February 26, 2005

Aesthetically-pleasing scrapbook

Bringing together blog entries together is turning into an artform in itself. How appropriate for my current course: Media Aesthetics with Dr. Jerz.

So without further ado, this is a collection of it all: my aesthetic blogs. How much better I feel about having a beautiful blog when I am writing about aesthetics! Sorry, tangent...

Concerning a Certain Beauty
  • In this blog, I introduce to my blogging audience that I am again academically blogging, and to not be afraid that Pygmalion is being mentioned. I related that I liked the feminist version listed better than the classical ones. What a hullabaloo I caused in class! Aesthetics can be very serious, I've learned.
  • Flattered that I was mentioned on a syllabus, I blogged about being cited for my work on academic blogging, which was done in Writing for the Internet this past semester. I mentioned in this entry that for taste purposes, the guidelines Julie and I set were for all blogs, and not specifically academic ones.
  • Though writing about blindness is sometimes a difficult topic, in this entry I discussed the amazing story of Mike's Journal, and the amazing recovery the author experiences, specifically concerning the world of sight and the things we take for granted.
  • Some short stories can really touch my heart. I am a softy, and "Cathedral" is one of them. In this entry, I discuss my impressions of being blind and the jerky narrator's point-of-view and his transformation throughout the short story.
  • Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic is seen in a rather religious context in this blog entry. I associate the beliefs of Islam (a class I am currently taking), which believes in a universal understanding of God, to that of the Greek perpective--or at least Socrates.
  • In discussing Ion, Phaedrus, and Churchill I mentioned that I liked the steady contemplation of the Socratic dialogues. When discussing Churchill, I brought in the ideas of journalistic integrity concerning facts, information, knowledge and wisdom.
  • After reading Plato for a while, I got tired of it. This rant on Poetics was the spawn of that frustration. Throughout this blog, I pulled out quotations concerning certain books, and gave a commentary on my understanding of each point: hating the poet and virtue.
  • After our class without Dr. Jerz, I reflected on our experience as students leading a class. Reminiscent of a coffeehouse, we chitchatted about Aristotle's strictures concerning tragedy and comedy.
  • Perhaps my favorite blog in aesthetics so far was on Pope and Eliot. In this blog, I became Journalist Amanda, complete with quotes. I consider this an editorial, however--I wouldn't want a hard news reporter writing, "he captures the human condition with truisms that still capture the modern reader." I connected Pope to movies and Eliot to teenager angst poetry in a modern application of some rather older writers.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray preface blog presents the opinion that the audience plays an active role in deciding what is good and bad art or immoral or moral art. In the comments section, I was held under fire for saying that the audience can ruin art, but this, I maintain is still true--the critic looks beneath the layers at their own peril, and sometimes make incorrect assumptions (Wilde).
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray is a layered text, and I decided to delve a bit deeper into Dorian's layers here. Starting out as an innocent, beautiful character, I mark, primarily through descriptive sections the progressive decay of his impression of his beauty, and Wilde's use of the flower image as Dorian.
  • In my blog about the remaining chapters of The Picture of Dorian Gray, I pitched some research paper ideas. I think I am going to write my paper on Wilde's assumption that when beauty is taken away, it may never be recaptured, and sin may never be reversed. This may be a tough topic because I cannot crawl into the heart of Dorian Gray and discover if he was really trying to be "good" at the end of the novel, I may perhaps connect this to original sin. Who knows? I am really in the draft stage now.
  • In "Shelton Coincidence," I assess the Hellenic ideal in relationship to Wilde and his compilation of the old and new. In this entry, I note that we are to compile the past and present together to create a respectful work which spotlights all eras.

Well, there they are--my first round of Aesthetics blogs. I hope I am getting better at writing academic blogs. It is becoming rather formulaic really--dash of quotes here, a movie reference there...

Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 26, 2005 8:37 PM | TrackBack

You say: "How much better I feel about having a beautiful blog when I blah-blah-blah..."

I say: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."


Posted by: ChrisU at February 28, 2005 3:56 PM

And how do you behold beauty?

Posted by: Amanda at February 28, 2005 5:02 PM

Hmm... Mostly with my ears.

Posted by: ChrisU at February 28, 2005 9:51 PM

So in my case, it's "beauty is in the ears of the listener"... Or... Something.

I'm confused.

Posted by: ChrisU at February 28, 2005 9:52 PM

Amanda, Do you know how we're supposed to hand in our papers tomorrow? Is it via email or in person, and is there a specific time that they're due by? I can't find the info anywhere. Thanks, Johanna

Posted by: Johanna at March 13, 2005 9:51 PM
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