Sources of Influence or Inspiration

Articles, books, rumors, and notions that factor into this project:

Misc References and Resources:
In no particular order...

Accessorizing the BodyHabits of Being I

Publication Date: July 2011Pages: 272
Edition: NED - New edition
eISBN: 978-0-8166-7668-2
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Filmic Texts and the Rise of the Fifth Estate maps the use of a documentary film as a main text in an undergraduate course, explaining its practices and elaborating its theoretical underpinnings before gesturing toward some of the more salient unresolved issues that offer avenues for further research. Based on the premise that digital technologies endow films with the same infinite patience that books possess—their segments, like pages, are constant and so can be analyzed in a sustained fashion—Filmic Texts maintains that in a highly mediated world, facility with all of the available semiotic resources is integral to the type of large scale literacy necessary for a flourishing democracy. This argument gains strength as its concepts are also enacted; it is created in Scalar, a platform that allows one to speak with rich media in addition to words.

“And, of course, in the 1970's, both were correct: programming was ephemeral and generally did not repeat itself and there was no way to view its message more than once. It was time-based with no user controls. Moreover, content was created by a privileged few media makers, while the masses could only consume the sounds and images that were fed to them.” page 1

When people can produce as well as consume media—when they can "write" media as well as "read" it, they can attain advanced digital literacy. Just as reading and writing constitute print literacy, reading and writing with the full range of available semiotic resources is core to digital literacy. page 2 International Journal Of Learning and Media

Learning From YouTube
Index to Learning From YouTube

What would Rembrandt post?

Books (print and other)
  • "Important artifacts and personal property from the collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, including books, street fashion, and jewelry" / Leanne Shapton.  Tells the story of a relationship through photos of items in an estate auction catalog. All fabricated and staged, pretty interesting.
  • "Wigfield : the can-do town that just may not" / Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert ; photographs by Todd Oldham. The story of a writer visiting a small dying town, told mostly through text and some hilarously weird photos. Pretty great characters, but I've yet to finish reading the story because its premise of the protagonist as drinkin' stinkin' sinkin' sod got a little old.
  • "The book of other people "/ edited by Zadie Smith. "The instruction was simple: make somebody up," Zadie Smith writes in the introduction. A collection of short stories by various writers; a bunch of characters! I love character-based fiction.
  • "Friendly cannibals" / art by Enrique Chagoya ; fiction by Guillermo Gómez-Peña. I read this a few years ago and just ran across it in the library again. Brilliant and biting written and graphic art in the format of a series of e-mails; it is prophetic, ironic, and painful.


Quotes and Ideas

"We are continually becoming who we are by keeping our sense of self in flux."
- from Immediacy and Mediation: The Response of American Literature to the Emergence of New Visual Media, 1839-2000  (Current project)   Dr. Heike Schäfer, University of Mannheim

"Although in a way, and at a glance, the differences frame to frame were so extraordinarily slight that all twelve sheets might easily be one picture repeated, like mass visual litter that occupies a blink."
"...a writer creates a character as a way to reveal consciousness, increase the flow of meaning."
  -From Mao II by Don DeLillo

 Thinking about clothing and gender