Post-Artifact Media

Manifested properly, each new person who participates in the production of digital marginalia changes the reading experience of that book for the next person. -Craig Mod

In this article, the author defines the post-artifact system as the consumption and engagement portion of the media making process. In traditional analog media, this is a closed loop that completes this system. However, the creation of digital media expanded the entire scope of what he originally believed. With this new tool, audiences gained the ability to interact with the content in countless ways. In Mod’s words, it is comparable to a conversation rather than a standard book. I find his thoughts to be very intriguing and understandable, and I agree with his assessment of the artifact system.

I resonated with this article because of the long term interaction I have had with technology. It has been everywhere around me since I was born, and I have observed the system of processes that Mod discusses in this article. However, the post-artifact system did not make itself fully apparent until social media became more common. I have observed and engaged with countless articles, blog posts, videos, and more. The interaction that I create with others online is an example of the post-artifact system. By doing so, I am contributing my own thoughts to the artifact, which in turn allows other viewers to experience a larger web of ideas and opinions during the phase of the system. They are then able to add their own opinions that in turn expand the system, thus restarting the cycle of post-artifact consumption.

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