Multi Touch Interface

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Professor Fitzpatrick mentioned multi touch interface in class and I think it is really worth seeing. Check it out here.

I want one of these for my room.

Hypertext-o-rama

So the discussion today in class really made me think about the idea of the web being nothing but hypertext, link after link, and I wondered if there was any website like that actually out there. So first of course, there is the wikipedia entry about hypertext, which in itself has a lot of hypertext. HyperWiki But I also came across what I now consider to be a life saver in many ways. Well more of a clarifier of all this jargon that has been thrown at us. I hope that I am not the only one who is having difficulty getting through these readings because of the extensive amount of computer technology jargon. UGH!

reader beware

Does anyone remember the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine? I remember reading those when I was younger and the poems we read by the Oulipo reminded me of them. They were so awesome because you could choose to navigate your adventure through the book anyway you wanted.

The idea of the author giving the reader more control of direction through the literature is interesting. It seems that in the new digital literature might entice readers by appearing to offer more choice in navigation but really limited the direction and development of the overall story.

Interactivity & gaming

Today's discussion on interactivy of hypertext, and the references made to older, text-based games reminded me of something. Has anyone heard of Progress Quest? Basically, it's a role playing game where the computer makes the move you would've made, only better -- the goal of the game is to progress to higher levels. It's actually a joke, Progress Quest is a commentary of the direction computer games are moving towards - one where we often see less user control and more of a scripted nature, including plenty of cut scenes.

Literature

In our last class we were talking about whether machines could replace humans in terms of authorship in literature.

I have to say, the thought kinda horrified me. In a number of literature classes I've attended, we try to take into account the ongoings of the writer's life, their pain and their joy and how or if that emerges in their works. I think part of what makes literature meaningful is this translation of human experience, in the hands of someone with talent, into material that can be shared by others.

Hypertext, again? Aye...

After reading George Landow's "Hypertext and Critical Theory" I realized that the hypertext media sounds more useful as a source of encyclopedic, references, journals, essays kind of literature rather than a story, or "'high' literature." I mean, I can imagine sitting reading some novel by Thomas Hardy, and thinking about the different aspects of society he is criticizing, and wanting to know more, and clicking on the links that will take me there, and reading a lot of material about Hardy's society, and me never finishing Jude the Obscure or any other of his novels. It would be a nightmare, but at the same time an easier format to access the vast amount of information regarding any particular aspect of what one is urrently reading.

TechPresident

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SO, there's a new organization tracking the 2008 presidential candidates' uses of web 2.0 technology and social networking websites. Here's an article about it on TechCrunch

it's nice for me to know that candidates are realizing the influence that web 2.0 has on potential voters our own age. I hope youtube channels and myspace pages convince some us to to actually vote next election and possibly win one for the liberals. I've spend enough time reading that the democrats aren't united well enough and won't mobilize together.

More Blogsites, Younger Bloggers

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It's no question that for nearly any area of interest, there are not one but many relevant blogs. The blogging phenomenon has moved to cover everything from business to shoes, offering wider and wider ranges for increasingly larger audiences. And because the large audience of internet viewers is also hitting at younger and younger ages, children and young teenagers are introduced to both the benefits and harms of such internet content.

In some ways, it is advantageous for our technological enhancements to be available to children, as they are learning for the first times in their lives how to seek information and fulfil specific tasks. I know that if I had known about Wikipedia or even search engines like Google when I was in middle and lower school, I would have been much more fortunate.

A Hypertext Nightmare?

I played around with the story "Afternoon"--perhaps it should be underlined since it seems like a long story instead of short-- and though it was amusing at the beginning, after awhile it got not only confusing but annoying. When I started pressing return, and or clicking on words, and then going back to the previous page, I realized that some of the clicking--though either clicking of words, or clicking the return key-- still led to the same page. After doing this, and getting over it, I realized that I clicked on the tiger section, and when I was through with it I was taken back to the beginning where I had to choose between the lady and the tiger once more.

Quick on one the reading

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A few thoughts on the Landow: wow; always nice to see someone take on hypertext and dig deeper than "this is really convenient" as to why it's important. On a personal note, it's also nice to get an indirect introduction to some thoughts and movements in criticism that I have been itching to learn about but haven't been exposed to really. Great point that people have been doing this in slower ways (activation energy too high for hypertext's emergent properties to show up) with footnoted scholarly articles and criticism, and then in a more centered way with postmodern fragmentation & allusion (see ulysses).

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