where describes what he means by Hot and Cool/Cold media, cos this I’ve never really understood.
He sez: “A hot medium is one that extends one single sense in “high definition”. High definition is the state of being well filled with data”
Filled with data and therefore definitive, authoritative and giving you little room (if any) for participation/a voice. His eg. - a photograph is high def, a cartoon is low def. (A photo attemps to be visually definitive. A cartoon is not about giving you lots of visual information is, rather, symbolic.)
This brought to my mind the discussions I’m hearing about who gets to call themselves a journalist. “Our official culture is striving to force the new media to do the work of the old” - The Medium is the Massage
The authority of a journalist is perhaps something that belongs to the era of the printed-on-paper-word (world?). “the neat tight package is suited to hot media” - McLuhan.
We’re still here trying to escape the perceived illegitimacy of their own subjectivity.
Did you expect some kind of conclusion here?
I don’t think I want to do conclusions, finality, endings. Not want draw a line under anything. Unless of course I do.