Great to have some of your provocative and insightful comments on the
The story of your niece (very sorry to hear about her headaches -
ouch!) brings to mind many figures (both "mythological" and "real
life") for whom a particular gift comes with side-effects or other,
less desirable characteristics.
For me, learning has come most strongly from understanding the
attached downsides of one's own talents. I see the new media
innovations similarly, as a _pharmakon_, a medicine which can also be
poison. One of the things I find troublesome within new media
discourse, especially outside of the arts, is the lack of attention
to unintended consequences and a (distinctly Protestant) mythology of
progress and the value of remaking the world in one's own image. Maui
and the other great tricksters/new-media-artists (SunSnare 2.0
beta ;) ) remind me that to be an agent of change, for "the new"
isn't always for the best. But if it's who one is, then I think it's
important to be connected into the social environments that provide
some kind of "ground", or knowledge base that can test our proposed
futures with productive skepticism. As you ask, how do we know what's
better? It has to be tested against accumulated knowledge, rather
than just our self-selected material. I think it's that self-
conscious relationship between new and established infrastructure
(culture/knowledge) that opens up new spaces for people to work.
It's slow work. The new chattering to its own, well, that is not so
new, but more common.
Also on the contemporary mythologies question - I guess I think of
myths as narratives that explain the origins of the present. In that
sense the implicit juxtaposition of a spiritual time in the past
(inevitably if unintentionally bound to the indigenous) and a
contemporary context, maybe distracts attention from both the
mythologies at work in the technological everyday, and the
contemporaneity of all our stories.
OK, having just finished my coffee, let's call this a virtual coffee
catch-up in lieu of the more rewarding real thing :)
On 20/04/2006, at 12:36 AM, Lisa Reihana wrote:
The production of work can create new
developments, new forms. What is gained is knowledge - altered
knowledge? And I am talking here about content rather than technique.
What is lost we cannot know unless someone else who 'knows' tells us.
When we know are we better off? Are we better able to serve the
knowledge? If we disagree, do we continue with our own dogma. new
Devolution. Evolution. Revolution.!!!