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    There have been a number of responses to my recents posts and here are some samples:


    I found it very interesting - There was an interview
    with the actress Rene Zellweger in today's
    paper and something she said caught my attention. When
    asked about privacy, fame and harassment - she said
    that while walking down the street people with
    cellphones will photograph her - without asking her
    permission - but, worst of all - without saying
    hello!!This relatively new technology exists but maybe
    at the expense of manners, freedom, privacy, etc. This
    could be the downside. It really has nothing to do
    with teaching and recognizing the new media - but it's
    an interesting issue touching on a paparazzi-like
    behaviour - whereby BEFORE this technology existed
    people would have stopped and maybe said hello (or
    asked for an autograph - how old-fashioned).

    The use today of people in far-away places where
    labour is cheap, or the technology exists - is
    something relatively new and fascinating. I know that
    when you call Montreal INFORMATION the person
    answering you is no longer sitting in Montreal but in
    INDIA.. Where once material and goods
    were outsourced - new technologies have now created a
    situation whereby customer service, telemarketing,and
    information services are outsourced. The changes may
    look subtle but they shift the power of the work force
    from place to place and create jobs for people in
    less-developped or poorer countries (and deprive jobs
    for those in the wealthier countries - such as

    All this has nothing to do with teaching new media and
    persuading higher learning institutions to extend
    their budgets for it - but it helps to prove how much
    there is to learn and what potentials are out there
    for people with good ideas who want to turn them into
    money-making ventures. We need to understand New Media from this perspective as well.


    Actually, every time I saw the phrase 'New Media' so far I have always had
    a tendency to immediately challenge the author. So far there has never been
    anyone who could successfully convince me that there was anything
    specifically newer - i.e. newer in a different sense - in the New Media now
    than in the New Media of the past.

    Your current contribution to thinking about this issue is the first one
    that forces me to recognize that, even though the media themselves (i.e.
    the technological tools) are as such not dramatically different, the
    complex environment of which both humans and the media are part has perhaps
    started to take on different properties. Neither the media nor the humans
    may any longer be what they used to be before that happened.


    Can the study of "boundaries" between disciplines become a field in itself, is this theory, or critical theory? How does theory (from arts and humanities) create tangible connections with the sciences?
    Curatorial disciplines can play an important role in helping us redefine the boundaries.

    Reader Comments (1)

    Challenging what "new media" really means is a good idea. I was at the Louvre yesterday and saw some 2000 year old email messages. It was reassuring to think that although aspects of new media are newish, it does have a history when is important to learn.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    As for boundaries, I tried discussing a few ideas in relating to the art/science boundary in this paper which I'd love to get some feedback on:

    I think humour and play is very important when working with boundaries and translating between two very different languages/systems of thought.
    October 16, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterIan Wojtowicz

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