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.

New World Disorder

Geopolitical systems are breaking down. It is the New World Disorder. Globalization is in retreat, alliances are crumbling, relationships shifting with the speed of a shove to a world leader. The established alignment of nations has in short order been rendered “incohered:” disassembled, fragmented, and falling apart.

The Net Dynamic Environment

“The artist is concerned not so much with what is being communicated as with how its communicated and the awareness of the process. Thus Television (and its net descendent) becomes the world’s first inherently objective art form.” – Gene Youngblood

Information comes in, it goes out. I follow it wherever it leads, without too much concern with its aesthetic implications, it seems the more I let go of some kind of finished/polished/final thing, the more something truly miraculous emerges out of distance from the Work.