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Content. (For N00Bs.)

Natasha Sumant


This booklet attempts to both appease requirements in for this class, what I’ve learnt and organize my thoughts on content generation for my thesis magazine.


CONTENT : [kon-tent] ; noun 1. something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts: a poetic form adequate to a poetic content. 2. significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content. 3. substantive information or creative material viewed in contrast to its actual or potential manner of presentation: publishers, record companies, and other content providers; a flashy Web site, but without much content. 4. that which may be perceived in something.


A Note on Reading Habits: First there was print and then there was the internet. Not so much later came eReaders, iBooks and Kindle. Oh and not to mention blogs somehwere in between that. Then came social media and sharing. How we read now depends on how old we are, and where we are in the physical world. I’m 21 and sometimes I pick up a newspaper from a stand and read it on the subway, but my grandfather does that too in the comfort of his veranda. Other times I see an article trending on my facebook newsfeed and click on a link. My grandfather dosent use facebook, but he really enjoys forwarded messages his friends send him via email. My mother reads Vogue India on her iPad in the loo, while my Dad is constantly downloading Ted talks his friends send him on twitter.


All this just leaves me really confused about what to make of reading today. I think the term and experience has changed. We consume information multidimensionally. Reading is no longer just words on a page, it’s the font style and size, it’s the gif and the caption under it, its the audiobook a lazy student illegally downloads, its a storybok app that a little baby plays with on an iPad. It seems to be a multitude of things. But to me, reading and things to be read are just stripped down to the core, is content.It is that which may be percieved in something. Great. So now what?


Reading is now a visual, imaginative and interactive experince.


Visual Content.


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So, with all this visual content out there what does this say about reading ? It seems like information is now a consumer product. (no longer absorbed from printed media stored in hallowed halls of academia). The form in which it is presented creates a predisposition to its potential consumers. In order to be able to generate content, and not just excrete it we need to be considerate of its visual form and the message it is conveying. Something to think about, have digital reading experiences killed or aided the visual imagination ?


From books to texts. I read more than ever . Watching, formerly reading. Better Stories. Gathering Up Characters. Encoded Experiences.

(essay titles from I Read Where I Am).


Information Flows.


Information and Knowledge are an intrinsic network. Epistemology or the theory of knowledge proves that al l areas of study and knowledge are intertwined. The accessibility of all types of information through the internet has fostered rhizomatic thinking. Thus manifesting this intrinsic network. Information moves constantly from physical to digital. Physical forms of content like books and magazines are anthologized and archived digitally. We read a quote in a novel or textbook and tweet it with our opinions to the universe. Our friends comment on it and create a different perspective. Someone writes a book about it and publishes it. We are constantly designing and re-creating existing information.


Original Content.


Curation Since information is so intrinsically networked (with or without technology) it is society’s job to disseminate it. We see this happening in pieces through social media. But real workable original content, requires curation. Individuals experience unique emotions, opinions and life experiences. Though they may overlap, perspectives may vary. It is through the curation of these overlaps can real workable content originate.


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Time based posts.


Reading depends on time and place. Different forms of reading takes place depending on location and time. Time based posts on online content keeps readers hooked. In this age of instant gratifiction something that is not completely acessible becomes valued and creates a need to be coveted. Since information flows through different medias our points of access vary depending upon where we are. Waiting on the subway we check our twitter feed. Once we get to class and dont want to pay attention we pull up social media or blogs that trend. Then we read or at least consider the content. Anticipation however, makes us consider it or revisit it.


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Resources: 1. http://craigmod.com/journal/subcompact_publishing/ 2. http://bryanmeador.com/spontaneous.html 3. I Read Where I Am (http://www.ireadwhereiam. com/) 4.


Content for Noobs  

A document of my observations for my independent study.