TELEPRESENCE IN POPULAR CULTURE

A study of portrayals of presence

24: 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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ABOUT THE WORK

MEDIUM:

TV episode 

YEAR:

2007 

WRITER(S):

Joel Surnow (creator) & Robert Cochran (creator)  

OWN COPY?

No 
 

ABOUT THE STORY

SUMMARY:

24 is a fast paced program, in 'real time', where each hour long program corresponds to an hour in the program. Jack Bauer is a counter terrortist agent, trying to rescue people and stop terrorists. Simultaneously, the White House is politically dealing with foriegn govs and leaks on the staff. 

ERA/YEAR:

Present day when produced 

CHARACTERISTICS
OF WORLD:

Present day 2007. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE-EVOKING TECHNOLOGY
NAME:
Cisco Telepresence 
DESCRIPTION:
Cisco Telepresence is a real peice of technology presumably used by the US goverement. It is a system that allows people in differernt physical places to interact with, see and hear each other as of they were all sitting at the same table, in the same room. Half the people sit at a table, while the other half of the table has 3 large TV flat screens set up, to correspond to the real people sitting there. Once the far away people are shown on the screens, it looks as if they are all sitting at the same table. The quality is very vivid and interaction is in real time. Presumably there are cameras recording and transmitting the people. 
NATURE OF TASK OR ACTIVITY:
A meeting to discuss world diplomatic issues. 
PERFORMANCE OF THE TECHNOLOGY:
very well. 
 
ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE TECHNOLOGY
DESCRIPTION:
It is produced and sold by Cisco.  
MAJOR GOAL(S):
Presumably to make money, advance technology. 
 
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE PRESENCE
DESCRIPTION:
Goverment officials, mostly white men in thier 40s and 50s. One white woman, in her 50s or 40s. They include the President of the US and the President of Russia. 
 
ABOUT THE PRESENCE EXPERIENCE
TYPE(S) OF PRESENCE:
Both spatial and social presence 
DESCRIPTION:
The presence is interactive and very real. It is as if talking to someone present in the same room. 
USER AWARENESS:
yes. 
VALENCE:
I don't think they enjoy or dislike it - it just is. It makes communication easier. 
SPECIFIC RESPONSES:
intense parasocial relationships, enhanced communication ability. 
 
ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF PRESENCE
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES:
good. The communication lets the US and Russia discuss diplomatic issues. The story is not resolved yet, as 24 is an ongoing drama. I assume, however, that the US will not let China recieve Russian technology and that Russia will not attack the US. 
 
AND FINALLY...
OTHER INFORMATION:
This technology is very interesting as I think it actually does exist. Thus, the portrayal may be quite close to the way it is really used in goverment. 
CODER NAME:
Amanda Scheiner 
CODER E-MAIL:
amandags@temple.edu 
CODER AFFILIATION:
Temple University 
DATE CODED:
5/2/2007 

 


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