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Media Life 2009


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slideshow to introduce (in broad strokes) the key themes of my forthcoming book, titled "Media Life" (completion date: December 2010; publication date: 2011, contracted with Polity Press).

presentation file last update: 5 October 2009.

Published in: Technology, Business, Education
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Media Life 2009

  1. 1. media life: a life lived in media
  2. 2. <ul><li>the elements of media life </li></ul><ul><li>the context of media life </li></ul><ul><li>what we do in media life </li></ul><ul><li>experiencing love, sex and death in media life </li></ul><ul><li>the reality of media life </li></ul>
  3. 3. media and life
  4. 4. concurrent media exposure
  5. 5. media using is media making
  6. 6. lived experience is mediated experience
  7. 8. life in a “redactional” society
  8. 9. the media life context: rapid global urbanization
  9. 10. electric cities: otaku towns
  10. 11. walled cities yesterday
  11. 12. tomorrow: “invisible” walls, electronic access
  12. 13. gated communities
  13. 14. “ home” theaters and media “rooms”
  14. 15. extreme commuter societies
  15. 16. the car as a social network
  16. 17. communities on the go: networked individualism
  17. 18. endless self-(re-)presentations
  18. 19. “ the extent to which people use social networking and promote themselves online will become more important in determining their careers than what school or university they went to.”
  19. 20. “ If you don’t brand yourself, Google will brand you” in: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Branding Yourself
  20. 21. the Droste effect
  21. 25. … but is every version really the same?
  22. 26. … and if not, which one is (more) really you?
  23. 27. Love
  24. 32. “ Network is not community and communication not integration - both safely equipped as they are with ‘disconnection on demand’ devices” - Zygmunt Bauman
  25. 33. Sex
  26. 35. 10% of total search engine requests are porn-related 1% of total websites are pornographic
  27. 36. sex in media life: real?
  28. 37. “ 31 percent of people have had an online conversation that has led to in-person sex.” Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy (2006)
  29. 38. sex in media life: solo?
  30. 40. teledildonics
  31. 41. Death
  32. 43. Robert Dziekanski (2007)
  33. 44. Kevin Whitrick (2007)
  34. 45. Abraham Biggs (2008)
  35. 46. &quot;And if it is a joke it is not funny and nor is this an appropriate outlet for such a serious matter Time for us to move on.&quot; - Demi Moore
  36. 47. making sense of death
  37. 48. love sex death in media life
  38. 49. isolation?
  39. 50. or connection?
  40. 51. &quot;[I]n order to an individual to immerse herself in the virtual space, the big Other has to be there, more powerful than ever in the guise of cyberspace itself , this directly universalized form of sociality which enables us to be connected with the entire world while sitting alone in front of a screen&quot; - Slavoj Žižek
  41. 52. all together, all alone
  42. 53. so what is our reality in media life really like?
  43. 54. “ [W]e begin to become aware of just how much of our reality is open source and up for discussion.” - Douglas Rushkoff
  44. 56. The Matrix Truman Show Wikiality Panopticon collective individual closed open
  45. 57. option one: reality is an illusion
  46. 58. option two: reality is collaborative and consensual
  47. 59. option three: reality is panoptic
  48. 60. option four: reality is a delusion
  49. 61. INTERVIEWER Why do you feel that Truman’s never come close to discovering the true nature of his world? CHRISTOF We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented.
  50. 62. Plato, Matrix, “ True Man ”: missing the point
  51. 63. <ul><li>there is the sense that the ordinary is changed or different, and that there is particular significance in this </li></ul><ul><li>this is coupled with a searching for meaning </li></ul><ul><li>a profound alteration of subjective experience and of self-awareness, resulting in an unstable first-person perspective with varieties of depersonalization and derealization, disturbed sense of ownership, fluidity of the basic sense of identity, distortions of the stream of consciousness and experiences of disembodiment </li></ul>
  52. 65. Media Life 1.0