In the End of the Semester…


While this may not have been my longest blog post, “Working on Different Platforms of Writing”, has given me some level of depth on how the brain adjusts to a new skill of technology. Older platforms like typescripts or just plain handwriting were just the beginning for brains to learn a new form of communication. I thought about this when we read the article by Michael S. Rosenwald from a particular line I found in the article, “the brain was not designed for reading”. This caught my interest because if you really think about it, the concept of reading didn’t exist at all until a new “invention” to tell stories like symbols and letters came to bore fruit. It wasn’t until only afterward did reading become a natural skill for the brain to learn and people began to create platforms like pens, computers, and e-books to keep up with reading as a new form of communication between humans.

Another post I’ve thought deeply about is for Simonds section, Book. This post has been playing in the back of my mind sometime now that I’ve decided to mention this in my Term paper project. Readers have various emotions towards a specific reading platform and one can not understand the other. I’ve talked about the perspectives between e-books and print readers why they decide to read their chosen medium to read from. But at the end of the day, I’ve concluded that books are still books not matter in what form. People are scared that print will be gone because of e-books but as in Simonds quote “printed books and some form of electronic readers may find happily co-exist, text scrolling on the screen the usual way of reading, printed books reserved for special purposes, still held in high regard”—(281) from Gutenberg’s Fingerprint. Print books are not in danger as people think they are and print book readers need to accept that there’s no longer one form of reading and writing anymore. That a new audience is here and they’re not leaving anytime soon.


The riskiness that I’ve done is for the canvas posts for Diamond Age because it was one of the last books that I didn’t get to truly nor complete. I tried to get some type of the main idea of the story and its world from what I’ve read up on so that I could participate in the post discussion but I knew I hadn’t done well. Though I’ve tried. I discussed the quick shifts of worlds, genres, and technologies found in Diamond Age and wished I had given myself more time to read more chapters to expand on that idea.

Another risk I took was for Brainstorm Term Paper and Ex 5 Brainstorming for the Future Text project. Those brainstorm ideas were just something off the top of my head and I didn’t know what to do. I played it safe by just posting a possibility for my Future Text project but change the idea when I come up with what I really want to do for that project, which I did.


In the online discussion posts for Track Changes and Diamond Age, there are various ideas to make a comparison on what these two stories are about and what they represent for the future of human technologies or society. In Danisha’s post, she talks about how in Track Changes the main focus of the books is how “society grew to adapt to the uses of new technology” and Diamond Age’s world presents the futuristic lifestyle in the book. I posted something similar with a different interpretation that in Diamond Age’s world, presents people’s attitude and priorities in the future setting. Paige commented that my ideas are similar to Danisha’s and find it interesting that society invents new technologies but in most cases resist to use them. We’ve talked about in other discussions during the class of the evolution of books and how long it’s taken for humans to adjust to new mediums like ink pens than to typewriters, finally to computers. It’s interesting that without old mediums like this we wouldn’t have managed to reach this point of technology.


Danisha’s post for Sax, “Our Love Affair With Technology is Over” she talks about how technology is basically handed to us on a silver platter and we’re slowly forgetting the analog days when we had to take the long route to get things done. I agree with this because technology is becoming so ingrained with upcoming generations, they might not know the technology or struggles that we’ve had to face with. I mentioned this in my Manuscript project video about the struggles that I faced with while writing it. I understood the stress and process my family members faced when they were growing up because the typewriter was probably the only thing that they had. They didn’t have the accessibility to wide range resources and books on the push of a button like we do. I think the main point Danisha was trying to make is that we should give an appreciation to what old platforms gave to us and that we were lucky to not have to go through some of the strifes typewriters gave to our predecessors.


For most of my blog posts for this part of the semester, I’ve done a poor job keeping up with them. I made the same mistake by not keeping up with my readings and I partially have a big chunk of blog posts that I didn’t do. For the discussions and assignments, I have kept a good track on but for the blog posts I need to go back and complete again. However, it’s nice to know that some of my classmates also had trouble keeping up with the blog posts but still managed to stay on track with what we’re reading.

Coverage: I managed to go back and do some of my blog posts but not all them. I felt that I did a great job for my Chapbook project since I was having trouble getting to what Dr. Jerz wanted us to do and I’m glad I was able to accomplish that.


The lessons in this class, in my personal belief, has really expanded my knowledge of the evolution of books and mediums we have today. The projects, discussions, videos, and peer review feedback really helped me to build my confidence and experience as a writer. I managed to learn new things that I didn’t expect to learn and I hope these lessons will guide me to becoming a proper writer in the future.


Source: Participation Portfolio 3

Posted by kvance   @   3 May 2018

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