TBC: TBC in the age of
@davemee / TANDOT.co.uk / @MadLabUK
was going to talk about TBC in the age of ﬂux, not sure where to start though.
wikipediaʼs always a good one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tbc theyʼve deﬁned it for us
but then I came back it for a screenshot and it had changed
which is deﬁnitive? itʼs easy to say the most recent one, but my time of access decides which oneʼs right
itʼs like schrodingerʼs cat - i donʼt ﬁnd out the truth till I access it - access is the decider
Understanding Media: the extensions of man/Routledge Classics
now, i couldnʼt remember what i said i was talking about - I had to check the event website - and this reminds me of Marshall McLuhan
ʻtechnologies as extensions of the nervous systemʼ
and now we all externalise our knowledge - things we remember, how to do things - a critical skill is not learning per se, but knowing how to ﬁnd
someone elseʼs learning
hereʼs another dead guy - walter benjamin, a german intellectual and essayist. heʼs quite famous for an essay known - in english - as ʻthe work of
art in the age of mechanical reproductionʼ
# heʼs quite interested in the idea of ʻauraʼ, authenticity, which is lost in mass produced media
hereʼs a photograph of the making of itself - a metaphotograph. each step of mediation changes the meaning of the next step of the product,
leaves less ʻauraʼ and authenticity
so this is ʻthe ambassadorsʼ, a painting by hans holbein
... though actually, itʼs not. itʼs a photograph of it. and theyʼre not ambassadors, theyʼre a painting of ambassadors
and this is a photograph of a reproduction of it. a photograph of a reproduction of a painting of sketches of two ambassadors
so in a way, weʼve been messing with our idea of reality, memory and what is real for a long time.
elizabeth loftus planted false memories of seeing sylvester the cat at disneyland into people by describing the tactility of the experience. of
course, as a WB property this could not happen.
whatʼs this got to do with planning? decentralisation. these tools and technologies allow us to swap the referent for the reference - mobile phone
numbers, twitter accounts, identity theft. as we use these tools we create increasingly inauthentic connections. they donʼt connect us - they
connect abstractions of us
Wolfram Huke, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:JuergenHabermas_crop2.jpg
so when we organise and coordinate activity - as we increasingly do - through these devices, it creates a disconnect between us and our
outcomes. our communication isnʼt free, itʼs deﬁned by the mediums it passes through, and the nature and conditions of them
So when we have a great, but net-native communication environment like Twitter, where the brevity and limits are inherent parts of the
communication, weird stuff can happen. this is how the mikeyy virus was so successful - it was easy to impersonate people
Taken to an extreme - Taiwanese couple - here reported as a bosnian couple - ﬁle for divorce. their representationsʼ start ʻdatingʼ electronically
and only when they meet in the ﬂesh do they realise theyʼre already together.
but at the same time - this gives us a lot of power. we can constantly improve our knowledge, share learning and experiences, and respond in a
more timely and ﬂuid manner than ever before.
this is what scott did with his 20 versions of bladerunner. and in a way - tyrell too - a man who caused trouble with fake memories and abstracted
you know who else did this?
To be conﬁrmed.
so what have we learnt? Iʼm not really sure - itʼs yet to be conﬁrmed. but weʼre increasingly mediating our lives and memory through communal,
changing channels and it will be interesting to see where it goes - whether peak oil will not only make things more difﬁcult, but also render
us dumber as the supporting rug is pulled out under us.
Thanks for strolling
@davemee / @TANDOT / @MadLabUK