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Bots

Bots is a lovely elit collection where accumulates artist and literary work associated with the social networks, such as Twitter or Facebook. There are eight bots in the collection. When I clicked any of them, there would be six blocks on the page. They are about the screenshot of the web, the web entrance, Metadata, Author Statements, Editorial Statements, and Downloads. Editorial Statements would be the first place I go to. It provides basic information and summary about this bot. I can learn the general information through the homepage and do not have to enter in if I am not interested in it. The Metadata provides hyperlinks. It shows the language and keywords of each bot. If I click the hyperlinks, I can find a list which collects the language and keywords of all the bots.

When the first time I went to Bots, I felt a little perplexed because it does not have a classification or a certain theme. It covers all the artistic and literary bots. It is very hospitable to the visitors and I assume it is in the progress. My favorite bot is the crossword. I used to play crossword games in the newspaper. However, the answer should be known in the next edition. It has a time delay for the game interaction. Tiny Crossword is a twitter account that you can follow. It will release the cross puzzles in advance. The puzzle is usually based on the important 21st-century repository, which means the database is updated. The combination of the crossword puzzle and social network somehow maximizes the utility of the game.

However, I am thinking about the literary or pedagogical level of using Bots. It seems to be something absent that is able to get readers into somewhere. I feel like Bots in some ways is more like a recreation. Our readers can have fun on the Bots but I want to figure out more literacy meanings in using Bots

Seeking Utopia in the Virtual World: Reconstructing Mayakovsky

“Let us compose an elegy for the PASSING OF what defined us as human. LET US LAMENT BECAUSE WE ARE still HUMAN.” – Reconstructing Mayakovsky

The world has never been perfect before. Will the world become better in a virtual world?

In Szilak’s book Reconstructing Mayakovsky, humans can live in a virtual world called OnewOrld with the help of the Oracle system. Click the “Mechanism” tab, the reader can see some white spinning words and some star-like spots on a black background, with a background music much like the sound of the outer space.

Click the rotating word “Movies” in the “Mechanism” tab, an advertisement of OnewOrld will show up. The ad shows the audience many disadvantages of living in a real world, such as cost lots of money, waste too much natural resources, expose to terrorist attack and diseases, etc. Then, the ad commits that living in OnewOrld can avoid all those issues and make people happy.

Click “Archive” in the “Mechanism” tab, many pictures will show up. Put the mouse on one picture then the information in this picture is presented. Click the picture, however, will bring the reader into one of the random e-book chapters. Click a globe sign in the right corner will bring the reader to an outer link, which is the source of the picture itself.

Click “audio podcast”, the reader can see chapter numbers hanging in a black background, they move while the mouse moves. Put the mouse on different numbers, the reader can hear different sounds, sometimes men singing, sometimes children playing, sometimes a woman mimicking a cat. Click on the number, the reader can hear an audio record of one of the book chapters.

Click “Manifesto”, there will be some brief philosophical sentences, such as “THE DEATH OF ONE GOD IS THE DEATH OF ALL”. These sentences are the main ideas of this book.

Click “Theater”, an invitation to join the Revolution Nostalgia Disco Theatre will appear. To me, the invitation letter does not make much sense. It is like a piece of random work created by machine.

Click “Mechanism B”, the reader can see some black words with its chapter numbers floating in a red background. Click on one of the words, it will take the reader to the chapter where it is from. Those numbers do not show up in order. They move with the mouse.

Click “Attributions”, it will bring the reader to a page where the author says other information about the creation of this book.

I read several chapters in “Mechanism B” and “Archive”, listened to some chapters in “audio podcast” including the first chapter and the 45th chapter. I can get the main idea and the macro-context of the world in the book. The heroine is called Vera, whose avatar has silver-gray eyes and bleached golden hair. Vera falls in love with Mayakovsky who already passed away, so she tries to reconstruct him in the virtual world.

After viewing the entire website, I realize that Utopia is impossible to achieve in the current world. Whether humans live with their physical bodies or with their virtual avatars, as long as there are human desire and hatred, the world cannot be perfect.

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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Reconstructing Mayakovsky

I am pretty sure everyone started on the same page as I did reading Reconstructing Mayakovsky, but probably interpreted it differently because of the way we navigated the literature. I clicked the “BEGIN” button and the first things I saw was a cluster of dots that moved with just a small touch. The cluster rotated and moved up and down. The size of the text changed as I moved my mouse which was very interesting. There was also this irritating sound which made me scratch myself multiple times. I was reminded of televisions that have no signal.Image result for television off

 

After getting over the sound and myself, I hovered my mouse over the words and found that they were clickable, so clicked Theater to see where it would take me.

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I got to the screen above and it seems like an invitation. I mean who wouldn’t like an invitation to some audition asking you to striptease. I hovered my mouse over “LOVE”, “ART” and “RELOVUTION” expecting them to take me to another secret realm. I like calling them secrets because it feels like I am the only person who knows about this place. I know it’s not! Leave me alone to fantasize! Jeez!

Anyway, those three words were not hyperlinked, so I took my disappointment to the >download invitation button which directed me to a pdf page with actual invitations with information on them.ReconMaya2

At this point, I’m like okay, what’s going on? where am I? However, I was not “lost” as I was reading Twelve Blue. There was an actual correlation and I was not trying to rack my brain trying to figure out what was going on.

I read the invitations and went back to the page before this. Since there were no hypertexts, I went back to the original page by clicking the mechanisms tab. It took me back to the cluster of dots with texts. I clicked the movie tab which took me to a different page with a sort of propaganda video which pertained to the story. The voice of the narrator played a role. The story deals with a dystopia, so it definitely had that vibe going on. I started getting a sense of what the story was about, however, I did not want to dive too much into it since my classmate was going to go over it.

