2018
10.31

In the Electronic Literature Sampler the first digital piece I worked with was, Frequency. For this digital literature sample, the poet had a generator which embedded several words. From there the system would generate haikus and poems from these random words every minute or so. I thought this was a really cool way to do poetry. Not only did the system generate new haikus and poems but also the stanzas changed over time as well. They would be spaced out, grouped together, or fall in a pyramid type shape.

The second piece I sampled was, The Struggle Continues. This piece was by far the most confusing thing I have sat there. Text appeared on the screen and went with the music in the background. The sound of the music was very uncomfortable. The whole point of the text described the equations of love or at least thats what I got from it.

The next electronic literature piece I sampled was, Motions. This digital literature piece was an interactive experience where you move the arrows to find out more about human trafficking and some basic facts such as where people are abducted and how long someone got imprisonment. The whole experience was a bit creepy and had a dark web vibe to it to be honest. Just before halfway through the digital literature, there was a weird tone that played in the background. For me, this sound felt very overwhelming and intense, I did not like this. Also, while the sound played there were images that popped up and videos being played in the background. The text on the screen would move around as well for a few seconds and then stop so you could read it. This sample was creepy and that is to say the least.

Source: Electronic Literature Sampler

2018
10.30

Adam Cadre’s 9:05

The first play through I have to admit was a bit frustrating because of the commands. For this particular game the verbs and nouns have to be correct. After typing in numerous commands to get from the bedroom to the shower back to the bedroom, through the kitchen and out the door, I was relieved. Finally after figuring this out for lets say ten minutes, I got on the freeway and drove away into the sunset. At this point, I was unsure of why I was driving off, maybe because I missed the meeting? I restarted the game and decided to go to the Technology building which I presumably found out I had murdered the homeowner and was arrested.  After getting this second ending, I am relieved to know that I was leaving town for a reason. Looks like, I made the mistake of playing through.

Source: Adam Cadre’s 9:05

2018
10.29

Text Parser Games

After watching the videos, some of which I have seen in another class, it really does make you appreciate digital story-telling. These types of games and videos really give the audience an idea of what developers go through to give you a complete interactive narrative regarding modern day games and technology. These videos show you how one must put in certain commands to get an action and sometimes the action may be wrong. This makes me think of all the trial and error testings developers must go through to make a masterpiece such as “God of War” or “Red Dead Redemption 2”.

Source: Text Parser Games

2018
10.29

I am a huge fan of video games and I must say recently I have never played a game that boosts morale simply by clicking through a narrative. The “Choice of the Dragon” was interesting because I kept on wanting to increase my morale more not by doing quests or going on missions like modern day games but through clicking decisions. Last semester I played a game similar to this where you lead a ship in a course about the history of the book. This form of game really stands for an example of story-telling. The game puts you in the shoes of the character and you get to make all of the decisions. This is also interesting because you do not have developers creating the scene for you. Since everything is a narrative, it leaves more room for your imagination to be creative.

Source: Depression Quest OR Choice of the Dragon

2018
10.29

Before reading through the brief descriptions and watching the videos I never would have that video games in their early stage were a form of digital story telling. Now after watching the videos it is easy to see that whatever was going on within the two dimensional scene was really art. The two dimensional scenario illustrated to the player a scene that was taking place between two players or a single player. Comparing this to today’s modern era is very interesting. Nowadays games are so advanced with graphics and a narrative that it is very easy to follow a story. I also think it is interesting to see the evolution of digital story-telling through games as well. Society has gone from 2D planes to a 3D open world filled with interactive elements. For example, Red Dead Redemption 2 has just released and already the open western-world is filled with advanced graphics and characters that contribute to the story.

Source: Brief Intro to Electronic Literature: Background

2018
10.24

RWAL 9 (2 of 2)

The second half of chapter 9 included a few more theories than that of the first half. One theory that seemed the most familiar to me was the Historical criticism theory. The text suggests that if someone such as myself has ever written a research paper that involved some background reading about the author, more often than not you have engaged in historical criticism. This holds to be true for myself because I have done this in the past. For example, I have read “Dubliners” by James Joyce and having background information on this author helps to understand the economic and social struggles of Dublin in the early twentieth century.

