Monthly Archives: February 2014

Can we focus on the words?

Similar to Olivia I found Sven Birkert’s reflections on reading and the digital to be flawed. One passage that I was drawn to in particular details the ways in which a novel affects the reader’s everyday life: “While I am … Continue reading

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How Different are Digital and Print Reading Environments?

For this week’s class we read Sven Birkerts’ “Reading in a Digital Age” about the relationship between novels and the Internet. What started off as an intriguing article quickly became overly concerned with unnecessary analogies and seemingly irrelevant concerns with … Continue reading

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What does ‘the digital’ do to ‘the text’? It leaves me feeling used

In loose dialogue with the following: Julie’s post on politics and power, Sven Birkerts in ‘Reading in a Digital Age’ and my own anxieties and passions, towards words – digital and on paper. As readers of a traditional paper volumes, … Continue reading

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Information, Inventory, Invention

I feel as if the blog itself is becoming very self-referential in this conversation of layering knowledge and information. There are now a number of blog posts that exist within this sphere of knowledge; some of the posts build on … Continue reading

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Text, Wiki, Hypermedia and…Icebergs?

Ed Folsom, in his article, discusses databases, but his argument fits more comfortably within the hypertext debate.  Interestingly, as George P. Landow explains, “[h]ypertextuality, like all digital textuality, inevitably includes a far higher percentage of nonverbal information than does print.”  … Continue reading

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Hidden Narrative: The Text behind the Text

In her most-recent blog post, Margaret explores the impact of coding and hypertext on our understanding of text and language. Her experience is very similar to my own, in that I had extremely limited knowledge of HTML, or any kind of … Continue reading

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User History

I’ve been interacting with Wikipedia since high school. I would look up articles and then look up articles related to those articles for the sake of it and for the sake of gathering useless knowledge about something (which are the … Continue reading

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Symtext: Teaching and the WWW

In her post, “Is the WWW useful without a negotiation between databases?”, cstelman reflects on the ways in which the searchability of the internet is intrinsically linked to its usefulness. She posits Google as a sort of database of the … Continue reading

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Is the WWW useful without a negotiation between databases?

The WWW has encouraged such a rapid accumulation of information that one of the pertinent issues regarding such information is how it can be effectively curated and discovered. Databases, I think, are therefore essential in making the WWW actually useful. … Continue reading

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A Brave New World: The New Semiotics of the WWW

I just finished validating a classmate’s proofreads on our Wikisource page. As I was working, I found myself wondering how all the {{}} and ‘’’’ and |’s of markup language impact the original text, if at all. Does mechanical language … Continue reading

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