I’ve now written my article for the Picture, Symbol, Icon connectivity brief. I decided to write a short article that will get the reader to really think about the subject, rather than throwing facts into their face. I wanted to challenge the preconception that most people seem to have about technology and how we only ever seem to discuss the positives of social media. The next step is to design the magazine layout and come up with an image and title to go along with the article. I’ve been looking on Pextent to which we converse with each otherinterest and taking books out of the library to help me come up with ideas of what I want the article to look like.
I really like the simplicity through which these images get the concept across. Its really interesting how the subject’s face is obscured and so I think I’d like to play around with a similar idea to reinforce the point I make within my article that technology is forming a kind of barrier between people and lessening the extent to which we converse with each other. Although the monotone quality of these images is interesting, I think my image will have a little colour, to add interest to the magazine layout.
I really like how the larger text is obscured by the body text of the article. I could use a similar technique to hint to the way that online connection and real, in person conversation are in competition with each other. The bold contrast between the pink hue of the page and the prominent black text is really effective.
I love the simplicity of all these examples that I have collated, I want to incorporate this into my design, to let the image and the text do the talking.
The text I have composed for the article is below.
“Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives : we can communicate with more people than ever but does this communication really count as conversation?
Technology and social media platforms are impacting the relationships in our lives, they are allowing us to connect virtually but forming a barrier to proper, open ended conversation. Most people would rather have an argument over text than experience the emotionally charged, unpredictable nature of disagreeing with someone in a face to face scenario. We are desensitising ourselves from each other, shying away from difficult situations and hiding behind our screens. Technology gives us the opportunity to avoid seeing the impact of our words, good or bad. We can avoid getting hurt. Texting, messaging, snapchatting : they all allow us to edit what we want to say, to be less vulnerable, to be more in control of a situation. But what’s wrong with being spontaneous? You never know where a conversation will take you. It is so difficult for a conversation to go off on a tangent when online, to learn things about the person that you never even realised you wanted to know, to learn things about yourself and who you are and who you want to be.
Conversation allows us to play with ideas, to form opinions, to learn about each other and about the world around us. We learn how to read each other’s body language, emotions and facial expressions through conversing with each other, it is one of the most fundamental skills of life. We can learn how other people think, feel and observe the same world that we think, feel and observe ourselves. Through conversation, we hear more than just the person’s words, we hear them. How can you do that through a computer screen?”