Watch as antiquated distribution begins to fail…

January 31, 2006 at 15:16 | Posted in communicative media, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In the wake of the increase in the ipod’s popularity we can expect to see massive changes in the distribution of our traditional forms of entertainment media.
With traditional media distribution it was necessary to actually package, manufacture, and transport the medium oin a palpable form: this creates an enormous amount of cost outside of the actual medium–the cost of transportation, manufacturing, and packaging probably exceed the cost of the cultivation of the medium to an exponential extent. With such a system in place the economy of most medium is less about the medium and more about it’s distribution, packaging, and manufacturing.

Enter the ipod. Although digital medium manifestations have been around for quite some time, they were never a part of mainstream American capitalism, which is where a good portion of the world’s technological/meida innovation comes from. It is inevitable that traditional distribution methods–broadcasts containing commercials wherein your desired programming is something you ‘tune in to,’ buying manufactured/distributed/packaged medium–will become antiquated rapidly. There is no reason to tune in to NBC on channel 4 or 5, when you can just download your favorite shows for $1.50 a piece. The implications of this situation fall hardest upon advertisers.

Advertisers are the only ones who are set to suffer in the new variations of medium distribution. With direct distribution enabled the broadcasters have far less cost to cover, and therefore do not need advertising to provide income; content is being sold directly to the viewer. In the antiquated system the possible viewer was posited as a leverage point through which boradcasters culled advertisers into paying them money in order to deliver advertisements to those possible viewers; those programs with a higher level of possible viewers demand more money. Now that distribution is direct broadcasters no longer have to worry about epitomizing their portfolio as the massive engagement of possible viewers.

Since broadcasters are no longer bound by massive possible users=more money=more programming, we can expect to see some changes in the broadcast medium; a program does not have to engage as many viewers in order to be profitable, thereby we can expect to see a massive diversification and hyper re-tribalization within this medium. As Marshall McLuhan described of the advent of the electronic age: with so much immediately available to the human population we move into a new realm of tribalization. As he phrases it this macrocosmic tribalization situates humans in a realm of factioning groups focused not around a single macrocosmic content-focused center, but focused around myriad microcosmic content-focused macrocosmically aware functioning centers. These microcosmic content-focused centers are to be the emerging specialized content emitters which will eventually become single-centered macrocosmic entities that faction into macrocosmically-aware microcosmic multi-centered factions.

More about unneccesary modifiers:

January 31, 2006 at 03:55 | Posted in communicative media | Leave a comment

Is there a difference between ‘helpful’ and ‘very helpful’? If by ‘very helpful’ one means helpful in the sense that no further help need be rendered, then this should be clarified in a manner not absconded into fruition with a single word. If by ‘helpful’ one means helpful, but not to a concluding extent, then one should clarify: “It was helpful to an extent, but it ultimately offered no conclusion.”

Clarification is the struggle, the triumph, and the death of the medium of language–wield it wisely.

Tucher Dunkel Weiss

January 31, 2006 at 03:48 | Posted in Beer | Leave a comment

This is a traditional german-style dark wheat beer. It has a relatively low flavor profile, but that’s not a bad thing. the body is medium–typical of a wheat beer. Overall I’d say the flavor has enough presence to accompany some heavier meals such as curries or meats, but I would recommend it for lighter versions of these fares. This was a satisfying beer, although I’m left feeling that it doesn’t measure up to the Julius Echter dunkel. I will drink this beer again, but it doesn’t make my ‘favorites’ list.

How to be great:

January 28, 2006 at 16:09 | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment

Find something that you’re no good at, and spend lots of time doing it.

About modifiers in conjunction with qualitative words:

January 28, 2006 at 15:50 | Posted in communicative media | 1 Comment

Perhaps I am alone in my disposition here, but some words are not suited for being modified. For instance, if you say you love someone isn’t that an absolute term? Is it possible to love one person more than another? Or, if someone is thoughtful can they really be very thoughtful?

It seems like modifiers in conjunction with qualitative statements have nothing to do with the words they’re used in conjunction with, rather they describe some affect of personal significance. When people say they love someone very much the modifier seems to signify an effort to convey personal significance. For instance:

I love my parents. Within the methods of human media (communication) there are no palpable methods for conveying emotional dispositions/values. The only way for me to express the fact that I love my parents is to say, “I love my parents,” (Obviously I could draw a picture, or use some other medium for communication, but they inevitably boil down to being conveyed through words). If I feel that words don’t sufficiently communicate my love for my parents I modify “I love my parents,” with something like very much: “I love my parents very much.” This modifier then gives the impression that I am better expressing my love of my parents.

The extra-expressive modifiers have no grammatic/textual value, only a perceived cultural value.

Using words without an awareness of their implications is a bad habit. I’m not attempting to say that I have concisely expressed the value of words here, I’m just attempting to provide some increment of awareness to act as a departure point for further investigation on the parts of people who use words.

If you’ve asked me, “What have you been up to?”

January 26, 2006 at 05:51 | Posted in Documentation of things | Leave a comment

One night–and the following afternoon–I drew on some sneakers; this is the sneakers:

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An often overlooked function of the mouth.

January 24, 2006 at 06:54 | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment

While we all know that the mouth is great for eating, kissing, talking, and envelope sealing there is one mouthal function that is often overlooked; spitting out food that you don’t like. That’s all.

Oh the flaws of the “Art Life”…

January 23, 2006 at 15:28 | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment

I’m watching a live sutdio television news report covering the celebration for MOCA’s (museum of contemporary art in miami) tenth birthday. They just spent no more than ten seconds talking about the artwork on display, and after four minutes they are still talking about the food and the party. It seems that this is the perfect metaphor for what the “Art world/life” actually is: art is about the “Big Party.”

Try and find a musical venue that is not a bar.

You’ve gotta love the Big Party.

Eminent Change performed Feb. 21st, but

January 23, 2006 at 14:10 | Posted in Performances/Exhibitions | 2 Comments

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Recent Beers

January 23, 2006 at 04:58 | Posted in Beer | Leave a comment

Unibroue Ephemere Ale (apple):

For those who don’t know Unibroue is an outstanding Belgian-style brewery in Quebec, that is owned by a Canadian rock-star. Their Ephermere ale comes in two varieties: Cassius, and Apple. The Apple was a light flavored beer with the fine carbonation that is present in most Unibroue beers. The beer is also seasoned with corriander, and curacao, but they play a minimal–if noticeable–role. The apple flavor is mostly in the bouquet, and makes an a ppearance as slight tinge in the finish. Overall this beer is light and refreshing. It doesn’t have enough body of flavor to stand on its own, so I recommend pairing it with light meals, although it does make a nice afternon beer.

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