This is the question (really, the paragraphs…) I emailed Jeff the other day.
I’ve been thinking about this concept of The Real that we’ve been talking about lately, as well as the concept of “an experience” from earlier. It seems that part of the definition of The Real that we’ve
been dealing with implies that a “thing” is more real when it is more easily incorporated into daily life…taking your mp3s everywhere with you so there’s a “soundtrack” for life, the ability ability to take
DJing anywhere via the Scratch system and mp3s on a laptop. To me, these aspects theoretically make listening to music or DJing less of “an experience.” In the case of the mp3s/iPod, listening to music is no longer really something that has a definitive beginning and end to separate it from the “experience” of everyday life. And as for DJing, from Will’s description it seems that in its first conception it truly was “an experience,” contributing to the community gatherings in a significant and definable way.
These are kind of just musings, but the basic point is that for me, there seems to be a disconnect between the developing concept of The Real and the definition of “an experience.” So, is there a way to
reconcile these ideas? Do they only seem contrary to each other because of these specific examples? Are the concepts of The Real and “an experience” not really that related? Is our class’s working definition of The Real just still in its formative stages?