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Lacunae of the Interwebs

We’ve all had that experience where we think we’ve ‘discovered’ some cool/weird new trend online, only to be met with eye-rolling from friends and colleagues and the inevitable “ungh. that’s been around for ages.” I had that experience today, talking to my colleagues about ‘sweding’, after reading about it in one of WIRED’s blogs.

The term “sweding” comes from the Michel Gondry film, Be Kind Rewind (“sweding involves amateur filmmakers creating homespun homages to movies.” says the blog). People make deliberately low-tech versions of beloved films. It’s another great example of people connecting to deliberately lo-fi, anachronistic applications of technology. Sometimes, it’s a deliberate time-shifting, but in this case it’s more like a delight in ‘roughing things up’. What’s fascinating about that is that the same technologies that allow individuals to do things that formerly only professionals could do, are now being used precisely to make cultural products that are deliberately non-sophisticated (while at the same time, delighting in the inventiveness with which the homages are recreated).

Oh, and I got a new computer.

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There are 5 Comments to "Lacunae of the Interwebs"

  • Anonymous says:

    New computer? But what kind? Inquiring minds want to know…

    What kind, what OS?

    Why? What do you do with your old one?

  • Nora says:

    An iMac. I’ve been meaning to switch for ages, actually. It just took me a while to get my act together. The old one is going to a good home for someone else to use.

  • Anonymous says:

    It sounds like you need to make a “Switcher” video, or radio spot or something…

  • Nora says:

    Ha! It’s weird how the cult-of-mac people are all “you’ve stepped into the light” about it…

  • Anonymous says:

    Mmmmmm… Techo-cults…

    Fun to poke with a stick.

    Mac’s are cool. Don’t have one, not sure I would get one, but I can appreciate the appeal of them.

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