Windows and Mirrors is filled with multiple ideals discussing the relationship between technological advancement and users’ dependence on information.
Bolter and Gromala present a thorough examination of the influence exerted on the public when surrounded by a continuous incorporation of tools. The authors analyze various innovative practices which are developed to serve the public’s needs while creating an endless appetite for consumption. The modification of media has been a steady process of encouraging people to “find themselves through the tools they use.”
The examples of the artistic expressions were inspired by the effort to make the audience part of the experience of receiving and processing information. The unsettling ways in which artists interpreted the world generate an eccentric, yet concerning, view of how much reality has been manipulated digitally. Change cannot be avoided, however, the excessive alteration of the physical world is distressing.
The medium is indeed the message, but what medium are we talking about? The collection of numerous applications into one single device may bring one to wonder what that message may be. How can the message be interpreted when the medium cannot be defined?
Margaret M. Roidi