This is the Remix

Creation requires influence.  Ideas are not property. Discovery belongs to us all. These are just some of the ideas we’ll be exploring in our next unit on appropriated narratives. For perhaps the first time ever in your academic career, I am requiring you to plagiarize. In doing so, remember Kirby Ferguson’s mantra: Copy. Transform. Combine. … More This is the Remix

Work, Together

Our first digital project, beginning this week, will be an exercise in collaboration. Your group will work together to create a digital text that embodies one of the varied methods of collaboration endemic to the digital environment. Any of the texts that we’ve read, discussed, referenced, or anything that any of what we’ve read reminds … More Work, Together

Consider the Catfish

You’ve all just finished watching Catfish: The Movie, which can be read as a kind of origin story for the TV show, as young Nev himself is “catfished” but ends up developing a friendship with and empathy for his “catfisher.” The article I asked you to read last week, “Consider the Catfish” discusses the TV … More Consider the Catfish

No Less Real or True: Creating Your Digital Identity

The phrase in the title of this blog post is from our reading on Catfish: The TV Show, which explores the nature of creating an identity in a world where you can be completely physical disembodied from that identity. In many ways, that is exactly what your digital portfolio is: a constructed, virtual version of … More No Less Real or True: Creating Your Digital Identity

Unique Hypotheses: Peer Responses to Generative Literature

In Balpe’s “Principles and Processes of Generative Literature,” after establishing that generative texts abandon traditional linear narrative logic, and have an infinite variety, he goes on to discuss the impact this form of writing has on a reader: “…when a reader obtains a text, he obtains that text at a certain moment of his reading … More Unique Hypotheses: Peer Responses to Generative Literature

Cut Outs & Mad Libs: Exercises in Analog Generative Lit

Since we will not be meeting as a class on Wednesday, I’d like you all to engage in two short experiments with generative literature, as practice for your own project. What You’ll Need: Two existing bodies of text you can mess with: this may be several pages of a magazine, poetry, a print-out of a news … More Cut Outs & Mad Libs: Exercises in Analog Generative Lit