This week's reading assignment was to finish both Lingua Fracta and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
|In considering "new media," it seems that the visual elements of "perspective"|
and "style" have been reborn. This is a graphical representation of Samuel Marolois's
Mathematical Theory on Perspective (Andersen 2007). This drawing seems like a good analogy for new media -
stairways, hallways, and rooms in every direction, often without a concrete destination.
(Image Source: Royal College of Physicians)
I was also interested in the discussion in Chapter 6 about Aristotle and his views on stylized language (pg. 118). Again, I felt like there was a close connection to a topic I am familiar with - sociolinguistics. The quote, "The responsibility for avoiding [the risk of excess], for maintaining appropriateness, falls to the rhetor, and it is a responsibility that persists to the present day in our attitudes toward language - from word choice at the barest syntactic level to issues of intellectual property and authorship on a cultural level (pg. 118)" stood out to me because it made me think of concepts that I had studied as a grad student such as language variation and ideology. Furthermore, Aristotle's (1991) theory of rhetoric placing a distance between the language and its user in that conscious decisions must be made depending on subject, audience, style, etc. reminded me of the linguistic concept of "codeswitching." Then, lo and behold, the author stated that this rhetorical theory, taken with his definition of metaphor could be seen at the "level of code." *enter lightbulb*
On page 120, Brooke provided a definition of perspective. "Perspective is a method for displaying three dimensional objects and/or scenes on a two-dimensional space." In the same chapter (pg 128), I found another definition that was helpful to me:
- hypertext - links a passage of verbal discourse to images, maps, diagrams, and sound as easily as to another verbal passage
|(Source: Cyber Punk Review)|
I found this video on YouTube that imagines the future "evolution" of Google:
I'm very much looking forward to discussing DADoES in class.
ReferencesBrooke, Collin Gifford. Lingua Fracta. Creeskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press, Inc., 2009. Print.
Dick, Phillip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? New York: Del Rey, 1968. Print.