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A Sharper Focus ┌┘ Portfolio 2 ┌┘ History and Future of the Book

Hi. My name is Chris Ulicne, and I'm a senior at Seton Hill University (SHU). As part of my education at SHU, I have been blogging regularly about my developing appreciation for the history and future of the book, one of the most influential technologies ever invented.

This portfolio is a collection of links to all of the most thoughtful and insightful related entries I've published since my last portfolio. Please feel free to browse through and leave comments on topics that interest you. I'd love the opportunity to engage in further discovery with my readers. If you have any questions or comments you'd like to send to me directly, you can contact me at cecil.chris@gmail.com.


Frederick Douglass' escape into literature - In this entry I discussed the way Frederick Douglass, a former slave, used reading as a means of escape into freedom. (Coverage, Timeliness)

Calvino's fresh perspective - Here I briefly mention the different aspects of an author's writing style that appealed to me. (Coverage, Timeliness)

Loverbook - In this entry I quoted a passage from literature that exhibited a particularly mature treatment of sex, something that's often hard to find in fiction. (Coverage)

Historical perspectives on human identity - Here I explain my theory that writing created a sense of global human identity, which sparked a good discussion amongst my peers. (Coverage, Interaction)

Print and the intense study of letters - In this entry I mention how the mechanical nature of the printing press led to a careful scrutiny of text that hadn't occurred before. (Coverage)

Orality vs. Literacy - Here I point out the distinction and conflict between orality and literacy in George Orwell's 1984. (Coverage)

"Man is tiny" - In this entry I explore the flawed notion that denying the existence of something can prevent it from affecting you. (Coverage, Depth)

The "literariness" of video games - Here I discuss the human mind's tendency towards simplification and categorization. (Coverage, Depth)

Here are links to some good discussions related to the topic on my peers' blogs in which I participated:

Rachel Prichard - EL 336 - Douglass
Jeremy Barrick - EL-336. Calvino. Chapter 1, Inconclusive


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