601pilkySE:L quickly comes mind due to its subject being the blending together of physical ("Real") and virtual ("Wired"). It is aesthetically striking at all times, but conceptually violent and may stand as a warning rather than as an example of something great – one is presented not with a harmonious synthesis of physical and virtual but with a total absorption of the former into the latter
602pilkyNow, since this thread is being opened on the basis of Nipponese cartoons: If we quadruple Lain's heart rate and ability to perform oxidative phosphorylation we get Radical Edward.
Lain in a sense was a prisoner of circumstance whereas Ed, thanks to her non-fearful spirit, was able to effortlessly walk the line between real and virtual, and even pull a drowning soul out of the virtual (CBBB ep. 23). She understood that fun stems from one's heart and is potentiated through one's limbs...
603pilkyThe technocratic ghouls of today leverage modern understanding of consumer psychology to bait and trap unsuspecting netizens in a SEO optimized network of "social" media hellscapes that subsist on farming attention via reward and punishment mechanisms with the end goal of displaying as many ads as possible. However, any internet user who was around before the Facebook+WordPress era, who had the privilege of designing their own unique little profile in some corner of the Internet, is endowed not only with the skill of circumnavigating the parodic modes of communication which the modern web seems to funnel its inhabitants into, but also with the knowledge that there can be alternative, better modes of communication ... and it's high time that the knowledge is passed on.
604pilkysomachat, as an experimental real-time text chat – a chat in which messages are shown live, as they are being typed, to each participant – stands as an attempt to embody the idea of meaningful synergy between real and virtual, analog and digital, somatic and immaterial. Even as only a prototype of a much larger system it already enables a mode of transcendental hyperconnectivity which common "static" text chats do not.
The real-time text component taken together with the ability to instantly participate (users do not need to go through a registration process in order to participate) results in a system which not just pulls users in, but through – communication is as fast or sometimes even faster than voiced conversation, and qualitatively different from static chats due to the ability of real-time text to convey thought patterns; the format allows for a faster and more personal type of communication, yielding interaction of higher quality and resolution.
The goal of a social medium must not be to trap its users in the interface and keep them there, but to be generative beyond the virtual; it must be conducive to physical action. Anyone who says "stop using the internet, touch grass" is missing the point; everyone else is online already, psychologically. A toddler can't attend an extended family birthday party without facing a wall of snapchatting phones every hour, because the normie web has been designed in a way that rewards its users for streaming every physical moment into the virtual. The internet that people know and use isn't meant to pull users through the wire but rather to trap them and keep them there.
An interface between real and virtual must not become an end in itself, but be deliberately designed to minimize its own presence and let the Real grow across the Wired, not into it. It has to maximize fun and make you yearn for more of the other side, not for more of the interface itself. Only when there is a clear differentiation between real and virtual can they meaningfully synergize in a generative way.
605AnonymousI believe that when you are a prototype of a much larger system, everything you say/think is underlaid by the fact that you are a prototype for a much larger system - any advice given or idea raised comes with the asterisk of being a part of a whole, signalling that you are a prototype and are converging towards a much larger system as a consequence
624AnonymousI believe that when u somachat, everything u say/think is underlaid by the fact that u somachat— any idea raised comes with the asterisk of hyperconnectivity, signalling that u love communication and have made ur computer a monument to friendship, and are smarter as a result.