This is more for me than for anyone else... writing is progressing slowly but surely. Find myself trying to manage about 30 open screens (I just love Google Books for finding those hard to locate phrases), multiple windows with text (largely to prevent writing something I've already written somewhere else), and piles and piles of open/closed books, scattered papers, and two cabinets of books staring at me disapprovingly for not having read them yet. But hey - I managed to put 4608 words down for the first chapter! Not necessarily in sequence, and definitely not polished in any way - I suck at polishing anything, really - but they're there. Let me share, for fun, the first draft of the opening paragraph of the book:
"You live in media. Who you are, what you do, and what this means to you does not exist outside of media. This does not mean life is determined by media; it just suggests that whether we like it or not, every aspect of our lives is mediated. This "mediation of everything" is but one aspect of media life.
Part of this kind of life is coming to terms with what has been dramatically described as the "supersaturation" of media images, songs and stories in households, workplaces, elevators, shopping malls, bars, airports, and all the other in-between spaces of today's world.
This overwhelming, empowering, mindless and thoughtful torrent gets fueled not just by attention-hungry global (and local) companies publishing an unrelenting and accelerating stream of media - today, most media content and experiences are produced by you and me: in our endless texts, chats, and e-mails, with our phone calls from anywhere at anytime, and through our online social networks.
With the majority of the world population owning a mobile phone, telecommunication networks spanning almost every inch of the globe, and the sales figures of any and all media devices growing steadily worldwide, an almost complete mediatization of society seems a rather obvious observation. Yet a media life is so much more than just hardware, software, and contents - it is also everything we do with and in response to media. Ultimately, a media life is about how media are both a necessary and unavoidable part of lived experience - from the way we fall in love to how we break up, from how we work and play to how we make sense of the world and our role in it."