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more on reading

New Yorker article on the NEA Reading at Risk report, Ong's theory of orality and literacy, McLuhan, brain stuff, a retelling of the illiterate peasant tool grouping story, television, and lots of other stuff we've talked about this semester.

Kindle content perchance

J.M. Coetzee's new book is weird. It's a split screen. Each page has 3 sections that they're calling streams. The top stream is essays, the middle a diary from an authoroid, and the bottom a monologue from a character. There's no "look inside" function on Amazon yet which is annoying cuz I really wanna see what the page looks like.

Ender's Game

So, at my own academic peril, I just re-read Ender's Game . A helluva tale, everything you could want in a piece of science fiction and perfect, I think, for middle schoolers. There are two important games in the book. One is a fantasy game that all the cadets in battle school play on their memex-like "desks" which are essentially laptops that you put yourself into, similar to old fashioned cameras where the photographer got under a curtain.

implemented <em> Implementation </em>

Spotted a little bit of Implementation stuck on Walker Wall today. Walking north through the northern opening you'll see it most of the way up the little protuberance that marks the northeastern end of the wall. It is south facing. Something about Frank and pirates.

talks and narrative as performance

Some talks:

narrative spread so thin you didn't even realize it was there

Walker needs to stop tossing around the word narrative. She admits as much:

•"Neither Obey nor Space Invaders uses narratie in the formal sense as defined by narratologists." (p. 14)

• "...if my various self-represenations on the web can be read as a narrative (and that may not be the best descriptive term), ..." (p. 15)

• "Perhaps these aggregated narratives are not true narratives." (p. 17)

memex articles

The memex has been popping up in my mind recently as the msm likes to talk about these kinds of things. This New Yorker article and this Brooks' column pose the sames kinds of questions as Bush but don't offer any prescient solutions.

Where are the Vishnu Cookies?

Meant to post this thought last week after we spent a lot of class talking about facebook. One thing we talked about was the difficulty of labeling identity constructs. What do we call that part of someone that is their facebook profile/blog personality/ virtual body?

a man, a plan, a hypertext: quetico

So I'm going to expand upon the contributions I've made to the class wiki and continue with a Quetico based hypertext. I want to write it on a storyspace type program that isn't a wiki. This is important to me because I want readers/users to read the text as a full-screen slideshow and not through their browser. Ideally it would be accessible through the web. I want the hypertext to be navigable through links in the text/images and through an interactive map of the lake country. This way a trip through the text can mirror a trip through the lakes.

virtual bodies etc.

- "Once encoding in the material base has taken place, it cannot easily be changed. Prints and proteins in this sense have more in common with each other than with any magnetic or electronic encodings." (p.73)


"The immateriality of the text, deriving from a translation of mechanical advantage into informational patterns, allows transformations to take place that would be unthinkable if matter or energy were the primary basis for the systemic exchanges." (p.76)

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