Radical remediation, you say?
What’s odd is how ridiculously fun making this image was, and how it felt slightly transgressive. Would I do the same with a photo of a skeleton? With an assemblage from a Hansen’s disease settlement? This is actually fairly sedate; I could have added dancing kittens and diamond dollar bill signs.
When you make a photo “bling” on Blingee, it automatically saves it to the broader social network–what will people (probably mostly children and young adults) think when they see this next to more typical photos of grinning friends and anime characters?
More broadly, I wonder about this moment in internet aesthetics and whether it has more implications for visual representation in both the personal and professional realms.
I’ve never played World of Warcraft, mostly because I want to finish my dissertation someday, but partially because I never found it very appealing. Frankly, it looks like a mess to me, but now I wonder if I just didn’t see the internal visual logic behind it. Now that I’ve been in Second Life long enough to understand the importance of proper avatar maintenance, I can see how easy it is to end up with leopard skin and multicolored eyes.
As a sidenote, this person would actually get taken more seriously within Second Life than a tenured professor in a “newbie” skin. An interesting commentary on this phenomenon is here, a commentary on the growing phenomenon of educators in Second Life and their conduct therein.
Regardless, it’s always interesting to perform these kinds of visual experiments to see how archaeological photos actually form the performance of our profession. And I’d love to see more blingee archaeological photos.