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Monday, February 22, 2010

Experiments in Internet Scale - War and Peace

Continuing my musings into innovative ways of illustrating internet scale, I created a new sketch (one might prefer to call it a webpage). I started with the idea that the average web viewer uses the side scrollbar as a sort of measurement of internet distance... how long the content of a webpage is. One can tell quickly by looking at the scrollbar roughly how far they have come and how far they have to go.

My thought was that maybe I could parlay this basic contextualizing of Internet space into a greater realization by the viewer of how much content actually exists on the net. Further, my hope is that they could start thinking of the information they consume on the Internet in terms of standards of measurement used in the physical world, namely distance by inches, feet, and yards in this case.

The question is: Does the artwork succeed?
View piece here. (Be patient, it might take a little while for all of War and Peace to load)

1 comment:

  1. it toook a really long time to load, but i finally got to see it. i think it is a fast way to show the relationship to the "real" world. success is probably in the eyes of the beholder... i think that it could be a little more lasting. by that i mean that it might be better if the piece could hold my (the viewer's) attention longer.. once it was loaded i only spent 20 or 30 seconds with it... but maybe more time isn't needed.