Welcome to the Excapite.
An experimental work dealing with the over riding narrative of our times: The Network.
The great MobCon.
Think of it as SETI for the network economy. We broadcast signals into the void in search of sentient life across the network. To discover if there is intelligent life beyond the bots.
Originally intended as a sandpit to conduct ad-hoc Google experiments. It is has evolved into an attempt to explore the narrative of the network using words, numbers and pictures to uncover thematic relationship between the network effect and the inevitable fragmentation of meaning towards chaos across a network of databases. A kind of Abstract Expressionist canvas of the networked economy.
The layout of this new version of the blog, the random mosaic, reflects this decent into chaos.
What inspires me to write about this topic isn’t so much the technology but the human condition that drives us to create and embrace this technology as a substitute for reality – e.g. Sharing across a network vs. sharing in person – and of course meaning.
The result is a collection of threads and fragments that is occasional pruned as a measure of the wisdom of the crowd, or more accurately Google.
If you are new participant in the journey you may like to begin your meanderings with a picture show about exploring the narrative.
On the other hand, if you just want the “supersized me” version with added “memeing”, then try this one out for size Sorry Marshall McLuhan but I seem to know nothing of my work. But, when all is said and done, you are probably better off just scanning the mosaic tiles and selecting posts at random.
As to the question what have we learnt, having accumulated nearly 400,000 page views over the past four years? That Social Media is just like TV or Radio, but without the audience. As for Google, well let’s just say it’s just like print, an annuity generated by the memory of the experience, but without the audience.
And don’t forget to share and be saved…