Pine Point is a video that I have not really ever experienced before. It was made so it seems like a movie however I was still able to click through it like some of the other Digital Literature works that we have looked at throughout the semester. This piece was similar to a documentary in the sense that it was telling a story about this town and the people that lived in the town. It actually starts of with like an intro scene like a typical movie would. It was interesting because it showed the progression in their lives. It talked about how these people in the town were living and what they were working as and then many years later how their lives have changed into their new actual job. It was different because you had the choice to pick which path you actually take. This piece of digital literature creates a sense of place because the video gives the viewer a warm feeling. It kind of looks like it is a scrapbook because you can flip through the pages and you can flip through the pictures in the individual pages. Because of this, I was able to experience the same feeling that the people in the piece were feeling. It would be interesting to see if more pieces were written like that. Overall I feel like this piece was one of my most favorite pieces of digital literature we saw this semester. It was a good way to close it out because it is fitting to fill the role of being and ending.
This was an interesting piece to read. I didn’t really know what to make of it at first, but then I realized that it was sort of a game. It was something where you have to pick your own path and you will come out with your own scenario. This is cool because most people will have different scenarios. Something else that interested me was the music choice in the piece. It went along with the background. In the beginning, it was up in an airplane and therefore I could hear the sounds of airplane engines. Once I got to the Ocean moon, the sound turns to waves. This helps to enhance what is going on in the text through a sound aid to the viewer. Text wise it wasn’t really a hard thing to understand, however the story was kind of hard to follow. It didn’t really make sense to me once it got into the part about taking hormones and leaving the world, but I don’t think that was the main point that I was trying to focus on. The addition of background video was also interesting because it allowed me to see the text kind of being acted out on a small scale. Overall this text would require hyper attention when reading it because there is constantly things going on that it may become hard to keep track of it sometimes.
In the collection of poems in Prosthesis, Ian Hatcher has a unique and specific way of talking. He has a very robotic tone and usually I would take that as a method that is not effective to get one’s message across. It seems like he used a method called phonemic restoration which is a sensation in which the person talking, but they talk with choppy words. Because of this we tend to fill in what we think should go in that missing space with our own ideas. An example of this is when Hatcher says the word “extended” but he did not actually say extended. That is the word that I just filled it in with. This occurred in the poem “Ping”. I did not really notice this phenomenon at first, however after listening to it a second time around, it made a lot more sense to me. Another thing I noticed in “Ping” was that Hatcher used the word Ping before each of his sentences. I was not quite sure why he did this, however it did catch my attention which means that it did do a good job in that aspect. Finally I believe that I needed hyper attention to read this poem because there was just so much going on at once that I would not be able to recognize everything that was going on if I didn’t. I did zone out a couple of times because I didn’t quite have complete hyper attention when reading it and therefore I had to read it multiple times.
“Ian Hatcher.” SoundCloud. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.
Mae’s whole life is now in this new system. It has control over everything that she does and it also tracks what she does as well. “It’s not that I’m not social. I’m social enough. But the tools you guys create actually manufacture unnaturally extreme social needs” (134). The idea that Mae is kind of forced to participate in social media is another way the company is keeping tabs on her at all times. Even when she was at home for the weekend, the company knew that she was not participating in their events and therefore she had actually gotten in trouble for that. This is an issue with the discrepancy of public vs private business because if she does not participate, she will most likely be fired from the job so she is sort of forced into participating. The company should not be allowed to do that. Although they are a company that is quite advanced in technology, they have no right to force people to be social which causes them to lose their privacy. This can be related to companies in the real world as well. Large companies cannot force their employees to stay up to date in their social media no matter how advanced they are because it is breaking this large human right. Companies like Apple and Google would probably love if people were really social and represented their company positively, but they definitely do not force anyone to do anything that they don’t really want to do.
Eggers, Dave. The Circle: A Novel. New York: Vintage , a Division of Random House LLC, 2014. Print.
Over the past few years, it has been a great controversy over what companies online have the power to do. A lot of them are trying to go to a system where they want to incorporate a system where people do not have to memorize a whole lot of passwords. That’s fine, but that also puts a lot of power into the hands of these companies. “No longer did they have to memorize twelve identities and passwords” (22). In The Circle a similar concept is presented, but not in a negative way. It is allowing there to be one system that will control over all of the internet. This can be a large problem because that means that they have to power to see what you are searching and based on that decide what to advertise to you. “The actual buying habits of actual people were now eminently mappable and measurable” (23). This is another issue that our community faces today because people do not want the government to be seeing into what they are searching and buying. They also do not want to be advertised based on that. There is a difference in the story because in the story it is not a government, but rather it is a private corporation. This cooperation can be compared to Google because Google has the power to do something like this. The way they described the work place in the circle also closely relates to how the workplace is in Google so Eggers seems to be using this to bring up an issue with major corporations.
Eggers, Dave. The Circle: A Novel. New York: Vintage , a Division of Random House LLC, 2014. Print.
Reading digital literature can be quite difficult because there is no one way for it to be read. Although even in regular literature, people can perceive the text in different ways, in digital literature, the author has the freedom to make their text any way they like it and the reader has the freedom to perceive the text in a multitude of different ways. In the text My Body by Shelley Jackson, she uses hyperlinks to allow everyone to be able to create their own little story when they read her piece. Each hyperlink directs the reader to a different part of the piece that helps to create a multitude of different outcomes. Shelley Jackson linked certain parts of the text together because they have some sort of relevance together and she intended her story to be told in a certain order and finally end up in a place where all of the text will eventually meet up.
