Final project proposal: a hypertext work of my friends' and family's stories

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One of my favorite writers, Ken Wilber, once said: "We move from part to whole and back again, and in that dance of comprehension, in that amazing circle of understanding, we come alive to deep meaning, to value, to vision." This way of viewing the world--in an integral fashion--resonates with me both in how I approach life and in my scope of media studies; to understand the parts you must know the whole, and vice versa. I would like to apply this philosophy to my final project through a work of hypertext storytelling.
Everyone has a story (or a few) that is so uniquely unique that it defines each person's very self-identity. I want write a work of hypertext lit that weaves together the hilarious/sad/unbelievable/incredible/heartbreaking/profound/whatever stories of my family and friends. My project ties to media theory in three ways:

Term Project Proposal, the proposal of poetry

So, since the beginning of my Creative Writing class this semester (Poetry) my professor has insisted, repeated over and over how we don't read enough poets, and how we need to read more poets. He is quite right, and I haven't followed up on this; I don't like reading poetry, honestly, I can write it, and even when I write it, I don't feel it is TRUE poetry. So, as my proposal, I want to do some sort of hypertext tree of poetry. It'll consist of pieces of different poets that don't speak the same language --translations provided-- are from the same country, or lived during the same time frame.

Final Project Proposal for GPS systems

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With abundant digital medias and technologies at our disposal, we should know how to distinguish advantageous features from excessive ones. Since these items are highly advertised and their abilities are constantly updated, the judgment is hard to make. An example of this technology is the GPS, a mobile navigational system. Installed in vehicles of customers who opt for this choice, the GPS interacts with users by mapping out their destinations with directions on its screen or through an automated voice.

It seems convenient. I know that my own directional skills could stand extra assistance on the road. The GPS navigational system is a very useful and revolutionary way that society has combined information with technology. Yet it is sometimes the easy way out that does not lead us anywhere beneficial.

Term Project Proposal: Hyperphotos

I'm hoping to take the text out of hypertext. I beg for your feedback to help me direct this project better, but I'm excited by the possibilities. Basically, my project will be some sort of photographic image-map hypertext. Needless to say, that's under the creative project category rather than the critical project.

What's an image map?
You've seen them around, even if you don't recognized them by name. This map of new york is an example. Basically, an image is broken up into lots of little pieces, and each piece links to a different page.

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My Proposal is a series of YouTube videos on "Pomona's Secrets". You can see my whole thought process on my blog, but here is my latest entry and my proposal:

I blinded myself from what I wanted to do. All I had to do was take a step back to realize what the true essence of my project is about. The title of my blog, Pomona Secrets, summarizes what I want to do; I just did not put two and two together. My thoughts were so concentrated on figuring out a series of videos that every college student could relate to, but was experienced by students on campus. With that thought in mind, I came up with the ideas for asking where to sit in class and who to sit next to. It also led me to the idea to ask what types of secret concoctions people created in the dining halls with limited ingredients. Try to make the videos transcend colleges ended up limiting my perspective. I have, however, overcome my limitations.

Wiki links

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A couple of us have posted our personal pages on the class wiki. If the pages are titled as our names, we'll never really find them, so I suggest that we categorize them under the Special Pages > User List > "Your name" page, which gives the page the "User:Crazy Enough" style of title. This way they're all at the same place -- that user list. I basically linked every proper noun and then some on my page, but I haven't yet filled in any of the pages to which it links. Links with the destination page filled in are automatically blue, links with to-be-created destinations are automatically red. I will fill in the pages to which I link later. There's also nothing wrong with editing other people's pages. For example, I mention the word "art" on my page, but I don't link it. If you are an artist so you create a page for "art," feel free to make that word on my page link to it. Make sense?

Bluetooth

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We haven't really ventured into the bluetooth domain of wireless everything. I will honestly admit that I only have a basic knowledge of bluetooth compatibility and software, but I know its product base is expanding. Its staple, as we all know, is the cell phone headset. That little device always causes me to double take random people driving in their cars talking to themselves, only themselves is that annoying little think on their ear. It definately was not made with the intent to be worn around others because the conversation constantly arrives at the question "Are you talking to me or the person on the phone?"

Gendering cyberspace

In class today, we talked a little about how cyberspace is gendered, usually female. I remember that people had some reaction to this. It made me think about other forms of technology, such as GPS where the voice is female and if there is anything significant about that.

I've been trying to do a little reading on cyber feminist theory, and I think the idea is that women's liberation and technology took off and found 'identity' at approximately the same time, and thus share a parallel path. Man has in the past, been the dominant, whilst female and machine are the submissive.

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here comes johnny yen again/with the liquor and drugs/and the flesh machine

All of the cyborg readings we've done really sparks my interest in studying more about whatever field it is where you consider really big things to be machines. It's really interesting to me to put together these really huge and abstract chains of causality and ascribe them agency, almost as if they were some kind of living thing. Reading the Critical Art Ensemble piece, one word immediately came to mind: Paranoia. Initially in the "those whackos" sense, but then as I'd seen it in Gravity's Rainbow, where it sort of blurs into more of a general "everything is connected" that I read as having implications about causality in general.

Project Proposal: Google Earth

I intend to focus my critical project on the technology of "Google Earth." For those who are unfamiliar with this, Google Earth is one of the more recently developed aspects of Google, where a search engine of maps, satellite imagery, and three-dimensional buildings and geographic locations can be present. As the site's homepage acknowledges, you can: "Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press search, and you'll zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions, tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings."

I propose to research and provide a detailed analysis of the functions that Google Earth offers, in addition to the companies and people in particular that benefit from the site. I hope to discover the positive and negative elements to this form of technology, as well as the people and places most likely affected. Above all, I will question the existence of Google Earth -- how our society as a whole may or may not benefit from this form of technology, and whether the program is an invasion of privacy for many individuals.

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