PJ Powers: Raw Data

Reading the article Noise Floor: Between Tinnitus and Raw Data made me come to the conclusion that we no longer use raw data quite as often anymore. In fact, our first instinct is to move away from it, towards things “much greater”. In today’s generation, we tend to feel the need to compress data so that it is “easier” to understand, and thus, we are less likely to make mistakes. An interesting question comes with this; what would happen to us if we no longer had the access to those simpler ways of doing things? How would we understand the raw data without the neat package that we are used to it being wrapped in? Considering these modern times, when we want to learn a new skill in technology we gravitate towards applications such as Photoshop and HTML5 in an effort to make our work techniques easier and faster. How would this generation fair without these things? How would the next generation fair without the internet or even technology in general. This, I believe, is one of the things that make Glitch art so interesting. We want things to work “correctly” and most people view glitches as mistakes. Most within this generation feel they can’t afford mistakes and believe that working with raw data increases the chances of making them. I believe working with those mistakes instead of against them and assessing them as aesthetically/contextually pleasing can be considered as a commentary. A commentary on the way our generation views, values and increasingly depends on modern technologies staying functional.


2 thoughts on “PJ Powers: Raw Data

  1. I definitely agree that the question you pose is very relevant to the piece. The question can also be discussed in conjunction with our reaction to the 3d model assignment and how we asked the professor for a tutorial. Our generation has a difficult time doing things without clear cut instructions on how to do so. We also want what we do to be “perfect”. We are daunted by the idea of messing up and want to find a way to do something without any flaws. There is no room for experimentation.


  2. I like your questions raised from the reading. It makes me think about the role of glitch art in the technical society. I believe we have our own way to make mistakes in our work, and the significance of those mistakes is more important than the correctness.


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