As a spin off from Luis' thread on social media, where we briefly touched upon this subject, I'd love to hear other's insights on the thought that struck me while posting there. As progression over last decades, all media seem to converge more and more (*). Music is enjoyed with video, images come with words, words with images. Music, for the major part, has lyrics, and is presented on vinyl or aluminium with an image. Already from my generation (70s child) on, we are less and less exposed to either of those alone. In many musea, one starts to see mixtures; purely images (paintings, sculptures, photos) does not seem to 'entertain' that well, so there are added videos to tell more about the work, its creation or its creator. And at the same time, novels (those classics, with only words) aren't selling like hotcakes. The internet, for sure, is a pure mixed-media communication channel. What I do wonder about, is how these changes influence our fantasy, our abilities to mentally complete a work with the part that isn't actually there. Reading a (well written) book leaves people making images of the lead characters. Seeing a good photo invites one in to make up the story on what happens inside that image. I think this fantasy is not only fantastic to have, but is a large foundation of our creative minds. So, what happens if we're less triggered to let our fantasy have a go at words, or an image... if we're constantly given both? How will this affect what we create, and how we create it? If one expects a photo to be "embedded" into words as part of a story (rather that being a story on it own), does that change your approach significantly? Does it change the result too? I really have no real thoughts on this yet; if I'd have an idea, I'd share it here. It may sound a bit like crying wolf over something happening as part of a natural progression, but it's not. It's not an attack on 'new media', nor saying that ye' ole' ways are better. I'm just really wondering if such changes matter, and if yes, how they'd matter. (*) I admit this could be left to argue as well, and sure feel free to point out to me if this premise is already flawed.