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Separation/Séparation

For this week’s blog post I chose to focus on Separation. This E-lit piece was so refreshing for me to navigate through…well, once I figured out how to get to to start showing me actual lexia.

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Separation is a poem about a human’s relationship with a computer. Every so often, the poem is paused and the reader is instructed perform different stretches or exercises that will help to relieve some of the strains and pains that occur when using a computer for a prolonged amount of time. This was an unexpected but welcomed surprise. I found myself performing these exercises for a bit longer than was directed.

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This week’s piece was reminiscent of last week’s in that the reader had to learn how to master a certain speed in order to follow along with the poem. When navigating “Separation”, if the reader clicked too fast, a window pops up and informs the reader that they don’t have the right “attitude” in front of the screen.

I found myself starting to just click around in hopes of getting to the next stretch break. I really enjoyed doing this exercises. The poem also described the human interaction with a computer very well. I truly enjoyed this piece and I am looking forward to hearing what other people thought about it!

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For my own e-literature piece I am still trying to figure out how to get the ball rolling. I have been toying with different ideas for the storyline but I am not sure how I want the reader to navigate through it yet.

 

Until next week!

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C R U I S I N G

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If you asked my mom, she’d tell you that navigating through this week’s e-lit piece, “Cruising”, is reminiscent of being in the passenger seat of my car. The blurring images, the non-stop talking, the music, these elements reminded me of being in my own car. This week’s e-lit piece was a bit dizzying at first glance. I wasn’t sure how to move my mouse to get it to do what I wanted it to do.

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After refreshing the page for what felt like the HUNDREDTH time, I finally started to figure out where I needed to hover my mouse in order to make this piece a bit more understandable.

Once I got this part down, listening and understanding the poem was easy peasy! I really enjoyed listening and reading along with the poem. It reminded me of my own experiences driving around in my car with my friends on warm summer nights. We may not have been looking for love connections, but we were looking for a good time. We reveled in the feeling of the wind blowing through our hair, laughed til our stomachs hurt at god knows what and enjoyed every second we spent together.

I really liked how “Cruising” truly was reminiscent of driving around and enjoying yourself, maybe going a little crazy sometimes. It was definitely one of the more simplified pieces of E-lit I’ve read this semester and I needed the break, especially since my brain is already on Thanksgiving break.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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As for my own e-literature piece, I have definitely decided to do “A day in the life of my dog, Monkey”. I am thinking of using either StoryBird or Adobe Spark. I haven’t come up with any concrete ideas for designing it, but I am getting there. I am planning to use some of my Thanksgiving break to gather up some graphics and/or picture ideas.

With Those We Love Alive

So….I went back to the struggle this week. I could not for the life of me connect to the E-lit this week. When I read the title of With Those We Love Alive, I thought I would instantly make a connection and love it. Instead, I found myself having to read and reread the lexia that I encountered.

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The title itself gives this E-lit piece a sense of depth and sadness. When you open up the piece, the first thing you see is a “<3”, it is two symbols that make up a heart, it took me right back to high school, when these hearts would be in EVERYONE’s text messages, social media posts, and just about everywhere else. Gosh, it’s been quite a while since I’ve sent one of those to someone. This “<3” is a link into the story. The first tells you to “have a pen or Sharpie nearby, something that can write on skin”, I was intrigued.

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As I began to navigate through this piece, I began to feel more and more lost and frankly, a little overwhelmed. I was reading the words but I wasn’t connecting with them on a deeper level. It felt like a jumble of words with no meaning, to me, at least. I closed my MacBook and decided to walk away and try it another day.

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Coming back to the beginning and reading the words again, not for the first time, helped me out a little but not much. I still struggled to “get it”. I feel like the authors intention was to evoke emotion from the reader. I wish I could say that this piece worked that way for me when I experienced it, but it did not. So, I am sadly going to have to take another loss this week and walk away from With Those We Love Alive. We win some, and we lose some.

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I’ll be back next week!

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P i e c e s of Herself

I must admit that the more I read E-lit, the more I understand and connect with the different pieces. I find myself going back and navigating through all the different pieces in hopes of gaining a new perspective each and every time. Pieces of Herself was NO exception. I really enjoyed this week’s E-lit.

