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Long Blog Post #2

http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/kruglanski_whereabouts.html

The piece of electronic literature I explored for the second blog post was a piece called “WhereAbouts”.  It is an interactive poem by Israeli Barcelona based Orit Kruglanski and is part of a group of other interactive poem that she developed during her residency at the Institut de l’Audiovisual of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). The poem is fashioned in the same manor as the “Example” district in Barcelona. The  structure and history of the Example is very important in the meaning of the interactive poem. It is a district of Barcelona that features long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and square blocks with chamfered corners. It was designed by Cerdà in the nineteenth century and was considered an innovative design for a city because it took into account the movement of a city, including traffic, people, and the optional path f sunlight. The needs of the city’s citizens was considered, making space for markets, schools, and hospitals every few blocks. This account for urban movement and how it is effected by the structure of a city is a central idea of the poem. 

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The poem is described as a piece to “juxtapose planning and order with movement and chaos”. When you click on the begin button, you are presented with a plain grid that reflects the grid of the Example in Barcelona. Each grey block can be clicked to reveal a snippet of a poem. The content of these poems are centered around urban life, geography, and the people that live in the urban sprawl. Examples of these poems are: “slower than traffic i move invisible,” “who makes geography to tease me?,” and “lost in thought i can be found”. Once you have clicked on a grey block and been presented with a poem, you have the option of creating movement within the blocks. When you drag a block away from the poem, the letters of the poem scatter and move in all directions within the “streets” of the structure. The letters can be moved quickly or slowly and can be recaptured by the grey block. If letters are not recaptured or exit the screen via a street, they remain in constant motion, bouncing off the walls of the grey blocks. Each time the letters scatter, you have the option of repositioning the block so that you can create an entirely different structure than the Example that it was originally based off of. In addition, each time you click a grey block again, regardless of whether or not there are still words or letters left, the same poem reappears in the same way it did the first time. The reader has the option of creating as much or as little movement that they choose. The reader also has the option to create as many or as few letters (or inhabitants, going along with the analogy).

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This interactive style allows readers to experience the change that the poem takes from order and structure to chaos and an unplanned structure. This is meant to be a representation of the movement and life of a city and how a city’s layout has an impact on the people who inhabit it. I was intrigued by the way the movement of the block effected the speed and freeness that the letters had. Some movement of the grey blocks can cause words to stay together and travel in straight, predictable lines while other movements of the grey blocks caused letters to scatter randomly and continuously bounce off of other grey blocks in a random pattern.

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I think that this particular interactive poem is quite successful in it’s mission. While I played with the blocks and letters of the poems, I pictured the letters as people who were directly impacted by the way in which I structured the city. Some structures would result in calm, orderly movement but others resulted in crazy movement that was similar to the hustle and bustle of a crowded city.

One revision I would make to this interactive poem would be to add more color to further the feeling of chaos and movement. The colors of the poem currently are beige, grey, and black but I think it would be more interesting if the poems appeared in a new color each time a reader clicked the grey blocks. This would show more clearly how the different poems and different versions of the same poem interacted with each other once they were sent into motion. Overall, though, this was a very interesting poem to interact with.

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here’s an oxymoron: VEGAN ANIMAL CRACKERS

and i noticed today

THIS IS some kind of a hetrosexual privilage.

and i think about it, that’s exactly it. you

are defined by your relationship to a muffin.

 

It’s hard to stay cool.

having all your marbles is hard work,

what has come out, and taken yours.

 

For beautiful thing we can take

The strains of the world.

i’ll have to tell me

The strains of us lay in the morning

 

so i’ve seen a sensitivity, and an awesome

shouldn’t you be paying attention

Seems like everywhere I go

I’ve been circling my part.

 

it’s like please EXPLAIN THAT

it just ended though

too far along in our climb

finally a reason to die.

 

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For this poem (including the title), I used the Facebook status generator. I originally was going to use them in the order than I got them but ended up mixing them up to form a more coherent poem.  I stayed with the original punctuation of the statuses but did not use the entire generated status for every line. I started to notice a common theme of life in general and how everyone struggles in their own personal way.

Long Blog Post #1

In M. T. Anderson’s “The Feed,” the world in which Titus and Violet live is one controlled by technology – one cannot function without the presence of technology, more specifically the feed. The feed seems absolutely essential and to imagine life without it is impossible for Titus because he, like most people, had the feed implanted when he was an infant. This is how the book addresses the effects of technology on a society. The main question that is asked is this: at what point does technology being having an adverse effect on a society and how do you recognize it?

The use of proper language in this world is not encouraged or even really taught in schools. Education and learning is not something that is necessary for their society to “function” because any information you would ever want is in the feed. Individual knowledge is of no use if everyone else has access to it as well.

“I can read. A little. I kind of protested it in School(TM). On the grounds that the silent ‘E’ is stupid.”

This seems like a great thing – but the reality is that is creates a society of people who are completely dependent on the feed because they cannot do things for themselves. In fact, Titus was surprised when he learned that Violet could write with a pen because this was not something he was ever taught because it was not necessary with the assistance of the feed. Their poor education shows through in their vocabulary as well. The vast majority of the population uses extremely simple sentence structure and words such as “like” and “dude” and “unit” are a big part of their vernacular.

