Philip Madsen's assignment

Wireless internet on the train.


With the chance of me misinterpreting the term hybrid space a bit, I though of wireless internet access on trains as an example of this, insofar as wifi always is dynamic data overlaid on a physical space. I’ve never tried it on the train myself and I have absolutely no idea how the wifi connection on trains work from a practical viewpoint, but I’m imagining that they have a giant mobile phone lying in one of the train compartments that you connect through, although they probably dont. You’ve been able to go online from you mobile phone for some years now in DK, and thus been able to move around, and not being tied down by having to stay in the vicinity of where the wifi signal is being transmitted from. But as far as I know its somewhat new to be able to be online on the computer via what I think is called mobile broadband, where you’re not (relatively speaking) restricted by your physical location. You can go online anywhere you please, and don’t have to worry about leaving the area of the wireless signal. Although the laptop is very unhandy for the purpose, you could be walking around the city and surf the internet on your laptop while moving. The dynamic data has, roughly speaking, sort of overruled the physical space. This is part of the paradigm shift that Manovich is talking about: “If society as summed up in Michel Focault’s metaphor of Panopticon was organized around the straight lines of human sight, i.e. the geometry of the visible, this is no longer the case for our society” (Manovich, p. 224). With using the internet on the train, it’s a different way to be online on your computer. The physical space that the so called dynamic data is overlaying, is in this context no longer static, the same way a city for example is (although you might be moving within the city). Usually when using your computer to go online, you’re rooted to one particular spot, but on the train, the physical space moves from A to B, while you stay within the same hybrid space.

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