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"Writing Machines" proposes to explore the relationship between contemporary literature and computer technologies, focusing on the ways that new technologies of writing have affected the development and dissemination of narrative. This is a hybrid literature and writing class, meaning that we'll be combining the standard seminar modes of reading and discussion with lots of hands-on production. Over the course of this semester, we will explore the ways that various scholars have theorized the relationship between the electronic and the literary. We'll complement those more theoretical readings with a careful look at a number of examples of electronic literature, from early hypertext experiments through contemporary blogs. And over the course of the semester you will do lots of electronic writing, both individually and communally.

more on reading

New Yorker article on the NEA Reading at Risk report, Ong's theory of orality and literacy, McLuhan, brain stuff, a retelling of the illiterate peasant tool grouping story, television, and lots of other stuff we've talked about this semester.

finished projects

Everyone post the link to your completed final project here, and say what browser to view it in:

jughead's (best viewed in mozilla):
http://pages.pomona.edu/~smt02005/writing_machines/justified.html

have a great break!

another update

well, i'm almost done. i know you're all super busy, but i'd really appreciate any more feedback.

here's the main page. it looks a little screwy in firefox, but it looks normal in safari. i'll have to figure that out.

here are the things i have left to do. this is as much for me as for you.

put the image citation information on the sources page.

proofread (make sure all the pages are named and all the links go to the right places and check for typos etc.).

another update

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thanks a ton for your comments. they were very helpful, and i've enacted most of them (although not on all the pages).

here's a page that's pretty close to how i want all of them to look:

i really like how the quotation mark looks. i'm going to use three different kinds of quotation marks and three different fonts, for the dryden ovid (linked above) and the criticism and the theory.

Campagnolo's Project

So are you going to be using screen shots of real people's profiles, or are you just going to create entirely new ones? Also, if you want the pages to feel realistic, make sure you consider that in facebook, basically all of your information is an active link. You don't use facebook so I'm not sure whether you know this, but whenever someone updates their profile it says what they updated on theirmini feed. As in "Becca updated her About Me section." Are you going to be using this when you make the subtle and not so subtle changes? Or are they even more subtle than that?

HELP ME PLEASE

So I'm finishing my project right now (or at least trying to) and I'm sort of stuck. Like I said in class, I have 100 or so pages and not enough post-Little-Prince published works to post next to my entries. I know some of you suggested I write my own content, but I'm hesitant to do that. I started to write some, but it's sort of against my whole project idea, which is that this website is the entire intertextual work of The Little Prince. I guess I feel like my personal additions seem out of place.

my project

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This is the starting page I showed you guys in class for my project:

http://pages.pomona.edu/~smt02005/writing_machines/galileo.html

Do you think it would be better to keep it like this, and have the possibility of clicking five different links that take you to different examples of the types of pages I have, or just have one link that leads you into the first card in my "version" of the story? Actually, yeah, I think I'm going to change it to the second option... I don't want to reveal my Chaos and Order pages right off the bat. Do you guys have any other suggestions? thanks!

Kindle content perchance

J.M. Coetzee's new book is weird. It's a split screen. Each page has 3 sections that they're calling streams. The top stream is essays, the middle a diary from an authoroid, and the bottom a monologue from a character. There's no "look inside" function on Amazon yet which is annoying cuz I really wanna see what the page looks like.

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