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April 27, 2008

EL 336 - Portfolio 3

This is my blog portfolio 2 for the class EL 336 History and Future of the Book. Int his class we look at the history of the book starting from oral culture to the inroduction of the manuscript and printing press all the way to the digital age and how it has affected book culture. This portfolio is one made up of my blogs from the class. It is a kind of online discussion that the classmates do with eachother about the different readings. It is a way to get our opinions to eachother in a digital way that anyone can see.

This portfoilio consists of blogs having to do with digital culture, the last part of the class


Kirschenbaum Chp 1 and 2


Doctorw first part


pretty much all my entries follow this, but here are some of them

Aarseth Chp 5;8-9

Kirschenbaum chp 3

Kirschenbaum Finish


Kirschenabum chp 1 and 2

Baio blog response




Aarseth Chp 5;8-9


Kayla's blog

Leslie's blog

Kayla's blog again

Daniella's blog

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EL 336 - Doctorow (82-206)

"Why bother with surgery when grow a clone, take a backup, and refresh a new body? Some poeple swapped corpuses just to get rid of a cold." (Doctorow p. 128-129)

This is kind of a question that people were asking when the whole idea of cloning became popular. Of course, it isn't anywhere near as readily available as Doctorow perceives it in this story. But it does leave an ethical kind of question. If you look at the examples in movies and other books where people decided to use clones in a "harvesting" kind of way, it makes this idea seem kind of sick. After this line of course, Julius goes on to describe the procedure with the HREF gun and it leaves him much less advanced.

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April 24, 2008

EL 336 - Doctorow (1-81)

"Offline I filed out of the Hall of Presidents. I tooks Lil's hand and walked to the Liberty Bell load zone, our spot for private conversations. Offline, I bummed a cigarette off her. " (Doctorow p 62)

I was taken back by the use of the word "offline" in this chapter. I had trouble understanding exactly what it meant. To me, witht he technology information I know, offline means disconnected in a sense. Yes disconnected from the internet, but also maybe emotionally disconnected. I wonder if that is what Julius is feeling about what has been happening to him. It is also funny that I connect to this made up language with my own ideas and feelings of technology

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April 20, 2008

Baio blog response

In my opinion, I do not think a blogger is as truly a journalist as someone who was trained in college to be one. But this man is a "independent journalist" so to me, they are more of a new age freelance writer, that is why it is surprising to see all the attention that Baio received. Though when you look at the journalistic ethics of the information he published, that was not the right thing to do. Bottom line, it was private information from a company that didn't want it out for the public to see. But, of course, since it was on a blog there was no real "authority" to over see it didn't go out. So I think the whole idea of "publish first, ask questions later" was put into action in a fair way. It's not like this is a top secret government document, it is a interactive fiction game. I would say that this is not technically journalism because of lack of editorial oversight and the medium in which is was presented. That's the basis of journalism the medium and editorial, but I'm guessing if this would have been presented as a story idea to an editor and the editor found out the company wouldn't want this info out there, the story wouldn't happen.

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April 14, 2008

EL 336 - Kirschenbaum (Finish)

"Transmit is from the Latin mittere: to send. But what do we really mean when we talk about transmitting-sending and receiving- a written text?" (Kirschenbaum pg 215)

To me, when someone says "I was texting Bill" or "I'll just text her" it is as if they are saying "I'll just tap so and so on the shoulder and we'll have a chat." I do not look at texting in the technical terms of transmission or sending and receiving. To me it is as communicative as actually talking to someone face to face. ( how bout that?) I think to an older generation, the word texting may seem more technological and advanced. Again it goes back to looking at this type of communication as infromation sharing or just conversating.

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EL 336 - Kirschenbaum Chp 3

"As Morris Eaves argues, digitization is the process by which complex units are made simpler by breaking them down into smaller units. It is not merely a phenomenon of the current age, but and acitve force throughout technological history." (Kirschenbaum pg 134)

That is a way I have never looked at interactive fiction. I do not know anything about the genre of gaming, but it makes sense that the breakdown is an important part of anything having to do with technology. The internet itself is soemthign that has been broken down alot for a clearer understanding. Even computer programs we use in our everyday life have probably been broken down from when they first emerged.

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EL 336 - Kirschenbaum chp 1 and 2

"At a practical level this means working with hard drives and other storage media in the field and in controlled laboratory settings to locate files, metadata, or fragments of files that someone may or may not have taken active steps to expunge, and creating the conditions necessary to ensure that the data has not been tampered with in the process of its recovery or analysis." (Kirschenbaum pg 46)

The beginning of this book makes me think of how police have to sometiems go into someones computers to get files and information for crimes. All that "To Catch a Predator" kind of stuff of online chats, pictures, etc. It really is like reading into a different language when you work with a hard drive. Computer Forensics sounds like an important job that the average person like me has never reallylooked closely into.

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April 9, 2008

EL 336 Presentation for 4/9 - Media and the Remix/Redo

The art of the Remix
Today we use downloads on the internet to laugh , learn, and work. Whatever we download gets usually gets our attention. Look at the world of you tube and pod casts. Though we could find some of the information in print, it has been redone to meet our needs in the new age. Finding a way to deliver a message to get the publics attention

O Say Can You See?

