reading response 5

Reading Response 5: Mediums is the Message

"In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control. it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical facet, the mediums is the message."

Borges and the Internet

The literature we read for this week was some of the most interesting material we have read so far. Borges' The Garden of Forking Paths especially stood out to me as an extraordinarily interesting and prophetic story. The garden or labyrinth's infinite number of turns and twists resembles the internet's endless hypertext of links and connections. Ts'ui Pen's labyrinth book freezes whoever enters in an uncomprehended present, much as the internet has the ability to absorb readers into its net, and keep them almost unconsciously clicking away.

Constituents of a Theory of the Media

In this week's reading response, I would like to respond to Hans Enzensberger's abstractly-titled essay, "Constituents of a Theory of the Media." In particular, I found the fourth, fifth---- sections of his essay to be of interest. In the fourth section - Cultural Archaism in the Left Critique - I was struck by how the societal conceptions of media have changed over time.

America's Prostitution of Communication

I would like to reflect upon Jean Baudrillard's essay, Requiem for the Media. Specifically the paragraph titled "Speech without Response," because it grabbed my attention for many reasons.

America's Prostitution of Communication

I would like to reflect upon Jean Baudrillard's essay, Requiem for the Media. Specifically the paragraph titled "Speech without Response," because it grabbed my attention for many reasons.

and we'll do what with hypertext?

this week we looked at hyper text as a way of reading novels and what not online. These novels would be in the form of " choose your adventure" books with different outcomes for each choice made.

I'll skip the puzzlebook

When I sit down to read something, especially works of fiction, I go into that reading with certain expectations: there will be a conflict, a climax and an ending of some sort. My curiosity leads me often to dive deep into the story, to be engrossed by the plot and excited by the conflict that the story has presented me. Hypertext stories, like afternoon, a story, lead me to grasp the very nature of the story, further outlined by Aarseth. Since I am an addict of shallow, action-packed books, I tend to dive into different authors and book styles then, say, a romance novel addict.

Borges!

I was definitely taken in by The Garden of Forking Paths by Borges. The story was captivating, and I really liked that the story itself was interesting while at the same time it stated something about hypertext and media in an indirect way. As I do more of these readings, I am realizing that the more I can connect the readings to the internet the more I enjoy them. I guess I am just a lot more interested in the internet than other forms of media (new or old).

The Garden of Forking Paths

Let me just say that I really enjoyed Borges' "The Garden of Forking Paths;" it is one of the best stories I have read for awhile. What is most fascinating to me is the idea of the story contained within a story, continuing to an almost infinite degree. The short story itself begins with the statement "an attack against the Serre-Montauban line by thirteen British divisions-- had to be postponed until the morning of the 29th." That story, seemingly tediously boring, when investigated yields the thrilling story of Dr. Yu Tsun, English Professor and German spy.

Hypertext and Nonlinearity Theory

In this weeks readings, we learned about the early concepts of hypertext as a way of interactive readings, initially modeled after the "choose your own adventure" books. Although some people believe that hypertext is distracting, proving to be a disadvantage to the usual purity of a continued reading experience. Hypertext allows reading to be more interactive, and personalized. Hypertext was the beginnings to computer games, as the personalized readings.

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