My last “new media” piece looks at the resurgence of the dystopian genre. Partially, I was interested in the oversaturation of experiences leading to the desensitization of feelings. With an influx of news and other visual experiences, it often feels just as the McLuhan’s graphic describes, that "it isn't that I don't like current events. There have just been so many of them lately" (70). The documents that I read regarding dystopias say that they attempt to shock their audiences out of their apathy, but shock does not work in an oversaturated world. I do not want to live in a world of ‘allatonceness’. I sort of like the isolation of experiences…it helps inspire a newness and excitement.
I was also interested in exploring how “technology created a the myth of green pasture world of innocence” (72). After taking an Environmental History class this term exploring the myth of nature and how different environmental movements helped and hurt groups of people, I was interested in the portrayal of nature within these films. Is nature separate from the human element? Captured or controlled?
I definitely have some unanswered questions, but I enjoyed filming this over the past week with its beautiful weather. I filmed over four days along the river as the sun set to keep a consistent mood/lighting. For the music, I played with the sound of popcorn and eagle-cry-lullabies. I transcribed a bit of a carnival tune as well, but I sort of liked the overdramatic darkness of the low notes.