Friday, November 12, 2010
the staff watched the birds in their eerie meditation
1) People have this weird idea that terrible, sensationalist media is a new thing. It's not. We've always been like this. The only reason it's worse now is because the news is literally a 24-hour medium. That's one thing I'd like to explore with this project - another is the jumble of progress, how innovation is never neat and orderly. It all comes crashing out at once and it takes years to properly make sense of it and apply any kind of discipline to its use.
2) With the rising importance of social media; people are being encouraged to "sell" themselves in an incredibly obvious way to others, and alter their identities based, in part, on similarly obvious public opinion. Not that people don't do this anyway in smaller, unconscious ways, but I think marketing oneself as a commodity just to engage in the public sphere is kinda dangerous for our culture longterm. Sadly, it's not a new concept by any means. It's just become more direct and focused with new technology.
Now, how I'm going to fit ANY of that into a western is beyond me, but by thunder, I'm going to try.