This is what distinguishes the experience of a database in a media object from that of a narrative. Cinematic and literary narrative, the architectural layout, and the database "each present a different model of what a world is like. In this sense the database is "a cultural form of its own". Thus, the concept of the database may provide a new concept for thinking about ourselves and how our lives are organized. CD-ROMs and web sites are typical media for database structure. They allow multiple routes through the data random access.

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Is technology enhancing communication or destroying it? She had been downstairs helping my mom prepare dinner. However, if it were just my mom downstairs making dinner, I would have heard someone yelling for me to come down to dinner.

What changed between these two generations? Why does one rely so heavily on technology to communicate? And what effect does this have on our society? Prior to , the only media that impacted the American family was print. What is so common now, could not have been seen just thirty years ago. As a society, our means of communication has progressively shifted with the aid of technology. Face-to-face communication and even phone calls have taken a backseat in the ways in which people communicate.

Now, texting and social media sites are the preferred methods of communication for many. This shift in communication has led to a shift in human relationships, making them only skin-deep. Communication within families is changing; some believe this has led to families becoming more distant rather than closer.

It used to be much more common for families to sit down to the dinner table together, without the interference of technology. Some families do still sit down to dinner together, but it is rare to not find a cell phone nearby. In research done by Microsoft Advertising, it was found that one in three families frequently use technological devices to communicate while in the same house.

This communication includes telling when dinner is ready or asking for help with homework. The Families study was conducted by the research agency Sparkler for Microsoft Advertising. It is easy to avoid face-to-face communication with the use of texting. We are three hours apart, but I can easily talk to him every day. After high school, one of my good friends moved to Hawaii, but with a simple text message, we can remain in contact. When my sister studied abroad in Prague last year, we were able to stay in contact via different apps on the iPhone, which allowed for communication through Wi-Fi.

This is all thanks to the cell phone, which has made communication much easier. Technology provides an ease to communicate with others that previous generations did not have. My dad constantly reminds me about when he was in college, telling me that he had to use a pay phone to call home. He explains to me that he would call home every Sunday night, because he knew his parents would be home at that time.

Texting allows for constant and easy communication. At school, I prefer to call my parents whenever I have the chance, rather than texting. But, I have seen that many would rather text their parents to keep them updated. If I had to call her to let her know what was going on, then I would talk to her a lot less. A simple text or instant message takes the place of that phone call. Prior to all of this technology, children used to actually speak to their friends; they spent time on the phone or playing in the neighborhood.

Generations before experienced intense childhood relationships in which they really got to know someone. But, these childhood friendships are necessary to develop. They lay the foundation for relationships later in life. Childhood relationships are key to understanding empathy, reading social cues, and comprehending emotions. Gary Small, a neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry at U.

Small notes that digital natives are already experiencing difficulty reading social cues. Contrary, others maintain that technology allows children to be closer because it allows them to be in constant contact with their friends. The use of text messaging as a form of communication is rising. According to a Pew Research Center survey, in , the number of text messages sent in a month was around 14 billion.

In , that number had risen to billion. The Pew Research Center also found that in , about half of American teenagers between the ages of twelve and seventeen sent 50 or more text messages in one day and more than one-third sent over text messages in one day. This could mean that texting is replacing face-to-face communication.

But, it could be that face-to-face communication is not available and so teenagers choose to text rather than lose touch completely. It appears that younger generations prefer text messages compared to telephone calls. According to CNN, Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 send and receive about 88 text messages in a day, but only about 17 phone calls.

And this is not restricted to younger generations. The 65 year old and up age range shows a similar trend. In this group, it is about 5 texts per day and only 4 phone calls. In another survey on favored forms of communication, people born between and showed texting as their preferred form of communication, with instant messaging, phone calls, and Facebook tied for second place, and in last place was face-to-face communication.

When people born between and took the survey, they were found to favor face-to-face communication. But not only is technology changing communication, it is also seen as consuming the lives of those that use it. In , the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Americans aged between eight and eighteen spend approximately seven and a half hours a day using an electronic device ranging from smart phones to MP3 players to computers.

That is equal to almost a third of their day. Granted, the whole seven and a half hours on electronic devices is not spent communicating. One debate on debate. Sherry Turkle is an MIT psychologist and researches the effects of texting on interpersonal development. She believes that having a conversation can teach a kid how to develop the ability to think, reason, and self-reflect.

Face-to-face conversation teaches patience. Kids are exhibiting a conversation-phobic demeanor. But this avoidance is made much easier by cell phones and social networking sites. People that text way more than they engage in face-to-face conversations lack the ability to read nonverbal visual cues. We nowadays tend to minimize face time and even minimize our phone conversations.

By doing so, our communication skills suffer- we start to lose our conversation etiquette. Personal conversations also suffer, becoming less natural and choppy, resembling our text messaging conversations. The high school kids who I do see will be checking their phones constantly.

Is this a generational issue? The environment in offices is much quieter than it used to be. Because these young lawyers are so tuned into their cockpits, the office is almost silent. A recent study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics shows that one of four high school seniors are proficient in writing.

Kids are not learning how to spell because they are consistently using acronyms and short hand. Referring back to the debate on debate.

They write b4 instead of before, lol, etc. Communication through social media oftentimes creates weak, brief, and shallow relationships preventing commitment. Written communication leads to a lack of personal connection and strong relationships. Booth identifies three main problems with communication via social media. The first is that people are more likely to trust someone over the computer and so people are more open about what they say.

The second is that social media does not allow for the deepening of relationships. This is because social relationships are fortified more in face-to-face communication than through social media. The third is that it lacks diversity of beliefs because people prefer to network with those of similar views.

Within the past couple decades, the technology industry has shifted the way in which society communicates. This change in communication has led to changes in the way in which our youth develops their communication skills.

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Database as a Symbolic Form

Instead, they are collections of individual items, where every item has the same significance as any other. Why does new media favor database form over others? Can we explain its popularity by analyzing the specificity of the digital medium and of computer programming? What is the relationship between database and another form, which has traditionally dominated human culture — narrative? These are the questions I will address in this article.


Is technology enhancing communication or destroying it?

Instead, they are collections of individual items, where every item has the same significance as any other. Why does new media favor database form over others? Can we explain its popularity by analyzing the specificity of the digital medium and of computer programming? What is the relationship between database and another form, which has traditionally dominated human culture — narrative?


Database cinema

Database artists[ edit ] Manovich considers filmmakers Peter Greenaway and Dziga Vertov as pioneers in his database cinema genre. He explains how Greenaway sees the linear pursuit as standard format of filmmaking lagging behind modern literature in experimenting with narrative. They act as a narrative shell, which makes the viewer believe he is watching a story. Dziga Vertov can be seen as an even earlier database filmmaker. The film has three levels: Cameraman filming the shots, audience watching the finished film and shots from street life in Ukrainian cities edited in chronological order of that particular day. Manovich stated that new media artists working on database concepts could learn from cinema precisely because cinema has in fact always been at the nexus of database and narrative while the movie was still in the editing room. Manovich points out especially Vertov achieved a successful merging between database and narrative into a new form.



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