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Quaint Media and Today’s Memetic Ecology – Published

After months of thinking about and tracking down references and ideas, I’ve finished the report on quaint media vs transmedia, and along the way I pull together a fairly comprehensive summary of the current media landscape…  hopefully you’ll find value in this think piece, and perhaps leave a comment or two in response.  Here’s how it starts:

The struggle today is between this notion of traditional, even quaint, media and convergence culture’s interactive narrative across a transmedia platform built for modular exposure of storytelling elements. Quaint media then is media that remains tied into a single point of access – when I use the term quaint media, think painting, newspapers, radio, broadcast television, puppetry, theater, and film – although we can go all the way back to telegraph, printing press, cuneiform tablets, herms and other statuary if you’d like. More important to this report is the juxtaposition between quaint media and transmedia, a much more useful starting point than ‘new media’ and ‘old media’ that offers little beyond starting debates about where to draw a line between the two.

Read the complete text of this report over at SloppyUnruh.

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Quaint Media vs Emergent Media

despite being meaningful and insightful emergent media, as a term, can only go so far in enabling a comprehensive visualization of potential

trans-media narrative has been an obsession of mine, primarily because I’m developing a fiction through placement of ‘new media’ objects

perhaps the real issue is not the dynamic between traditional media (which allowed for convergence culture) and new media (which enabled academic recognition of convergence culture in action)

instead, the dynamic now and becoming more diffuse overtime seems to be that of quaint (or nostalgiac) media and emergent media – a media which has suffered far too long under the appelation of ‘social’

(part of this thought process resulted from reading this article)

quaint media abstract

When onboard a ship, or piloting by IFR, the staccato pulses of Morse’s binary language blip past at a socially subliminal volume – teasing one with the hint of mind’s eye theatre projected against a subconscious backdrop.  No media is dead – smoke signals hide lesser signifiers but are still laden with meaning – subtleties may likely should drop away, but the medium never subcumbs once it’s made manifest.  Recognizing the dwindling market and moving to embrace convergence prefigures a successful transition across narrative – although obviously there’s a deeper layer needing digging:

Quaint Media

or,

Why I Still Have A Record Player

(I’ll present full evidence of the theory as applied to social optimization over the next few weeks, the basis is more or less laid out already as a result of the focus I undertook on memetics)

article to come

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