One theory in the second half of chapter 9 was the Structuralism theory. This theory questions literature in way a reader pays attention to the two types of context which are cultural and literary. This theory involves having the reader understand all aspects of the author which include history, politics, religion, education, etc. while also understanding related texts both literary and nonliterary.

Source: RWAL 9 (2 of 2)

2018
10.24

In Principles of American Journalism Ch 1 I noticed this passage, “is simply to make sure that in the short run we don’t get screwed, and it does this best not by treating us as consumers of news, but by encouraging the conditions of public discourse and life.”

Reading this book for the second time, I hope to make connections to my role as a student journalist. I agree with the passage. For example, we don’t supply the Seton Hill campus with monthly issue to meet the demands of the community. The student run paper goes out and finds the stories to inform people of what is happening on and off campus. It is our job as student journalists to play the role of reporters in an educational setting to report and inform.

Source: Principles of American Journalism Ch1

2018
10.22

RWAL 9 (1 of 2)

In RWAL 9 (1 of 2) one of the theories I read about that is most familiar to me was the formalism and new criticism theories. In the past I have always looked at these elements of literature throughout my academic career but I never knew they could defined into theories. Also, I think I am most familiar with these theories because of how simple how. These are the elements that are “relate to the whole”. From a very early age we are taught to look at the tone, characters, etc. but in college we tend to focus more on close reading skills, so really these theories I have been practicing for some time without ever realizing it.

One theory that I am currently unfamiliar with is the marxist criticism theory. This theory does involve class struggle and society but it also involves an economic means within literature. When I have close read in the past I have looked at things such as class struggle and society but I never compared that to the economic standpoints within the text. Also, the text mentions Marxist critiques tend to have a language of political analysis, this is another area I have not all that familiar with.

Source: RWAL 9 (1 of 2)

2018
10.17

Poem, Your Choice

The poem I decided to analyze is “A Dog Has Died” by Pablo Neruda. The poem can be found almost on any poetry website but here is the link where I found it originally: poetry foundation. I chose this work and poet because I am not familiar with either. I think this is the best approach to enhance my poetry skills for the course, writing about literature.

Born Neftali Reyes Basoalto, Pablo Neruda is a Chilean author from the city of Parral. He is best known for having variety in his style of writing such as surrealist poems, historical epics, and passionate love poems. Neruda got his fame as a poet at a very early age when he began his literacy career.

In Neruda’s poem “A Dog Has Died” it is very obvious to the reader through context and the title that the poem is about the passing of his beloved best friend. While analyzing the poem I noticed these lines, “Someday I’ll join him right there/ but now he’s gone with his shaggy coat,” (Neruda lines 4-5). The author has made it very clear early on in the poem that himself (the narrator) has become compliant with the idea of death. I also noticed how Neruda pays special attention to the speaker which is himself in the poem. In the line, “No, my dog used to gaze at me/ paying me the attention that I need/ the attention required”. (Neruda lines 26-28). These lines convey that speaker has made it clear what state of mind he is in. The speaker is now in the grieving period of his dog and reflects back on their life together. After, reading the poems several times, I came across different interpretations. The first way I read the poem aloud was in a very sincere manner. The second time around, I found myself taking on a different approach to the poem. Reading the poem aloud a few times over enabled me to see how he wasn’t just grieving over the dog but praising him and stating how proud he was of their relationship, “all his sweet and shaggy life/ always near me, never troubling me/ and asking nothing”. (Neruda lines 34-36). Neruda’s message is clear and that death is something that happens even to man’s best friend. Neruda makes a connection with death and conveys that even the least “servile” lives will pass.

Source: Poem, Your Choice

2018
10.17

Hilborn, “OCD”

It was interesting for me to read and then watch him perform this poem. I think reading the poem first was best because now when I go back and try to re-read I have his voice reciting the poem in my own head.

The first time I read this poem I thought about the concept of the speaker. I asked myself how would someone recite this or who speaking, and what state of mind are they in. The poem to me came off as if someone is always nervous to please their significant other. Now, after watching him recite the poem live, I gained a whole new perspective to the poem. Seeing him recite the poem with such emotion gave a new sound to the poem. The way the speaker emphasized certain phrases or paused briefly created a scenario for the poem itself. When watching the live version of the poem I could really hear how he would speed up and then slow down to show the significance of the words.

Source: Hilborn, “OCD”