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I loved the whole idea of the Manifesto. The page had Rules of what made a dystopia. But what caught my attention was the printed version which is shown above. The paper definitely had more impact and I would love to hear more about that when Kelli goes over it in class.

I went through some other tabs including Audio Podcasts, which opened up to the same concept of rotation. But this rotation involved numbers which I presumed were the chapters of the story. When I hovered, the audio had a preview, but when I clicked on it, it actually had someone narrating the story. I also clicked Mechanisms B which also took me to a  different page with the same concept of rotation. But unlike the others, the background was red and it had titles, I clicked on the titles and it took me to the chapters. The format was very traditional.

Looking forward to what Kelli and Stephanie have installed for the class!

Let’s get Botty!


First, I'd like to say how proud of myself I am. If you would've asked me to present on bots a year ago I would've run away. But now, after two Net Narr class. I'm kind of a bot master. Not, really a master but I am no longer a novice. I'm somewhere in the middle. 

Okay, when I started down the rabbit hole learning about bots for E-Lit, I see this is slightly different than the purposes of bots for a networked narrative class. So, let's get down to the nuts and bolts of this whole bot-uation. That's my last bot pun I swear. Taken from the word robot, bots are, "computer programs designed to operate autonomously." 

In the world of e-lit it becomes a really cool, sometimes random way to generate literature. Or is it? There are debates that happen that online bots are nonsense and it doesn't amount to anything sensical let alone literature. Bots like Tiny Crossword don't seem to serve a purpose. But if you follow through the feed it begins to make its own form of poetic rhythm. 

One could argue that the person who programs the bot intended for it to appear that it doesn't make any sense and therein lies the beauty of it. So how do we detect a bot from an actual writer? Well, there's a game you can play to see if you can pick out true literature.http://botpoet.com


The best part about bots is making your own. It is cool to play around with already created bots. Creating your own allows you to play the author and create your own character. However, even though you are writing a script perse you still don't get to control the outcome much like other e-literature.

Here's a bot I created.


Professor Alan Levine explored the world of bots with us in my Networked Narrative class. The best part about bots is getting the chance to play around with them. Here's a link to some really cool bot stuff Alan shared with us last year. 



Blog 2

The bots made for twitter are very useful in many ways. They are artificial intelligence, but can still spark up conversation within the twitter community. Not only do they tweet with words, but they display images relating to those words to give a clear picture. Also, this A.I. can create content that other users can interact with like crossword puzzles.

I did not know that these bots were being used on twitter, but I am aware of some accounts that usually work under computer-rule.I think that my favorite bot is the poem bot because the tweets are short yet precise. They may not be complete sentences, but they convey a thought or feeling the people can relate to when they read it.

Twelve Blue

To be very honest, Twelve Blue and certain forms of elit initially strike me as… uncomfortable. In Twelve Blue, there are a great number of characters and plots that are all happening simultaneously. The story starts with a girl who falls for a carny, then jumps to “September’s Embers never ending” from the perspective of a girl who is on her way to school. Next is Samantha, who wants to plan a tea party and invite a girl who’s boyfriend drown in a creek. This type of storytelling is so confusing for me. I have difficulty keeping up with all of the story lines and characters, and sadly I lose my focus.

The interesting part of all of this is that when I was younger, some of my favorite books were the Goosebumps: Choose Your Own Adventure books. One page told you to skip to another page, and then go back to another page. However, when I was reading the Goosebumps books I would frequently peek at what was about to happen in both storylines, and choose which one I liked better. Also, most of the time I would go back and read all of the storylines.

The difference with Twelve Blue is that the electronic format gives so much more room for alternate characters and endings. At this point, to me, it becomes overwhelming. however, I am intrigued by this type of storytelling, and I want to learn more about it. I will definitely be reading more of these stories in the future.

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. 

 

Check out the links below: 

** http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/joyce__twelve_blue/Twelve_Blue.html

** http://newhorizons.eliterature.org/essay.php@id=14.html

 

First Experience with Electronic Literature!

Electronic Literature was something I had never heard of before taking this #Elit course. Now that I have started learning more about it, it is very interesting and new. You can never turn away from discovering something new and exciting.

However, my real experience began with the first reading assignment. We had to read it for an hour and I will say that it was a struggle in the beginning. The reading was Twelve Blue  by Micheal Joyce. From the beginning, the color blue was a huge part of the whole premise of the literature. Personally, it was a distraction because the color was a too bright for me to be able to read. I will not go into that too much since that was not the point of the assignment. But I will go through the experience of reading what I will call part one since the story is kind of split into parts and I will also relate my experience to the article.

The main point of the article was navigating electronic Literature. When reading Twelve Blue, the component that made it electronic literature was the hypertext. While navigating, there were a lot of hyperlinks there were placed in different positions which I believe were the intentions of the author. Some of the pages had one link while some had five links which all worked. I also noticed that each of these links had their own titles. They appeared on the tab when I clicked the linked which was pretty interesting. Another thing I noted was that, when I clicked one of the links, the tab remained the same. it did not open a different tab. I  believe that was also deliberate because if a new tab had open every time I clicked the hyperlink, it would have ruined my reading experience.

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Despite the story Twelve Blue being a hard read for me, I understood some parts of the page and how to get around to other parts of the story. Unfortunately, I got confused as to where to go for part 9, so that took away from my experience and I became disengaged with the story quickly after.

At first, when reading the article, I overthought the concept of navigating through elit. I feel confident that I will identify stories that are easy to navigate through on a computer without losing the story. I have never read a book online, but I’m sure it would be a much easier read than if I read a hard copy.