Technology, Aesthetics and Human Perception

The new technology of podcasting is becoming increasingly popular as an e-learning tool. According to Johnathan Sterne’s, “The Audible Past”, for sound, the feature, which stands out, is its characteristic of assuming a desired form. This element of sound makes it different from other senses. In recent years, podcasts have evolved as a sound reproducing technology. Research helps us to understand how the elements of media aesthetics like sound, text and virtuality provide knowledge magnify and plasticize ideas about podcasts. (Jonathan Sterne, “The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction”).

There is a reciprocal sense of resiliency between the learning practices that were informed by sound reproduction and podcasting technology itself that was enhanced and adapted through the knowledge imparted. Teachers can record lectures, book discussions and assignments. It consists of a series of audio and visual files, which can be distributed over the internet.

Through podcasts, a student can view different audio and visual perceptions. When they see a particular image with preconceived ideas, they tend to see what is there in their mind rather than seeing what is on the screen. The perception changes based on the designs and patterns on the display screen. Human perception has contributed to enhancing technology. Consciousness is also playing a role here because; the viewer is just blindly following what the mind is telling without being conscious. At this time, only the visual senses are working and all other senses are passive.


One Response to “Technology, Aesthetics and Human Perception”

  1. Learning is an important way in which media affect our lives. Because learning is such a strong focal point during our most crucial developmental stages and for such a large portion of our lives, the media used in teaching impacts us profoundly. We are trained to comprehend information in specific ways and become accustomed to our information being filtered through specific media. We become physically more dependent on the senses which we have been taught to use and slowly lose contact with our other faculties. The media of the time becomes almost like a system of breeding. Training us to be more visually or audibly dependent and weeding out those who are weak in these specific areas.

    This seems to be a practice very limiting to our society, but perhaps, one that is progressing. As media become more and more integrated and the visual mixes with the audible, perhaps we are learning to spread our learning across all our faculties to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of our world.

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