Read and discuss the text »Being in Two Places at Once« by Katharine S. Willis

What is your statement?

Rigzin Tsewang — 08 November 2012, 00:24

Talking on phone can make us see things we cant see from our eyes. This way our ears becomes our second eyes through which we can see two different things at a time. Not only sight, it can make us feel differently. e.g. if we are sitting in a hot place and the person on the phone is in a cold place, we also start feeling cold too.

Uma — 08 November 2012, 00:52

Surely, in this time period we have multiple choices to make for which space we can reach out to, react in and can be in. We as consumers of Locative media all have a choice to make. But, with technology rapidly changing we all realize that the spaces we need to be in also changes with it. Even though one might believe to be in a particular space the other might not think so. For example: When friend A chats or texts on the phone, friend B who is present physically in the space with A might feel neglected. While A who is chatting might respond to B's complaints by saying that "Isn't she with B right now". By now most of us have recognized unconsciously the face and the body movements of one who is present in a hybrid space. Thus, all of us are not new to the rules as spectators and performers. Interacting with another person through media has such a different effect on the space we access, as all of it is happening in real time. Interacting with a person through media is a different experience than when one actually meets the person in a physical space. Relations change with the space you use to interact with another.

Puja Khurana — 08 November 2012, 01:09

The text talks about the experience of proximity with locative media. If we start talking about proximity and the domain of the space we deal with, we can say that its domain creates a third dimension or space which is a mix of physical and/or digital space/world. A person’s behavior, personality, reactions, social qualities and a lot more is affected by the layering of such spaces. We go ahead and look at the features of proximity. They essentially define or characterize the boundaries or limits for a space i.e., fixed, semi-fixed or dynamic. After reading the section I realized that proximity is perceived beyond a common physical space. It is perceived dynamically and created experiences using of mixed media. We move on to Spaces of proximity which are essentially three zones of spaces : Intimate space, Informal space and social space. The presence through locative media can be experienced not just through an intimate zone but also through a social zone, which works in a way quite similar to the concept of dynamic space. I would conclude by saying that proximity is experienced not just in an intimate or physical space or by the presence of people and objects, but also through a third space which is a mixture of digital space and physical space, creating a third domain. The impact of this third domain erases boundaries, creates new experiences and clearly justifies by adding a new meaning to ‘Being in two places at once.’

Kushal Sanghavi — 08 November 2012, 01:18

This article, according to me, details many facts and observations in a transition from Hall's theory to current media scenario. It was interesting how the author made a connection between Hall's theory of dynamic/ semi-fixed space to locative media .

Due to growing media devices and interfaces, there is an amalgamation of various spaces. Hall and other writers classifies and describes these spaces as different entities that hardly collide. Urban media has created tremendous interconnections and interlinks in these spaces. Public, social and private spaces constantly interfere in each other, not allowing them to be individual entities. Theory of proximity changed from measuring distances to a broader social context.

Article portraits mobile phone as a device that drastically changed these definition of spaces and proximity. It was interesting to know and notice many minute details about mobile phones and social networking sites. I like the part where the author talks about changes in our physical and behavioural traits while using these devices and websites. This includes change in our gestures. Media provides or creates a common virtual space which multiple people can access from multiple locations.

While concluding author also highlights some other positive impact of these media technologies and I agree that events like Flashmob do create a amalgamation of spaces and medias.

Kritisha — 10 November 2012, 01:24

Personal space as discussed here is a fascinating aspect of a person's altered behavior in public life, where he marks his territory by symbolic changes in the body language,established over time and a typical grammar associated with it and the others audience to this charade silently profess their approval and respect this constructed space by refraining from intrusion. It is an 'obvious' reaction, universally understood and also an unnecessary obligatory agreement. I would like to take this reading forward by intentionally intruding the next time I am a witness to a constructed personal space, averting disapproving stares and angry scorns,hoping it provides for comic relief.

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