The Broadcast as Social Act

Since the dawn of video art in the 1960s, artists have challenged the primacy of television as a one-way medium of communication, forming broadcast communities and artist collectives to amplify their message and empower themselves by envisioning video as a social act. In 1984, Nam June Paik organized Good Morning, Mr. Orwell, deploying satellite television as a space for live performance art and real-time collage: demonstrating that 1984 would be the year that artists (rather than Big Brother), at least momentarily, occupy the airwaves. Paik united artists electronically between New York, Paris, and San Francisco, subverting the broadcast by instigating the social possibilities of interweaving artistic transmissions into a single “third space” composite.

TRUMP’s MIND Control

What else could it be? What other explanation could there possibly be for those who cling to the mythological greatness of TRUMP’s America as he beckons us into a raging sea of chaos, scandal and disorder. The answer is very simple and sits squarely in front of our eyes: MIND Control. Through the prism of the All Seeing Eye, the panopticon that emanates from the TOWER where the TRUMP Show all began, from TRUMP’s MIND’s eye, there radiates a steely grip that has paralyzed the “partially educated,” those 36% of the adoring electorate who are following this Man down, down, down into the deepest abyss from which their is surely no return.

Reordering the Broadcast

“Operationally, the internet is the inverse of the Broadcast. Group conversation is replacing mass communication, and the social construction of realities is being decentralized and pluralized.” – Gene Youngblood

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al, would like nothing more than to turn us all into little television broadcasters, each on our own channel, beaming out to a captive audience, who WATCH. Now, I understand that social media broadcasting, such as Facebook Live, includes chat, likes, reactions, and all the rest of the easy push-button, prefabricated, emoticon Facebook responses. BUT SOCIAL MEDIA DOESN’T ALLOW THE CONVERGENCE OF OUR SOCIALLY-BROADCASTED SIMULTANEOUS STREAMS.

Gene Youngblood and the Unfinished Communications Revolution

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

Tomorrow (June 17) I will interview Gene Youngblood for the fourth time this week, live and online on Networked Conversations (see our Website or Facebook page for more information).

The Aggregated Disorder of the Socially Broadcasted Space

Despite the fact that the video revolution began some 50 years ago, with the introduction of the Sony Portapak and the first generation of artists challenging the hierarchical primacy of broadcast television, we still face today the same old tired anachronistic paradigms in social media live streaming. This is an ironic predicament given that social media is inherently a distributed flow of communication. You would think with all of the endless $$$, that Facebook Live, Twitter Periscope, et al, would push live media to the limit of what’s possible TODAY. This is NOT the case. Facebook would like nothing better than to turn the millennials into old-fashioned television broadcasters still clinging to the one-to-many transmission hypnotizing an audience of passive couch potatoes.

Channeling the #NeWWWorlDisorder

Today we are announcing #neWWWorlDisorder, a collective artistic response to escalating world chaos and hyper-manufactured disinformation, broadcasted via Facebook Live simultaneously between Paris, Washington, and Well Beyond: hosted by yours truly and the legendary artist of the networks, Michaël Systaime Borras.