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Wiki kudos

Also, I want to reiterate how pleased I am with the way the wiki has turned out. I've showed it to a few friends who are definitely not up on their hypertext literature, and they all liked it quite a bit. Good job, us.

End of semester craziness

I think that much of the posting craziness that has gone on in the past few days is evidence of our collective procrastination, but I, for one, have enjoyed it quite a bit. For perhaps the first time this semester, I find myself approaching the blog as something fun to do, rather than something I'm doing for a grade and therefore must do an impressive job of. I'm going to be a bit sad to have it gone. I hope that you guys keep posting every now and again, even if only occasionally. This has been a lot of fun.

Attention Economy

Two articles necessary for this blog entry (and anyone interested in modern internet theory in general): here and here.

I mentioned in a previous post that not everyone has the privilege of being heard. This differs in a pre-digital society, in which if you had the ability to speak, people had to hear you (barring earplugs or a hurricane). In a digital society, everyone has the ability to speak, but getting heard is a completely different project. For example, in order to speak on Slashdot (the infamous techie hub), one must only login and comment. After a comment has been made, however, that comment is assessed by other users and is assigned an evolving numerical rank from -1 to 5 (-1 being flamebait, 5 being very good). Comments can reach a 5 on different merits -- informative, funny, etc.


I'll keep this short and sweet:

Spanks for the memories, the posts, the blogging, the wiki-ing! Thanks for making my almost-last English class at this college an experience that was so different (in a good way) from any others that I've taken. I will miss blogging here and I'm glad that you all made this class and blog worthwhile for me. =)


Etiquette and Anonymity

Read it. And weep. I think. (??)

I'm not sure what's going on here. I see Pogue's reaction as indicative of a societal position in which interpersonal interaction is real and in which there are consequences. Pogue laments that this has changed and that there is no respect anymore. I wonder if this has truly changed.

Pogue claims that the internet is anonymous and this has led people to do and say things without repercussions. In my experience, however, as one who has dabbled intimately in the internet security industry, this is anything but true.

I make myself Laugh

I sometimes wonder whether blogging is a sincerely egocentric operation -- does anyone really care about much of what we have to say? My experience dictates to the contrary, and yet I'm still sitting here blogging away (though that might have something to do with a 25% hidden away on a syllabus somewhere--). I started out this project by dictating that I would escape this narcissism by simply presenting the content of others, but if you look at my blog posts so far, it seems I've audaciously decided that you want to hear what I have to say. Or think, if you believe that any sort of thinking went on in those posts. Maybe I have a bunch of monkeys sitting around with wireless keyboards--

Signing Off

On that note, there really are other things I have to go do. But I want to use this last official post to thank the rest of you for a genuinely interesting and challenging semester -- the content of this class was so dependent on us as students that it could have been really dismal if people hadn't engaged and contributed, but all of the rest of you consistently came through. So thank you for that.

I hope everyone has a great, restful break, and who knows -- maybe we'll run into each other back here.

Open Formats

The anxieties of inaccessibility are starting to be addressed not because of artistic projects (it is amusing to me, if no one else, that artists seem more concerned with producing content and then worry about the form after it has been released to the public), but because of legal/commercial concerns. Massachusetts lead the way (lead in that it made it a very public and commercial issue) by adopting the OpenDocument format (for a number of reasons), but it always makes me wonder why artists submit to proprietary formats (like Storyspace). Do artists not realize that in adopting a proprietary format they are giving over control of their content to engineers and coders governed by commercial interests?

Getting personal

I expressed in an earlier post my frustration with the feeling that it's when the work is most pressing that the other things that need attending to start clamoring most loudly. Below is the text of a poem I included in my hypertext, and which definitely provided one of those experiences of paranoiac enlightenment -- that is, I couldn't believe how many of my lexias it provided a perfect link to or from. Right now, what it does is evoke so many of the other, non-academic things that count:

That they loved to go on unmistaken, that they loved

Temporality and Possession

Writing about 2Advanced, I find myself intrigued by the idea of temporality and why I find it so threatening. That is, why do I find myself threatened/annoyed by the idea that content can disappear or only be available during certain points in time? (as a brief note, this was brought up in class at one point where we talked about the difference in having information online vs. in a book, and how digital information is at once more ethereal and more permanent than printed works).

Aside from the annoyances with illusionary temporality I already discussed (nothing annoys me more than a pretense to temporality that I can easily bypass), I wonder at my need to have things on my hard drive. That is, even though the video is on YouTube, why do I still feel the need to download it to my hard drive? Hard drives fail, as do other forms of media storage, so in some way the video is safer on YouTube than it is on my hard drive.