Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the World

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the World - YouTube: ""

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This song has been on my Ecojoy music list for a long time, but I couldn't say why.  It occurred to me today: Standing by me is a form of non-verbal communications. a way of saying that people can overcome fear when they support each other.

This version is especially meaningful in the discussion of Ecojoy because of the introduction of the Playing for Change idea: The technology of multi-track recording allows the producer to capture a song by multiple musicians in different locations at different times, and assemble the results into a single presentation.

This has been done for many years in audio recordings, but those are usually edited to sound as if all the music was played or sung at the same time and place.  Playing for Change music includes video, and shows the different locations and times.

Playing for Change couldn't be done economically without computers, digital audio technology, global air travel, and the Internet, including YouTube to coordinate the production and distribute the results.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up" (1962)

So how do media and technology influence our thinking?   Not the content but the medium itself?  Here're some hints:

The song Don't Hang Up is about a telephone call a girl is making to her boyfriend.  We know what hang up means, because the telephone has been commonly known (at the time the song came out) for about 80 years.

What would the people of the year 1850 have thought of the term hang up?  People in the current year (2012) have had little to no exposure to telephones that used rotary dials, but we still use the terminology to dial a phone.  Or, if there are no telephones in the year 2025, the term hang up will have only archaic meaning.


Another song example is Jim Croce's song Operator, recalling the time when telephone operators (usually female) assisted with making connections (see video above).
Just like media and technology give us new words and new meaning for words, they also give us new and different metaphors for how we relate to other people, and to other things around us.
And we take in each medium in a different way.
Spoken words are a series of sounds made by the mouth, intended to be heard by the ear. The brain compares the sounds to words we have previously learned, and then uses the words together in context, and interpreted with knowledge of the current situation and the way the words are spoken meaning is derived.
Written words are different. As are written words that are published. And television. And the Internet.
And then there is Sade's Smooth Operator, which is a different use of the word operator:

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Mirror Neurons

Mirror neurons help people to understand how others are feeling...an explanation from Nova on PBS:

Watch Mirror Neurons on PBS. See more from NOVA scienceNOW.

This explains how empathy works.