When I first looked at the subject of the“Star-Spangled Banner” I thought about the historical aspect of it that most people know. Written by Francis Scott Key, it was originally a poem written as he watched Fort McHenry in Baltimore come under attack by The Royal Navy. The words were inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry the morning after the attack.

This patriotic and political image spoke to Key in such a way that he scribbled the poem down on the back of a letter. The poem went on to be published in many papers on the east coast, and sent a message of “we are still standing” to the people of this early time in our country.

The funny thing was that this was just poem people were reading. Key eventually decided it should be set to the tune of music. In particular, to the music of a popular British drinking song called “To Ancreon in Heaven. AKA “the Ancreontic Song.” It was the anthem of a men’s music club/society.

The Remix in Present Society
Key was one of the first examples of using the concept of redoing or remixing a message to get people’s attention. He used the form of a ballad to deliver a political message. Though this example was more of an oral culture form of the theory, we can look at how the same concept is used today.

One example is the democratic election going on right now. With this election attracting more and more younger voters and campaign people, the culture of the internet has become highly involved. Myspace, youtube, facebook and the photosphere have all done their part in taking the message both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to a new medium.


Will I Am of The Black Eyed Peas music video inspired by Obama’s New Hampshire primary speech

article on videe

Professional Blog- CNN - political ticker on Hillary Clinton - Public discussion on Hillary Clinton’s politics

Saturday Night Live Skits that have parodied election

- I could not find the Saturday Night Live skit that parodied one of their debates and suggested that the media is biased to Obama, but I do have an example of how it got the attention of Hillary Clinton

The Olympic Torch Protests

Online News

Personal Blogs


What I wanted to do on this blog for the class, was show how the concept of the remix is a key in politics now. The media has adapted to the digital age and to it’s audience to be able to get their attention and keep it. Not only are they looking for the attention of the reader, they are now looking at the interactive part. With the news giving the public the power to comment and watch different pieces of news, they are helping the concept of the remix adapt and advance.

* There will be more of a class discussion on Thursday so please read and look at some of this stuff*

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April 6, 2008

EL 336 - Chp 5; 8-9

"But there are works that put their users in either-or mode; either you see it or you don't"
(pg. 180)

Though the author goes on to talk about those 3D image posters from the early 90's. You know if you stare at it long a enough, a picture shows. I found that I could take that to how I relate to this interactive fiction world. With some of the games I experienced in Writing for the Internet, I had very wavering feelings about them. I could see myself getting into some of them if I could just figure out the secret to getting unstuck. I would type an action into "Hitchhikers Guide..." and I would get super denied or die. I thought that things would be a bit easier and it would defintley would make it more fun. I'm sure if I were an expert on this genre of games, I'd have a less either - or outlook, cause the have the potential to be fun for non players.

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EL 336 - Turkle

"Searching for an easy fix, we are eager to believe that the Intenet will provide an effective substitue for face-to-face interaction. But the move toward virtuality tends to skew our experience of the real in several ways." (Turkle pg. 480)

I definitley believe that the internet has messed with the publics view of real pleasures in life. Take a look at online dating. With the emergence off iming and chat rooms,the face to face intimacy of a normal conversation has really died out in society. While the whole online dating deal may work for some, it is still amyster to others how one can be connected so closely to someone they only communicate with via emails or iming. Even texting is a new tool used in the dating world to avoid that very scary first phone call after a date. The line between real life and the safety of being behind a keyboard effects society in a weird way these.

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April 2, 2008

Portfolio 2

This is my blog portfolio 2 for the class EL 336 History and Future of the Book. Int his class we look at the history of the book starting from oral culture to the inroduction of the manuscript and printing press all the way to the digital age and how it has affected book culture. This portfolio is one made up of my blogs from the class. It is a kind of online discussion that the classmates do with eachother about the different readings. It is a way to get our opinions to eachother in a digital way that anyone can see.

This portfoilio consists of blogs having to do with the introduction of print culture and the beginning of the intro to digital culture



McLuhan part 1

( all my entries from the past month account for this but here are a few)

Calvino part 1

Orwell part 1 and 2


( I got alot of good interaction from my classmates this past month)

Orwell part 1 and 2

Calvino part 2

Orwell finish



Orwell part 1 and 2


Jeremy's blog

Kayla's blog

Chris' blog

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EL 336 - Aarseth 1- 4

"The activity of hypertext reading is often portrayed, in contrast to codex reading, as a kind of co-authorhsip, with the reader creating her own text as she goes along. This idea has doen much to promote the myth of hypertext as a better 'tool for the mind' than the older writing technologies." ( Aarseth p 77-78)

I feel that reading hypertext is just as education as reading a textbook. To most students of all ages, hypertext is the new textbook. I feel, when I am reading something online, that I can go back and reread things alot easier than reading a book. I can find what information is most useful to me faster it seems.

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