A lot has changed in the five years since Kevin Kelly wrote the article “Becoming Screen Literate.” What he said was true about screens popping up “in the most unexpected places,” like billboards. Billboards have become electronic, in fact I’ve seen a couple on the NJ Turnpike, which I consider to be extremely dangerous. Think about it. You are in a moving car going AT LEAST 55 mph and all of a sudden you have a changing billboard. Your mind is going to be distracted from driving to pay attention to the screen. As we become a society driven more and more by little videos and clips, our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. In the last 5 years, we’ve obtained apps like Instagram and Vine which makes us even more screen addicted than ever before. With Vine being 6 second videos (I think) and Instagram just this year adding 15 second videos. We have become more obsessed about capturing those little moments that might break out us into the industry.
Kelly talked about mashups in his article and how we “cut and paste words on a page.” (Just like I did there and here also) “You borrow the structure from one work to use as your own.” But if you don’t say where you got that information from isn’t that a form of plagiarism? All these people who takes clips from shows and put them together, are they plagiarizing someone else’s work? Or is it because that person put the information out there for all to see then it becomes everyone’s property? I guess that’s more for authorship than beauty? So let’s make it about beauty, shall we.
As a society, we are inundated with images of what the ideal should be. Young girls and teenagers are growing up with an unrealistic view of what it is to be normal. And when the girls around them don’t look like the norm, they get picked on for being different and we get picked on. You have teenagers taking part in cyber bullying. One way is when teenagers take pictures of their peers and “touch them up” with cruel and hateful thoughts and images and then they spread them around for all to see. Becoming screen literate and having all of these apps that make it possible has made it easier to bully. Young girls see all these images on the screen and feel as if they have to live up to that expectation when the person in the photograph doesn’t even look like that in real life. When is enough, enough?