it was earlier in the day when I saw the drones creating 3d point clouds in the air over the Olympic ski areas that I went, “wow, that is really cool!” thankfully I was not around the area live to hear what must have sounded like 1,200 bees buzzing. what I didn’t catch, much like composting of the super bowl halftime show with prince’s logo magically coming to life was that the drones were a composite, not real time. later in the evening while it seemed the MC were making comments of political whatever beside each country or person walking into the stadium…they at least said a one-line blub saying, “hey, what you are seeing isn’t real…we taped that a while ago.” that is when what was pretty cool, had a sort of sinking feeling in my heart while my brain thought, “great…not much of anything is real anymore.”
this is how I am feeling about much of the digital and tech world lately. the beauty of technology with audio/visual/sensory things is you can pretty much create anything your mind can imagine. the part I don’t like is how mainstream media is calling the illusion reality. I think it was yesterday I was lamenting how life is a pizza with lots of toppings but everyone only wants to deal with the toppings they like. it doesn’t matter that there are lots of toppings and that everyone is a bit different with likes and tastes…you simply don’t ignore that there are other toppings on the pizza.
last night’s Olympic opening…just seemed really lame. I can only imagine that if I were one of the views in the seemingly empty seated arena (did they tell people not to come and block their ridiculous LED stadium immersion visual? why not just have everyone hold up their cell phone, you program them and use that as a cheap visual system versus the one you created that blocks actual patrons views?) sorry, I digress…a bunch of things bothered me with the idea of real and “live” with the show.
but it brings me back to Anderson Cooper running a gunfire clip during Arab spring. there was a live camera feed showing nothing happening, yet, the audio track was a loop of when there was gunfire earlier in the evening. I remember hearing that and thinking when I shot photos as a stringer for Reuters, I had a lot of experience with Photoshop and would say to the full-time Reuters guy, “so and so is juicing his photos…that isn’t real” (the rule I was taught was you could not alter ANYTHING with a negative…nothing) so I was confused why mainstream media was modifying everything to be like the cover of a fashion magazine, where nothing is real – yet – it is sold as the image of beauty and reality to lots of people that never took the time to learn how to use the software.
I think back to the past 5 years and how many photos have been disqualified from competitions. it has me wonder how many editors should get canned for doing fake stuff with the news. I think the idea of “fake news” is simply ridiculous, but it appears every media group has some skin in the game inside the USA.
maybe that is my problem today. yesterday was another long conversation of the difficulty of explaining the actual experience that happens over time in a space that simply looks like “gee, that is an empty space, why do I want to put money into that?”
“because unfortunately, or fortunately, it is how you get people to really change, you allow them to experience things you can’t really quantify in human terms. you can talk till you are blue in the face, much like religion and what you should do to be a better heart and soul…but if you never walk it out and live it….it is just a nice idea and/or concept…call it an illusion.
I guess that is what is so odd today…people have no idea how much noise and manipulation will soon be heading to their lives very soon.
the irony is you have to let go of all that noise and come to space where you can see the goofiness of humanity and chasing his external technologies clearer. maybe that is part of the problem I am having with a few folks. if I wanted to learn about something, I simply went and tried to build it or learn about it. there is a great deal to learning the theoretics behind something of why it will or won’t work, and the various main ways or techniques to accomplish something. then there is the other half of the equation in actually building it, how to build it, and how to take and modify refinements on the fly without going through committee and line item checklists and massive budget adjustments for design alterations.
traditionally you have a whole bunch of specialists all chiming in about their small piece of the puzzle, yet, few know how to put the entire puzzle together in a way where form and function come together. this is not an easy thing to have happen, but when you get there, it is a bit of heaven on earth.
while I would love to see the world become more collaborative, until man changes his greed, pride, legalism and quantification of happiness being some ration of “happy smiles to stuff” ratio (just made that up) the idea is great, but the reality is flawed humans are running the system, and with that, I have to keep remembering I will be dead soon, so in the time I have here, “what can I do to help other humans?”
I think I wrote myself into my answer to a question of why you help people, get them to another level, and they have little or nothing to offer you in return at this time.
I think I learn and grow the most in these situations, but the profit is nothing you can take to a bank or use to buy something with.
and from the newswire (I have no idea who common dreams site is…but it is showing where popularity is overriding truth and news)