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So, this reading immediately took me back to my childhood and all the films my mom liked to watch. I watched them by proxy much like I listened to Reba McEntire and watched endless hours of The Golden Girls and The Nanny. Anyway, on page 211 I started humming 9 to 5. It’s a pretty terrible song, and after some searching, I found the movie the song is featured in ala Dolly Parton.

Note the power dressing circa 1980 and oddly inserted window into the studio session with a scantily dressed Dolly Parton.

This reading got me thinking of movies as windows into culture and time periods. I like to do this activity for home movies, too. But to the point, this idea of the technological self is really intriguing as we externalize our identity, but it is very much shaped by the medium. How is the current technological age affecting our day to day appearances and identities? I read an article in the Economist today talking about the underwear language. that cited an article discussing how texting is shaping spoken Swiss German, so much so that the dialect is nearly unintelligible to German speakers. There is a process of shaping and being shaped here, and I am sure people better equipped with knowledge than myself have discussed it.

One more line of thought this reading provoked was the idea of the cultural development of visual language and how since we have this recorded medium, we can nearly watch the evolution and development unfold through different contexts of use. I kind of imagine different types of ‘power dressers’ all hanging around together and grouping themselves so the patterns emerge. Concerning this idea and relating it back to my area of interest, Info Vis, this language is developing and is observable. I’m thinking of historical and situational contexts of use for instance with pie charts. Pie charts have become over-used and misused so that the community rejects them. However, they didn’t start out so hated (insert history lesson here). Maps have different contexts of use that have evolved over time starting with literal navigation purposes, to then being re-appropriated to navigate abstracts fields of thought. This is rough, but I just wanted to share some of my musings inspired by the reading. I’m sure they will get revisited soon.