Tag: culture

Channeling the Dead: Paper vs. Machine

‘All the passion of reading consisted of hallucinating a meaning between letters and lines: the visible or audible world of romantic poetry. And all passion of writing was (according to E.T.A. Hoffman) the poet’s wish “to pronounce the inner being” of these hallucinations “in all it’s glowing colors, shadows, and lights” in order to “hit the favorable reader as if…

Abandoning Linearity for Collective Pandemonium

Some information drawn from the text: Cultural saturation induced by literacy homogenized the French in the 18th century (pg14). It is stated as fact that “typography and print culture create uniformity and continuity,” (pg 15), out of which the conventional West derives its idea of rationalism. The hypothetical native of Ghana described on page 16 is isolated from his collective…

When the Medium Throttles the Messenger: The New Web and Media Literacy

Both of the readings assigned for today discuss the impact of media as opposed to their contents, and the new relationships between media, creator, and consumer. Olia Lialina’s “Vernacular Web 2” spends time on the relationship between amateur internet users and their personal websites as a medium. Lialina further explores Web 2.0’s the new focus on creation through services. User…