Critical Approaches to Culture + Communications

A Weblog by Ron Burnett (Founded in 1994 and now celebrating 23 Years!!)

This site began as one of the first academic sites in Canada when the World Wide Web was in its early phase of development. I have maintained it through many iterations since 1994.

TED Vancouver 2014 (2)

Just attended a workshop on Google Glass. The challenges of a new medium were clearly present. Filmmakers Hannah Roodman and Ben Milstein described the process of shooting a documentary film about the relationship between Hasidic Jews and Caribbeans in the Crown Heights area of New York. Their question was, "what story could Glass help you tell?" The position of the camera above the eye provides a first person view of events and people. It was not clear whether there really was a difference with traditional modes of camera use and the Glass as a technology. Movements were rapid and often from angles that would otherwise have been difficult. But, it was hard to tell if we were looking at a new medium or an old one. More time will be needed to understand this and see whether a shift is really taking place.