The Great Conversation

I've been thinking on Ong's writing on immutability of writing. More specifically how the internet is both complicating and destroying what he sees as the classical objection to text. This is, as I read it, that speech always came from a speaker and that, that speaker could be questioned and challenged. Print even when challenged remains immutable and aloof.

the role of the artist

I'm a little bit confused about McLuhan's idea of the role of the artist. He seems to be saying that the artist must make people aware of the profound cultural changes brought about shifts in the types of media we use. The artist does so (I'm led to believe) by drawing attention to the media as important: it's not what's on television that matters, but the television itself.

Selection on YouTube

When we were talking about Manovich's idea that one of the principles of new media is that it involves selection, meaning that one can choose from images, text, and pieces that have already been made to make something new. The first thing I thought of was this YouTube video called Amateur , in which the author videotapes himself making sounds on a drumset and a piano and then edits them together to make a song.

even fools like new technology!

Hokay, so: I was just in the middle of posting a comment to gnugnu's last entry, but my internet decided to do what internet does best and mysteriously refreshed itself, thus deleting my comment. So I decided to post it as a blog entry instead, because it does in fact relate to the reading.

Some Thoughts on the Reading

Before class tomorrow, I want to write out in (virtual) print some of my thoughts on the reading, as much so that I can get them straight in my head as anything else. I won't bother trying to organize them into a coherent bundle now.

On Manovich

FYI -- for tomorrow's class, I'm going to want to focus on the introduction and first two chapters ("What Is New Media?" and "The Interface") of The Language of New Media. Come with specific aspects of the text in mind that you'd like to discuss. (In fact, you might begin your discussion of them here...)


I think it's really interesting that so many of us chose to write about the interactivity of new media. That's just one aspect, but obviously one that fascinates us, for whatever reason. Speculate away.

this gives me "Goosebumps"

I found an amazingly scintillating plot map of one of those "choose-your-own-adventure" books (and apparently I wasn't the only one to find it :) ) drawn out courtesy of Andrew Stern in a blog post on Grand Text Auto that definitely takes me back to the days of my youth:

Stories in Tattoos

Shelley Jackson experiments with new ways to write. One of her recent projects is called "Skin" -- a story in tattoos on the bodies of 2095 volunteers. Her website has links to other experiments, such as a collaboration with her sister about dolls. She is particularly interested in the the spatial aspect of writing, using different areas (such as the web or human skin) to express her ideas.

Should Wii be playing outside instead?

I was looking through Henry Jenkins blog when I noticed an article called " Are games art?

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