Notes: Dissertation Ideas [Summer Period]

by Beauchamp Art

If every face in a crowd can be rendered recognisable, then what is the value of familiarity the user of online media?


In what way is phenomenological experience distorted by remediated representations of familiar faces on the user of online media?


Research Abstract:


As this essay is from an art-perspective, then it shall focus on the perception of technology and its effects on the individual/user/society rather than the mechanical properties and direct consequences.

Along side art and academic materials, journalistic resources have been used extensively to inform this discussion as it revolves around the perception of the social reality of online media, rather than reality itself; the ontological phenomenology. As news, observations and anecdotes can be as telling of public perception as literature and art, second only to the direct study of anthropological research.

However, Ofcom’s 2014 Media use and Attitude Report will also be drawn upon to inform the journalistic and artistic interpretations of societal consequences of technological development, in order to establish a clear context in which the contemporary individual is experiencing their everyday social environment through online media, engaging interpersonally through remediated digital interfaces, using stationary and portable media devices as part of the progression towards perpetual computing, and exponential media exposure.




  • Death/Legacy/Archive/Memory
  • Synthetic/Simulation – Perceived falsehood, reality of image


  • Screen/Interface – medium properties, pixels, digital image/film photograph
  • Optic/Haptic – Touch Screen, Control, intimacy


  • Authorship/Authenticity/Remediation – Memes
  • Distribution/Use


  • Overload – Over-reading for essay, Banality
  • Post-Human/Cybernetics/Extensions of man – realization of potential


Question Ideas

  • In what way is the phenomenology of everyday social exchanges effected by the distortion of remediated interaction through digital mediums?
  • How are remediated everyday social interactions perceived to be distorted by digital mediums?
  • How are everyday digitally remediated social interactions distorted by the banality of the image?
  • What is the work of the image for the individual in the age of digital reproductions?
  • What is the value of the authentic image?
  • How is the phenomenological value of the authentic image affected by the distortion of remediation?
  • What are the phenomenological effects of everyday interactions with with representations of familiar faces through online digital media depictions?
  • In what way is phenomenological experience distorted by remediated representations of familiar faces on the user of online media?


Who am I? I am legion, for we are many?

Premiss, Problem, Resolve

No hesitation, repetition or deviation

Talk about subjects, between subjects, explain connections.


Key Words:

  • Authenticity
  • Value
  • People
  • Heirarchy
  • Organisation
  • Google/Facebook
  • Information
  • Topology
  • Communication
  • Intimacy
  • Dependance
  • Decay
  • Dehumanisation
  • Memes
  • Media
  • Phenomenology
  • Ontology,
  • Post-Humanism
  • Cybernetics
  • sublime
  • Social Media
  • Networks,
  • Overload
  • Data-Smog
  • Pictures
  • Subliminal
  • Representations
  • Remediation
  • Interface
  • mediation
  • Everyday
  • Uncanny Abject
  • Liminal
  • Optic/Haptic
  • Individual
  • Social
  • Exchange
  • Distortion
  • Perception
  • Effect
  • Digital
  • Virtual
  • Synthetic
  • Siulacum
  • Online
  • Internet
  • Banality



Key Phrases

  • “Sea of information”
  • “Data-Smog”
  • “Network society”
  • “Banality of evil”
  • Terror of the Sublime
  • Subliminal sublime
  • Remediated represenations
  • Face-to-Face Interaction
  • (Code obfuscation) Information hiding in plain site
  • Distortion of the self
  • Dysmorphia / Disassociation
  • “Attention economy”
  • “Society of the spectacle”
  • “An era of screen based image overabundance and ephemerality” [Ritchin, 2013: 49]
  • “Library without walls”
  • “Medium is the message”
  • “Photography reduced the pain of separation”
  • Virtual labor
  • “Attention itself is a magnifying glass”
  • Aspiring to an impossible omnipotence
  • “Glut of information”
  •  “Meme transmission is subject to continuous mutation, and […] blending.” [Dawkings, 1976]
  • “Extensions of man”
  • “Digital uncanny”
  • From spearhead to stealth bomber
  • Art in the age of digital reprodution
  • International panopticon
  • Projected/reflected ego
  • Candid amera
  • Macro photography
  • “Information overload”
  • Systematic simulation
  • Evolution behaviour
  • Education/Absorbing Understanding Information
  • Multi-faceted self
  • Fractured reflection
  • “Like the painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart.” [Shakespeare: 1161]
  • Drunk on information
  • Perception is not equal to reality, but the only reality available is a phenomenological one, mediated by the body.
  • “If “we monitor our own, and limit ourselves in the name of consensus, and the quiet life,” then the principal of the Panopticon has been totally internalised; evidenced not only through the spiral of silence in everyday conversation but through the complicity of individuals to present themselves online through social media, as part of the “engine of consensus.” [Wilson, 2014]