Seeing Ourselves Through Technology Chapter 3: Notes

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Key terms & Main ideas

  • metonyms: ‘this is a part of me’
  • Photomaton: ‘a system of psychoanalysis via image’
  • the photobooth curtain: ‘the curious combination of intimate, hidden space within a public setting’
  • Photobooth: Both gave and refused the subject the control over their own image
  • Profile pictures: change over time, don’t always show a face/can be a connection to a social or political cause, are not always taken by the person

Digital self/presentation is cumulative, not whole

 

Unorganized Notes

  • Digital self/presentation is cumulative, not whole
    • Each post consists of a micro-narrative, ‘never ending flow of fragments’
  • Artists and developers create to respond to the culture: artists are usually first
  • It has become technically trivial to create every day time lapse videos
    • Dailymugshot.com creates a software for this ‘genre’
  • Brown uses her daily pictures to break down stigma surrounding mental health
  • Most people who use the selfie medium are not aware of these predecessors
  • Profile pictures change over time, don’t always show a face/can be a connection to a social or political cause, are not always taken by the person
    • ie Kurdish flag
    • metonyms: ‘this is a part of me’
  • Photobooth made taking pictures fun
    • Photomaton: ‘a system of psychoanalysis via image’
    • Testing out of variations of yourself
    • Both gave and refused the subject the control over their own image
    • ‘the subject is caught in limbo between pose and natural stance’
    • ‘the curious combination of intimate, hidden space within a public setting’ is comparable to the private moment you take a picture to the moment you hit POST and it is public
  • Serials are much like diaries
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