Week 4’s Reading: Space

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Strangely, I quite enjoyed the writings of the first reading by Shaun Moore, realising that I myself was quite immersed in his findings of the media world and reality. The first phrase to leave a stark impression was ‘Public events now occur simultaneously, in two different places: the place of the event itself and that in which it is watched and heard – Broadcasting mediates between these two sites’. 

Of course being a really obvious statement – you would think that I would have already acknowledged this discovery, but having had analysed this phrase through different perspectives in both readings, I found myself nodding and at each discovery unconsciously exclaiming ‘That’s me!’

Of course with freedom to access the different forms of media that technology throws at you, it is easily understandable that sometimes one would forget exactly which world they are living in. Specifically as Moore notes, ‘broadcasting interrupts routine and intervene the normal flow of broadcasting and our lives’.  I can especially relate to this notion as I have many times found myself late at night eagerly sitting in front of my computer, finger poised anxiously on a button just for my weekly instalment of the world of Gossip Girl when really I should be sleeping.  Similarly, the same could be said about the virtual world, particularly the scary reality of the gaming world. Many a time, I have bore witness to my brother’s insane obsession for games, more specifically games that only requires one player.  On these occasions, I have noticed that he has carefully integrated his ‘life as a player’ with his ‘life as a human’.  During meals, sleep time, you can find him sprawled on the floor, eyes fixated on screen, hands clenched on to the console as he assumes the role of his other self, with the occasional protests of ‘Nooo!  I’ve died’.  Scarily enough, the media has created an illusion of ‘double spacing’ offering the consumer another realm to enter and ‘live’ in.

The media has created an illusion of ‘doubling space’ offering the consumer the ability to transcend the boundaries of physical settings and thus enter their own realm, in turn interrupting their daily routine.  I guess what is dangerous about this notion is that people tend to genuinely confuse the two worlds and they tend to immerse themselves in the one world more than they should the other.  

In the second reading by Hay, he stresses ardently communication and transportation or as he termed it, spatial materialism are interlinked to provide the consumer the option to transcend the barriers of space.  Our mobile phones in particular, are devices we use on a daily basis to ‘connect’ to others living in separate time frames from us.  Through this medium, we are able to stand anywhere in the physical world, be it a bus, or train and yet the possibilities of connecting to someone else where is made possible through ‘technologies auto mobility’.

It is important to note, while these different media will always intervene with our daily lives, we should always be able to differentiate however, what is real and what isn’t.

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One Response to “Week 4’s Reading: Space”

  1. emmanicole11 Says:

    Do you think that the media instead of interrupting our daily lives, is part of it and in a sense we revolve around media spaces?

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