Remix “The hybrid or the meeting of two media is a moment of truth and revelation from which new form
is born.” writes Marshall McLuhan, introducing the potentials of media within a mediated society. In a sense, media is presented as the double-edged sword, limitless in its potential when actuated by the creative user, yet limited and confined in state of “Narcissus-narcosis”; jaded by the “flickering of images” and the constant production of new digital mediums and media. A distinction is made between the “seamed” and “seamless”, in reference to the realities of computational power, its role, our expectations, and why our misconceptions limit its potential. An interesting link between McLuhan and the other readings can be found in the discussion of consciousness, effect and affect, and the difference between thinking and making. This awareness requires a critical approach or thought outside of mere production, looking past a perceived linearity, the mask of bright lights, sounds, and images, to find the true structure that lies beneath. Specifically, as noted by Allen, “this would imply understanding the computer not in utopian terms (turning away from matter and reality), but in more pragmatic terms: articulating a more complex interplay of the real and the virtual,” using the computer more as an instrument, rather than as a tool designed for a specific task. For Kwinter, this is manifested as an exploration/exploitation of limits, or type of “resistance” that hints at notions of something deviant and subversive. In exploiting the potentials of the electronic, a new form of unorthodox creativity has manifested itself. We no longer merely consume, but have the ability to create, converge, re-hash, re-mix, and disseminate content as active participants in realms of networked culture. The accessibility of media and of globally networked computers has proliferated the ability for users to create and share content, but has also created accessible platforms from which these users are able to break into the complexities of digital media. In doing so, users have the ability to hybridize and hack existing systems, unlocking the latent potentials
“exploding into all dimensions as once”. These critical and creative acts go beyond mere cause and effect or a list of common solutions but merge the realms of thought and making.of half-baked ideas. hybrid programs. pushing the constraining limits of our given state of equilibrium. and new networked connections in order to foster the creation of something new.