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What a strange reading by Julian Bleecker (2006) this week. At first I was confused, then I was curious, next I was bored and finally I got it. It isn’t just about my car telling me the fastest route through traffic, it is about objects forming agency and having the ability to form change. Bleecker uses the example of letting poultry telling us where the H5N1 virus takes charge. Discovering information such as this would lead to so much more learning about this world that we live in.
He describes a ‘blogject’ as an ‘object that blogs’ which comes across as a bit nutty. If you really think about it, are these objects giving an opinion? In a way they are, they are reporting on what they know. Which is what they are technically monitoring at the current time. Have you lost me yet? I don’t blame you if you have. This is a strange topic, but I do believe in a number of years this idea of objects blogging will be more viable (or maybe I just don’t really understand it). At current it seems that airplanes blog, well according to Bleecker they do. I wouldn’t have thought that because their routes are traced and they predict weather, that they are technically blogging. It is possible I should reconsider exactly what a blog is, because at current I think to blog is to communicate with others online, voicing opinions and thoughts. Come to mention this, now I get it.
There is a lot of possibilities in this concept of blogjects, the future could hold anything. Our fridge could be telling the freezer to ease off on the temperature as ‘it’s getting a bit nippy up here’ or the car booking itself in for the next service. I find it quite exciting that objects can ‘talk’ and have the potential to communicate, there is so much more we can learn about the world.
This is my last post for the global networking subject I am undertaking at UOW, I will be sad to finish these blogs but I certainly won’t stop blogging. Expressing my ideas, thoughts, moods and what have you in blog posts enables me to think in depth and analyse myself. ‘Is this right? Is this wrong?’ I ask myself before I hit post. Then I realise it is my own blog and my opinion is neither right or wrong, it is just my opinion. Having the freedom to express myself is liberating, Internet you have been kind to me and I hope this will continue…let there never be a day where trolls attack my page!
Bleecker, J. (2006) ‘Why Things Matter: A Manifesto for networked objects’ [URL: http://www.nearfuturelaboratory.com/files/WhyThingsMatter.pdf%5D