Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Out of Our Depth: Hyper-Extensionality and the Return of Three-Dimensional Media
by Brecese, Justin Alan, M.L.A., University of South Florida, 2012, 100; 1508088
Abstract (Summary)

This work theorizes the contemporary attraction to three-dimensional media. In doing so, it reframes ongoing debates surrounding digital three-dimensional media in order to critique the neoliberal social relations such media engender. I argue that the contemporary interest in dimensionality, especially regarding digital media, is symptomatic of a broad cultural shift, wherein millions of lives are now essentially being lived through two-dimensional, "flat" media, which have consequently generated a lack of spatial relationships and a craving or desire for "depth." This "desire for depth" has arisen in contemporary society because people are being "spread too thin" through a combination of the radical connectivity afforded by digital technology and the demand for limitless flexibility imposed by the market: a condition I call hyper-extensionality . My work examines how neoliberal capitalism necessitates the individualized, radical connectivity now experienced by millions of people, and subsequently generates our attraction to three-dimensionality in digital media. Through analyses of select, prominent forms of three-dimensional media, I show that commercial three-dimensional media largely functions to maintain the status quo by helping alleviate the feeling of "depthlessness" in the social unconscious.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferguson, Scott
Commitee: Grieb, Margit, Rust, Amy
School: University of South Florida
Department: Humanities and Cultural Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Multimedia Communications, Social structure, Film studies
Keywords: Augmented reality, Digital media, Film, Neoliberalism
Publication Number: 1508088
ISBN: 978-1-267-25665-2
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