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how people read online

in doing research for my thesis, i was looking at web psychology and how using this medium requires fundamentally different mental processes. consequently, people read material online differently than they would if it were in a book. they scan, generally. it's about breadth, more than depth. i was not able to use this material in my thesis work, but i thought it was interesting. here's the link.
the website's summary is itself very demonstrative of the principles it advocates, kind of like scott mccloud, with his don't-just-say-it-show-it kind of mentality.

amazon is fun

Amazon hasn't gotten me my book yet. I plan on clubbing Lindsay tomorrow though and stealing her book. so things should work out fine.

Return of the author

so in the effort to avoid a pointless and scattered presentation/discussion on wednesday, I'm trying to work through "authorship and film" with coherence in mind... and the only thing i know for sure so far is that the author is definitely back from the dead in a big way. All the essays (so far) seem to be asserting auterism (or something very much like it). All the readings of films (especially those about a body of work) use the author and his relationship to the text to create meaning. Though they all recognize postmodernist critiques of authorship (getting quite sick of references to Barthes and Foucault and the same quoted passages), none of the essayists consider the author to be dead - all the films are deeply contextualized in relation to the author.