I started this a few weeks ago but only just got round to writing the final-ish draft of the brief:
Can we learn from our virtual interactions? Are there aspects of the internet that can translate to the physical world to enhance and improve our relationships and the way we network and connect with each other?
By working on a series of short, mini projects, I want to explore this relationship between virtual and physical.
1. Facebook is replacing traditional methods as our preferred way of communication. Rather than denouncing it, or persuading people to move back to traditional ways – letter writing, face-to-face contact or even phonecalls – are there any aspects of Facebook that can translate into our physical interactions to change the way we think about communication?
2. Every day most of us create content online without thinking about it – we tweet our thoughts and feelings, upload videos onto Youtube and check-in to locations on Foursquare. But do we realise how much information about ourselves is out there and readily accessible? Would we be willing to walk around handing this information out publicly?
Is it possible to construct a profile of someone using the information only found online – and would they recognize it if it was presented to them? Could this information be shared with new people as we met them to create connections and conversation starters?
By the end of these mini projects I will determine an area of interest to be further developed or have identified a problem to be solved which will become the final conclusion to the project.