The world keeps spinning

Adapt or die – that’s where we are these days. Maybe not quite that fatalistic, but it is important to stay up to date with new media and technology as they impact and alter every aspect of our daily lives. I came across these unique convergences with new media, creatively rethought.

Performing arts: The Twitter Opera

London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) presents “The Twitter Opera,” to be performed at the beginning of September. Members of the Twitterverse created the storyline. The libretto will consist entirely of 140-character tweets. Will anyone be attacked by a flock of birds? Someone let us know.


Food/wine industry: “Will Feed for Tweets”

TasteCasting combines socially networked people and the social media applications they use. TasteCasting’s purpose is to help restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and other food services grow their business.

A simple concept: Networked diners gather at a restaurant, which shows off whatever dishes or deals it’s promoting. The diners then blog, Tweet and record video before, during and after the get-together, posting their thoughts to an array of social networks.

As stated in the website: “Who knows, we might even positively contribute to our country’s economic recovery.” Hey, you never know.


Public art: Yellow Arrow

Yellow Arrow is a global public art project of local experiences. It’s a new way of exploring cities built around the philosophy that every place is distinct and engaging. Using yellow arrow stickers placed anywhere in the public realm, mobile phones and an international community, Yellow Arrow transforms the urban landscape into the personal histories and hidden secrets that live within our everyday spaces. Yellow Arrow aims to provide a platform to see the world in a new way.

It’s a wonderful site if you love to travel, but can’t always get away. It can be used for virtual travel, or as ideas and places for trip planning.


Research/technology: AlloSphere Research Facility

Visualizing, hearing and exploring complex multi-dimensional data provides insight that is essential for progress in critical areas of science and engineering. The sheer amount and complexity of the data overwhelm traditional computing environments, and the need for richer and more compelling visualizations continues to be a priority.

The AlloSphere is a one-of-a-kind scientific instrument that is the culmination of Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin’s creativity and research efforts in media systems and studio design. It is revolutionary in design and provides the means for complex and varied research projects. Working with renowned architects, acoustical consultant firms and visual consultants, the AlloSphere was completed in February of 2007 at the California NanoSystems Institute, UCSB.

It’s like avant-garde performance art, but rarely repeating itself.

4 Responses to “The world keeps spinning”

  1. lg Says:

    In addition to the social/experiential/ arts /scientific arenas that you cited, Twitter, as well as other social media applications, are also making inroads in healthcare. While the acceptance is likely slower than in other professions (privacy & confidentiality being the biggest issues, among many others), hospitals and other healthcare organizations are starting to investigate ways to utilize these media. There are opportunities to communicate with a patient’s loved ones while in surgery; educate patients and their families; and, for many hospitals, use for disaster/emergency situations.

    Adapt or not — that is precisely where we are today.

  2. janet g Says:

    “There are opportunities to communicate with a patient’s loved ones while in surgery;”

    Not from the patient though, right? We haven’t yet moved into telepathic (even under anesthesia) social media, have we?


  3. lg Says:

    Really laughing out loud (w/o the text lingo)!!!

    No, I don’t think there are telepathic abilities when a patient is under, but who really knows. . . .

  4. janet g Says:

    Just wanted to clarify technological advances…


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