Blog Post #10

Redshift & Portalmetal is a great piece of literature. When I first opened the poem I assumed that Micha Cardenas was referring to a far away and unknown planet. However, as I continued reading it reminded me more and more of our earth. It relates to global warming and the great arm humans have on our own planet. “ So I tried to stay, but the air was thick with chemical smells, the smell of human waste..” This line is very relevant to our own society. Earth continues to be polluted by humans and climate change continually becomes more severe. This poem presents the notion of leaving home planet and going to another less polluted planet. This is the kind of conversation a lot of people jock around now days saying that if earth gets bad enough we will all move to Mars.

I really enjoyed this poem. I felt like I could understand really easily what the message was and I could relate with it deeply. This is the kind of poem that can target a large crowd of people who are worried about the future of our planet. The imagery is also really nice with this digital literature as well as the soothing sounds of the wind. It allows the reader to really take in what the poem is saying in a very peaceful manner. Overall, I think this was a great piece of digital literature and I would recommend it to a lot of people to read.


Work cited:

Redshift & Portalmetal by Micha Cardens


Blog Post #9

In prosthesis by Ian Hatcher there are a set of voice poems. This was unlike any other form of digital literature I’ve seen/heard online before. It gives a new type of perspective on the rhythm of how a poem should go.   It is a very interesting way to listen to the poem. However, I find it more difficult to try to grasp the meaning of the poem because I am unable to go back and reread the words. I find it easier to make connection between lines in a poem if I am able to see the words. Ian Hatcher has a very unique approach towards poetry. The tone he uses is mostly monotone. It becomes hard for me to continually follow the poem because of how mentioned Ian Hatcher sounds. The long pauses between certain lines is also interesting what made he chose those spaces. Although I thought this form of digital poetry was very unique, I prefer to be able to read the actual poem. This kind of poetry is not very engaging or interactive. At least with kinetic poetry it allows the reader to have an interaction with the work, engaging the reader more having them exercise deeper attentions. Meanwhile in prosthesis I seem to find myself with little attention on what the reader is saying and more on the sound of his voice.

Blog Post #8

‘”It’s not that I’m not social. I’m social enough. But the tools you guys create actually manufacture unnaturally extreme social needs. No one needs the level of contact you’re purveying. It improves nothing. It’s not nourishing. It’s like snack food…endless empty calories, but the digital-social equivalent” (134).

In the novel “The Circle” by Dave Eggers characters are required to be social while working at the circle. Mae feels that she is being forced to be social in a very unnatural manner. Social barriers are definitely being over stepped throughout the novel. For example, when Jared instructs Mae to go to the clinic. While at the clinic Mae had to ingest a sensor that would monitor her health, sending important information to her wrist monitor and to the cloud for full tracking. There is no real need for someone’s job to know moment-to-moment health of its employees. This is a clear overstep in privacy. Mae is forced to participate in activities associated with the circle. Dan approaches Mae questioning her social involvement at the Circle. He offers various activities for her to be involvement. He goes to the point of making Mae feel like an awful person for not sharing her experiences online in order to benefit other people. He says she is a selfish person for it. I think in the Circle everyone seems to be way too involved in everyone’s life. Also, the technology the Circle comes up with intensifies people’s contact with others’ in a very unnatural way. People do not need to be that involved in other’s lives.   At the end of the day none of this extreme contact benefits anyone. Sometimes it is better not to know every detail about a person.   Digital- social does not allow for people to develop real relationships, it is full of empty meaningless relationships

Blog #7

“And those who wanted or needed to track the movements of consumers online had found their Valhalla: the actual buying habits of actual people were now eminently mappable and measurable, and the marketing to those actual people could be done with surgical precision. Most TruYou users, most internet users who simply wanted simplicity, efficiency, a clean and streamlined experience, were thrilled with the result. No longer did they have to memorize twelve identities and passwords; no longer did they have to tolerate the madness and rage of the anonymous hordes; no longer did they have to put up with buckshot marketing that guessed, at best, within a mile of their desires. Now the messages they did get were focused and accurate and, most of time, even welcome” (22-23).

