Remediation

The ipod touch is a good example of remediation on so many levels. We can look at it as a device that plays music.  First there was a phonograph, later on there were boomboxes, then came along the walkman,  next came the cd player and finally there came the grand daddy of them all the mp3 player.  The ipod touch does the same thing that its ancestors have done which is play music.  But now I can personalize my music by making playlist. I can make playlist for my work out, or when I break up with someone, or when I’m just brushing my teeth. My  music can go anywhere. I do not need to buy the entire album if I only like on song off of it. I am my own personalized dj and I can access the joy of music easily.

We can even look at the ipod as a remediation upon itself. The Apple company has made digital media in general more portable and easier to navigate. It makes it easy for someone to be connected all the time. The couple of first generation ipod’s only played music and had a couple of old school arcade games. Now, the latest versions of the ipod brand can play music, and 3d games, videos, and they can connect to the web.  Technology has come a long way.

We have the classic ipods:

We have the ipod mini’s:

We have the ipod nano’s:

We have the ipod shuffle:

Now we have the ipod touch:

Conclusion: Remediation = big business

Even  though remediation promises us hypermediacy and immediacy which in turn will equal a better future for us with a ton of doors of possibilities we have to think what are we losing and is it worth? We live in a time were can be always connected. Sooner or later we will lose the ability to think for ourselves and turn to google for all of our answers in life?

Three questions about remediation:

If the technology in the future were to be as advance as “the wire” like in the film Strange Days do you think it will be the possibilities would ultimately be good or bad for humanity ?

Can someone interpret this line in their own words: “The transparent interface is one more manifestation of the need to deny the mediated character of digital technology altogether.” p.g 24

The author states that immediacy cannot happen without hypermediacy, do you believe this to be true?

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