Seeing Ourselves Through Technology, Chapter 2 (Notes)

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Eleventh post: 10/12/18 9:14 pm


My honest opinion is that filters is something that we can’t get rid of. The filter is used in everyday life and their are people who dislike filters and loe the natural look, but whos to judge one another I mean  its just a tool used in modern society, on the other hand who think filter’s are a work of modern art and it really does tell a story. There is a  saying that a picture can really contain a thousand words. I can’t remember of the back of my mind, but this saying is true some may critique and some may judge. It’s all about the one person who decides to to share to viewers.

Key Words:

  • Attenuates: Reduce the force, effect, or value of.
  • Terministic: Theory and criticism of rhetoric. It involves the acknowledgement of a language system that determines an individuals perception and symbolic action in the world.
  • Anesthetising: Deprive of feeling or awareness.
  • Defamiliarising: Render unfamiliar or strange.
  • Histamatic: Photo filter that renders the image to look vintage.


In electronics a filter is “a passive circuit that attenuates all signals except those within one or many frequency bands” (Oxford English Dictionary, pg 21). This is more of a scientific way of how filters are used. If something were to attenuate that would mean whatever were to go through a filter would be misleading the natural image.


  • “Not only does the nature of our terms affect the nature of our observations, in the sense that the terms direct the attention to one field rather than to another.” (Kenneth Burke, pg 22). I like this saying because everything from a point of view situation all seems like one big allusion. If I were to compare this to something or someone it would be a magician. Why? It is because a magician is all about having your attention focused on one point, but with the slight of motion it’ll mislead to at a point the mind cant process what had just happened and leave you at an “awh”.
  • Burke wrote about ‘terministic screens’, the terms in our language through which our understanding of the world is filtered (Markham 2013b). This may varie throughout culture. It would include to me the five senses of the human body. Eyes, for clothing and color. Ears, listening to what we would like to hear, Touch, for what we would like to touch. Nose, drawn out any gastly smell. And taste, as to what we intend to place into our mouth.
  • Lowy’s concession to his critics – ‘toning down’ the illustrative style of the very Hipstamatic photo filters that won him acclaim – touches upon an endless discussion about understanding all photography as a manipulated interaction between style and substance, and a timeless debate over the ethics of combinating photojournalism with aesthetics. … [S]cholars such as Luc Boltanski (1999) have argued that the aestheticization of what we see in the media emotionally and morally insulates viewers from suffering of others. (pg 25).
  • Shklovosky (1988) wrote, and continued, The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are know. The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar; to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. (pg 26).

Sorry for a late post, but I am still switching gears and having able to remember to transfer my handwritten notes to the blog. No excuses for me! FYI I copied and pasted the last bit on “Lowy’s concession” and “Shklovosky” and noticed the print was small and squished together that it stood out. So I re-typed it all and still looks all squished together sorry for the inconvenience. And please if you have any questions comments and concerns please comment down below 🙂

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