Conversation 3 of 3 From “Vacuuming and Digesting,” a fall conversation series at Yale about interactive design December 5, 2017, 1:00pm Yale School of Art, EIK (32 Edgewood Ave) ‘Attention’ Part 1. Social Networks Suggested reading: Laurel interviewed Charles Broskoski of Are.na Part 2. Ubiquity Suggested reading: The Coming Age of Calm Technology Speakers (in order of appearance): Laurel Schwulst (Critic), Dan Michaelson (Critic), Ayham Ghraowi (Fellow), Nilas Andersen (Graphic Design ’18), Bryce Wilner (Graphic Design ’18), Matt Wolff (Graphic Design ’18), Katelyn Spinelli (Graphic Design ’18)
The younger parents might have a healthier, conservative attitude towards media. And the kids themselves are better able to navigate that. That’s kind of how it goes, right?
In “The Coming Age of Calm Technology,” I love how they’re consciously referring to writing as a technology. It’s something so commonplace and unremarkable that we forget its impact on everyday life, it is so integrated.
I wonder about our responsibility with this information overload. Many of you are saying that you’re not getting good information—that is, you’re getting information you don’t care about. Do you feel like you have any sort of agency or autonomy in navigating that? You do, right? That’s the thing I think we’re trying to discuss. I hope we have responsibility to control that.
I care about this a lot. Today I got a new e cigarette and promised myself not to smoke it too much. I feel more and more especially these days that I need stronger responsibility and autonomy. I thought of it why and probably I've got into new society of Graphic design and got to learn and use different searching tools or methodologies I've never used before such as Are.na. I am using more and more network devices too. The point is that I am still given 24 hours a day. I am always curious and willing to settle down on new methodology but also having hard time letting past things go naturally. Therefore, the less commitment I put on each tool, the less responsibility I had. It was too personal haha.
Bryce: I think about this a lot, and how much of that is my responsibility to filter my experience with the help of computer-based tools.
A nice distillation that relates to one of our readings is the difference between the two major social media apps that I use the most—Twitter and Are.na. Every single day, I wonder why I’m still using Twitter, and every single day, I thank whoever my god is that Are.na is a thing. It’s nicely said in the interview, but it truly is powerful to see the things that you’re interested in—collecting them yourself and maybe with other people—and watch that accumulate over time. You begin to notice meaningful patterns. I’ve been on Are.na for five years now. That’s how much of my brain is on there, and I consult it every day for where to go next.