I don’t really remember everything we talked about in class in terms of materiality and hybridity together (I think I was turned off by the abstractness of the story from the book) BUT the idea of hybridity and adapting to changes in technology is something that I DID think about in class. Hybridizing the technology we use every day (such as the book we read in class using the page to screen website) is a good way to help include people of all ages in the steady progression of technology. Where often times older people are left behind because of lack of experience/interest in new things, or younger people let an “analog” technology fall by the wayside because they might view it as old and boring, this kind of thing is a great way get everyone involved. In terms of material preference, where an elderly person might prefer to hold a book and physically turn the pages, an eight year old might find that tedious and prefer to simply swipe their finger across a screen (as more and more people are becoming accustomed to.) With hybrid, it’d kind of like a happy medium where there’s enough of each version included to bring in the interest of the black, the white, AND the grey! Get the older people more interested in digital media and also to get younger people more interested in analog media. Instead of researchers and engineers focusing on just one or the other, there can be a focus on both that allows continued technological progress without leaving anyone or anything behind.

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  1. This is a fascinating and great view on hybridization. However, I don’t see how well this can be done outside of books. The only other example I can think of would be the fact Lego is making a video game of their product that’s similar to Minecraft in play style. In that case, they’re taking a digital representation of the Lego bricks and making them placeable in the digital landscape. the only other issue this could have would be the task of splitting the difference between two mediums. For the page to screen, it worked because the pages were effectively large QR codes. For other things though, it’s trickier. For example, the popular meme of people making 3D prints of the save file button in word documents, otherwise called a floppy disk. There might be decent ways to do this, but I personally don’t see how hybridization of technologies will work all that well.

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