My concept ideas look into media theories of interaction. According to John Thompson, who draws on the work of Habermas developing ideas from the Frankfurt School. there are three distinctive types of interaction. Face to Face interaction, Mediated interaction for instance people talking on the phone and mediated Quasi-interaction which refers to the social relations created by modern day mass media. This interaction stretches across space and time but does not link individuals directly. Thompson makes the point that all three types intermingle in our lives today.
Functionalist theorists such as Charles Wright (1960) and Denis McQuail (2000) focus on how media integrates and binds societies together. Those who have a rather positive view on The Internet see it as a positive addition to human interaction and argue it enriches and expands individual peoples social networks. Separation and distance from friends and family becomes more tolerable due to internet communication. (Giddens 2009)
One theory I would like to represent in my work is from Howard Rheingold’s ‘The Virtual Community’ (2000). He looks into the ‘Virtual Communities’ which he defines as “social aggregations that emerge from the Net when enough people carry on…public discussions long enough, with sufficient human feeling, to form webs of personal relationships in cyberspace’. He then goes on to say that being in this world is a lot like being part of a physical real world but in a disembodied form.” I want to interpret this in this project by representing us in a disembodied form, but showing the interactions we make in real and virtual life. Some scholars could argue that we spend less time interacting in the physical world(Giddens, 2009). However it could be possible we are constantly surrounded and taking part in virtual and real like interactions.
In my concept ideas I have incorporated the use of sound. I want to reflect on the ideas of Theodore Adorno (1976) of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He argues that “Musical forms tend to reflect the society within which they exist.”(Giddens, 2009) for instance in capitalist society, musical forms take on predictable structures to offer easy gratification These forms train people to expect repetition and uniformity.