Another theme throughout the book is the lack of resistance to the feed’s oppression. Society, including Titus, is obsessed with doing what is considered cool. The feed markets things that will appeal to the masses, and because people are so controlled by the feed, they have extremely similar interests:

“…It’s like a spiral: They keep making everything more basic so it will appeal to everyone. And gradually, everyone gets used to everything being basic, so we get less and less varied as people, more simple. So the corps make everything even simpler. And it goes on and on.”

It is hard to make out where the feed ends and real thoughts begin. They are so interwoven that they are basically the same thing. Original thought and individualized internal dialogue are not regarded highly. The general population is on the same feed so that they can communicate with each other without having to speak out loud. One of the central ideas of the feed is that it makes you who you are – the feed knows you better than you know yourself:

“Everything that goes on, goes on on the feed…. But the braggest thing…is that it knows everything you want and hope for, sometimes before you even know what those things are. It can tell you how to get them, and help you make buying decisions that are hard.”

Most people see this as a good thing because the feed keeps them from having to make decisions for themselves. However, that prevents people from developing an inner sense of self. They blindly follow the feed instead of trying to think through something on their own. This reverts back to the lack of basic knowledge and an uninformed population. This allows the government to control their citizens without them even realizing it. Violet points out:

‘”No one with feeds thinks about it,’ she said. ‘When you have the feed all your life, you’re brought up not to think about things.  Like them never telling you that it’s a republic and not a democracy.  It’s something that makes me angry, what people don’t know about these days.  Because of the feed, we’re raising a nation of idiots.  Ignorant, self-centered idiots.’”

This is the most alarming side effect of the feed because it gives the government free rein. M. T. Anderson is commenting that these citizens are slaves to the feed and to their government. They have no chance of escaping the confines they have found themselves in, no matter how hard they try (exemplified in Violet’s unsuccessful fight against the feed). So, Anderson is pointing out that this system is something that they should want to fight while also acknowledging their helplessness against the feed.

Short Blog Post 2 – Modernist Journals Project

 

  • What is the primary purpose of this project?

The primary purpose of this project is to provide a resource for people who are studying modernism in the English-speaking world. The site gives the public easy access to digital editions of magazines that were culturally significant in the early 1900s.

  • What does this project hope to do that a print resource (a book/books, a journal article, a reference work, etc.) couldn’t?

This project is trying to make a set of magazines readily available to the public by putting them all online on one website. It makes the material easier to find and much easier to access. By putting it online, a person can read it on their laptop, smart phone, or iPad in any place that they have Internet connection. This is much more convenient than having to track down these magazines from the early 20th century.

  • What is distinctive/notable about this project’s approach to its subject matter?

The subject matter for this project is really interesting and not something I’ve ever seen before. This project provides access to magazine publications from the early 20th century. When you download the PDF, you are essentially looking at the actual magazine itself in photograph form. It is more interesting to me that way because the site does not just provide a text of articles in the magazine but also a visual of the magazine. That gives you a better feel for what magazines were like.

  • How would this site/project be useful to scholars doing research?

The database for searching their catalogue of magazines was very helpful and made the material easy to navigate. Instead of getting lost in a list of endless publications, you can simply search the key word of what you’re looking for and browse through only the material that is useful to you.

  • Is this project designed such that it might reach a broader audience/readership than scholars doing research?

As mentioned before, the PDF is not unlike a magazine that you can download in iTunes and view on a phone or iPad. If someone is interested in modernism but isn’t necessarily a scholar wanting to read academic papers then I would say they would really enjoy this site. It provides both information and entertainment.

  • Are there any aspects of this projects approach that might be useful to the project groups in our class as they conceive of, design, and implement a significantly smaller-scale digital project?

I think that this format would work particularly well on a project that centers around a book that the author has also drawn pictures that go with the text (such as in The Little Prince) or a poet who has written their poetry by hand (such as Emily Dickenson).

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Blog Post 1 – Musket, Rifle, and Tank

One way I thought was an interesting way of using the ngram viewer was as a record of world events.  I noticed when we were toying with the ngram viewer in class that the word “submarine” spiked around  1915-1917. Even though we were searching the word submarine as the full version of “sub” sandwiches, the word was clearly used in context of war submarines used during the first world war. I thought it would be interesting to use words that not only tracked major wars but also words that would be relevant to each war. For instance, I could have just searched “war” and “peace” (which indeed produced results consistent with major wars) but instead I focused on the type of artillery that was used in each war. I searched “musket” “rifle” and “tank.” These three words reflect major wars as well as the advancing technology of their age. “Tank” does not start to make any major appearances until after the invention of cars and spikes in the 1940s during the second world war. I think that this is an interesting way of looking at the ways that each war is fought differently due to  changing technology. In contrast “musket” spikes (with less intensity and more consistency) around the mid 1750s (Revolutionary War) and again around the 1860s (Civil War) but drops off almost completely after that. By the next major war following the Civil War (which would be World War I) muskets were obsolete and wouldn’t have been used in battle.  I considered searching “mustard gas” but the word did not show up with enough frequency to make an impact on the chart.

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In the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “rifle” first appears as a gun around the same time the word made an appearance on the ngram chart. However, it does not include the time period in which it was popular and has eventually become obsolete compared to new technologies. For this comparison and use, I think that the ngram was more helpful in tracking weaponry trends in warfare.