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FUCK! #46 [Sep. 20th, 2007|02:47 am]
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2007-09-20 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hm... I tend to think that our present, archaic computer interface has kind of blinkered us into creating this false-dichotomy between "real life" and "digital," wherein we are able to perceive a clear delineation between the two. My view is that the universe in its totality is computational, and so the different forms matter takes on are merely variations of expression.

When I say I want to read comics on my watch, that doesn't necessarily mean the "screen" is going to be the size of my watch's face. Rather, I'd like to have access to all the comic books in the world, loadable from my watch, perhaps in a tangible, paper-like HUD interface that disappears when I'm not using it. At the very least, ubiquitous digital paper that is visually and tactiley indistinguishable from pulp (only, you know, networked) is not only conceivable but probably only a few years away.

Scarcity for me is not romantic. I look forward to the nano-powered book that folds into a sugar cube but can expand into a six-foot, baroque, Chris-Ware-designed construction that blocks my living room window.

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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2007-09-20 08:09 pm (UTC)
And can be shipped as an e-mail attachment or SMS message.
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2007-09-20 08:09 pm (UTC)
And smells like spring time, or my wife.
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2007-09-20 08:09 pm (UTC)
after a shower
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[User Picture]From: kaipfeiffer
2007-09-20 08:22 pm (UTC)
we definitely are gonna see some stuff that can now only be approximately imagined. the computer interfaces we have to date are way to limited to seemlessly integrate the digital realm into our gestures. the digital experience is still an abstraction and imitation of the physical world, and only lives in machines that are part of the physical world. it still is a virtual, coded reality. like/as a text. or a drawing.
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2007-09-20 08:41 pm (UTC)
I think the objectification of comics as relic is interesting, and to some extent fun, but I really don't think it can sustain the medium. It seems like going backwards. It's certainly no way to expand the readership! With the Internet, comics are freed for the first time from the economics of paper. I think it's no coincidence that the medium is legitimizing itself at the same time. I really think the form is moving towards the work itself existing as an entity entirely separate from its physical manifestations. Whereas in the past you'd have the crappy paper and 4-color printing contributing nearly as much definition to the experience as the work itself.

This is not at all to disparage all the great stuff that is happening in art comics right now. It's just that I think ultimately it's a short-run development. The resource scarcity will necessarily limit the expansion of this kind of material. As the publishing industry in general recedes from pulp it will make this kind of thing even more rarefied. Paper is already expensive, but we all benefit from the economies of scale that may rapidly disappear as more mass-media publications move into the digital realm.
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