In the novel, The circle by Dave Eggers, it is evident that with working at the Circle all kinds of privacy re invaded. With all the technological innovations privacy is no longer an option. For example Ty who is one of the originator’s of the circle. He created this online identity called TruYou that combines all of one’s online interactions (such as social medias).   As a result of this innovation it would increase the tractability of personal data. Also once Mae begins working she is instructed to get rid of her mobile devices and she is provided with new ones by the company. The devices are already backed up by the cloud. The circle continually portrays a trend of having control over society. Privacy is almost no longer an option when working for this company. A lot of the circle’s innovations have to do with gaining more and more control over people around the world. SeeChange is a new technology present by one of Mae’s colleges names Eamon Bailey. SeeChange would allow any user to be able to place little cameras anywhere they chose and share the footage with other people. He comes up with the slogan “all that happens must be known.” Another piece of technology presented in the novel is the Child Track. This is a chip, which is implanted in children’s bones, allowing parents, and the police to be able to track them at all times. A common theme throughout the novel is that with the new technologies privacy is no longer an option.

Paper #2

Title Page> Skin > Skin > Entitlement> Cabinet of Wonders> Stopped bottles and broken vials

“My body- a wunder Kammer” by Shelly Jackson takes you through a unique and unusual experience. She makes connections between human experience and body parts. Jackson explains her skin and other body parts such as the tendons in her neck in a way I have never read before. The images and her descriptions give the body a new meaning. Shelly Jackson uses each part of he body as a memory, a life story. She connects the text with her illustrations. The most unique part about this piece of work is that each individual reader can follow a unique path and read a completely different passage. I am confident in that the path I took with each passage would be very different from other readers because each person will tend to follow the path that they identify with most. I also believe each reader can make one of a kind interpretations and connections between the text and each word. “My body” is a piece of work that can be very personal and special to each individual reader.

When Shelly Jackson describes her skin she is very much in touch with every sense. “…If I rubbed my arm against the back of the chair on a dry day, I get a funny feeling as if there were a layer of warm felt between my skin and the plastic.” Jackson describes her feelings in so much detail the reader is able to feel exactly what she is describing.   After skin I continued to click on the work “skin” because I was curious to read what other stories she felt her skin told.   Then I found it interesting how as she was climbing her favorite tree she felt a sense of entitlement because she was able to continue maneuvering herself to the top of the tree. Therefore, I proceeded to click onto the word “entitlement.” This sense of entitlement Jackson had seemed to disappear quickly.   Once she begins dancing and tries to dance on her toes she realizes she is unable to. She no longer has a sense of entitlement because other bodies could do things that she couldn’t even approximate.   I loved the line, “… then a body was like a cabinet of wonders inherited from a great aunt: you didn’t know what was in it, but one day opened a drawer and pulled out something wonderful.” Jackson’s appreciate for her body and the mysteries to discover about it are fascinating to me. I then continue to click on “cabinet of wonders.” She compares her body to a cabinet; going on to explain each part of your body is like a different drawer. I went on to click on “stopped bottles and broken vials.” Jackson describes selling different human fluids such as pee, spit and female ejaculate. She wants to sell them to libraries, collectors and speculative investors. This is clear evidence of how much Shelly Jackson values the human body. Every aspect of the body is important, special and has an important story.

Shelly Jackson uses images to add more imagery to her stories and body descriptions. The home page of “My body- a Wunderkammer” is the body of a woman. The illustration shows all the different body parts where a reader can chose from and continue his/her path of Jackson’s stories. The first illustration portrays the naked body of a woman, vulnerability but also no secrets.   This resembles Jackson’s work because she continues to tell very personal stories about every aspect of her body. When Jackson is describing her sense of entitlement and when she danced there is an illustration of a foot. The foot connects to her wanting to be able to dance on her toes. She was determined to be able to do this with her feet; unfortunately she was unable to fulfill this dream. In the illustration of her toes it is evident the toes are strained; therefore, showing the amount of work she put into fulfilling her dream to dance. Her toes also served the purpose for piano playing; Jackson was unable to use her toes to play the piano but after months she had mastered it. Through the strain in her feet one can tell her feet are worn out but that just shows dedicated. The illustration of Jackson’s feet allows readers to picture her feet working on these tasks and the amount of work each one took.

