Hegemony and hypertext

Hegemony is designed into objects The object is discursive. Designers must engage semiosis.  Ideologies hide in tech writing. *The UX* is *the sales pitch*. Hypertext is no escape. Consider how a device or program carries or even enforces a hegemony or ideology. The object is discursive. It makes an argument, it makes a claim, it… Continue reading Hegemony and hypertext

Validating the Spectacle

On the occasion of transcripts released: From Society of the Spectacle, Debord Everything that was directly lived has receded into a representation. The spectacle is not a collection of images; it is a social relation between people that is mediated by images. … The spectacle is the ruling order’s nonstop discourse about itself, its never-ending… Continue reading Validating the Spectacle

Remediation in Benjamin Calls for 21st Century Arcades Project

Bolter and Grusin (Remediation) see new media remediating old until the new media becomes established as a media and media-specific affordances become available. Benjamin sees remediation in new materials. When iron, for instance, was introduced in sculpture it took on forms from wood. Benjamin sees this as a failure to see the new in the… Continue reading Remediation in Benjamin Calls for 21st Century Arcades Project

silenc and volum

First, a visualization that would interest students in #en4709: Digital Humanities. silenc silenc is a tangible visualization of an interpretation of silent letters within Danish, English and French. Silent letters themselves aren’t (semantically) silent. They guide pronunciation in some instances (tin | tine – pin | pine), can signal meaning that context would disambiguate in… Continue reading silenc and volum

#en4709 week 2.5: projects in lifelogging and lifecasting

Take Pepy’s Diary (a humanist document if ever there was one, now online, mapped, annotated by crowdsource) not too much further and we get to lifelogging. Process and publish the life logged data and we get to lifecasting. Go all French and panopticonic and you get sousveillance. To some extent, we’re already there. Tweets, emails, Skype calls,… Continue reading #en4709 week 2.5: projects in lifelogging and lifecasting

late mid-summer digital humanities reading list update

I’ve had a couple of requests for the texts for ENGL 4709/5709: Digital Humanities this fall. For some reason, the bookstore wanted text selections in mid-June. Not sure why. They can order texts and get them here within a month. And while I would like to accommodate the bookstore – because that’s what good customers do: accommodate… Continue reading late mid-summer digital humanities reading list update


Three lessons on reading Geoffrey Sirc’s “Box-Logic” for the 4th or 5th time in preparation for a graduate seminar in Composition Theory. Lesson One I attended the local Times Talk lunch on Wednesday, and I appreciated the salad of iceburg lettuce and sliced chicken with oil and vinegar dressing over spaghetti, but  I discovered, when I… Continue reading box-logic