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Future Role of Multi-media Technology: Poetry-making and Policy-making (Part N)


Future Role of Multi-media Technology
2. Multiplicity of alternate representations
3. Collective "composition"
4. Conceptual bridge-building through "morphing"
5. Virtual reality
6. Transformative moments enabled by computer

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Part N of Poetry-making and Policy-making: Arranging a Marriage between Beauty and the Beast (1993)

1. Multi-media environments

In the case of poetry, technological innovations have led only to some explorations of computer generated poetry -- and to the use of wordprocessing with its advantages of direct access to dictionaries, including rhyming dictionaries. Much poetry is now available on CD, and this will soon be associated with visual information. Such a medium will permit sophisticated explorations of text, whether or not it encourages "better" poetry. Like it or not, a sign of the times is that priests can now purchase a CD-ROM disk containing a large array of sermon texts, with related hymn and liturgy proposals. By choosing a theme for the week, a busy priest can now have access to a series of relevant proposals for his weekly duties.

Music has made much more extensive use of such technology, including aids to experimental composition using libraries of sounds and melodies, combined according to previously unforeseen rules. Music can also be combined with dynamic patterns of light in usual ways. In this respect, colour and pattern manipulation has developed enormously with the use of computers, notably with the possibility of selecting and controlling literally thousands of colours.

The relevance of such technology to these arguments lie in its potential for holding complex relationships between patterns whose parts may be selectively associated with text, colour, shape and sound. Those in the computer world have not been reticent in acclaiming the value of computers as tools of the imagination and for the exploration of new patterns (Clifford A Pickover, 1990, 1991; Tom Graves, 1986)