New Discoveries 09032015

Digital Identity clearly has a weighty, ever-increasing balloon of a definition. As the digital is infused into the everyday, the crossover between identity and digital identity narrows, hence the balloon, but does it / will it burst? At the same time, we could illustrate our actual identity in the same way. The more different experiences we have, the more it shifts. It is almost as if corporeal and digital identity are going through a state of reverse mitosis (although, thats obviously impossible).

As our everyday dependence on the digital increases, so does the tangibility of this phrase “digital identity”.

Discovery –

How often do you find something new on the internet? A video, article, clip, piece of information, image, link, etc. The likelihood, unless the example is grossly niche, is that the majority of elements you “discover” have been regurgitated through a number of people before hand. This sense of discovering something new is an exciting moment especially if it is in the box of what you would deem your passion. For example, a music lover discovering a new singer.

At the same time, the first port of call for understanding a new topic / subject is to go to the internet. Here, unlike in the library, lists of well catalogued, tried and tested, reviewed material can be found. It would be counter-productive to do anything else. This platform makes it very difficult for something new to be discovered. Then again, maybe a new discovery will never happen online, as it would have had to be posted first. Anyway, I’m wrongly comparing the internet as a space to that of the earth. When trekking through a cave, there is better potential for a new discovery, as the space’s composition is natural. If the path is uncharted, you could discover something completely new. On the internet, I feel that the endless potential connections from page to page and the vast quantity of these pages allow everyone to go on different paths. If this person were to consider using the internet and its surrounding technology as second nature, this path could be considered a sort of digital thinking process. Although what endpoint and all the stops along the way may not be new discoveries, the movement from link to link will be completely individual. This obviously depends on the depth of the search.

The Wikipedia Game: Pick a start and end point, these can be topics / people / places / anything on wikipedia, and see who can get from A to B in as few clicks possible. This idea gives an example of how the way we interact with information on the internet can help to explain our actual thinking process. The connections (clicks) we make will often differ from person to person. Obviously, within a technical, well studied topic, these connections will more probably be similar than if someone were to be looking up “dance music”. Music is a good example for this. Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, 8Tracks, MySpace, TuneIn, etc, all allow you to never have to listen to the same song ever again. There are so many options that if you wanted to, you could try to listen to it all, and die before its over. When somebody discovers new music, although many others will have already come across it, it comes with it a sense of validity and excitement.

“New Discoveries” is a terrible working title for a project looking into these false discoveries. This work is based on an LED and Arduino circuit that uses an ultrasonic sensor to allow the LEDs to brighten as the viewer approaches. This mimics the feeling of having a head torch or a lantern in front of you. It also aims to reflect a consumer technology’s user experience. Giving the audience power to see the narrative in the same way we open websites and apps.


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