Icons: The Crisis of Credit Visualized

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This is a brilliant visual presentation.

Note how icons are used with minimal animation to convey the message.

Systema: The Seventh Hat

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I didn’t expect it, but I had an epiphany regarding the Six Hats, Six Coats concept. Basically I realized the focuses (columns) of the Zachman framework do not necessarily have to be within the confines of a computer system. It suddenly became obvious that a media perspective (row) had to be added to the framework to account for non-computer media.

The result is the following diagram:

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The implication is a greater flexibility for system specifications.

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Systema: Seven Hats, Seven Links

The McLuhan “Hexad”

When two systems encounter one another they make contact through a medium.

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What that medium is is actually irrelevant.  All media are prone to the same set of costs, benefits and violations within their context.  For example whether you medium is sound, documents or email it is possible to commit identity theft, generate spam or hold a constructive exchange.

In my previous posts I made the case for hexads over tetrads.  Then I cleaned up my insideness and outsideness concept.  I am now, going to make an intuitive leap now in dealing with Marshall McLuhan’s Laws of Media Tetrad and convert it into a Hexad as follows:

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As you can see the additional two things that media does is recieve-transmit and translate.  I have modified McLuhan’s Figure-Ground binary model into a Figure, Figure-Ground, Ground trinary model.  I may be excommunicated by the media theorists, but I think it is worth the risk.