First I’m glad I finally found the meme generator because I had a great idea for a First World Problem one. As for hacking/making, memes and internet fancy is right up my alley.
I read more memes and internet lingo everyday than I read out of a traditional text like an e-book, textbook, or novel every month. Lately, I’ve tried to counter this by reading a chapter every night. The internet now is just the way to go though. This random knowledge of the latest meme or fad like Bronies (and becoming or developing one) will help me in the future. By knowing what’s popular, I can use that on my blogging, networking, and building my online profile which will gain me readership and followers. When I get published, I will know what to publish, what will sell well, and my audience (young adults who make up a large portion of the internet base).
However, in reading Hello Worlds by Matthew Kirschenbaum, I realized I know very little about programming. I don’t even know what BASIC and Pascal are, and every time I go to learn anything technical I feel like Matt did in the beginning: “But I hated the classes. At least at the time, the pedagogy was purely vocational. ”
Matt goes on to say how he realizes he was learning the basics and that he could go further, but I don’t have any desire for that. In EL405, I worked with an even simpler programming than C++ called Scratch and put some of the experiences on YouTube. Really, honestly, I did not enjoy it even when it was up to my own creativity.
I’m sure coding is seen as poetic to coders, tech lovers, etc. But it’s not my piece of cake. I find it more frustrating and confusing than poetic or liberating. I do not like technical analysis, just like some people don’t like literature analysis.
As for worlds becoming stories outside of text, I do believe that. Stories exist everywhere and through all devices. They’ve gone from text to film to digital stories. “Virtual worlds are interactive, manipulable, extensible; they are not necessarily games, though they may support and contain games alongside other systems. Virtual worlds are sites of exploration, simulation, play, ” said Matt.
Though the name slips me, there is a book that started as a blog which compiled receipts, Facebook posts, etc of a fictional girl and where she was last seen.
From this inspiration, I’ve begun planning my future novels with this virtual world in mind so that I may be successful. I probably don’t know all the codes to do it. I may have to learn some new things, I may know the basics. I’ll probably hire someone or find a friend that can do it for me and just split profit.