interest to them. Initially, this new form of publication closely resembled traditional forms: documents were static and distributed on a one to many basis. The author published these documents for delivery, generally, to an unknown audience.

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Web Publishing – Web presence consolidation

Changes were made to my blog to make it more a linked node rather than a stand-alone site and in order to present a more ‘professional’ image.

1) The major change was creating a new address with a title that better reflects a ‘space’ on the internet, but also a postmodernist space not specifically locatable, hence a ‘disrecognized’ space.
2) The blog theme was also updated. Dealing with the subject of minimalism I wanted a simple theme, but the original was too simple (and hyperlinks were difficult to distinguish). Having had the time to browse more themes I chose one that balanced simplicity with clarity of layout. I personalised it by utilising a Creative Commons licensed image which I tweaked (chosen because Silvereyes and Coral Trees are common in my location).
3) The tagline was replaced with a more serious one which also appears on my Twitter account, establishing a link between the two.
4) Categories were reduced to rationalise them and to delineate the difference between WordPress Categories and Tags, and tags were added to all posts. The chosen theme also highlights Categories more clearly.
5) The original blog had no links to indicate a wider web presence. The updated blog has a (brief, minimalist) blogroll, and my Twitter account has also been linked.

My original blog can be seen below.

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Eat. Consume. Die.

Consumer Confidence is regularly polled and is always a major news story. It is presented as an indicator of, alternately, political success and of how we are progressing as a nation or how badly we are teetering on the brink of becoming a third world country. Indeed, the same poll results can be reported as Home rates on hold, consumers positive while National disasters erode consumer confidence. Meanwhile, the soothsayers proclaim Retail to go from ‘bad to worse’. Continue reading

What’s in it for me?

The 100 Thing Challenge asks you to reduce the things in your life to a bare minimum. Why would you want to do this, and why should the Challenge be of any concern to you?The 100 Things Challenge can be an ideal way to reduce clutter in your life and in your house. Even if it just prompts you to get rid of all those old 8 track cartridges from the garage, it can give you more space and more control over your life.

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Why the 100 Thing Challenge?

As an ongoing topic for WEB206 (Web Publishing) I have chosen the 100 Thing Challenge, a subject which is of interest to me for a number of reasons.Some years ago my house was repeatedly burgled. The number of items stolen and the value was large, but there was also a sense of violation: my private space had been invaded, and things which had strong emotional value were taken. Furthermore, I was bemused and stunned by the total economic effect of burglary: it was not just the value of the items themselves, there was also the payment to various suppliers to replace the items, the time and cost to the insurance company and the police, the massively increased insurance premiums, the cost of upgrading home security (to a higher level after each burglary so that I felt I was living more and more in a prison), and the unknown economic turnaround from the selling of the stolen goods. Across every burglary Australia-wide I wondered just how much input crime had into Australian productivity. This was the initial prompt that made me think about the value of ‘things’, why we had them and what purpose(s) they served, but this also tied in with discussion around the same time concerning Affluenza, or the constant drive to consume more to satisfy some unsatisfiable desire to achieve pleasure through consumption.

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This is (not) me

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This image represents me in the electronic sphere. We like to think digital is ‘perfect’ (digital film is better than analogue, digital music is better than analogue) but digital hides as much as it reveals. Thus, my image reveals me and obscures me as it is mediated through the computer: taken by a webcam it displays inherent ambiguities in the technology. It is a performance (an aspect but not a totality) just as all social interactions. It is placed in space (real and electronic) but it is not located in any one place, just as electronic discourse is spaceless.