Now I could have easily included this post on the Implied Spaces blog – it fits the criteria . The reason I chose to place it here is because of process and content. As you can see, the image developed out of a screen capture of this blog. It incorporates a modified version of the background with My Community icons and icons from recent blog posts that I have liked.
One of the things that intrigues me about the blog space is how context, information and connectivity of links shape the information presented. In a way it is the problem presented by the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus – of stepping into the same stream twice. Each time you see the page, it changes – because the Community icons keep changing, along with changes in the Top Posts Icons, and changes in the posts I have visited and liked. Add to that the icons of those who have liked a particular post or have left comments and the informational context of the blog space is always in some degree of flux.
This naturally shapes and modifies to some degree the message conveyed by the actual post. There would be some bloggers who would prefer to remove the noise of the extra context as much as is possible, but the blog space by its nature contains and conveys information. Like all Mass Media forms the information is a mix of intended and unintended messages. Depending on the viewer, who brings personal context with them to any form of Mass Media, there will be a host of layered interpretations of the media content.
The two photos I used in composing this image also deal with change. The one shot was of a passing pick-up truck with a dog riding in the back. The other shot was of cracked pealing paint on an outer wall of a building. The first shot is change in motion the other is motionless change.
So what is your personal preference ? Do you attempt to reduce the flux of information on your blog posts or do you embrace the chaos of multiple streams of information ?