According to Jamie, we have an interested in interactivity because “we are able to interact on a new level and are constantly reinventing the ways that we do so”. But this is not the only reason why we crave interactivity in our modern world. We desire interactivity because it a liberating mechanism, creates interactive realities and ultimately allows us to create our own utopia.
It is a liberating mechanism, because it has made certain things in life faster and more efficient. In our interactions either with another user, a document or system through interactivity; we can send messages or information instantly and then receive immediate feedback. Look at typing on a keyboard, sending messages over email. All of these happen instantaneously, making life both quicker and more effective.
It also creates interactive realities. For example phones and webcam conversations create the reality that we’re actually beside the person and talking with them even though they maybe oceans away. Also interactive artworks can create the reality of a different space.
Much like what Ian was saying, “interactive art allowed the viewer to become the participator and in turn, the hand of the creator in theory” we now have control of this “interactivity”. Since we are the creators of these interactive realities (which are not necessarily artworks, but can also be things such as the Web), we can shape them to anything our desires like. That ultimately allows to each form our own vision of “utopia” through interactivity.
Therefore interactivity has allow life to become easier and instantaneous, forms interactive worlds and eventually model our own utopia.
Fuery, Kelli. New Media: culture and image. 2009