Saturday, January 31, 2009
The closest thing to a solution so far, at least for TV networks, is probably Hulu.com. This is the FOX and NBC online site that allows you to watch movies, full episodes, and clips of many television shows with minimal advertising. I was surprised not to read about Hulu in the article, but then I saw that it was written before Hulu came around. I wonder what Garfield would have to say about Hulu…is it the missing link he was talking about? But does it compete with YouTube? There are also lots of other web-series out there. Maybe the evolution of mass media is the development of web TV networks? YouTube and the web-series could be compared to what TV was to radio when it first was invented. There are many original, interesting, and entertaining web-series out there. Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, created by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, that was immensely popular. The Guild, created by Felecia Day, is another example. The people who are creating series like these are at the forefront of the new mass media. It is my hunch that they are the people who advertisers should be paying attention to, and not YouTube.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Internet politics is very fascinating because copyrights seem very hard to protect once you've posted something and intellectual property is often too much hassle for those who want to attempt to live out their fantasies of "being a star" online.
The amount of control that a viewer has over their pandora radio station or the channels they subscribe to , even the firewalls that block advertisements, is much like a writing a self-directed curriculum. Internet advertising must compete with independent users who can choose to read or listen to an ad at their will unlike in TV, where you have to flip through channels to avoid commercials.
I would say that TV watching enables mental atrophy more than internet entertainment. What does seem unfair is the control over "spiders" that google and other search engines make you pay for.Monkeys are still somewhat of a mystery so please do not talk of their banana habits pejoratively ! The internet relatively speaking, has been one place where ownership is a bit more liberal , I hope google keeps it this way.
What a great article, it is amazing what a huge affect youtube.com has had across the world. I have to admit that I go on youtube.com to search for comedic video, old Saturday night live clips, new music, etc. Youtube.com is a great form of entertainment and definitely is competing with television. However, some television stations have sold into the online trend by allowing free episodes of their shows online a day after the episodes has premiered. Some even keep the entire season up so you do not have to buy the season in a store. There are advertisements in these free episodes but they are only 30 seconds long, which is a lot more tolerable than commercials on television. I actually prefer to watch television on my computer. I love youtube.com, I think Hurley had a great point saying that everyone wants to be famous and youtube.com is a great way for people to be recognized without the consequences of true fame. I feel that the online world is just beginning and large advertizing firms and television stations better learn how to incorporate “monkeyvision” into their business affairs.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Colman (2004), made me reconsider the art of obsolescence, which fuels the technological economy. If obsolete technologies could be reused for art objects, if they could be broken apart and examined , students could learn about the physical engineering of computers as an art object and recreate their own motors. Most internet users just know how to use it but have no idea about how it works and I think this habit of use without understanding could speak to the difference between internet art and art on the Net.
The reading uses a lot of buzz words relevant for education and perceptual reform like, decentralization, continuum, strategies and deconstruction. Some of the research from Alder and Alder and others was interesting. Particularly, the students who defined internet art as a funhouse where the interface wasn't didactic or clear like commercial websites. It made me think of discovery learning vs. passive learning within the interface of the internet. What is the main difference between the web and the internet?
I can only imagine the difficulty high school students might have understanding Internet art. Students now spend so much time on the Internet, and have such a strong idea of what the Internet is to them, and what its function is. It is not surprising to me that the students in this study had difficulties making sense of the Internet art that they viewed. I still have a hard time understanding some of these pieces.
This study was very interesting. I like how it introduced a new aspect of the Internet to the students. Internet art is foreign to many who are completely savvy in other areas of the Internet. It is interesting how one can navigate through a webpage with ease, but when it comes to navigating through Internet art, everything changes. This would most likely hold true with a majority of people – not only students.
At the end of the reading, the writer talks about what she could have done differently in presenting this study. I agree that time needs to be spent easing into the area of Internet art. Such as having discussions with students about what they use the Internet for and using that to transition into Internet art and its differences from web pages. Also, guiding the students and helping them make sense of some Internet art would greatly help in their understanding.
That said, I do think Internet art is a great topic to bring up during a lesson about designing web pages. Internet art tends to defy all conventions of web design and it’s important for students to be introduced to alternative design possibilities before getting stuck following web design conventions.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Art today includes everything.. There are no longer boarders, which define what is art and what is not art. I think post-post modernist art is primarily about thoughts and statements, however in my opinion this usually means that aesthetics are sacrificed. This is clearly the case for jodi.org and the art show. While the idea is interesting, I don't like the piece and I don't have much appreciation for Internet art. However my opinion is biased because I am an artist who is primarily a craftsperson. I use clay, which is one of the oldest art media known to man. For me one of my personal criteria for a good work of art is if has been well crafted, if something is just crafted by using a key board, I don't think that is art, but as I said before, anything goes in art these days.
My first issue with the article is Colman’s statement, “Recent use of Java and Flash does little to enhance the participatory and interactive character of the Internet; instead, it increases its allure as spectacle.” Spending years working in Flash, I can absolutely attest that this statement is false. There are so many more components and levels of interactivity that you can include using Flash and Java that absolutely cannot be achieved simply through the use of html. I find this statement somewhat ironic because from what I gather, Colman probably has little to no experience with these specific digital technologies. I am not necessarily advocating or implying that Flash and Java be used in all circumstances, but they should not be ruled out. Like any project, you need to think about the most effective approach and medium to produce your desired outcome or facilitate your expressive or exploratory experience.
