November 30, 2004

Second Batch of Favorites

Here is a special entry that will allow you to navigate through the blog entries that I found worth while.

Weblogs- here you will find anything and everything that has to do with blogging. You may find comments on essays, article's and classroom discussions. Some topics consist of visual blogging, blogging community, blogs as diary's....etc. Most of my work goes here.

About-under this file you will find blog entries that consist of responses to presentations on various topics by my fellow classmates in Writing for the Internet.

IF.zip- under this category you will find an indepth analysis of interactive fiction.

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Blog who?

In Val's presentation she addressed the issue of students not being familiar with weblogs. She said that students only learned about weblogs through classes. I agree. I didn't know or care about blogging until I took the course.

Val pointed out in an article by Charles Lowe called Moving to the Public: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom, he stated that, "By making their writing public in class, students begin to take responsibility for/ownership of what they have to say rather than handing it directly over to a teacher-reader-grader."

Statement like this along with books that we have read in class have also allowed me to understand that I am responsible for my work. Which is exactly why I don't post everything that I am thinking. I have said this time and time again so I'm not going to reiterate it any further. I just wanted to get the point across that I comprehend his statement and I agree.

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Gender Bender in Interactive Fiction

On Chris's blog he wrote:

"According to interactive fiction enthusiast Doug Atkinson, "there are a few fundamentals of identity that every (human) character must have...and one of them is gender."

Does interactive fiction really require gender identity to be enjoyable? Successful? Does this reflect modern interests?"

These were some very good questions and they made me think about this topic. In my opinion, as far as Interactive Fiction goes, I don't think it matters. Cause if your a good author your game should be enjoyable no matter what gender you are. In a lot of interactive fiction games I don't know what gender I am. I just play the game. I don't even think about whether I'm a boy or girl.

So I think they can be successful regardless. I think video games are a different story.

In class I made comment about video games. I think in games like Tomb Raider and Resident Evil guys don't have problems playing the female role because the female character is strong. But I don't think a lot of guys want to play fantasy games as females.

I personally don't have a problem playing male roles. I gues its the tomboy in me...lol.

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I just want to leave

Moria wrote in her presentation on She's a Flight Risk, "Who hasn't wanted to rush off, leaving behind all of her problems and worries, in order to just start over?"

Well Moria I just wanted to inform you that I am one of those people. Especially at this point in my life where everything is a stress and there isn't a day where something else doesn't go wrong.

Isabella had it right. I don't doubt her actions in the least. Why sit around and deal with problems you can't fix or control. But being that I'm not rolling the in cash, I can't even afford some batteries right now. I can't do what she did. But mark my words if I could I would! All hail Isabella!

I guess I shouldn't be reading things like that during this depressing time in my life. I may actually try and leave even without a penny to my name! Well thanks for giving me something to relate to Moira.

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Male vs. Female Blogging

At first I was not surprised, but then I was disturbed.......

Vicki wrote "There are more teen female blogers then male teen bloggers but there are more adult male bloggers than adult female blogers."

I wasn't surprised at all by this statistic I would think it natural for there to be more female teen bloggers than teen males. And as far as adult blogging I always here about what an adult male blogger wrote or published instead of female adults.

That made me ask the quesition, are adult male bloggers seen to be more important or credible than females? According to the statistics from Vicki's presentation of the article Women and Children Last, they are.

"Age and sex is also skewed for the type of blog that is created. A journal type blog is most popular for teen females and adult males take over the rest.

Mass Media Reports
more males (88%) are mentioned in the articles than females (12%);
males are mentioned multiple times in the same article more often than females;
males are mentioned earlier in the articles than females;
males are more likely to be mentioned by name than females; and
all 94 males mentioned are adults, except for one adolescent male blogger"

These statistics were very disturbing but at the same time that's America and no matter how many women become professionals at whatever, males seem to always get the credit. I'm not being a feminist or saying this is in every situation but I mean here are the statistics to prove it in this particular one.

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November 28, 2004

Dear Diary

In the article, Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs an assortment of writers from the University at Bloomington wrote that,

"Online journals, known as such since 1995, are the precursor of the personal journal blog (Herring, 2003b) as well as of journal hosting sites such as LiveJournal. Like journal blogs, they contain self-revealing content, are updated frequently, and tend to present messages in reverse chronological sequence."

When reading this I realized that the type of blog I have is a different kind of blog. Basically what I'm saying is that I found another kind of blog here. That there isn't just political blogging and academic blogging, there is also blogging that is sort of like a diary. I personally wouldn't do it, but I think for some people its probably very helpful for them. Getting those thoughts out and having others see them and respond to them. Again I couldn't do it as far as real personal things go, but its good to see people respond to something that I wrote and actually cared about on my blog.

I also think these live journals are good for people who read them and relate to them. Like if a situation relates to them and they see what that person did to get out of that particular situation than they can maybe try it and it could help them, sort of like a discussion board.

