This delightful Santa request came across my Facebook desktop and I had a good giggle but then it dawned upon me that this may be a significant semiotic cultural change.
The use of what could be regarded as metadata (but I may be wrong in that) is an insight into how future generations will represent knowledge and objects. It may not be much of a leap from using an ISBN but I think it may be. The realization that a child even if only in a limited way has associated codification of an object, a URN, and an assumption that an image on a Amazon screen is able to be represented and communicated in this way leads me down a strange path. I don’t yet understand what the underlying issue is here but something tells me as I study knowledge that this could be important. I need to think more on this.
I hope to post quotes every few weeks that I found meaningful and useful in my deliberations. Enjoy or ignore – your decision as with most things in life.
Pascal once said by way of an apology at the end of a long note written to a friend,
“I would have been briefer if I’d had more time.”
Some times, I feel this applies to myself as I try to get my limited mind around the complexities of the things I find interest in, such as the philosophy of knowledge and how we will manage it in the years to come.
PROVERB – Black Cat
“It is very difficult to find a black cat in a dark room,” warns an old proverb. “Especially when there is no cat.”
Reminds me sometimes of how our media, politicians and commentators often seek to create a story when sometimes there simply is not one to be had.
Creative mischief abounds like a black cat loose in the night!
Photo, tune, poem, drawing, sound, speech have many common elements. They are either a message from one intellect to another individual or group or a record of a real experience for personal or group recollection.
I think “intent” be it conscious or unconscious is inherent in every taken and transmitted image.
I remember being criticized for staging a nature photograph in a competition though I knew that many other exhibitors moved leaves, put honey on flowers, placed out of focus backgrounds to manipulate reality or complement colours in the picture element but the message from the judge was a valid one. You as the taker and transmitter of an image have an accountability to yourself as to the nature and intent of the message you seek to provide. It is no different from the telling of a story.
If you are presenting an image or story of how it really was or how you felt it should be then you assume a serious responsibility that every maker of story or image has to deal with. It’s neither good nor evil except in the truth or absence of truth represented in the story, the ‘meta-story’ and the presenters associated intent.
If the image stands alone then it is what it is and the observer takes accountability for how they interpret the image and the weight they apply to its ‘truthfulness’, however if the transmitter adds information around the image that is intentionally misleading or simply incorrect then the image and that information are inseparable and must be judged in its totality by the viewer.
Once the ‘truthfulness’ of the total presentation is dissected (if that is even possible and may take many years of analysis of situations and advances in technology) then the viewer has an opportunity to correct or confirm their interpretation. Interestingly the misinformation or the very act of being ‘untruthful’ with the image adds to the story being told in so many ways and forms the future understanding of where that message will live in the history of humanity and its role in shaping the tapestry of life.
If you add information to an image at any point along its distribution or presentation pathway then you take accountability for the truth you add to or take away from the image.
The image is what it is – it is we who make the story.