April 13, 2005

Scrapbooking Spring: 2005 Aesthetics

  • When considering ideas for my paper on A Picture of Dorian Gray, I outlined my paper ideas in this entry, specifically relating that the old and new should coalesce into an abounding knowledge of the ideals in attaining an ideal aesthetic.

  • In this entry, I highlight the impact of Metropolis, RUR, Eugene O'Neill's 'Dynamo' and the Federal Theatre Project's 'Altars of steel', Antheil's Ballet Mechanique, and a Wikipedia article on Dr. Caligari. Perhaps the longest and most media-diverse of my blog entries, I hesitate to try to bring it all together with one phrase, but I come close with this statement: "I have a new appreciation for the expressions of actors and actresses, sound, and finally the portrayal of technology in film, whether real or imagined."

  • Thoreau's chapters from Walden "Sound" and "Solitude", the poem, "The Great Figure" and the painting The Figure 5 in Gold, the journal article: "Skyscraper Geography", the poem "To Brooklyn Bridge", and finally, Dr. Jerz's WTC page, make me realize that we read a lot for this section, but I am happy that we did. My trip to NYC was filled with a new appreciation for the aesthetics of skyscraper and urban architecture, and in the case of some absent buildings, the lack there of.

  • IF games and ELIZA are the main focus of this blog. While I had some contact with these mediums in Writing for the Internet, learning about them in a different capacity (of studying their attractiveness on various levels), helped me look beyond the what and how they function to the why people like them and to whom do they appeal.

  • While reading part I of Galatea 2.2 and Dr. Jerz's article on Will Crowther's "Adventure" I mentioned several things.
    No. 1: "Wumpus" is a word, a rather humorous one, but nevertheless, a word that can, and will be, used in a scholarly article.
    No. 2: A draft of a scholarly article may look like something from The Onion.
    No. 3: A good piece of cover art can create some great connections to the literary work (hmmm. Maybe something to research. Perhaps the origins of how Power (the author) received that cover... Did he pick it? The book editors?).

    I also address the character of Richard Powers, specifically relating that his attempt to "make his robot function as closely to human English analytical processes as possible makes his real life existence all the more sympathetic in his need to capture real human feeling." This, the reader discovers, is the key to unlocking Powers' character and the dealings behind who and what the contest is truly about.

  • During the second leg of the Galatea 2.2 relay, I focus on the main characters, Lentz and Powers, assessing their shifting characteristics from unfeeling to emotional and vice-versa as the novel progresses.

  • After finishing Galatea 2.2, I took a ste back and made some connections to other works we have read, and some I have on my own, such as Aristotelian works and The Secret Life of Bees.

  • We move onto Pick Up Ax, where I compare and contrast the work as a piece of writing and as a play (which I have not seen performed). Though I did get some slack for my views, I stand behind them still, now knowledgeable of my audience-driven view of aesthetics; I am not an "art for art's sake" type, which is not necessarily a bad thing for a journalism major.

  • When blogging about Utopian Entrepreneur, I intimated my response to the work, the relationship of a transmedia culture to my upcoming project, and where the feminist question is glossed over in her analysis of her company, Purple Moon, in the book.

  • Concerning Star Wars, this blog is a mock-up for an in-class presentation. Giving notes, guidlelines, and a few tips on Star Wars for non-enthusiasts, I assess through this blog, and in my presentation, the "transmedia culture" (Laurel), which is mainstream today.

There they are--my lovelies of aesthetic academic endeavor.

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