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Near Time, Unrecorded

Barcelona: Camp Nou

How the performance of a cellular network degrades with extremely high density/usage, such as Barcelona – Real Madrid at the 98,000 capacity Camp Nou, where real-time sending rich media such as photos and video was impractical. I’d guess that most of the updates happened on the way back from the match, rather than at the stadium itself.

In a world where ever more of our experiences are documented, near-time how does the mass documentation of the same experience impact our desire to document? Does the personal/social/historical/.. value of an event rise if in effect it cannot be documented realtime? How event controllers can throttle bandwidth or open up the network to everyone effectively overloading the network and having a similar impact as throttling?

I’d guess that it’ll polarise the desire to capture experiences: to those where the sheer scale (or tempo, cadence) of an event(s) becomes the reason for documenting, and at the other end of the spectrum where no formal documentation is a sign of the event’s value, a shared agreement that leaving it unrecorded itself enhances its value.