Saturday, February 6, 2010
My Reflections on Reading "Windows and Mirrors"
After reading "Windows and Mirrors Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency," by Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromola, it became clear to me that over the years, the computer has become more than just a household appliance such as the microwave or blender. It is a very interactive tool in our daily lives, especially with the introduction of the world wide web in the early 1990's. Some people are almost getting their self worth and identity from their relationship with their computer. It has become an extension of ourselves, especially with the social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Now, instead of experiencing real life situations, the new generation of children are looking at life through virtual reality. For example, my nine year old goes to the internet each day to take care of her "Webkins" which are virtual stuffed animals, and she can interact with other children on that site. My four year old has set up a virtual friends on the "Wii," and competes with them. Finally, the authors examined works of digital art form the Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH. This was a fascinating aspect of the book, as it made me wonder are we looking at art or virtual reality, and was Neil Postman correct in his studies, "Are we just amusing ourselves to death?"