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Digitally Staving Off Homework

It seems I have some eyes on my Blog. Of course, many of these eyes have been trained to find my faults, fixated in my direction if only because in their minds I'm producing the equivalent of a digital train wreck. Perhaps, even now, I'm delivering.

Regardless, you have to appreciate a negative slanted critic whose sufficiently bored as to spend his time reading someone he hates. 99.9% of the time you might attract more barbed comment about the things clearly wrong with you (as though there are not things clearly wrong with everyone) but the 0.1% of the time you might manage to make them go, "Holy shit, that's good" are priceless. Best of all, you don't need to wait with baited breath for the golden moments as, after all, the odds of producing them are only 0.1% - at best.

Like you, I'm bored, because classes are still warming up, and that means they're starting with the easily grokked concepts before breaking into things that will hopefully make more students feel "happy they're there" than like "running off screaming into the sunset."

In Digital Diversity, we started the semester by reading 9 chapters of a book written by a Norwegian Scholar who pontificated at great length about a wide variety in definitions before today we decided that (like me) he apparently just likes listening to himself talk. This shifted the burden on us finding articles on our own about this subject, which basically focuses on people who either don't want to get on the Internet or can't and how we can learn to all just get along in an increasingly wired world. It seems unlikely that my grandparents had to attend classes about this when the television was invented.


Far more than you ever thought there was to say about why Grandma doesn't have a computer.

In Electronic Literature, we're coming to grips with how literature is, in fact, electronic these days. There's a great deal of butting heads between graphic artists and literature artists about if literature is art and now a great deal more butting heads between literature pundits and on-line literature producers about what counts as literature these days. Lately, video games which sport meaty enough of a back story are considered electronic literature, which might not surprise you if you've ever played Planetfall, Myst, or even the latest Zelda. To the credit of those who are insisting on this definition of literature, eLit is pretty damn thought provoking at times, and your time could be worse spent than perusing the collection at eliterature.org. Your average computer game is just the tip of the iceberg.

I think it's arguing semantics. Whether something is "literature" or not is a label, the thing remains the thing. Learning how to shoehorn it into that definition may ultimately be useful only for influencing people who have money to throw at "literature" and lack the common sense to realize that form matters less than content.

This forms half of my well-rounded University curriculum this semester. I'm not entirely sure yet how I'll make money from learning this, but life is full of surprises. With any luck, I'll be able to turn my incredible newfound knowledge of all things interactive art and develop some better than somebody more fixated on math equations.

So, as you can probably tell from this Blog entry and the last, I'm now talking about things a little more interesting than how any one character in City of Heroes fails to be a perpetual fountain of everlasting joy. It's all uphill from there.

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