The computer screen is a frame separating two time/spaces, one real, the other unreal, virtual.
The three-dimensional space our attention is immersed in does not, in fact, exist. It is an illusion.
We ‘go to’, via browsers, but we go no where. We are tethered to the screen.
To experience what is on the other side of the screen, the body must remain still.
The 3-D object and the device may be highly mobile, but their users are not. They are highly immobile.
The medieval book was tethered to the table of the medieval library. Now we are tethered to an assortment of computer devices. We are held captive within the frame. (Lev Manovich ‘An Archaeology of a Computer Screen’)
Notice the tendency of people to photograph themselves, with their friends, at places, as if to provide evidence for themselves that they are there. A furious rush from place to place, as if in a desperate rush to accumulate evidence of their existence. ‘I was there. I have proof. Look, that’s me’. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
We ‘snap’ rather than experience. We spend less time looking at them. We could print them, but seldom do. This proof of our existence disappears when the device is turned off.
So many images, vacuous and emotionally blank. Cultural flotsam, signifying nothing.
The very act of shooting and consuming these images is a distraction. At a demonstration, professional photographers photograph demonstrators photographing them. Who is demonstrating? (Charlotte Raven)
We believe that none of this matters because we believe reading (texts, images) is purely a matter for the eyes and their vision. But this belief is mistaken. Reading, being, involves all the body; it is a multi-sensory activity.
It is the iPhone or the iPad that has the emotional experience, not us. These emotions are designed into them by ‘emotional designers‘.