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reading response 12: Gaming Mechanics

Both readings related to how a video game is developed. I will mostly dig into the game time vs real time argument and slightly touch upon whether or not we create the story of a video game or there is already a plot set up for us.

reading response 11: Virtual Communities

In Howard Rheingold's reading, "The Virtual Community", Howard describes online communities as able to "change our experience of the real world, as individuals and communities."

reading response 10: Race & Racism ONLINE?

As mentioned in our class discussion and in the reading "Race In/For Cyberspace: Identity Tourism and Racial Passing on the Internet", Lisa Nakamura brings up a point identifying the internet to be somewhat tangible allowing us to "surf" through sites. This idea of surfing through an idealogical thing like the internet is somewhat amusing as although we identify the internet as "not real" we apply things that are "real" to it. Another example was the idea of gender or race.

reading response 9: CybeRape

Julian Dibbell speaks to us about how the online realm shouldn't be law-free. In the case mentioned in our class discussion over the NYU student for example, it is clear (at least to me) that it was full-blown harrassment. True it may have started on the online realm, but once the problem reaches through your internet into the "real" world things start to get messy.

B-B-B-Blog 8

All this cyborg talk makes me think of what it would be like to actually live among cyborgs.

I'm afriad of two things.

First we must assume that the transformation of becoming this "cyborg" figure can not happen universally, and is a slow process.

Now I fear that

1. People will start to shun the non-cyborgs and vice-versa, treating cyborgs as a different "race" or "gender" completely.

2. Out of these people who resist this process, what would happen to them? Would they be treated as inferior?

reading response 8: A Cyborg Manifesto

In this reading, Donna Haraway goes in-depth in explaining a society free of gender, gender roles, and anything related to sex. She goes into talk about a "cyborg", defining it as a "a cybernetic organsm, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction." She continues to describe it as a "creature in a post-gender world; it has no truck with bisexuality, pre-oedipal symbiosis, unalienated labour, or other seductions to organic wholeness through a final appropriation of all the powers of the parts into a higher unity."

Term Project Proposal

For my project, I would like to experiment and research the evolution of advertisements online. I will do this in through two things. First will be a creative form of research which will require some help from my fellow classmates in a form of a survey. I am still trying to develop ways on orgainizing this survey online, and hopefully will figure it out soon.

Reading Response 7: Remediation

Jay David Bolter, and Richard Grusin mention an idea from a movie, "the wire".

"If the ultimate purpose of media is indeed to transfer sense experiences from one person to another, the wire threatens to make all media obsolete."

B-B-B-Blog 7

Well our midterm has finally been put behind us, so I thought I'd post my website here.

There. Now, we're doing with that.

Just wanted to talk about something I came across while surfing youtube. Ebay scamming. This basically means that an user will falsify or lie about an auction and make it seem as though you are bidding on something even though it may be a completely different object.

Reading Response 5: Mediums is the Message

"In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control. it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical facet, the mediums is the message."

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