Proto-Virtual Reality and Social Media

Embodied in statements like “let’s take a break”, “perspective psychology”, and “a government of citizens” is a complexity which often escapes popular media. Yet as media develops with the convergence of social media and technology conglomerates which harvest the new-found knowledge of brain functions, genetic dispositions, and artistic preferences amongst other things equally related, there is also a new-found tendency to elaborate social media capacities to encompass something which is more cognitive, which has direction, or even a form of psychological function. By all meanings of the terms, these are not senses that are merely blas√© Brokenmoonmedia.

The opportunity for the newfound convergence between chemical reality and technological reality, now in its infancy, but now also at a meaningful stage which I call the Visual Horizon or Informational Event-Horizon, is presently that of visual and other media—known sciences such as statistics and mathematics—which are nonetheless authentically integrated with aspects of the human mind. These integrations or ‘impertures’ (a word I define as ‘implicit aperture or meaningful indentation’) have a potential for magic, not just because media offers what is commonly called ‘media-magic’ but because of the aforementioned convergence between the realms of media or media-chemistry—qua psychology—and brain science.

What I would like to do is open the door for psychological media, not as ardent film-making, or even cultivating media databases, or working on media-processing applications, but instead, the specifically magical application of highly specific usages of context for the sake of perspectival advantages. Furthermore, I will not leave it to your imagination to determine what I mean by magical media, perspective psychology, citizen-as-government, or taking a break. Instead these terms will be re-interpreted to connote something more meaningful for the media. More meaningful re-iteratively, upon their own context of perspective psychology, citizen-as-government, taking a break, or magical media.

First, consider open-endedness. To some extent it has been over-used. The media, by-and-large (I’m thinking of commercials during the SuperBowl) relies on a closed network of assumptions about what the consumer sees, hears, and interprets. This closed set of assumptions is a function of the open-endedness for the consumer. If it were not open-ended, if the consumer could not be by turns an Atheist, a bulemic, or the President, their specific approach to the SuperBowl would not have the same appeal. Clearly there are other options, but it is hard to reach for them. In the case of the expression ‘taking a break’ the SuperBowl offers one option, while determining a large fixed set of dimensions offers another alternative.

For example, in the context of complex media, what if ‘taking a break’ is a user-defined ‘location’? This offers the possibility of stretching the psychological imagination about what it linguistically means (and ultimately what it means to the consumer). Furthermore, what may be added to a concept of location is that it does not have to involve physically re-locating someone. It could be a change of information, visuals, or even chemistry. Additionally, these categories which replace location are interchangeable and inter-penetrating. If chemistry is a function of visuals, visuals can be used to cheaply simulate chemical location. These chemical locations then map not only to biological, genetic, and personality-testing quadrants of information, they also map to specific types of media.

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