we feel fine?

i just realized that you can view emotions by city and that they have quite a few from claremont. soon after that, i realized that you can follow an entry to the blog whence it came. so you have access to most blogs written by people in claremont (i can't imagine that our blogs contribute). it's a little odd. it's refreshing to read sentiments rarely expressed IRL here, but it also feels creepy to think that i could know the people writing. i actually did stumble on a blog written by someone i sort of know who graduated last year. i stopped browsing after that.

On lazy language


A very short entry and mostly just one question.
Reading Jughead's thoughts on NYtimes articles made me think of one I read that had me scratching my head.

Relatively Uninteresting Article

A run of the mill look at what the internet's been like for 4 years business piece. Except one thing which I'm sure is present elsewhere but haven't thought about until now.

Al Gore and technological determinism

So I was making the ol' bookmark bar rounds and came across this review of Al Gore's new book. The 3rd and 4th sections of the article (they start with a giant "T" and "I", respectively) concern Gore's commentary on television and the internet. Basically, Gore sees television as having ruined the national discourse by transforming the American citizen into a passive couch potato (actually a hypnotized chicken here) who only recieves information and does not engage in any sort of feedback.

Choose Your Own Adventure

My experience as an author of non-linear texts is confined to a narrative project my 5th grade teacher had us do. This is 1996. We used a program called Hyperstudio, a sort of Powerpoint meets Kidpix which allowed you to use buttons (links, essentially, but they were called buttons in Hyperstudio) that transported you to another page.

The thing was, being 1996, our classroom only had a few computers, so the teacher had us diagram our 2nd person plots beforehand so as to speed up the hyperstudioing once it was our turn on the machine.

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