Author: Sadie Schiffman-Eller

Abtracted Ads and Curated Consumers

Reading the Henry Jenkins piece in conjunction with the Bibby Sowray article proved to be extremely thought-provoking. Although the readings are separated by nine years, it is notable that they both struggle with a certain tension between consumer abuse and  consumer power while also surfacing the role of consumer “communities” prompted by interactivity. Those involved directly in the advertising, seem…

Playing With Perspective

In reading the first sixteen chapters of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, I was struck by the book’s exploration of perspective. The use of free-indirect discourse  allows the tone, as well as the structure, of the text to shift according to the character in focus; placing us as readers in an interesting space between the character’s internal (their consciousness) and their…

TheirSpace: Web Content and Control in Olia LiaLina’s “A Vernacular Web 2”

       In reading Olia Lialina’s “Vernacular Web 2,” I was particularly struck by her interest in the shift of the Web towards a more professionalized, formalized, template-centric platform that fosters a distancing between the Web and its users. Throughout the article, she highlights many ways in which the new, or ordinary, users of 2007 were taking part in,…