Shelly Jackson’s piece is very similar to looking at paintings in an art gallery. Everyone follows whichever series of paintings they wish to look at. Just like Jackson’s work people may interpret her work in very different way just like people interpret art in a variety of ways. People see things in different way and interpret things differently; almost like an optical illusion. Jackson was just five years old when she wanted to learn how to dance on her toes. She wanted to do able to spin or leap on her turned-over-toes. “My kid brother owned a miniature grand piano with color-coded keys. I thought I might be able to play it with my toes, as it was the right height off the ground.” She worked her toes and in a matter of months she had mastered it. In her readings it is easy to sense the importance her toes had for her. This simple part of her body would give her the ability to dance the way she wanted and play the piano the way she wanted. It is much more than just a body part, it is what enables her to achieve. When going through an art gallery you are able to notice what is emphasized in a painting and you are then able to imagine why the painter gives so much importance to this part of the painting. Through Shelly Jackson’s work she tells you stories and it is up to the reader to take their own mental path to figure out her purpose. Also, in an art gallery one is able to see the similarities and make connections between each other art works. This is similar to Jackson’s work because when clicking on each hyperlink the reader must make connections between the previous word and the new passage. The different hyperlinks will take each individual reader on a different journey through Jackson’s work that would be unique to each person. I find this to be very comparable to someone in an art gallery; each person will take their own path throughout the gallery and interpret each work differently.

“My Body – Wunderkammer” by Shelly Jackson was like no other work I’ve read. The interactive aspect of it makes the whole experience more personalized, intriguing me as well as other readers more into the passages. I was able to identify with a lot with her passage about skin. Each reader will most likely be able to relate to her stories; therefore, the reader will continue the path of hyperlinks that relates most to themselves. Shelly Jackson’s images add to her stories and always the reader to put themselves in her position, feeling exactly what she feels with that body part. Jackson did an excellent job of portraying the importance and the stories that come with individual body part as small as they may be.

Work Cited:

Jackson, Shelley. “‘my Body’” ‘my Body’ – a Wunderkammer & (Shelley Jackson). N.p., 1997. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

Blog #6

While reading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” I thought the conflict between Helena and Hermia to be very entertaining and funny. I personally enjoyed this play very much; it was my first time reading it. It was easy to follow being that is many stories and movies that are shown today the daughter always wants to go against her father’s wishes. It is also a common phenomena that girls tend to take the side of their boyfriend or the guy she likes; that is why Hermia probably cannot believe Lysander and Demetrius are both now in love with her friend Helena. Therefore, she is convinced they are playing a trick on her. One of my favorite parts of the play was , Act III scene II line 145 “…I see you all are bent To set against me for your merriment. If you were civil, and knew courtesy, You would not do me thus much injury.” Here Helena thinks Demetrius and Lysander are playing a cruel joke on her pretending to be in love with her. Although this is a comedy some parts of “a Midsummer Night’s Dream” are also in a way sad. Especially in Act I scene I line 79 when Hermia is defying her father’s wishes “So I will grow, so live, so die, my lord, Ere I will yield my virgin patent up Unto his lordship whose unwished yoke My soul consents not to give sovereignty.” I wouldn’t be able to imagine a world where I would have to marry someone just because my parents wanted me to and against my own wishes. These parts of the play also portray the way times used to be. Women did not have nearly of much of a choice in their own lives as they do now.

Blog #5

In the reading notes for Glazier poem it was trying to make connections between the images and the text.  The text is describing the kind of use the land has for the people if I understood correctly. “We’re the Glazier family, we eat what we want, anytime we want” Throughout the poem Costa Rica’s fresh goods are described and their uses. Such as eggs, potato salad, plantains, and white rice. It was difficult to keep up with the text since the message kept changing. The texts were well connected to the images. For example, an image would include banana leaves then the text would include information about bananas in Costa Rica. While reading “Stir Fry Texts” it was very interesting to see how the messages would change as I passed the cursor over the text. The new messages talked a lot about the nature of language. What I found myself focusing mainly on was trying to connect the new text with the previous text.

When I read these kinds of texts I find myself applying deeper attention. This is because for these rapid changing messages I need to concentrate especially hard in order to grasp of much of the message I can.   Although the text is not changing nearly as quickly as Project for Tachistoscope. Project for Tachistoscope was a lot more dynamic. That type of kinetic poetry is even more difficult for me to understand. With Stir Fry texts and the notes for the Glazier poem I was focusing more on making connections between the images or the different phrases that were continually changing rather than trying to grasp what words were popping up.



Work Cited:

-Jim Andrews et al, “Stir Fry Texts”

-Loss Pequeño Glazier, “White-Faced Bromeliads on 20 Hectares”