Disclaimer, this was sitting in my unpublished drafts for at least a week or more. Sorry about that.
OK so my title is alarmist and/or tabloidish, but honestly after listening to Jeff’s lectures this week, I am fairly convinced by his syllogistic logic. The tools used to create “amateur” media (and mainstream media too, but we’re not in telecom) today significantly shape what kinds of things are produced. Amateur media shapes mainstream media. Mainstream media affects our society profoundly. Follow that through, and it almost makes you not want to design unless… oh the power! But we should only use it for good, right?
On a slightly more serious note though, it reminds me of some of the topics that have been coming up in Erik’s Theory of Design Class, this kind of very real concern can lead to analysis paralysis or value paralysis. No matter what our concerns, how important the issues involved we need to find a way to continue on with the project and design.
So how do we take these kinds of issues seriously AND not get paralyzed, and create good designs?
Yet another tension the designer must deal with I suppose, I will follow up with more on this later in the week.