Pathos appeals gain potential when multiple modes of communication work together.
A lifelike experience
Multimodal communication incorporates different sensory perceptions in a lifelike combination. Multimodal technology allows composers collect, combine and share data in a method similar to human experience. With communication so closely resembling human experience, multimodal technology has a pathos appeal more powerful than the sum of it's parts.
Attached and trusted
Wearable technology represents this powerful pathos potential. Taking technology out of our hands, and putting it on to our bodies enables an all-time closeness. Feeling attached to a multimodal device extends pathos potential when we physically attach the device to our body. A fitness monitor wrist band knows our physiological data more than we do. Google Glass remembers things we forget. It matters what these devices share with us because we trust them. And what they tell us can change the way we feel.
Continuity as closeness
Physical contact with wearables is a mode in itself. Multimodal composers should consider how this level of physical closeness will effect the powers of pathos appeals. Maybe sharing contact with our devices will effect our desires to feel or communicate without them. Evolution for multimodal composition is as unavoidable and unpredictable as human pathos itself.
Pathos (12 May 2015)
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