The Man in the Kinect
Back in high school, one of my coaches would annually hand out a poem about the 'Man in the Mirror' I dont have it with me, but the message was along the lines of the mirror forces us to be honest with ourselves and our actions. You can't lie to yourself as you face the man in the mirror.
Well, I got used to seeing the Man in the Mirror as I grew older. Shaving, brushing my teeth, fixing my hair, whatever, I got used to the 'me' that looked back at me so much so that I stopped to notice 'him.'
Funnily, Kinect has changed this. Yourself: Fitness Evolved and Dance Central have forced me to view myself differently, in probably a most unflattering and real-time manner. It has really caused me to pause, re-awaken and reflect on the fact that, well, I'm not taking as good of care of myself as I should.
I just find it interesting how this amorphous or shadow version of virtual me, has a positive bit of shock factor to it. That's not the silhouette I want to see, and clearly that is how people are seeing me. Where the original Man in the Mirror had become nothing more than a semi perceived means to an end, this new Kinect one practically hammers me across the head with clarity. It is me, but for a moment I am also the 'other' observing me in real-time.
I'm not sure if this is the exact reaction to a family video or static photos or if there is something about the moment and the technology that come together to make it even more impactful.
Anyways I'm really enjoying Kinect, but I find myself just as interested in how this 'interface' is impacting me. Have any other GWJers found themselves with a similar reaction?
(Sidenote: The Harmonix designer who included the stop motion pictures in Dance Central was brilliant. That is such a hilarious feature.)