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



Ulmer Dia­grams

  • Appa­ra­tus The­ory chart
  • Modes of Infor­ma­tion chart (expanded)



      » “In con­duc­tion the infer­ence path moves from mate­r­ial thing to another thing, from sig­ni­fier to sig­ni­fier, with­out recourse to the abstrac­tions of rules and cases. — Ulmer (Inter­net Inven­tion p.156)
      » “the deci­sion among many post­mod­ern artists to stop oppos­ing the mass media, and instead to appro­pri­ate the icons aris­ing within com­mer­cial media as a new dis­course, marks a new phase in the inven­tion of elec­tracy.” — Ulmer (p.167)









    Another Day at the Second-Life Office


    Sec­ond life is not a game: it is a multi-user vir­tual envi­ron­ment.
    It doesn’t have points or scores; it doesn’t have win­ners or losers.” — Dwight



    “There’s no more sure-fire way to kill something’s intrin­sic comedic value than to try to exam­ine what makes it funny. The minute you start think­ing, you stop laugh­ing.
    After all, the com­edy sketch — short, sweet, com­pletely silly or shot through with social com­men­tary — worms its way into the pub­lic mind like noth­ing else, and has eas­ily made the leap to the web when other forms have fal­tered.”   — 07-Apr 2008


    » The joke…is lib­er­ated from the demands of truth. The joke in turn mod­els a cer­tain logic: dream work, mean­ing fal­la­cious rea­son­ing that evokes truth. — Ulmer (p.174)


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-- Gary Hink, Ph.D. Digital Composition Faculty Program for Writing & Rhetoric
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