Our Evolving Communicative Landscape & Twitter

A landscape defines as an area where all visible features of an area of countryside,urban or land are often considered for their aesthetic appeal (Google). Our idea of a landscape has evolved it has become aesthetically visual on many levels. Not only from visual imagery but a landscape of visual storytelling, an extension of our physical reality that extends virtually and is visualized and distributed tenfold. Twitter has demonstrated this. According to Leetaru, Wang, Cao, Padmanabhan & Shook the Mapping of the global Twitter heartbeat, Twitter, has grown to count nearly 3 % of the entire global population among its active users who have sent more than 170 billion 140 character messages ( Leetaru, Wang,Cao,Padmanabhan,Shook). Amazing statistics that confirm how our Communication Culture has evolved into visual storytelling: brief words with images that spread at the velocity of our current World’s heartbeat.

The textual geography of Twitter, its growth and impact has been significant it will be interesting to track which regions have the most influence on our global landscape overtime. Twitter’s basis of communication is around the broadcast communicative model which means users publish a public message to be read by all users of this service. These posts then can be publically communicated and referenced directly to other usernames and can be retweeted by other users. This connective extension between users and information is a fascinating model that demonstrates how little yet how interconnected we are. How our World’s communication is like a Visual  Art Museum where we find trends of Culture, Politics, Data,Society et al that contributes to our World’s heartbeat.

Works Cited:

Mapping the global heartbeat:The geography of Twitter by Kalev H.Leetaru,Shaowen Wang, Guofeng Cao, Anand Padmanabhan,Eric Shook.

First Monday, Volume 18, Number 5 – 6 May 2013

http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4366/3654doi:10.5210/fm.v18i5.4366

Extensions, Perceptions & McLuhan

Extensions,Perceptions and McLuhan

Perceptions and Extensions are fundamental to what the Visionary, Marshall McLuhan refers to when speaking about “the new electronic interdependence that recreates the World in the image of the global village” and “The medium is the message (McLuhan,1964).” What is Art then? McLuhan views, “Art is anything you can get away with (McLuhan, 1964).” So, in creating Art you need to see, discover and explore.  Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. Human beings are visual receptors with a set for sensory communication. Seeing establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, our language of communication, verbal, visual as we are sensory beings. We can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by an ever-pulsating HeArt, the World, since the time of McLuhan that HeArt has begun to pulsate even faster as technology advances and we as a Global Cultural Evolution(GCE) within this paradigm. The relationship between what we see and what we know is never settled. The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe/perceive. I would say we are always looking at the relationship between things and ourselves. The reciprocal nature of vision is more fundamental than that of spoken dialogue.

“Media as extensions of ourselves, Understanding Media the Extensions of Man, “It is the persistent theme of this book that all technologies are extensions of our physical and nervous systems to increase power and speed” and “Any extension, whether of skin, hand, or foot, affects the whole psychic and social complex. Some of the principal extensions, together with some of their psychic and social consequences, are studied in this book(McLuhan,1964).” These statements made me ponder how our World functions and my part within it. We as human beings are always moving forward as time never stands still but pushes us forward onto the new day. How we move through space and time and how every human being plays a role in this vast Universe, on planet Earth. The visual image that sparks an image in my mind are those images of time lapsed photography where you can view the movement of our world day in and day out the lines of energy traced and viewed from the satellites above are all proof of our interconnectedness. A key concern for McLuhan and one of mine too, what will the implications of this evolution towards the extension of the collective human consciousness be that is facilitated by electronic media? Will we remain humanly interested in others or do we just speed on through this technological fury? Do we need to slow down or push faster? Exploration and discovery are two components that we as human beings have utilized throughout history it is the lymph of humanity, the key is how to keep that ball rolling in a world of instant gratification and speed and stay focused?

Works Cited

Gordon, W. Terrance. ” Critical Reception to Understanding Media.” Understanding Media: The Extension of Man, Critical Edition. Ed. W. Terrance Gordon. Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press, 2003. 545-558.

McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interconnectedness

Human Agency

Human Agency / Personal Agency / Socio-Structural Components & Nature

 

Our UNIVERSE IS IMMENSE and full of mystery and I find Nature a source of inspiration and a place where I can research the beauty and chaos of Life. As Life is built upon opposites, for example, light/dark, cold/hot, create/destroy. I believe we are all Unique Individuals that can self-regulate, to adapt to our life styles and mechanisms, that allow us to freely flow and grow as unique individuals through observation and modeling. I believe everyone adds to our collective consciousness because we all derive from star dust, we can add our part to humanity and our immense Universe. For a while this thought has been the nucleus of my life, as what is it that forms my sense of personal gratification and I have deduced it is based on the questions we all embrace. The challenges of work, love and communal life that continually confront us, challenging us and compelling us to reach for the Stars. As a Master of Life once said, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of stardust (Carl Sagan,1980, Cosmos).”

PERSONAL UTOPIA, Oneness

To date we are living in a Taoist cyber-based society, an interconnected oneness. This catalyst is what brought to mind, how is it we can remain human? Creating a society built upon this cyber-based communication, that is virtual and often without direct human contact and the velocity of exchange of information. As in the Documentary film, “We Are Public,” Josh Harris illuminates the very many principals and socio-structural influences that can form and can influence the interaction of a socio-structural community and how it can be efficient, creative, full of growth but it then can become a basis for human destruction, again how opposites influence Life… In reflection, our living earth, the Nature of our Universe creates and destroys, birth and death are all components of our Universe and affect each one of us. Could we be preserved by the ailments of contemporary society, our interconnectedness through cyber-space, our community? This transport through space and time allows us to maintain contact throughout the world instantaneously. Does that create a bridge for growth or harm?

Human beings are multifaceted,

Their need of freedom,

Their call from Nature,

The pain and pleasure it bestows,

The dream to obtain perfection,

In space and time,

A union, a Oneness, to grow.

Harmony,

Music to form,

The shape,

Of Oneness.

The enigmatic Universe,

Relates itself to Man,

How vast but how small

We are Oneness with all.

 

Keywords:  Interconnectedness, Carl Sagan, Josh Harris, Albert Bandura, Nature, Human Agency

 

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