Monday, June 6, 2011

On the homogeneity of mediated experience

From Benjamin Barber's book, Consumed:

"Those seeking the sanctuary of electronic screens and headphones may imagine themselves seeking out the diversity of what is offered in games, films, music, and eluding the sameness of the outside world; yet bought electronic content is far more homogeneous and limiting than the actual pluralism of our natural life worlds, even if for some people it also feels more vivid and “real.” At their best, movies cannot be more heterogeneous and varied than the real worlds they aspire to capture.  All of Hollywood at its best is not the equal in variety or originality of a single summer day’s walk in a public park.

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