We have no idea what it means to live in a world of images. It’s like constantly living in an environment where the music is too loud: it is shrill and tiresome, and requires too much emotional support. Is living in a saturated and very emotional infotainment world a good thing ?
A world upholstered in/by screens also means a world covered with cameras; who will control them? Are we currently developing a Big Brother type system of citizen oversight ?
Can we let the media consortiums continue to influence our imaginations for three hours per day? What is the price ?
When the screen soon becomes flat, foldable and rollable, what will be its new daily uses ?
Due to digital capabilities and digitization, the image will enter an unprecedented era of reproducibility and be greatly multiplied in terms of quantity. What kind of proliferation-is desirable ?
Are the new forms of media writing that are appearing the equivalent of the arts of memory of the ancient Greeks ?
Previously, with printing we re-organized our access to knowledge and mastered the administrative monster that the state has become. But we have also made progress in a path strewn with wars. What is the collateral damage from millions of images which attack our hearts and minds on a daily basis? This new civilization of interactive images-on-screens will push us further into uncharted territory.
What are the pitfalls? Do we know these images well enough to let ourselves be manipulated so blithely ?
Mankind used writing as a key means of memory for over a thousand years. Will this process be replaced by the image ?