The method that I decided to take was to go from head to toe to try and get a complete analysis of Jackson. Because of this, I started at her eyes. The image that is put in my head after reading this part of her story is that of someone who is stuck between two realities. The passage says, “But one day my eyes went out of focus and for an instant I saw two completely different worlds” (Eyes). The image that is associated with this piece is of someone with only one eye showing surrounded by darkness. The fact that there is only one eye showing is important because while that one side of her is showing and is able to see reality, there is another side of her that is hidden in the darkness that people may not be able to see. The first hyperlink that I pressed was one that said, “In fact, I could see my nose. It was distressing, to discover that everything I saw was permanently haunted by a fuzzy pink Caspar, bobbing around in the bottom center of every single scene like the stuffed toys tourists carry with them to prop up in front of Vesuvius, Fuji, Lassen: my nose wouldn’t leave me alone” (Eyes). This hyperlink takes you to the nose.
When I got to the nose, the whole screen became dark. This seemed to be a dark feature about her because it made her different from all of her other classmates and she did not really like that. “My nose rarely bleeds, but I take a secret luxurious pleasure in it when it does” (Nose). A nose is a feature that Jackson does not really want and does not really accept and therefore that explains the picture and the dark aspect of the page. After that, as soon as I got to the hyperlink that says, “Balloon for a breast”(Nose), I pressed it and went on without reading the rest of Nose. This hyperlink took me to Breasts.
For Jackson, Breasts at a young age were quite exciting, however this phenomenon was short lived. Once she actually acquired breasts of her own, she actually begin to dislike them quite a bit because they did nothing for her except become a burden for her. She had drawn breasts before she actually knew what they were so she was never able to actually draw them right. After reading all about her breasts, I went back and pressed, “Women at the pool” (Breasts). This took me to Other Bodies.
The story of Other Bodies that Jackson had was how she was really shy in front of all of the men at the pool and she cannot look at them in the face. This is a feeling that most children have when they are kids. It is normal to feel shy when being exposed to the bodies of adults that you would not normally be seeing naked. Sometimes it made her feel a little weird on the inside. This location of other bodies in the text is only available through other body parts. I specifically got to it from the breasts, but there is no way to actually get to it from the home page. This is allowing there to be limited access to this part of the story so it is possible that some people can not actually get to it. Some people will not get to experience this information and that is how it is in real life. Not everyone will have this experience of shyness, but other people will. After that I went on to Legs by pressing the “My own body was, I felt, invisible” ( Other Bodies).
Jackson’s Legs provided her with an escape for when she did not have anyone by her. She would draw whatever about herself that she could see. This is why in the picture it is a picture of her body from stomach down to her toes. Jackson has a lot of stories that are related to her legs. The multitude of hyperlinks shows how important her legs are to her and her function. They take me to the hands, teeth, armpits, feet, other bodies and elbows. These links can take me back to the upper portion of her body as well as keep me going back below. After this I pressed “Polished in places to patent leather.” (Legs). This takes me to the feet.
The feet are one of the most important part of the body. They hold up the rest of the body and Jackson also believes that they are important and therefore she said, “ I believe in practice, which was why one summer I walked barefoot every day on the neighbors gravel driveway mincing and wincing in the hope of one day being tough enough to walk barefoot over the toughest ground without flinching” (Feet). This shows that it was important to her along with the amount of hyperlinks this story provides. Unlike something like Tattoo which only had one hyperlink, Feet has five.
The toes that Jackson has shown are quite crooked and seem like they had beared a lot of weight. Jackson’s toes relate to her legs because there is a large importance put on her legs, which makes an even more importance put on her toes. Although the toes are crooked, Jackson still has an optimistic story to tell from it. Finally from Toes, everything ends in Erogenous.
On this page, it goes much deeper into Jackson’s sexual feelings, however it also has a hyperlink to every part of the body that provides her with some sort of pleasure. She talks about how between the legs is the beginning and end of sex and how she finds pleasure in using her fingers to rub her clitoris. She also provides pictures of the parts along to the link to show where the hyperlink will take you.
Shelley Jackson has used hyperlinks to make her piece of literature seem like no other before. Rather than being like a normal book or article, it seems like a series of paintings in an art gallery because each of the pages has its own picture which has a story that corresponds with it. The path that I took was going from the head to the toe, but everyone will have a different experience with this piece. These hyperlinks are providing a whole new revolutionary style of writing.
“Breasts.” Breasts. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
“Erogenous, Gen.” Erogenous, Gen. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
“Eyes.” Eyes. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
“Feet.” Feet. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
“Legs.” Legs. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
“Nose.” Nose. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
“Other Bodies.” Other Bodies. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
“Toes.” Toes. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.
Shakespeare put mythological creatures to use in his play which allowed him to produce a whole new aspect to his play. The fairies have the ability to do magical things that completely change the lives of the characters in the play. In the act of Demetrius supposedly chasing Lysander, Puck changed his voice to get Demetrius to do what he wanted him to do. “Come hither. I am here” (3.2.425). Here Puck was trying to get all of the characters together to put them to sleep and he used an external power to allow him to do so. Puck did a similar thing for Helena, Hermia and Lysander. This allowed the plot to progress and it allowed the play begin to reach a conclusion. Puck then uses his magic to set all of the relationships in order to how they should be. “I’ll apply to your eye gentle lover, remedy” (3.2.450-453). Although Puck had a lot of control over the characters, in a play full of magic and mystery, Shakespeare did a good job in making it so that the magic was not too overwhelming where it actually took away from the play. Instead he kept in subtle like in the using the nectar of the flower which is what I believe helped the play quite a lot. I am also glad that Shakespeare did not end the play as soon as the two actual couples got back together in the forest as a happy ending. He finished off the story completing what the beginning of the play was originally about.
Shakespeare, William, and Harold F. Brooks. A Midsummer Nights Dream. London: Arden Shakespeare, 2007. Print.