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Throughout this piece, the reader navigates through different places that women (and men alike) encounter in every day life. As you click through the different settings, there are all kinds of sounds and animations, some of them make more sense than others. Each one holds a different meaning and a different connotation. I couldn’t help but read through my classmates’ blogs to see what different perspectives they had on what everything meant.

The first place you click through in Pieces of Herself, is the “bathroom”. This bathroom in particular seemed to be a public bathroom, with stalls and multiple sinks and even some showers. It reminded me of the locker room in my high school, a memory that I am not so fond of. In this bathroom, you hover over different things such as a heart and arrow with “Tracy and John 4ever”, a weird green eye in the window, fingerprints on the trash can, you hear different voices, such as a woman reminding you to wash your hands, you see what looks like blood stains on one of the shower curtains. All of these things makes the bathroom kind of off-putting.

The next place you can explore, is her bedroom. You can hear multiple voicemails left on her answering machine from her boyfriend and her mother. From what they are saying, neither of them have heard from her for a few hours or days. The excerpt for the bedroom is “where her mind would sometimes float to the ceiling”. Her bedroom seemed to be an escape for her, where she could just relax and hide away from the rest of the world and maybe even avoid people. This is also where you start to see things that don’t really make all that much sense. There is a frog in her bed. There is also some kind of writing above her hamper or garbage can about feeling out of place in her own town.

Next, we venture outside, where the first thing you notice is a church, you can hover over a fetus, what looks to be like an ape evolving into a human, an apple, you can hear bible verses, the National Anthem, and other weird noises. “Outside” seems to be the most chaotic place so far, religion, politics, theories, directions are all things that are being conveyed. Maybe that’s why she just likes to let her mind wander in her room sometimes.scared cookie lyon GIF by Empire FOX

After being outside, we come back in to her kitchen “where she is forever looking for the right ingredients”. AREN’T WE ALL? This reminded me of my experience in the kitchen, but maybe even in life in general. We are all looking for the right advice, the right directions, the right way to do things. In the kitchen, we have salt and pepper, what seems to be fire coming out of the oven, a grocery list, a birthday cake. There is also an audio bit of a woman talking about her mother buying her a girdle so that she could “look skinny again”. The kitchen is just another place in which this woman is overwhelmed by the amount of things that life is throwing at her.

The next three places are the living room, the office, and a main street. These places all follow along with the main theme. A woman has many different roles, many different expectations that are thrown at her. As the reader navigates through these different places in this woman’s life, we can click on and drag all these different symbols and sound bits onto her body. This action reminded me of how a woman is treated throughout her life. No matter what her age, race, occupation, sexual orientation, a woman is “labeled” by everyone in her life. People label women everywhere, whether its friends, acquaintances, co-workers, family, lovers, spouses, and even people who don’t really know you at all. Pieces of Me was a very real reminder that women are strong, resilient, courageous, multi-taskers that have to face a lot of struggles throughout every day life. Every woman has a different story, and every story gives her a new experience that she will carry with her throughout her life like a label. I truly enjoyed this E-lit experience.

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Goodnight! xx’s

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Another week, another E-lit piece under my belt.

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This week, I chose to focus on Brainstrips by Alan Bieglow. This piece was another one that I felt confident not only navigating through, but understanding the actual language as well. Brainstrips is a collection of three different pieces, or as the author coins it, “A three-part knowledge series”.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t know how to navigate to the “Brain” or “S” part at first, but I clicked around and finally figured it out. After that, I was golden!

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Strips

“Strips” was the first piece that I clicked on and ventured into. The main page looks like a comic strip! Very cool and very different and is titled “Deep Philosophical Questions…”, on the left hand corner, there are different “deep and philosophical questions” i.e. “what is art?” and “Are men more sensitive than women?” Ya know, questions we’ve all asked at least once in our lives. As you click on each one, they take you to their own comic strip and (sort of?) answer the question that you picked. Some are ironic, some are funny, and punny, and some are just kind of confusing, tbh. The illustrations, the animations, and the sound were just the icing on top of the cake, except for the fact that everything just keeps playing over and over and if you get anxious easily, you might have to turn the sound on your computer off just to keep your sanity. Nevertheless, I really liked this piece! One part down, two to go!

