Benjamin Samuel Beauchamp
BA5: Focus 2: Developing Critique and Dialogue. 20.2.2014
The Effects of Mediated Perception in an Era of Screen-Based Overabundance
How do digital environments effect the interpretation of images and information?
“The monitor is everywhere in the network society. It is not merely a medium for reproduction which increasingly dominates mass communication.” [Dijk, 1991: 177]
When considering how the mediation of perception affects the individual’s interpretation of images and information in the contemporary network society, the role of individuals’ interactions with digital imagery in “an era of screen based image overabundance and ephemerality” [Ritchin, 2013: 49] its importance cannot be ignored compared to other socio-mechanical advances. This essay’s focal point is computer-screen image, though related media will be discussed: television, cinema, books, and the “electronic super highway” [Danzico, 2012] of the Internet.