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Kirschenbaum (Chapter 3) Informal Reflection...

Ok so chapter 3 is making things much more interesting then the first few chapters and the introduction. I was particularly interested in the figure (3.10) on pg 137 which demonstrated the difference between allographic and autographic representations. Though the chess pawns are in varying places; they are still in the same square. Kirschenbaum keeps emphasizing that a computer’s environment is built; therefore manufactured and machined with the ability to mimic formal environments such as reality. I feel like he is almost saying that the computer was made for simulations and the reproduction of reality.

I really enjoyed the section of the chapter dealing with formal materiality and applications. The references to JPEGs were fascinating and I related them to a lot of the image work that I have done in graphic design and publications classes at Seton Hill. Pictures that are converting into JPEGs generally portray an image in a condensed, but recognizable way even though they may vary in size. An optical zoom of 100% compared to 500% will roughly look the same, and may appear only slightly pixilated. I often convert BMP files into JPEGs because they are pretty much universally recognized by most web browsers.

I also really liked the quote below as a nice tie together for the entire chapter.

“If I had to choose one word to describe what computer forensics brings to the theoretical discourse of electronic textuality, that word would be ‘difference’ ,” (Mechanisms 158).

Comments:

I commented on Stormy Knight's blog entry that I recall vividly the beta testing that we did for some of the games we created in New Media Projects and some people simply did not get it! The pre-disposition to know how to do something comes in very handy with new media. I can relate to the story about you Mom and the word processor, because my Dad is the same way, though he is a hunt and peck typist as well.

Your refusal to own a Mac is understandable. We all get comfortable in our ways. Look at me with my 8 year old Toshiba Satellite laptop that I have to jam a pair of scissors in the side of in order to turn on. I am still using it and am happy with it.

Additionally I commented on Kayla Sawyer's blog entry about this reading. I wrote that digitalization does create speed, efficiency and adds to the quality of things like movies. Recently I was talking with Dr. Wendland about how most movies are going digital when in the theatres rather than using the old time reels of film. Although it sometimes feels like the digital revolution is taking over I still own my fair share of VHS tapes, which Wal-Mart and several other conglomerations have subsequently ceased selling.

I also commented on Dani Choynowski's blog entry on this reading. I wrote congrats on your 100th entry. When you get to be an old timer like me those days seem so long ago. Just wait until you are a senior and you look back at your archives. Anyway in regard to your first quote in this entry I see the floppy disk as a technological fingerprint. I would assume that the notes in the game are simply a plot motivator that changes the way in which the story plays out. A red herring so to speak.

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