New PDF release: I Read Where I Am: Exploring New Information Cultures

By Andrew Blauvelt (Author), Mieke Gerritzen (Editor), Geert Lovink (Editor), Minke Kampman (Editor)

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The paradigm of the mass media – press talks, masses listen – is replaced by something else: we all talk, albeit in small groups. Not the masses but the group – the clan – is the measure of the Internet. Us and our 287 friends. The word is subject to inflation. The decline in reading has little to do with that. It is a normative term. The hours we spend reading on the Internet do not appear in the statistics. Apparently, there is a difference between ‘high’ and ‘low’ words, just as there is between high and low culture.

The exhibition is absolutely not about prediction, but about asking 'what if', speculating, imagining, and even dreaming in order to encourage debate about the kind of technologically mediated world we wish to live in – hopefully, one that reflects the complex, troubled people we are, rather than the easily satisfied consumers and users we are supposed to be. Dunne and Raby is a design studio run by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby. Andrew Feenberg, [1991] 2002 Transforming Technology: A Critical Theory Revisited.

Information has become tactile. You don’t have to remember anything, you just look it up. Could it be that the average person (still) doesn’t like reading? Can you call what people do on Facebook and Twitter reading? Absorbing books and newspapers was something from which you traditionally became wiser, because unusual opinions, special thoughts, new developments, and fantasies were revealed. But there have always been good and bad books. Quality and pulp have always existed. We are info junkies.

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