Friday, April 19, 2013

In the Moment

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Last night I began Douglas Rushkoff's Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. The first chapter in the book discusses the death of narrative in "Narrative Collapse" using examples from media and popular culture. It is funny a couple of months ago I was having a discussion about how television and narrative structure had been changed by shows like The Simpsons and Rushkoff details these changes. He ties the collapse in traditional narrative to the speed of change and how this is reflected and then refracted in such shows, in twenty four news coverage, in gaming, in sports and in politics. It is a fascinating article for anyone wanting to understand how the world becomes occupied with the moment and the "now" rather than what comes next.  

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