Reshaping the Walking Context

Fuller mentions how structure and “algorithmic qualities… are readily evident in a number of field” including nightclub bouncer operating a door policy, or putting together a burger (83). Things as simple as those have an ordered and organized way of execution. Fuller also defines grey media as something “far from the more visible churn” that affects the habits of our society, culture, and life.

When thinking about pedestrian traffic in New York, one cannot think of organization, order nor structure. It is all random, chaotic and does not impose any sort organization. When walking down the street in NYC on any given day one can’t help but notice people crossing the street when the light is green causing a line of cabs and other vehicles to honk their horns violently. One can’t also help being interrupted sometimes by that one person that abruptly stop to text in the middle of the street, disrupting the flow of traffic. Headphones, lights, and many other devices have severely affected the way we walk and behave in the streets. The notion of pedestrian traffic is abstract as it is difficult to understand the way people walk and why the walk a certain way. But what it is possible to recognize is “grey media” and how at often times it is not visible, sometimes it is tangible and responsible for our behavior. Although grey media does not directly affect pedestrian traffic flows, it is fair to say that it has added to and affected the culture of leisurely walking, changing the context and meaning behind the act.

Listening to music, texting, talking on the phone, vibrations, noises, lights, etc. all disrupt the natural human condition. We walk for need, for transportation, for survival, and grey media, has added a context reshaping the purpose.



~ by pja275 on April 26, 2015.

2 Responses to “Reshaping the Walking Context”

  1. I found your post to be the most informative. You linked something as mundane and everyday as walking to Fuller’s sometimes abstract text, and it helped me understand some of the deeper underlying conditions of Evil Media that is not necessarily limited to the traditional or general use of the word media.

  2. I think your post is the most informational post! I really like how you take time to explaining some of the key idea that Fuller address in Evil Media. I think that is very helpful when I went on reading the connection between the text and your site. It also actually makes me think of more connections between my site and fuller’s ideas! A very helpful blogpost.

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