both residual nostalgia of analog art forms and science fictional predilections towards modernist utopian futures prevent the acceptance of 21st century colloquial or “convenience” technology as a medium. the internet is neither an agent for ted mooney’s prophetic information sickness nor does it numb tradition intellectual or artistic pursuits in favor of 140 characters worth of uselessness. the editable quality of the internet allows for an endeavor towards the idea of a “living” work of art, as well as work that favors process and meaning over plastic aesthetics. the accessibility of webcams, cell phones, etc. allow for content to be uploaded at a rate that parallels the speed at which we download. our aggressively visual world supplies our demand to be constantly stimulated, but our conception of “art” online is still not democratic in that it favors an elite group of people with access to certain resources and audiences.
using webcams, cellphones, and other new communication media to photo blog acknowledges the importance of social changes in authorship, language, privacy, etc. it works towards redefining the internet as a both a dynamic medium and mode for new collective/transformative/immersive art. art is made more complex by the bigger context of online presence, and we are introduced to implications of “cyber-mimesis”.
consider: fashion bloggers with access to expensive clothes, expensive cameras, and expensive editing tools are made popular by these things and then further alienated from their platform by industry attention and celebrity privileges. although at first blogs appear to be points of view independent from economic agents, they are now a large part of fashion’s (to use leslie sklair’s terminology) cultural-ideological sphere controlled by transnational media and advertising. this, in turn, dictates the subcultural hegemony of fashion and/or personal style blogs. fashion bloggers become personas as opposed to people.
webcam blogging and the use of informal modes of expression work towards both creating a new perspective and eliminating the hierarchy between art, culture, and social interaction.