notes toward com­pos­ing poetics/praxis, Project 1


      » task: “To extrap­o­late from lit­er­acy to elec­tracy, we need to find some pop­u­lar behav­ior in our medi­ated expe­ri­ence that is as famil­iar to us as hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion was to peo­ple in an oral appa­ra­tus.”
      — Ulmer, Inter­net Inven­tion p.143

      con­duc­tive logic? (infer­ence, “flash” of insight?)

      just as Plato invented the dia­logue as a hybrid with oral and lit­er­ate fea­tures,
      so too now is our con­sul­tancy a hybrid selected from oral, lit­er­ate, and elec­trate ele­ments.”
      — Ulmer, p.156



    modes of information

    Con­tinue reading

    Networked Generation

    » from Zadie Smith’s 2010 review of The Social Net­work & You Are Not a Gad­get: A Man­i­festo:


      “Soft­ware may reduce humans, but there are degrees. Fic­tion reduces humans, too, but bad fic­tion does it more than good fic­tion, and we have the option to read good fic­tion. Jaron Lanier’s point is that Web 2.0 “lock-in” hap­pens soon; is hap­pen­ing; has to some degree already hap­pened. And what has been “locked in”? It feels impor­tant to remind our­selves, at this point, that Face­book, our new beloved inter­face with real­ity, was designed by a Har­vard sopho­more with a Har­vard sophomore’s pre­oc­cu­pa­tions. What is your rela­tion­ship sta­tus? (Choose one. There can be only one answer. Peo­ple need to know.) Do you have a “life”? (Prove it. Post pic­tures.) Do you like the right sort of things? (Make a list. Things to like will include: movies, music, books and tele­vi­sion, but not archi­tec­ture, ideas, or plants.)

      But here I fear I am becom­ing nos­tal­gic. I am dream­ing of a Web that caters to a kind of per­son who no longer exists. A pri­vate per­son, a per­son who is a mys­tery, to the world and—which is more important—to her­self. Per­son as mys­tery: this idea of per­son­hood is cer­tainly chang­ing, per­haps has already changed. Because I find I agree with Zucker­berg: selves evolve.”

    — Zadie Smith: “Gen­er­a­tion Why?“
    Novem­ber 25, 2010 | The New York Review of Books



    » “Which ulti­mately does more good—an arti­cle or mono­graph that is read by 20 or 30 peo­ple in a very nar­row field, or a blog post on a topic of inter­est to many (such as grad­ing stan­dards or tenure require­ments) that is read by 200,000?

    What if the post spurs hun­dreds of com­ments, is debated pub­licly in fac­ulty lounges and class­rooms, and gets picked up by news­pa­pers and Web sites across the country—in other words, it helps to shape the national debate over some hot-button issue? What is it worth then?”

    What’s a Blog Post Worth?” By Rob Jenk­ins
    August 8, 2013, 1:47 pm
    The Chron­i­cle of Higher Education