web and technology
This is a really interesting article about a famous Chinese blogger, his blog, and censorship. I think it's worth reading, and it goes with what we did during the first half of the semester.
I think it would be an interesting idea for us to study serial fiction as a genre.
We began with some questions that were posted online for Nicole and Jen:
Did either of them feel any worry about posting their work on the internet, where future employers could find it?
Nicole didn't feel much concern but wondered if she should, mentioning her middle-school Myspace that's still online; Jen plans to work in the digital humanities, and so feels it's great for her to have an online presence. Nicole adds that most people's names are all over the Internet in places they didn't put it on purpose (Bi-Co articles, etc.).
I really didn't enjoy the "Geeky Mom" blog, but it wasn't because I thought the blog itself was bad. The problem was that Geeky Mom discussed things that were really not topics of interest for me. I'm not saying that she should have--Geeky Mom obviously just has her own interests and I have mine. One example of this: I have a younger brother who enjoys video games, so I've heard of some of them, but it just isn't anything I would ever look to read about, so Geeky Mom's WoW Wednesday entries were not really my thing. "Geeky Mom" is a blog written for an audience that isn't me, so that's why I didn't enjoy it.
In thinking more about and sharing the images we read in class on Tuesday, I found that the in-between nature of the images seemed to cause discomfort to me and others. Why should the existence of in-between objects elicit disgust? Similarly, our readings mentioned historical attempts by Westerners to either make other cultures' literary works fit into Western genres or establish those other cultures as deficient for not matching the Western pattern closely. Why is maintaining the open mind to the evolution of genre that Dimock and Owen call for so difficult? Do we need computers to do this for us?