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November 26, 2004

Interactive Fiction cont..

I played an interactive fiction game called Fear. This game is from the horror genre of games. Its author is Chuan Tze Teo. The game was also a finalist, best individual Puzzle, and it got 6th place at the Xyzzy Awards. I was very interested in this game because of the review given by Carl Muckenhount.

Muckenhount wrote, “You wake up from a nightmare to find yourself irrationally afraid of various things around your house. Three embedded self-contained sub quests in the form of hallucinations make you face your fears before they drive you mad. A well-done small game with a strong theme and good puzzles - I only wish it were longer. There is some death, not always predictable. Has a hint menu.”
The game starts with you in a bed and you just awoke from what you thought was a dream.


"You are running for your life down dark, labyrinthine corridors, your heart
pounding almost as loudly as the heavy boots of your relentless pursuer. But
your legs are collapsing under you, your breaths coming in ragged gasps. At the
last, strength fails you and you collapse face-down upon the unforgiving
concrete. Cold hands grasp your neck, hauling you upright, forcing your
unwilling eyes open to gaze into the hard, cruel, familiar face of your captor
- and you scream with the horrible recognition that those twisted features are
your own. "

You are still screaming when you awaken in sweat-drenched clothes, deeply
relieved that it was only a dream. Yet something is not right. Why does the
darkness beyond the window look so threatening? Why do the sounds of the night
bear such menace? Indeed, why are you in such constant... "
*** MORE ***

You then find out that there is a bedside table and on it is a box of pills. And your room is messy and you have no inventory. So I try to examine the room and this doesn’t work. I try a couple of other moves and they don’t work either. I try to move left and right it doesn’t understand. But what it does is say that there is something lurking and you start feeling like something is watching you.

So I try to run this doesn’t work and then I decide to take one of the pills and I do. I take the pill and after hallucinating and running from a monster I fall down the steps and break my neck and die.

I think this game would have been better for me if I didn’t die, however, I thought the plot was good and it held a good concept. Also, being that the game was set up to have different options and endings I think it’s a well thought out game. Its sets you up for what the author wants you to do, so the player doesn’t have much control.


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Blogging Community

Blogging here and blogging there. Who blogs daily? And does it matter?

Ashley wrote, "I would say I blog when I want or need to. I don't spend my time in fornt of a computer blogging my life away, not that there is something wrong with that. That's just not me. If I write anything it's on paper and I can choose the audience that reads it."

I am also one of those people who do not blog everyday. I don't even think I blog every week. I blog when I feel like it or when I need to for class. My blog is mainly an academic blog. Once in a while I blog something I feel like blogging. However, a lot of the time the things I write down are for my eyes only and on paper. Like everyone always says, "if you don't want others to read it don't post it." So I understand where she is coming from.

At the same time, for those of you who do blog everyday I think that's great and if you feel that everything you write you want others to see than there is absolutely no problem.

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November 19, 2004

Weblogs, Literature?

After reading, The Labyrinth Unbound: Weblogs as Literature by
Steve Himmer. I have found many observations and points in this essay interesting.

First of all, I personally think that literature is anything that can be read by others outside the author, interpreted, crtitiqued, categorized, and understood. So why not think that weblogs are literature?


Himmer writes, "Calling a weblog “literary” does not require content that is about literature or even content that aims to be literature. It is not an attempt at categorizing one weblog and its author as more worthwhile in a canonical sense than any other. To the contrary, I propose that every weblog can be considered literary in the sense that it calls attention not only to what we read, but also to the unique way we read it."

I also agree with what he says here. Weblogs do "call attention." They are very "unique" in themselves. They are not like anything we have ever written before. I'm saying they are deep stuff, there just simply different.

Further in the article they discuss what makes a weblog completely different than a novel or a long work.

Himmer points out that, "However, there is an additional element of difference between the weblog and other modes, one that shatters the remaining boundaries of most narratives: time. As I mentioned, both the novel and the interactive fiction are constrained at the final moment of their production by the author’s decision that the work is “finished.”

I also agree with this statement. I think that is the one neat thing about weblogs. You can always go back and change something or correct a mistake. When you write a novel you can't do that. Once your audience has it they either love it or hate what you wrote. Yet, with a weblog if someone really thinks you went wrong somewhere, you can simply go back and change it.

So are weblogs literature? Sure. Are they like novels, and the traditional works? No.

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November 5, 2004

community publishing

Graham Lampa wrote:
“At the core of the blogosphere lies a minority of active and engaged bloggers who post, comment, and link frequently, creating a kernel of conversational community based on personal networks facilitated by blogging tools and associated technologies.

I am not one of those bloggers of course. Blogging is new to me and I just recently understand it and how to go about doing it.

