There was a time when very few people were able to actually see Leonardo’s ‘Mona Lisa’: they had to actually stand in front of it. Nowadays, many of us can look at it whenever you want: in a book or on an iPhone, in the bus or during breakfast. Is it better now? How does the experience differ? Standing in front of the actual painting must be quite something. How about looking at it on a screen monitor, is it extraordinary?
• By Philippe Theophanidis on February 3, 2013 ― Published in Communication, Technology | Tagged: abnormal, experience, extraordinary, image, Internet, Kevin Kelly, normal, representation, Walter Benjamin
A digression into the linguistic history of technology and Technik is in order. (This history was masterfully retold by Eric Schatzberg in a couple of academic papers that Kelly seems to have missed.) For much of the nineteenth century, the English word “technology,” just like the French and German “technologie,” denoted a branch of knowledge—a […]