Paul Gavarni, Le Flâneur, 1842
Seal goes on to use the flaneur metaphor for our interaction with social media in the 21st century.
Before digital computers, the data was typically recorded in some permanent medium.
|Rodin Museum: a data collection?|
If we widen the definition of data, we can consider a Rodin sculpture to be a statement (data) set in stone.
Is anything digital permanent? Can it ever be? The fact that the digital is fuelled by electricity, which is of itself a moving stream, does this makes us feel it is impermanent? Do we have a sense that our daily data stream is essentially ephemeral? After all, does yesterday’s status really matter?
an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest
and gives the usage example "gold and silver artefacts". The etymological entry states "'by or using art + ' something made".
Perhaps one of the attractions of the data stream is that it allows our naturally creative side to use some art to make something, however small, however transitory, which gives us a small taste of the transcendence which the flaneur sought.
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