Calvino, through Ch 3

From reading the book up to Chapter 3 I definitely had some mixed feelings. The book starts off with Calvino placing you as the main character right away. He does this in a sense that makes it fee like the author is narrating how you are about to read this book. Then the book jumps right into a story at which this point I feel I was involved and part of the train station setting right there with the narrator.

I thought this was a very clever technique Calvino used so far. The author created one story using the reader as the main character and has them dive right into a story from which it almost seems to come to life. This is a little confusing because it does jump around a little bit but after reading up the the third chapter, I can sort of realize what is going on.

Source: Calvino, through Ch 3

Eco: Seventh Day

The ending of the book took quite turn when Eco finally reveals that Jorge has been behind the crimes of the Abbey all along. Now that I know, Jorge is guilty, it made me reflect back on the text. Jorge never seemed to be that kind of guy, he also came off as innocent to me.

When William asks him why he wants to hide the book from the others, things seemed to click.

“Because it was by the Philosopher. Every book by that man has destroyed a part of the learning that Christianity had accumulated over the centuries.” (pg. 506).

This quote here really made sense and made me reflect back on the prologue of the book.

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (pg. 11).

This quote by Jorge and the reference to the scripture in the prologue really came together and I came to the conclusion that the scripture was perfect until it was interpreted by non-christain beliefs. For him, the texts were perfect until the Philosopher changed at the interpretation of the text and this made Jorge feel as if this was not the word of God. Ultimately, I believe this is the reason for the killings in the Abbey.

Source: Eco: Seventh Day

Participation Portfolio 1

This is the first portfolio for Media and Culture. Over the course of just a few months, I have engaged with readings, online articles, and videos to demonstrate my ability to comprehend the course material. Each post was different in its’ entirety of content. This Portfolio 1.

Depth:

Since starting the spring semester I wanted to really add more content to my blog posts. My blog on the canons of rhetoric really went into the depth of each canon and how they can be applied. The post itself is long in length but I went through each category with detail to give outside readers my full interpretation. The fifth day of “The Name of The Rose” went into detail of how Umberto the eco, the author drew me into the reading with his use of imagery. I talked about the details of the book and how the author used this as a strategy to keep readers engaged.

Riskiness:

Over the course of the semester I have not been all too risky with my post and I have posted material from which we have read from. Cursive writing was never my strong area so for that matter I feel I took a risk and talked about something I have never been really comfortable in talking or blogging about. The Second Day of “The Name of the Rose” was a bit of a challenge for me because the first few sections of the book were very confusing. For example on canvas, I talked about what was challenging for me.

“As far as simple people are concerned, my only fear is that they may be terrified by them, confusing them with those works of the Devil of which their preachers speak too often. You see, I have known very skilled physicians who had distilled medicines capable of curing a disease.”

On an open discussion board I took the risk of engaging with a difficult text and close-read to find the true meaning of the quoted passage.

I decided to post what I found most significant in my readings and that helped me develop an appropriate blog post for Eco:Second Day.

Discussion:

As far as discussion goes with the course. We have all discussed the importance of looking up words and phrases within Eco’s text.

For example on Canvas, Eco:First Day, Danisha pointed out that she had to look up a certain phrase.

“I looked up master glazier because I wasnt sure if what I was thinking was correct, but they did say they’re window makers.”

I came across this conclusion in many of my fellow classmates’ posts.

In Eco:Second Day, other classmates had the same thoughts I shared when the author decided to use imagery to describe where and when the men found the first body.

Intertextuality:

Reading through the Dk Book, it really made me think back on the presentation Dr. Sasmor gave the class on the history of writing tools and manuscript. I saw several references Dr. Sasmor made that were parallel with what I read in the book.

In Eco:Fourth Day, I noticed something that was said by Dr. Jerz when he first was describing “The Name of the Rose” to the class. I noticed this book had a Da Vinci Code vibe to it and he was exactly right. In the book, the characters draw upon their conclusions from the books of the monks’ history and this is what made me reflect upon Dr. Jerz statement.

When reading the article about why we forget most of the books we read, this article made me reflect upon my reading of, “The Name of the Rose”. The book is challenging is get through and I came to the realization you cannot skim the text and I saw how this article related to our current course reading.

Timeliness: 

Upon starting a blog for my second time here at Seton Hill I really wanted to keep up with the post and their assigned dates. One post in particular was a bit late but the reading is a lot so I kept on with the reading and published my post as soon as possible.

Coverage: 

When I first started to watch the hour long video on Plato’s Apology, I thought it was going to be miserable. I did not cover everything on the video but I chose to blog bout what aspects sparked my interests. I think the decision was a wise choice because I incorporated details from the video to engage with such detailed literature.

The blog on the canons really showed my ability to cover material in all of its’ content. Here I posted an article covering all of the canons not just the important ones I thought would be most useful.

Conclusion: 

All in all, I think my blog posts have shown my ability to engage with the assigned course materials. I think the areas I need to work on is commenting more and engaging in discussion on word press with my peers. This is something I lack except for on discussion on canvas. Another area is my timeliness, the book was a challenge to read but I could have done better at keeping up with the reading. Overall, I think the blogs have been a success and it has helped compared my ideas with the material from our course with fellow classmates during class discussions.

