Another space lecture has again expanded my ideas that will feed into my dissertation. As well as providing more scope, what was interesting from this lecture was a discussion of mobility and its impact or effect on information, and more specifically our desire for information.
In the context of info-consumerism, mobility can be thought of as a driving force, for without mobility the desire for information may be restricted. This desire to expand knowledge is something that is driven to us in modern society by the desire to educate, to expand upon what we (need to) know. The intention if there was one, perhaps, is to create a society of thinkers, yet also to redefine what constitutes personal space in post-materialism.
The concepts introduced in Mike Punt’s lecture almost directly relate back to my chosen spaceman, whose mobility is physically limited by both physical restraint and the resultant issues that affect his movements through the city.
His communicative space - extended as discussed by the use of mobile, wireless technologies - is a gateway to wide information resource. The current technology, however, may limit his access to some of this information; the information revoluion is still visually biased.
However, by circumventing the materialistic space that surrounds him, it could be said he has attained the personal space that exists in the age of information; that of the immaterial.