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Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, The Humanities in the Digital Era. http digithum uoc edu, Presentation, From the digitization of culture. to digital culture, Pau Alsina, Lecturer Arts and Humanities Department UOC. palsinag uoc edu, Date submitted April 2010, Date accepted April 2010. Date published May 2010, Definitions of many kinds have been generated throughout his culture itself does it really need specific treatment depending on.
tory and by many disciplines for the broad term culture These its underlying material substrates Or does digital culture refer to. definitions fall into two basic groups First there is the humanistic a modus operandi and a specific essence that confers culture with. concept of culture which views culture as referring to all kinds of additional properties If so what is digital culture And more to. cultural productions including arts such as literature music and the point given that so many areas of human action have been. the visual and performing arts Then there is the anthropological digitized and that the frontiers between the digitization of culture. concept of culture which understands culture to be any human and digital culture are melting away does it make any sense to. manifestation and the product of a specific way of living feeling study the part without considering the whole . and doing Since information and communication technologies ICTs . Today these two basic concepts with their many spinoffs and came into our lives they have inspired technophiles and tech . offshoots are juxtaposed in theoretical and practical discussions nophobes utopias and dystopias of all kinds In the long history. of all kinds causing a certain degree of confusion debate and of humankind there have been fervent defenders of the inherent. conflict in culture strategy plans state support programmes and benefits of new technologies that offered the potential to change. subsidies action plans of culture centres art institutions cultural many of the foundations of culture and so develop a new cultural. festivals etc Culture as a term is difficult to define contain or paradigm As for the ICTs they have many detractors who are. confine it aims to embrace all reality in a failed attempt to bring critical of their alleged benefits and who fail to see technological. it into an all encompassing and universal culture innovation as an agent for structural change or that the ICTs have. If rather than a fixed set of practices and interpretations anything new to contribute to an already consolidated culture. we understand culture to be a process in which meanings are and society . produced and exchanged in other words a process in which Since the advent of the ICTs there have been fervently opti . meanings are appropriated negotiated and contrasted then mistic discourses associated with their impact on culture They are. culture is clearly a dynamic process rather than an immutable conceived as essentially democratizing and as devoid of power and. essence Culture when understood as a dynamic system with control as the result of their allegedly non hierarchical horizontal . flows of people information and products adopts different forms ity Recall the unrealistic expectations regarding e commerce in. in response to dynamic models of the relationships between indi the early internet years and more recently regarding the partici . viduals societies and territories patory dynamics of the all encompassing web 2 0 consider the. The term digital culture sits uneasily within the inherent dyna expectations generated by the potential of computer simulation. mism of culture as it restricts and delimits something as free and and calculation in the context of virtual reality substituting for. open as we understand culture to be Does digital culture have physical presence the exaggerated claims regarding developments. a set of specific distinguishing characteristics of its own Should in artificial intelligence and experiments with artificial life repro . digital culture be treated separately from the rest of culture And ducing the properties of what we understand to be life Today. Digithum no 12 May 2010 ISSN 1575 2275 A scientific e journal published by the Arts and Humanities Department. Pau AlsinaBorges S iz, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. The Humanities in the Digital Era, http digithum uoc edu From the digitization of culture to digital culture. we can up or down grade many such expectations generated Charlie Gere from Lancaster University in the United King . in the early years of the development of digital culture and dom discusses some of the implications of the changes brought. likewise with the influence of the ICTs on culture given how about by digital technologies in relation to the concepts of subject . the potential attached to the imaginary of the digital compares consumer and community Derrick de Kerckhove director of the. with the effectiveness of the real McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of. Many kinds of technophiles and technophobes technological Toronto reflects on changes in the relationship between passive. utopias and dystopias have arisen in response to the different types spectators and active participants in the mass popularization of. of technologies prevailing at particular times in history Adopting the three dimensional technologies and in connection with the. a stance that is neither fatalistically pessimistic nor exacerbatedly imaginary associated with virtual reality . optimistic however today we can state in view of the knowl From Naples the academic Tiziana Terranova contrasts certain. edge gained from our experience with ICTs in recent years that key concepts of the political economy of culture questioning the. ICTs have undoubtedly brought and are bringing about significant alternative nature of new forms of cooperative social production. changes in our sociocultural context We are thus in a position to associated with the specific contributions of digital culture and. draw a sufficiently realistic picture of the transformations currently exploring how this cooperation may offer a real alternative to. under way in culture and society the logic of the competition based market as the basis for new. This dossier aims to provide a multifaceted view and a number forms of production From S o Paulo Rodrigo Savazoni shares. of perspectives on what has been termed digital culture and on his thoughts and experiences regarding participatory dynamics. the impact of the digital technologies in the field of culture in its in the Brazilian Digital Culture Forum positing the existence of. broadest sense It contains contributions from leading theorists a close tie between democracy innovation and digital culture . and activists involved in the development and analysis of digital Finally Aleksandra Uzelak from Zagreb describes the potential of. culture Coming from different parts of the world they depart digital technologies for the culture sector and argues for the need. from the local yet offer a global vision of digital culture to seek ways to properly fulfil that potential . Digithum no 12 May 2010 ISSN 1575 2275 A scientific e journal published by the Arts and Humanities Department. Pau Alsina, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, The Humanities in the Digital Era. http digithum uoc edu, From the digitization of culture to digital culture. Some thoughts on Digital Culture , Charlie Gere, Head of the Department of Media .
