The art vs. commerce binary discussed in the Gray chapter is a cultural dilemma almost as old as cave paintings. In my professional work as a pop music critic, I wrestled daily with walking the tightrope between addressing and critiquing the artistic elements in a recording or concert experience, and advising the consumer on whether the product or experience was worth shelling out money for.
FWIW, in the academic side of my work, I've addressed this binary in two different journal articles ...
The PBS series "Frontline" produced a typically insightful program about many of the issues we read about last week. It's called "Generation Like" — yes, that's meant to be you — and it explores the various dimensions of participatory culture, from how it affects celebrity to how media consumption itself changes.
Watch the full episode here.
Here are a few snippets ...
Below you may download part 2 of a former student's project paper.
Again, this is a paper that scored well — though it has significant room for improvement, too. We can discuss an edited version of this later in class.
Use this paper as a good example of using the denotative and connotative description from part 1 as examples for an analysis of the communication at work in your object. Note how the student incorporated readings from the syllabus to support her argument.
Another interesting example of the pattern/direction of technological development we discussed this week: Moleskine, makers of high-quality notebooks and sketchbooks, have partnered with a digital stylus maker to create a pen ... that writes on real paper ... and backs up the words/imagery digitally!
Read the article here
And here's a video showing how it works. Pretty amazing!