This feels like a parasocial experience. I see people I know on the screen and am feeling a connection, but this is entirely one way.

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The speaker Nishant Shah is making this same point. We are with people but not with them.

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"Intimacy only works if it's reciprocal and consensual. If it is not consensual, it is violence."

"Technology is treated as our saviour."

Valie Djordjevic

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"To be intimiate on social media, the work of other people working in the background is made invisible . . . without this invisibility the intimacy woulnd't work"
Valie Djordjevic

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(I feel like this observation about invisible workers is more about corporate platforms.

And indeed, she's talking about paid moderators in the global south [sic])

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Has the virus created unique issues wrt to technological intimacy?

It is not new for technology to create intimate experiences, such as food, dating, private homes of AirBnB. They are breaking barriers and giving the public access to formerly private places, but this cuts out the middle man and the technology becomes the only route to access.
- Nishant Shah

My stream has started stuttering and I don't know what point followed this

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[Stream drop out] We are in a moment of forced intimacy with our digital devices [stream dropout] Machines and devices that were supposed to deliver intimacy to us have become [stream dropout] In that paradigm what becomes invisible what gets eroded [stream drop out] variously [stream dropout] That to be touched, you have to touch. There is an interface... The interactions of digitial objects ... with graphical user interfaces ...

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simultaneously keeps up off balance. When we think about our phones [stream dropout] and we tink about how they touch us, we become the site that is being touched [stream dropout] the phone in a certain way.

The creation of the selfie created a moment of agency in terms of presentation, but it is based on hardware and software constraints. We are in a feedback loop.

Nishant Shah

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We feel in control of digital devices and imagine it is a one-way direction. ... Our devices are hiding. The multiple layers of hardware and software are hidden. The presence of this device is intrusive. It creates a false illusion of control. The phone is not a portal to the world, it is a limitation and filtering of the world and an imposition.

Nishant Shah

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Technology is normative. It forces into boxes. It is a bottleneck. We are within the frame and everything out of the frame is excluded. This shapes us. This is metaphorical in zoom, but concrete in other ways.

Reni

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The most exciting thing about openness is not changes of ownership, but in terms of control of and representation. The GPL is not what's exciting about the fediverse.

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On the plus side, big blue button works really well for streaming panel discussions and the embedding of video into slides is really good.

On the downside, I've heard one work over the last 3 minutes because my stream is dropping out

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"The rectangles frame us. They don't allow us to be intimate, but only allow us to be close. ... We should bring out messy hair, pets and dirty houses in to the frame."

Nishant Shah

I'm so already practising this. I'm on the cutting edge of radical zooming

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Self commoditization does not only happen on social media. It happens when you accept an operating system TOS on your machine. You become a user. You are a commodity that will consume and be consumed.

Closed digital systems are commoditization. From the first step this is happening.

Nishant Shah

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Etherpad not as good as matrix, tbh. But of course one can be embedded in the other.

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There are barriers to openness. There is a privilege to be able to afford open systems. There are cultural and economic barriers. Not everyone is allowed to be open.

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My spouse is not enjoying me streaming the conference.... ☹️

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@celesteh Oh no!

My partner is in love with it - she is a chef/archaeologist and didn't think she'd like it, until I showed her the menu. Now she is more into it than I am!

@ephemeral

She came in for the 5G talk, which had a flat affect and my stream kept hanging, so it may have not been the strongest introduction,

@celesteh No, true enough. Try getting her into the exhibition.

I'm so impressed with all of this so far; it is a treat. I feel like I have travelled, no longer stranded in my home.

@ephemeral My feed keeps crashing, so I'm having rather the opposite experience.

YouTube is crap, but at least it can switch to a lower bandwidth stream for users who have the post office for their ISP

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