meretal

Archive for the ‘MEmorial’ Category

writing marathon | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 30 April 2011 at 8:46 pm

blogging my lack of productivity and failure at getting things done

Time to finish the thesis. Time to get her done.

Since I love a good time-waster, but hate the excessive social media poster, I will be featuring my paper play-by-play, right here, tonight, on this here lonely blog.

(And with hope, no one will ever know, despite its being on the Internet.)

So here we go.

30 April // 21:43 Time to start. I mean, I’ve had more than plenty of time – a whole semester actually – but it’s come to the wire and it’s time for me to go. My room is sparkling clean and my desk is clear, except for my lovely thesis folder and lovely pile of books. Pulling out the outline and working on the re-write.

Words: 0
Quality: n/a
Feeling: wishing I could think of something else to do  

30 April // 22:33 Clarity of thought; wrote a good intro; know what I need to do. But now I’m bored and would like to a) do something else b) go to bed. Meandered around on Facebook, reading about the oxford comma, you know, the good stuff.

Words: 264
Quality: decent
Feeling: twiddling my thumbs 

Read the rest of this entry »

presenting electracy | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 5 April 2011 at 11:27 pm

Presenting, a presentation on Electracy! This is for Tuesday’s big thesis presentation. Find the Prezi here:

Electracy: Adding Dimension to What We Already Know

P.S. I met him!

Another (better) Outline | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 14 February 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thesis Statement: As a new technology, the Internet should not be solely recognized for its innovation, but as a medium within post-literate culture. 

  1. The Internet is a new medium that is producing a new expression of human communication. 
    1. With the Internet, stories are no longer one-way, but have greater depth, and are embedded in a system of values.
    2. For example, after the Gulf Oil Spill, the reaction to the event on the Internet was characterized differently. (Cite specific example from “MEmorial” project.)
  2. With the Internet, humans are learning a new mode of expression.
    1. People communicate differently with the Internet as a medium.
      1. People are connecting more rapidly over the Internet.
      2. People are able to interact more freely with one another using the Internet.
      3. People communicate within the sphere of their interest, rather than their local region.
    2. People react differently with the Internet as a medium.
      1. Because of the Internet’s instantaneous communication, people react more quickly to news items, eliciting a more dramatic response.
      2. People are able to respond without having to show their face, and are generally able to hide behind their words.
      3. For example, the Gulf Oil Spill showed how much hype is created with news items. Read the rest of this entry »

Outline, Tentative Sources | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 1 February 2011 at 12:44 am

I. Narratology, and the theories of humans as “story-telling beings”;

A. Walter Fisher’s “Narrative Paradigm Theory”

B. Humans organize and communicate by telling stories.

At heart, humans tell stories.

Brooks, Peter. Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1984. Print.

Fisher, Walter R. Human Communication as Narration: Toward a Philosophy of Reason, Value, and Action. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 1989. Print.

II. “Ages”

A. Orality

1. Based on speech, images, etc.
2. Collective identity

B. Literacy

1. Based on the printed word;
2. Individual experience / identity

C. Electracy (post-literacy)

1. Based on words, the “screen,” images, on “feel”
2. Balance between collective and individual

Discuss the progression through the three eras.
Read the rest of this entry »

Intro, Preface | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 25 January 2011 at 8:44 am

ulmer //

All the concerns about the decline of the public sphere or the destruction of civic life caused by the society of the spectacle are focused by the question of commemoration: how a collectivity remembers who or what it is. (xxi)

links //

May 20: Costeau on the Oil Spill [AOLnews.com]

Of course we should be alarmed, but the present hysteria angers me. How many times must we be surprised by the latest catastrophe? Will only a Doomsday event motivate us? It is crystal clear to me that we need to look at our attitudes and make fundamental changes. Crisis management is no management at all. Crises are absolutely inevitable if we continue to ignore the fact that nature is far more complex and unpredictable than we can imagine.

We all know that for now, we must stop the leak, clean up the mess, monitor the impacts, stay calm and stick to the facts. We need to take care of the thousands and thousands of people whose lives are being destroyed in a domino effect, and make sure the people who were incompetent are held responsible economically and politically.

Read the rest of this entry »

MEmorial | Butterflies about

In Butterflies about, MEmorial on 26 December 2010 at 2:34 am

The MEmorial is a hybrid: a composite of text and image, it combines features of the topical essay and the vernacular shrines that in recent years have become a common folk response to the disasters that befall a community. (Electronic Monuments xiv)

Let’s be real: what have I gotten myself into?

I have this fancy thesis idea, for a book I haven’t even read, and a schedule without time to fit it into.

But as I go into this semester, applying for graduate schools and working though my thesis, I need a new place to flesh out my thoughts, my interests, and my ideas. What better place than a blog? It’s the new (cheaper) notebook. With a thousand more ways to organize. Moleskine has nothing on CSS.

The thesis idea is this: evaluate the way the Gulf Oil Spill was received in an “electrate” society. How do we understand the world now that we are, to use Ulmer’s words, “netizens” in an imagined community? How are we supposed to use the Internet? How do we understand the world with the Internet?