The Footnote

After reading Hayles essay I thought a lot about my history with footnotes. My experience with literature mostly included footnotes that were citings to other texts. What I learned from this is that you don't need to read a footnote. But then I met some useful footnotes (alas, more reading). Publishers of Shakespeare texts often have an entire page of footnotes for every page of story, all translating the definitions of the words that Shakespeare uses that are no longer recognizable to us.

term project assignment


The term project assignment is now posted and linked at the appropriate points in the syllabus. Please let me know if there are questions; we can discuss them in class on Friday.

walking with dinosaurs

This looks really, really cool. You should read that article. I'm just going to assume that you have and not explain it at all. I do find it interesting that the more immediate the experience, the more time the articles covering that experience point out all of the technological wizardry behind it.

I hope that makes sense. Let me try again.

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sorrrrrrrry i have to run right now but check these out....

our wiki fiction

I think we agreed that we were gonna just put some stuff on the wiki and let it go for a while. So let me explain the content I'm gonna start to post. It doesn't need to be what we end up with or anything. I was thinking about the experience of reading these hypertexts and one thing it reminds me of is canoe trips through the systems of lakes and rivers that comprise the Minnesota-Ontario border. A typical trip is 2 weeks, starts at one lake and ends at another.

Afternoon Observations

-Titles are doing are lot more work here than we're used to. What kind of book is it in which every page has a title?


As soon as I saw Hayles' essay, I realized that I was supposed to read it online. The contents and endnotes all are hyperlinked. After five or so pages, though, my eyes cried mutiny. I much prefer reading on paper than on screen (I wonder how cultural vs. biological this is). I then read the print-out in front of the computer, which I used to access all the texts Hayles refers to. This worked for a time, but, with the sun shining merrily, I gave up and took the print-out outside.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun

While reading the introduction to "Hypertext 2.0," I was struck by how newer media seem not to create entirely new ways of reading or writing a text, but rather make certain pre-existing ways easier than before.

principles of new media have infiltrated my fashion


Well, well, well, looks like American Eagle has discovered the power of enticing consumers with "their own personalized identities" through the selection of various things you can put on this hoodie!AE hoodies



Since we've been talking a lot in this course about the ways that new media use pre-existing content, I thought that might be a nice place to start for our Wiki.

We could make a narrative out of content that already exists and mix different forms of media, like websites, books, videos and songs.

The other thing I thought of was that we could somehow give a different meaning to something that already exists. This is an example (and it's enjoyable so definitely watch it):

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