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sanityscout
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On-Screen Depictions of Texting and the Internet
Very interesting post on io9 linking to a cool video about how much of television and film still doesn't know how to portray texting and internet use in a captivating and aesthetically pleasing way. My first thought when I read the headline was echoed immediately in the video - BBC's Sherlock does a masterful job of depicting text messages that I have yet to see the equal of elsewhere. The on-screen texts are elegantly designed, incorporate elements of mystery to keep the interest going, and allow us to keep an uninterrupted view of the action (and reactions) without panning away to a boring closeup of a phone. Korean and Japanese filmmakers also get a good shoutout. As far as the internet goes, I agree that it is a challenge that hasn't quite been solved. The desktop video is a cool option, but not exactly visually riveting when it comes to design. On the other hand, simplicity is often the best option, if we can learn something from the 1995 movie Hackers. You might roll your eyes, but despite the cheesiness and clear fictionality of the computer graphics, I have to blushingly admit that I had a heck of a good time watching it. What can I say? Those people were hot, and I wanted to rollerblade around track of a edgy videogame/cafe/club hangout with some colorfully-dressed computer outlaws. What? Admit it, guys. Do you all know some good examples of depicting texts and the internet in television or film?
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This is honestly something I've never thought about, but now that you pointed it out I do find it an interesting problem. Texting is such a huge part of our lives now (whether we like it or not) that it is odd to have a story about real people and not include texting in some way shape or form. I'll have to pay attention to the next movie I watch to see how they try to solve the boring text problem. Thanks for sharing this!!
I can't think about if I've ever noticed this or not: perhaps since I can easily remember a time when texting was not a big part of my life, the absence of texting in movies doesn't bother me. Still, I have noticed those awful cut screens when a text screen is shown, and the lull is definitely felt, especially in moments of high adrenaline. I don't know that this problem will be solved quickly, but it will certainly be interesting to see how it will develop as texting technology develops as well. How will they begin to show devices like Oculus Rifts and Google Glasses? Only time will tell!