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Brain

The “Brain” piece of the collection provides links to different scientific topics and it is titles “Science for Idiots” (I couldn’t help but smile at this). The links for this piece all have different science topics such as, global warming, evolution, relativity. When I first started clicking and reading through, my brain felt like mush and the words stopped making sense. By the end, I felt like I was a complete idiot! Reading these made my brain hurt. The art and sound bytes in this piece were even less unpleasant than the first piece, “Strips”.

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S

The last piece is “S”, and it is ALL. ABOUT. MATH. I am going to be totally, completely, one hundred thousand percent honest….I clicked through “Googolplex” and “additon” and gave up. This was a reminder of how it is impossible for anything associated with math to be even the slightest bit understandable to me. Once again, these last two pieces of the collection started to make little to no sense to me. I didn’t click on any of the other links in fear that I would lose all hope for E-lit again.

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Hopefully, next week will be better again.

Until next week!

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Hobo Lobo Gave Me E-Lit LIFE!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment has arrived! The moment I have been waiting for since the very beginning of my E-lit journey. Hobo Lobo has cause my E-lit awakening, and I am SO. VERY. INTRIGUED….and maybe still a little confused (lol).

When I first opened up this reading, I was wary; my E-lit experiences thus far have been overwhelming and underwhelming and honestly, frustrating. But THIS! This was different. Finally, a story that made sense!

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In a very, very weird way, the story of Hobo Lobo, reminded me a bit of story books that I read as a kid with my parents. The illustrations caught my attention and made me want to explore more, dive in deeper to this story. It was like reading an adult-version of my favorite childhood pop-up books!

I am not as familiar as everyone else is with all the rhetoric that is involved when discussing E-lit, I am still a newborn in this whole new world of electronic literature. a whole new world aladdin GIF

Seriously though, why can’t every piece of E-lit be SO simply to navigate and follow along with? If you can’t already tell, I am regretting not choosing this for my walk-through. This would’ve been perfect.

I truly enjoyed Hobo Lobo, and I think it will always have a special place in my E-literature journey. It is the first piece of E-lit that I truly connected with. The illustrations, the 3D elements, the music, the dark theme, even the wording, just checked off all the boxes in my mind.

 

HOBO LOBO, THANK YOU!

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Twelve Blue: My First E-Lit Experience

After reading Jessica Pressman’s “Navigating Electronic Literature”, I was feeling a bit more confident about navigating E Lit on my own for the very first time. Boy, was I wrong! Opening up “Twelve Blue”, I was immediately overwhelmed by the deep, blue color, and even more thrown off by the light blue text. All this hypertext almost immediately gave me a headache. The next hour of my life was almost guaranteed to make me dizzy.

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Navigating through the different links and reading the different stories wasn’t much more comforting at first. I found myself reading, and then re-reading these stories, wondering why I wasn’t connecting with the lexia on my screen.

Twelve Blue is….interesting. First off, the blue color gave me a feeling reminiscent of 90’s font colors, I’m not sure how my mind ended up there, but it did. The next thing I noticed was that the font sizes changed from link to link, the larger font in some of the stories made it a bit easier to read, the stories with smaller font, made me feel frustrated. I was turned off the by color and the font. The stories themselves were all very different, some more engaging than others.

Some stories have hypertext within the them, or towards the end, some of them don’t and you have to click on the lines on the left to navigate to the different readings. As I continued to read, I found that many of the stories lend the reader the opportunity to almost come up with the rest of the story on your own. None of these pieces feel finished, they are almost all missing a beginning and and end. This bothered me, so I had to use my imagination to piece the stories together on my own.

For my first experience, this was quite the challenge. Navigating through the hypertext was easy breezy but trying to connect to it, wasn’t. I am hoping that as I get more comfortable with this kind of literature, I will begin to enjoy it a bit more.

Until next week!

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