Reading Response #3 -Vaughan Nagy

For this reading response, I chose to analyze Erickson’s article on documentary with ephemeral media. This article goes into an interesting discussion on how documentary form makes its presence in certain kinds of new media; specifically social media and locative technologies. Erickson discusses certain study methods he uses to derive specific data form certain social media platforms with a special emphasis on Flickr and how it gives members the ability to share photographs with a large audience and  use GPS location services to create a realistic documentarian perspective, giving reference to place and space of the event or object photographed. This exploration of space relative to media sharing is something that interests Ericsson very much. Erickson holds high hopes for the future in saying that mediated communication will continue to emphasize a relationship between place and personal identity, and that this new personalized and space-oriented documentarian approach will bring communities together.

This is relevant to the class in the fact that we are currently in the process of studying correlations between media and space. Soon, we will commence in working on our locative media projects, which really focus on this aspect of how space affects our perception of what we see/hear.

This correlates with my personal experiences in such a way that I am often aware of the place of media posts when I am looking at them. For example, Instagram has a location marker that can be found on many peoples’ posts. When I see this location marker and then regard the photo, I associate the specific place with the photo, and this influences my perception on the place. This is something that Erickson looked at in how this combination of social media and locative services can influence an audience’s perception of a particular subject, which is interesting who looking at it from  a documentarian perspective. Below is a clip I found on youtube describing the correlation between social media and location services. This video brings up some interesting concepts in how locative services might be useful from a documentarian approach, in looking at how so much information is available for a rally being held in New York City from just the click of a button.

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