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Textured Text: Reading Lamp Variations

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These pieces visually represent the change in Media Literacy & the consumption of text. As we shift from printed text to digital text, our reading behaviour is altered.  As various reading tablets make digital text more portable & accessible in different environments, the printed text is replaced by digital text. Currently, sales of e-books are exceeding those of printed books ; even the comic book is becoming a digital commodity.  So what happens to the reading lamp ? Will it become as quaint as the phone dial and vinyl record ? Perhaps in future museums & dusty libraries only highly trained specialists will understand how to turn the lamps on, open the books, and flip the pages.


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7 responses

  1. leecleland

    You could be right about that! I for one will rue the day that books become obsolete. There is something satisfying and tactile about holding a book and the feel of the pages as you turn them with that slight slithering noise. An e-reader doesn’t feel the same even though I use one.

    May 2, 2014 at 5:59 am

    • elmediat

      Eventually printed text will become a special art form, much like alternative process photography. There is also the collectible factor. You really can not collect digital copies in the same way one collects hard copies. 🙂

      May 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

  2. Hmmm. I wonder. I like the images, the second one in particular, and what they represent. Very thought provoking. I have a new appreciation now for my reading lamps. 🙂

    May 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  3. I just looked around a bit to enjoy some of your other textured text images. 🙂 Absolutely fascinating! It would such an incredible experience, I think, to have a printed collection of them, with actual tactile textures. The visual textures in themselves are amazing but it would be over the top to touch them in a printed volume! Have you ever thought about pursuing a publication like that?

    May 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks for the comments & visiting some of the older posts in this series. Liz purchased some textured photo paper. I have intended on trying some to see the results. The resolution on my original pieces may not be high enough for mass production. Small individual pieces are possible. 🙂

      May 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

  4. In truth, these items could become nothing but a part of history. It seems very sad.

    May 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    • elmediat

      Older forms of mass media do not die out completely. They can become specialized forms of art or become incorporated into new forms. For those of us of a certain generation, this change does cut to the heart of who we are & our experiences-identity. Time is a bit of a thief & conman. He gives you something with his right hand, while picking your pocket with the left. 🙂

      May 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

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