Film and Cultural Studies , Lancaster University UK . c gere lancaster ac uk, Submission date April 2010. Accepted date April 2010, Published in May 2010, This essay considers some of the implications of the momentous changes being brought about by new digital technologies particularly. in relation to conceptions of the subject the consumer and community . web 2 0 digital culture internet of things, Algunes reflexions sobre la cultura digital. Aquest article examina algunes de les implicacions dels transcendentals canvis que comporten les noves tecnologies digitals sobretot. amb relaci a les concepcions del subjecte el consumidor i la comunitat . Paraules clau, web 2 0 cultura digital internet dels objectes.
One of the concomitants of our current digital culture is the sense more rapid technological change and development than in all of. of rapid change It is the increasingly rapid development and previous human history . complexity of technology that is making things change so rapidly One of the results of this accelerating rate of growth is that. Our technologies are always in the process of changing us and it is increasingly hard if not impossible for us to fully grasp what. our relationship with our environment The difference is the rate is going on Though most of us are aware of other technologi . at which this change is taking place For the first few million cal developments and issues for example questions of nuclear. years of hominoid and human tool use change would have been power and nuclear weaponry industrial production and its effects. more or less imperceptible Then within the last twenty to thirty on the environment diminishing energy reserves and the search. thousand years developments started to pick up pace By the for renewable and sustainable sources of energy our most vivid. time we arrive at the modern era technology is developing at an encounter with technology and experience of its capacity for. incredible rate for those of us in the developed world at least change is likely to be through our media which are changing. Finally the last one hundred or so years have seen more and and developing in extraordinary and unprecedented ways This. Extracted from the introduction and conclusion to the second edition of my book Digital Culture Reaktion Books 2002 2008 . Digithum no 12 May 2010 ISSN 1575 2275 A scientific e journal published by the Arts and Humanities Department. FedericoGere, Charlie Borges S iz, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. The Humanities in the Digital Era, http digithum uoc edu Some thoughts on Digital Culture. is particularly true of digital media such as the internet and the digital technology let alone the accidental launching of nuclear. world wide web mobile telephony and digital video which either missiles Yet the new century had barely begun when another. enable us now to do things we did before more often and more apocalyptic event took place that though not directly caused by or. easily or to do things we could previously barely imagine linked to digital technology revealed the precariously inter linked. More dramatically they are in the process of transforming not nature of the emerging digital culture . just our world but our very selves how we understand who we On 6 September 2001 an exhibition by the artist Wolfgang. are They are changing everything including the idea of media Staehle called 2001 opened at the Postmasters Gallery in New. itself already a problematic and contentious term And this is York Staehle was already recognized as a pioneer of art involv . the problem almost by definition any radical transformations ing the Internet In 1991 he had founded The Thing a bulletin. brought about by the media are impossible to fully grasp at the board that became one of the first and most influential forums. time they are taking place This is because how we understand for the discussion of new media art and theory By the time of. the world is structured by and accessible through our media if his Postmasters show Staehle had developed a distinctive practice. you use the term in the broadest sense to include for example involving the projection of high resolution digital images onto. language There is not indeed there cannot be a point outside gallery walls What made these images unusual was that they were. of our media from which we can have some kind of privileged coming from a realtime live feed refreshed every few seconds . un or premeditated perspective on any aspect of our existence In effect the spectator was seeing the view represented more or. let alone that of media itself less as it actually was at the moment of viewing . Consider how someone in Europe in the late fifteenth century For this exhibition Staehle had projected three such real time. might have understood the development of printing However images one of the Fernsehturm the distinctive and recognizable. educated he or she might have been it is unlikely that they could television tower in Berlin one of Comburg a monastery near Stutt . have grasped the full implications of this new media technology gart and a view of Lower Manhattan from a camera positioned in. or the dramatic effects it would have on Western and eventually Brooklyn Seen in normal circumstances Staehle s images convey. global culture and society His or her way of thinking would have an experience of stillness despite being more or less live and. evolved within and for a particular media ecology and thus would brilliantly bring into question the difference between live and still. not be fit for comprehending new emerging media conditions It imagery and the broader issues of time and representation In the. is surely far more likely that in the late fifteenth century at least case of the image of Lower Manhattan this stillness was shattered. printing would still have been regarded as an extension or more five days later in a most extraordinary and unpredictable fashion . efficient scribal practice a kind of prosthesis or substitute for the when the Worl. world wide web mobile telephony and digital video which either enable us now to do things we did before more often and more easily or to do things we could previously barely imagine More dramatically they are in the process of transforming not just our world but our very selves how we understand who we are

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