Author: Noah Segal-Gould

Text Classification and Topic Modeling on Presidential Candidates’ Tweets

For my final project, I decided to explore the nature of Walter Benjamin’s “politicized art” as it relates to social media of a political variety. I downloaded every Tweet from the main Twitter accounts of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein from the dates each individual announced their running for president, until November…

Group B: Harry Potter and Participatory Media

In this chapter of Convergence Culture, Henry Jenkins seeks to draw attention to a phenomenon which has managed to pervade recent media and discussions of media: participation. On all sides and at every level, the term participation has emerged as a governing concept, albeit one surrounded by conflicting expectations. Corporations imagine participation as something they can start and stop, channel…

Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto,” Affinity and Identity, and Wishing I took LIT3046

Originally published in 1985, Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto exists as a major work of late 20th century feminist discourse, and offers challenging however highly interesting and influential ideas regarding the roles of feminism and feminists in science, technology, and socialism. It’s amusing that in this version offered to me, editor Simon During’s author’s note poses a question and intentionally does not…

Group B: McPherson and the “Illusion” of Liveness

In Tara McPherson’s “Reload: Liveness, Mobility, and the web” there exists a section entitled “Tara’s Phenomenology of Web Surfing.” Within this section, she writes: Of course, as with television, this much touted liveness  is actually the illusion of liveness: though the weather conditions may indeed be up to date, most of the “breaking news” I access via my personalized MSNBC front…

Group B: Gramophone, Film, Typewriter and the Challenges of Media

I remain fascinated by the constant challenges human beings historically face when confronted with new means of expressing themselves through media. For Kittler, von Mücke, and Similon, what are at stake in these challenges? I’m also still interested on the topic of writing in response to orality, and then electronic media in response to writing. In this piece, those concerns appear again concerning issues…