27 June 2011

Point of View in the Electrical Age

According to Understanding Media, point of view in the art and literature of the modern period (1450-1900) was individual, fragmented, linear, and uniform. This point of view mirrored print, which has all those characteristics. The print process (fragmenting into individual steps carried out one at a time in linear fashion) provided the conceptual framework for the assembly line in manufacturing.

With the coming of electricity, everything is (or rather, can be) present everywhere at the same time and the machine no longer drives the economy. Linearity and single point of view are impossible. As a result, art no longer tries to represent three dimensions on two, but has become tacticle and invites participation. In literature, Joyce gives us one character's point of view using stream of consciousness, which is anything but linear and uniform. Art, literature, and music were announcing very loudly the end of the modern age and the birth of the age of electricity. But by now, stream of consciousness is old and overused.

In Angela 1: Starting Over the story is seen through the eyes of the main character, Angela Fournier. Her reality is not only what she thinks about things, but also the people she loves and enjoys and the larger social issues that affect them. Her world is expanding rapidly as she learns. It's her questioning of what people take for granted out of conveniency, complancency, or covetousness that gets her into big trouble and drives the story.

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