April 2008 Archives

This is the third and final installment in my blog portfolio for 336: History and future of the BOOK,in which we discuss the evolution of communication throughout history. My name is David Cristello, Im a sophomore Psy. major and accidently stumbled into this class. Hopefully this portfolio, as well as the other two I've posted, gives you an idea of the topics we've covered in class. 

Coverage: I went channel 11 on this one to bring you the latest and greatest. All entries have quotes and linkbacks, so give it a shot.

Timeliness: Up from the clouds, I delivered these on time. 

Interaction: My communication and post on other blogs. Which you should visit right after this one. 

Depth: What the Bleep do we know. 

Discussion: Its no Bill Maher, but I didnt promise much either. 

Doc. The end

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" Us old-timers, we're used to thinking of doctors as highly trained professionals--" (Doctorow 163)

Ah the future, where medicine is so advanced the field of medicine becomes near obsolete. In a world which has the cure for death, whats the use for the medical profession. Hmm, more importantly, how would this affect religion? I would assume a great deal since it appears that some of the believers only do so because of fear of dying, but in a world without death, what do you fear? Never dying? Eternal isolation? Interesting...
"Here I was, only in my second or third adulthood, and already ready to toss it all in and something, anything else." (Doctorow 11)

    Ya its still is in the prologue, and perhaps ill post another item (not get your hopes up, I have 34234 papers/projects running around) that relates more towards text, digital culture, etc., but this quote seemed humorous and potent enough to place as my agenda item. Its a comical way to display the human condition of never being satisfied, that happiness for some, is a state of mind that they attempt to find externally before internally. Also, humans, i guess even transhumans, are constantly striving to evolve and grow, and this quest continues until the end. Even in the future, where you can have multiple stages of adulthood, incredible medical care, extremely advanced technology; reaching a level of satisfaction is just as difficult as today, or yesterday, or yesteryear.  

Kirschenbaum: END

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 "The conceit of processing, meanwhile, apparently came from Umberto Eco's theories of the open text and the idea that a literary work was a field of relations in which a reader could be invited to intervene and interact in a controlled or calibrated manner" (Kirschenbaumm 172)

   Yup, text based adventure games can be viewed as literary works, because they call upon the "gamer" or reader to examine, interpret , and analyze the text. Its a two way process, the game, as well as the book, needs the reader in order to exist. 


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  • Can a blogger be a journalist?  Is this particular blogger a journalist? Who decides? I guess a blogger could be a journalist if all his sources a verified, although most bloggers write opinionated entries. Oh, I suppose a article or entry that has been verified as fact is simply an article. So no, a blogger cannot be a journalist. This blogger isnt not a journalist because he does not present any sources, references. I understand to the importance to keep the material anonymous, but in doing so it cannot be presented as factual.   
  • Is it journalism if it relies wholly on archival material? Not if no one edits the entry, or browses for incorrect material.
  • Is it reliable journalism if it depends on anonymous sources (in this case, the unnamed source who provided the author with the Infocom archives)? Again, I would would say not, because the source is unidentified. 
  • Is it journalism there is no editorial oversight -- nobody to say "Woah, there, are you sure you should be publishing the full text of e-mails that were sent from one private individual to another?" No, you need to check your information and sources
  • Was the information pressing enough, or of sufficient news value, to justify a "publish first and ask questions later" attitude? No, i dont think so. While this is seems to be an extremely important matter, I dont that by withholding the information a few more months to cross check his sources would have hurt. 
  • Is it journalism if the author offers to de-publish text that the original authors don't want published? I suppose if the information is edited by the original material, ya that works
  • What opportunity for insight and subtlety was lost when the author chose to publish without checking with the sources? They could be huge caps and incorrect material, and with a subject matter that seems to be taken so serious, it was a bit foolish to jump the gun on this entry

Ch. 3 kirschenbaum

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"For the contemporary scholar and theorist of electronic literature, however, Mystery House...becomes a multivalent forensic environment" (Kirschenbaum 129)

   Brief quote that explains make a statement about the origins of computer games, and what they were based on. Crime games and interactive text based adventures have long been a part of the video game society, starting with the earliest forms. 

MEchanisms: storage.

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 " Computers themselves were initially engines of prediction and prognostication..., not recollection and storage; they only became so with the advent of the so-called von Neumann model and the somewhat later addition of random access disk memory, which enabled reliable real-time, nonsequential access to large reserves of information." (Kirschenbaum 5)

     It seems Kirschenbaum is asserting how technology, and the advancement of storage, impacted our ability to process, store, and manage large systems of data, which in turn created a larger and more complex database. He also goes on to make note of the accessablity of memory and storage (Ipod/flashdrive etc.), and how this transformation has created a more open and transferable network.   

"Among the biggest media events are the media themselves" (Aarseth 97) 

This quote struck as quite amusing, although it also does have a serious point.  Every "innovation in the field of communication" is often noticed, and then followed by a documentary. In this case, things like behind the scenes or feature articles on the web help appreciate the effort and time that was spent in order to create such an advancement. This rapid spread of what was once considered advance technology might ultimately helps in the long run, as the next generation will be more connected with theories and advancements in communication etc. 1902380



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 "We seem to be in the process of retreating further into our homes" (WM Turkle 479)
"But the move toward virtuality tends to skew our experience of the real in several ways" (WM TUrkle 480)
"We build our ideas about what is real and what is natural with the cultural materials  available." (WM Turkle 480)

Alright cool, this nice, loooong essay (taken from Turkles book) focuses upon the danger of the virtual world, and how it will affects our social interactions along with numerous other perceptions, such as nature and basically life itself. IT appears humanity is retreating towards a shy,passive, middle lane community which only is unified through this anonymous collective soul we call the internet. I mean, America, along with other industrialized nations is becoming fat, lazy, apathetic creatures that become so absorbed with the MTV fix thats it hard to shake any emotion. Ya, thats a pretty general statement, i kindof hate spitting off generalizations and they really dont support any type of progress, but this sortof of thing that I mentioned above is happening, but Im sure people were saying the same things about the radio, the TV, blah blah blah kids being kids sortof thing. You cant stop technology, and you cant force people to get outside. Boy, this conclusion is really bleak. I guess im done. bye.

PS: We'll, theres always 2012, with you know, that whole change of "consciousness".



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"Any cyborg field, as any communicative field, is dominated by the issue of domination or control." ( Aaseth 55). 

Even though cybertext is a new form of technology, it still focuses upon similar characteristics as its predecessor. Control and dominance of the reader, or in this case user, is vital so that the author (or programmer) can capture and direct the readers/users attentions towards areas they wished to explore. 

Portfolio 2

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The Class for this portfolio is media and culture, and discusses the history and impact of literacy/invention of text. This is for the second half of the semester. 
Coverage and Timeliness:
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WM Douglas








Welcome back

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" How could the immortal, collective brain be mistaken? By what external standard could you check its judgements?"  (Orwell 228)

  Print was controlled, education was controlled. Big brother control the text and therefore held influence over his people. Winston had to almost nothing to guide him, his memory was shot and his will was fading. His lens in which he viewed the world was limited because of the restrictions Big Brother placed on him.  


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