A Collection of Spectacles


2: The internet fucks with the natural state of temporality. By natural state, I mean this: Events usually occur in a linear sequence, one after the other.  Once an event has happened, and the sequencing of events has occurred, it is lost. The “it” that occurred two seconds ago can be recreated in theory, but it is inherently different because it didn’t occur within the seconds, hours, days, that it originally called home and in that time, surrounding have inevitably changed.  The closest that one can get to re-living an event they haven’t actually lived is by hearing it told to them through someone else. Even this form of story-telling, this verbal step back in time, is done through a sequential narrative that is modeled after the sequential meaning we give to events as they occur.  The internet, by structuring a world of its own, that is without physical limitations, restructures this original timeframe. You can see a video of an event as it happened and watch it as many times as you’d like. Although time in the physical realm is moving forward as it usually does, which of course affects the viewer, it does not affect the digital material itself. An event that is captured digitally, in a sense, can occur forever. Although if seen within the span of five minutes, it can never be seen within those five minutes again, the event itself remains unchanged.

Edit: Two and three are separated into different posts. Seems more appropriate.


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