Secondly, as a web/interactive designer, I disagree that informative “typical” websites cannot be considered art. In my opinion, unique approaches and the thoughtful consideration of information design, layout, and typography definitely employ the use of creativity. Colman includes one of her students’ definitions of art as being anything with a creative process or displays creativity regardless of the medium. Like many other forms of art, informational websites etc. pose a question which, when responded to thoughtfully can truly provide a unique “creative” experience for the viewer. (I do however realize that many websites are haphazardly thrown together and I would not consider these sites to be art…but that is a whole other issue that can be examined in depth…)
I do agree with some aspects of Colman’s suggested lesson plans; particularly the need for the lesson to introduce the students to ways of looking at, discussing, and critiquing the work they see online. She also mentions the need for sufficient time and “suspend[ing] certain expectations of the Web…” This is definitely both helpful and necessary when you want to explore a new medium with open-mindedness. In order to have a rich experience in viewing any form of art, the process cannot be rushed. Overall, I think when you are teaching technology course it is important to find a delicate balance between teaching methods for using software and having students employ what they have learned in a creative and thoughtful manner in their own artwork.
After looking at some of the works that are mentioned in the article, I do have an appreciation for the interactive quality of the works. If I were to introduce internet art to a class, I might ask the students to think of ways they could create non-digital art that incorporates some of the aspects of internet art. for example, how could you make a piece that was interactive and guided by the viewer? Again, I am not totally sold on internet art but I do think the medium and the concepts behind it provide a lot of interesting material to discuss with students.
I still feel that there is some sort of added interest based on the use of technology they are familiar and comfortable with. As the author states, there was likely a problem with the way the topic was introduced to the students. Some of the difficulty was caused more by a lack of familiarity with art criticism rather than with internet technology.
After reading Net.art and Net.pedagogy: Introducing Internet Art to the digital Art Curriculum I am left feeling slightly indifferent. I believe that everything in this world is art but I do not particularly enjoy internet art as I do other arts. When I went to Jodi.org I felt confused and angry like the author described the students in the case study. I think that this type of art could be very stimulating to people who know html and other similar programs but it is a bit too post modern for my tastes. I feel like I don’t get all of the humor, like I’m out of the loop.
I felt angry when the mother made her daughter erase her entire myspace. I think I was most upset that the mother had no idea that her daughter was so unhappy and felt so alienated and instead of trying to get to know her daughter she shut down her creative outlet. Teenagers are sexual beings and for the mother to deny that fact and dismiss the notion of educating her daughter seems ludicrous. The internet can be a very dangerous place but the mother should have became savvy enough with the machine before it was brought into their house, let alone allowed in her daughter’s bedroom.
Monday, January 26, 2009
my younger brother was bullied a lot in middle school, kids threatened to kill him, and he would come home crying everyday. he eventually had to change schools and from there his life spiraled downward and he has yet to bounce back. i honestly feel like the bullying he was a victim of was a major catalyst in his life and led him to make more and more bad choices in hopes of being accepted and having friends. i feel so lucky that despite all of the problems he was facing he did not do anything drastic like the boy in the film. my heart goes out to him and his family.
The term “Internet Art” was a new term that I learned by reading the article. I did not realize that website design would be part of “internet Art”; I would have thought it was a type of design. I guess it is understandable about when someone take a picture of their artwork and later put on their computer is a whole new medium. This would be where people tend to lose their copyrights on their own artwork. Since the internet is so easy to access, the person could just copy and paste the images on to their computer. They could add a dot or two and claim the image to be theirs. Similar to Duchamp’s “Mona Lisa”.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I didn't see the post about the change in assignments on here until right now as I was about to upload my self portrait from last week... I already re-interpreted the digital one from class instead...here's that and an old self portrait of myself I did as part of a series a couple years ago.
The portion of the article that resonated with me was under the heading, “Form and Function: Internet Art versus “Typical” Websites". The students’ confusion about internet art versus websites with a clear function sounded like a typical reaction from a student to a perplexing piece of Postmodern artwork. I think the debate of internet art may fall more appropriately under the art versus design distinction. I personally feel that while there may be defining characteristics between the two, design still falls under the category of art.
I am not nostalgic when it comes to the definition of art, and I believe that new genres should be acknowledged, explored and analyzed in an art classroom. The depth that the teacher goes into internet art should depend on whether it is a digital arts class or a general art class.
It seems to me that introducing Internet Art in a visual arts class, especially a technology class, makes complete sense. Introducing students to as many different art forms as possible is part of the job of an art educator. The fact that Internet Art is such a new art form makes it an especially interesting topic to introduce. It is not very often that a new art form is introduced, and being able to learn about a new art form, as it is being explored and debated, is a very rare opportunity for teacher and students. Not only will it enable the students to consider their own understanding of what art is, it requires students to reflect upon the Internet, as well as technology, and its use and meaning in their own lives. The Internet has become another aspect of life that students, and people in general, take for granted. People are used to using the Internet to get information almost instantly. It has become just another routine in daily life. Internet Art, like any other art form, makes you stop and think about what you are seeing and how you are interacting with it. Internet Art is another tool for teaching students to reflect on and understand what they see and experience.