 

 

Source: Participation Portfolio 1

Eco: Fifth Day

The Fourth Day ends with Salvatore being caught with one of the servants and the woman whom Adso has loved is arrested as a witch. This is where the fifth day starts off.

William and Adso come closer to the conclusion on the mysterious events arising at the monastery as in Terce, Severinus informs William of a strange book that appears in his laboratory and the text hints that this might of have been left behind from a man who he assumed had something with him.

Fifth Day starts to get more interesting as previous passages as in Sext when things go down hill yet again in the Abbey. Bernard escorts William and Adso to Severinus’ laboratory only to find the man dead.

A side from the brief summary of the sections, Umberto Eco yet again successfully draws me into the text with his use of imagery when a body is found. The description of Severinus’ body is quite vivid and almost harsh as he is described with his head bashed in and documents and so forth thrown around the room. This scene depicted in the book reminds me of a body being found in a horror film. There isn’t much detail but the reader gets the picture of a gruesome crime scene fled by the killer.

Source: Eco: Fifth Day

Eco: Fourth Day

Ending with Third Day and starting Fourth Day, this book is getting more and more intense as Adso and William find another dead body in the end of Third Day. The body they found was Berengar’s. The body they concluded must of been drowned.

Fourth day kicks off with William and Adso observing the corpse of Berengar. This was really exciting to read as the men discovered the body of Berengar and Venantius both had the traces of a dark substance on their finger tips. Through reading this passage I felt as though the men were coming closer to figuring out the identity or reasoning to why bodies are showing up dead.

Reading on through the section’s chapter I definitely got a feel of the Da Vinci Code vibe. Especially in the chapter, Vespers, Fourth Day. William and Adso speak to Alinardo who hints to them that key to the crimes is in the Book of Revelation. The men come closer to their understanding of the crimes and depict their solution but don’t know which one may be the truth through William’s philosophy.

Source: Eco: Fourth Day

Eco: Third Day

Third Day in, The Name of the Rose, definitely raised questions throughout my reading. The lauds to prime was shocking as they discovered a bloody cloth in Berengar’s cell and he was no where to be found. This part struck me as interesting because previously in Second Day, the two men were questioning Berengar and how he could possibly be connected to the finding of the body.

This sections of the book moves on and something else stuck out to me. Adso visits the library and finds the monks make new learnings. The scriptures they already had is the key to what made the abbey such a sanctuary place. Through reading this section, I got the idea that the new learnings made that Adso observed would presumably question everything the monks live for and stand by.

Source: Eco: Third Day

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

This brief article was interested to read. We truly are introduced to numerous words and works everyday but the scary thing is, we don’t really remember a lot of it. The first part of this article said how a person remembers when they read the book, where they bought it, the title, etc. I can do the same but I really remember books and things that spark my interests.

For example, The Name of the Rose, the first chapters were a challenge to understand through close-reading but as the book went on so did the story. The Second Day, section of the book really drew me in because I was interested and I was able to remember a lot of the passages for our weekly class.

Therefore, I think the same should go for reading as it does writing. People need to take the time to slow down and read the material because just skimming through it all leaves a person with an unclear evaluation.

Source: Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

After reading this article, it makes me think if technology is really hurting the essence of reading. The article describes how our brains adapted to a style of linear reading. It is also very easy for us to find key words of the passage by the layout that is used.

The article also offers insight to another side of reading; online reading. We have adapted to the use of technology for some time now and it is only getting more and more advanced. The article briefly stated how when we read online we look for key-terms or phrases and frantically scroll up and down and this is not the linear style reading such as a book that most are used to.

Therefore, I think people need to take the time to slow down when reading online. Read an article as if it were a book. Slowly make your way through the text on the screen as if you are turning the pages. Yes, it is a possibility books will be extinguished from our society and that is why we need to treat online reading as if they are physical books and take the time to read. People in the near future if not now may adapt to reading a physical book like online reading and just skim the pages.

Source: Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

Eco: Second Day

The Second Day in , The Name of a Rose, definitely had me keep reading on. This section starts with the two men sitting in on a choir with the monks. Things turn a little more than unexpected when everyone is alarmed that a body had been found.

The overall description of the scene and the trail from where the body might have been found made me, the reader, feel as if I was there standing right next to William. I also found the detective aspect of this section very interesting. Previously, in class, Dr. Jerz said this book has a Sherlock vibe to it and within this passage you can really see this play out.

The two men examine the body and take close look at all the medicine used which are later explained could be used as poison or as the Greeks say “pharmacon” which could be either medicine or poison.

Also, the way the author portrays each character and the dialogue used also brought on that detective-crime scene feel. The two men kept constantly asking questions about the man and how he ended up in the jar and where he was dragged from. Overall, I think this book is just starting to get good.

Source: Eco: Second Day

DK Book

In the Dk Book, on page 52, there is a section on handwriting. Within this section, the book talks about mirror writing. It is very difficult for an individual to copy your signature if you write in reverse. This section made myself reflect back on Dr. Sasmor’s presentation on manuscript and how some of the great inventors and philosophers would often write in reverse so no one would still their work.

On page 52 of the DK Book, there is a passage on paper. The passage suggests that paper was invented in China by Cai Lun. The paper was made from plants that had a lot of cellulose in the fibers. This section here made me think of the passage we read that described how in older times people would use different writing styles and paper for different occasions such as legal documents and so forth.

Source: DK Book