Graham Lampa argues:
“However, for the vast majority of users who blog casually, infrequently, and for the benefit of their real-world friends and family, the blogosphere does not exist in the ethereal, hyperlinked connections that bind blogs to one another; rather, it resides in the mind of the individual blogger as an online imagined community resulting from the shared experience of instant publishing.”

I’m not sure I agree with this statement fully when trying to characterize myself as a blogger. I don’t blog for my friends because my friends don’t read my blog and nor does my family. I think I blog for the blogging community and to produce a feedback from those who are interested in what I have to say, whether they like it or not. I’m not blogging for friends.


I blog about things that I know others are either blogging about too or topics I think would generate a response from other’s who are familiar with the same topic. That way someone can comment on my blog and I can go and comment on theirs, therefore creating conversation. I am one of those actively engage bloggers. I admit that I am not a social blogger. I am not the person who blogs about what happened to me last Saturday at the movies or what I ate last night. I am a blogger who blogs about educational things mainly, but at the same time I may throw in something that I found interesting about a topic or a book that I read since I am an avid book reader; but usually, I blog about school assignments and weblogs in general.

I’m not sure if I’m misinterpreting the statement or not.
Does anyone have a different opinion about these statments?

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Visual Blogs (Vlogs) Images vs. Text

This was quoted from, Dr. Jerz’s Literacy Blog on Visual Blogging
“Is it the images that are destabilized, or the reality the image is purported to depict? Isn't narrative about telling, while images are about showing?”

As a traditional writer, I am one to think that images are used to enhance the writing. For example, in an article about the war in Iraq; if I wrote an article about soldiers dropping bombs on an important building or I wanted show the struggle that the soldiers are going through over there. I would of course write a very descriptive article and try to convey these images with words. However, to make this article come to life there should be a picture of the troops covered in mud, sweating, some of them bleeding; or a picture of the building that they dropped the bomb on before and after they dropped it. By the using an image I am now enhancing the article. First of all, images, especially one that is so dramatic will catch the attention of the reader and pull them into the article. Secondly, while they are reading the words will mean more to them now that the image has been placed into their minds and they can see the words like"struggle" "pain" and "bomb". The image makes these words pop out to the reader. So I feel that this is where images and text compliment one another.

I agree with the statement, “narrative is about telling and images are about showing.”

In my writing for the internet class, we always talk about how, though having images on your blog is good, you never want to have to many or too many things going on in your blog because it will distract from the writing. So if blogs become strictly visual they will do just that, and those who are writers and enjoy the use of text and word play to depict what we are trying to explain, will be pushed to the background by photographers and we designers. Ok so maybe that was a little drastic but you get my point.

Here Dr. Dennis Jerz explains this more eloquently, “Weblogs that present images with little or no commentary are certainly worthy of examination for the insights they reveal about digital culture. But the culture of blogs includes quoting, refuting, aggregating, and networking. Until we have widespread tools that can automatically sort and file information found in digital images, it seems to me that text is still a better tool for finding patterns and trends in digital media.”

I really think that we need to stick to images as enhancers of text not the other way around.
I ask the question that, if it was the other way around would blogs become more or less productive?

Posted by Denishia Salter at 11:24 AM | Comments (2)

November 3, 2004

WikiBlocks

So I was on the Wiki workshop page and ckecking up on what happened to the page after we edited it a while back. And I noticed that there were def. lots of changes from before, which was expected.

So I went to edited these pages again and something comes up talking about I'm blocked by some guy named RikK who is like the Wikipedia campus police. And it says that the reason given for the block is vandalizing African American. I don't know what the hell that means. But I am very disgusted and very offended regardless. I didn't vandalize anything and I don't appreicate the racism either. I don't know what he's talking about. All I wrote on their was links to serena williams. So he needs to get his facts straight or get a life or something. I mean seriously going around harassing people and making racist remarks for no reason on a wiki page is ridiculous.

I'm disgusted and I will never be on another wiki page again.
My response has nothing to do with my writing. I really didn't care that what me and a girl from class typed. We just made links to athletes. I don't think its good that someone can come in and erase and change everything you wrote and then it just disappears without a trace.

Wiki's are not for me. I don't recommend them to anyone else either. Especially, when you may be endangered of being harassed becauase you happen to be an African American.

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November 1, 2004

Weblogs vs. Real World

In Blogging As A Social Action, they compared weblogs to the reality show on MTV the Real World. In this comparison I feel that they were trying to get across the point that blogging is popular in today's social enviroment because of the "realness" of the personal blogging.


A person is putting down thoughts of their life and what is occuring in it and people want to hear and know about it. Just like how the public tunes in weekly to watch the drama unfold on the Real World even if the show is cut and edited to be dramatic.

However, in the discussion of the analysis that's exactly what they are getting at.

The point is blogs are not private. They are personal, but not private. Whatever you put on your blog people are going to read it and they are going to want to know about it. This is why weblogs are "fitting" into today's social enviroment. "Seeing is knowing, not believing." (Blogs as a social action)

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