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Brainstrips- by Alan Bieglow (Blog 4)

Of both the articles for this week, my favorite one was the Brainstrips piece by Alan Bieglow. This piece was very engaging and even humorous at times, I enjoyed every section of it.

I noticed that the word brain strips in the main page lead to a category for different lessons.
In the first word brain, the two characters in the comic discuss deep philosophical topics of existential theory. The questions were “what is art’, “are men more sensitive than women, “does God exist”, “how do we know we are human,” “do trees have rights” and “is color real”. All of these questions forces the reader to think outside the box and formulate reasons that are neither right or wrong. For each of these question, I enjoyed the artistic and narrative process of creating my own story. I also enjoyed the visual and audio experiences that Bieglow provided while reading. Everything felt like a real-life comic movie.

In the second section, the word strips were “Science for Idiots”. You would probably expect that the section was like the dummy book of science, however, it was unlike that. Science for Idiots discussed the politics of science in everyday life and how some things just don’t make any sense. For example, in the evolution category, Bieglow writes that “minimum cage size recommended by the zoo industry for an ape is 14 by 14 by 10 feet, slightly larger than a standard office cubicle” Well this statement raises that question of ethics because that size is not large enough to accommodate an ape. So the question remains, who are the real idiots in science?

Lastly, just the letter S in that word lead me to another page with math lessons and concepts. Each word in that section was interactive and hilarious! I felt like I was learning a classroom lesson, however, it was more enjoyable because at random parts there would be a tangent that made it not so serious. The storyline was intelligible and tasty to follow along. I loved that the visuals in the background were consistent and moved while reading. Overall, this was a fun read for today’s blog.

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ScareMail Generator

I thought the creation of the ScareMail Generator is such an interesting idea. This software created by Benjamin Grosser uses a collection of specific words and linguistics methods to generate a creative “story” every time a person sends an email. The words use such as “ plot”, “facility”, etc. are considered “scary” and raised suspicion. When the software is installed it will confuse the National Security Agency (NSA)  and make their search results useless by reading random stories and narratives. 

Grosser,, describes that the NSA has a certain software that runs through emails and detects certain words and communication that they believe is written by terrorists. These words will flag your email and they will read them in an attempt to prevent a terrorist attack. The NSA is skilled in this field and it is their job to identify these conversations and communications before anything drastic happens, which could have been prevented. 

Even so, I also agree with Grosser’s statement that reading citizens personal email is a violation of our first amendment rights and the government should not interfere with our privacy. The ScareMail software serves its purpose to reveal a flaw of the NSA’s surveillance that words do not equal intent.  

I didn’t download the extension because for one I wouldn’t want the government to purposely get attached to one of my emails because of these scary words. Additionally, I was not interested in creating narrative stories in my email to distract the government. Nevertheless, I think ScareMail is an interesting creation. 

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Bots && Reconstructing Mayakovsky (Blog 2)

I learned so much from reading this short collection in the volume. Mainly its relation to elit as a genre. I will admit that I didn’t know much (anything really) about using robots to generate language. A bot is considered “a chatterbot that engages users in conversation through text entered and displayed in a computer terminal.” This was all very interesting, even so,  I still remained apprehensive about the thought of creating my own elit using this technique. I clicked all of the Bot links and followed the accounts on Twitter. It was interesting also to see that this technique is used in most of the social media platforms that I already use, such as Twitter and Tumblr. The short bio also mentioned that this artistic and literary tool created for social networks has grown exponentially.” 

My favorite reading for this week was “Reconstructing Mayakovsky” by Illya Szilak. The epigraph quote describes it as a novel of the future. The floating stars in the main page served as a table of contents.  As I clicked each word it revealed context and information to a story. I preferred to download the paper version of the text. Additionally, I also loved that the design resembled galaxy. In another part of the literature words were floating around and when I clicked on each work it revealed a chapter of the story. I didn’t get read the entire book, unfortunately, but I enjoyed the experience. 

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Navigating Electronic Literature (Blog 1)

In her short article “Navigating Electronic Literature” English professor and scholar Jessica Pressman introduce readers to a different style of writing literature, that is electronic. In her article, she goes in-depth to explain the historical creation and aesthetic of this digital type of work. Electronic writing she describes is “unlike print literature”, in that print literature is simply pen to paper writing, a traditional form of literary studies that many people know and are accustomed to doing. In contrast, however, this digital form of literature forces readers to engage in the literary work at hand by navigating through links in the story. In the article, she states, “whether it is a mouse-click or a typewritten word, this action affects the work’s performance and the reader’s engagement with it. In other words, navigation enables the digital work’s performance and its signification.” Readers are immersed in this type of reading because they are actively clicking a link that brings them to a different page to follow the story. Additionally, there are other several key points that Pressman make about this type of genre. She also talks about hypertext and its quintessential purpose in digital works.  She agrees and concludes with critic George P. Landow who states that “hypertext [offers]  readers more agency, and even partial authorship, over the text they read than print texts.” This action allows readers to become aware of their significant role in a story.

Pressman’s article was an edifying resource that provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to read an electronic literature. While reading Twelve Blue by Michael Joyce I was able to interact with the story by clicking the links and hypertext included in the story. It was an interactive form of reading that I’ve actually never experienced before this course. I look forward to reading and learning more about this type of literature. 

Before enrolling in this course I expected that electronic writing would be about reading novels and stories in electronic form using a Kindle or audible app, the usual ways that I normally read literature in electronic form. I was surprised to learn that this is a form of storytelling that exists and I knew nothing of it beforehand. Although I still don’t know much about electronic writing I am excited to learn something new and hopefully enjoy this different form of the genre. 


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