Douglas/SAMSAMSAM - I was thinking in partiular about your statement that the show doesn't seem to have an end. A show with the premise of GAME OF THRONES has an implied ending -- that someone, probably the good guy,ends up becoming the true king, and ends up ushering in an era of peace and prosperity, etc. etc. And yet that doesn't seem to be the way GoT is going. The struggle is never going to end.
Also, a guy I used to work with in the 80s. I had to sit on my hands to stop myself from responding, "No, I don't have any cigarettes for you. I quit in 1991." Because the first thing that came to mind when I saw his name was that he NEVER had cigarettes. He was CONSTANTLY bumming htem from me. :)
Douglas/SAMSAMSAM - Depends on who the people are. There are one or two who I'm thrilled to be back in touch with. OTOH, there was one guy from college who got back in touch with me on Facebook and I thought, "Wow, I remember wondering in college whether he was a jerk and yet my own personality was too unformed to make a judgment. Now I know: He IS a jerk."
Douglas, you talked in your book about how present shock effects entertaintment. And then you talked in, I think, a follow-up interview about one of my current addictions, GAME OF THRONES, and how that relates to present shock. Can you expand on that a bit here please?
interesting about anomymity and rudeness. people who would never consider being rude to someone's face will often drive rudely. they often have a recognizable profile -- they will often buy a jacked-up truck and cut people off.
so do Internet asshats have a recognizable profile?
We see this kind of thing when dotcom comapnies get acquired. The founders put a deliriously happy message on their blogs. And who wouldn't be deliriously happy if their years of tireless work got a payoff making them fabulously wealthy? Then they conclude, "We'd like to thank the users who made this possible, and to show our gratitude toward those users, we're shutting down the service and leaving them high and dry."
SAMSAMSAM/Douglas - As you may recall, I was a Second Life enthusiast and now I'm more than a little skeptical. I think the Internet has moved in another direction. But Philip may be on to something that I'm not aware of. Virtual Worlds don't have a place in the Internet of 2013. But they did in 2006, and may again in 2020.
Interesting, SAMSAMSAM/Douglas. We don't really hear about the Internet being compared with a landscape -- or space or cyberspace -- much anymore. Which isn't to say that the metaphor has become invalid.
Kim, that has also been the case in the US up until the advent of cable in the 1980s and even with cable, was mostly the case into the early 21st century. Only with the almost ubiquitous access to broadband has that changed.
The lack of social coherence is a return to something resembling historical norms. Before mass media, entertainment consisted of live performances, which don't scale to a national level. All culture was local.
I think shared media events did promote a sense of community. I still remember when the UK had two TV and three radio channels. A popular show, everyone in the country would be tuned in at the same time, and talking about it. I think it did something for social coherence.
We were talking about social media and the news, and TV falling down when reporting on Nothing Much Happening. That's where I find Twitter superior. In a situation where there are only one or two facts known for a long time, you can keep one eye on Twitter and go on about your business.
That's another question about the now -- has it aided in the plintering of popular entertainment? Before it would take a long time and a centralized system to make a musical act popular enought to make a living. Now it takes just enough people tweeting about it. (Or being picked up for use in an Apple commercial.)
There was a science fiction novel by Dune author Frank Herbert called "Whipping Star" that proposed the idea that computerization made decision making so fast that the government had a Bureau of Sabotage to slow down government from make rash legislation. Patriot Act, anyone?
@aum007, I feel lucky in that the local network that covers the Red Sox has game-time sportscasters that have no problem with minutes of silence while we all watch the game. Give me 1 minute of meaningful context comment and 14 minutes of silence over 15 minutes of mindless repetition.
I think the problem is the talking head, Kim. We need a new model in which it is OK for anchors to be silent. This isn't radio, folks, it is video. (Well, THIS is radio, I mean the television news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing)
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