An average US citizen on an average day, it says, consumes 100,500 words, whether that be email, messages on social networks, searching websites or anywhere else digitally.
And as the university says we sleep for seven hours a day, in practice that means that three quarters of waking time is spent receiving information, the majority of which is electronic.
From the late 90s to today, emerging mechanics sprouted a new breed of digital media companies.
The mechanics of blogging software dicate that the newest items goes at the top of the page. As a result, we changed how we value news and content. New beats high-quality, in-depth, and reliable content. Audiences are wired to get a rush from novelty.
The mechanics of Twitter transformed why we share. Media consumption became a form of self expression, and publishers optimizing for a social network’s news feed won.
The mechanics of Pinterest are transforming our media diet around collecting things. A constant stream of images is more valuable than a million-dollar photoshoot with only a few resulting images.
The lesson of the web wasn’t simply adapt to the Internet, but rather adapt to new mechanics. Throughout the history of the web, mechanics continued to produce new behaviors, and, in-turn, changed what people value about the media that we consume.
Everything has become liberated, has been set free – the arts, the media, the signs – at the very moment of history and only under the condition that freedom has no meaning anymore, at least not in its historical meaning.
Freedom today means freedom of abstraction, abstraction of anything into an exchange value.
Money is an abstract exchange value.
It is the telepresence of objects and values. The image as the telepresence of the object repeats this logic of the capital.
"It’d go off the newsstands in a week if they printed the real truth … [like] a plain picture … a tramp vomiting, man, in the sewer.
And next door to the picture, Mr. Rockefeller … Just make some kind of collage, which they don’t do.
There’s no ideas at Time magazine.”