This book has proven to be both supportive of and challenging to my proposal, for the same reason - the majority of the compiled essays provide insightful and relevant answers to the questions my proposal posed, which mean that scholars are already filling the gap I thought I’d identified. But my saving grace is that I’m going to apply my findings to a bigger independent study project in the University Writing Center next semester for my assistantship. So while this paper may become more of a review of related literature than anything else, it can still provide the practical implications that I hoped for.
Also, it’s interesting to note that this book is part of the “New Dimensions in Computers and Composition” series from Hampton Press, of which Hawisher & Selfe are the editors. Other books from this series include Digital Youth and Datacloud from our study guide presentations!
I worked with Dave Sheridan, who was the former Writing Center Director at Michigan State if you have any questions for him, Megan :)
The Incredible Disappearing Woman, 2003
“The Incredible Disappearing Woman is about art, sex and death at the US–Mexico border. It is also about how and why we relate to political violence via technological mediation. To suggest ways in which we as cultural consumers evoke and respond to larger social forces, I have put radically divergent archetypes together in the confined space of a “live chat” room connected to the internet. The actual audience in the theater will watch a drama unfold that is produced in response to instructions from four off–stage characters who appear to be transmitting them via the internet to three characters on stage….
The Incredible Disappearing Woman is my attempt to reflect on the ethical and aesthetic question of how to make the actuality of political violence intelligible in an information–saturated culture dominated by simulation. In the recent rush to celebrate the expanded communication potential afforded by new technologies, we often assume that the increased circulation of information necessarily yields enhanced possibilities of substantive intercultural interaction. It is time to ask ourselves how much we want to know about what we ask to see.”
Dolores from 10 to 10, 2001
Performance with Ricardo Dominguez
“Once upon a time in a not so faraway free trade zone at the northern edge of Mexico, a woman who cobbled machines together for a living as accused of trouble making at her job. Her boss locked her up in an office without food or water or a phone. He tried over and over to cajole her into signing a letter of resignation. He watched her to see if she would break down. She held out for twelve hours, and later she sued the company. Her boss told the judge that she was crazy and that it never happened. No one would claim to have seen her.
Dolores from 10h to 22h is based on a story that no one saw.
Dolores from 10h to 22h is a net.performance by Coco Fusco and Ricardo Dominguez that took place on November 22nd, 2001 from Kiasma, Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It was also simultanously broadcast at the Art in Motion Festival in Los Angeles, the Galerie Kapelika in Ljubjlana and iNIVA in London. “
McLuhan’s Tetrad of Media Effects focuses on 4 aspects or effects of media innovation on society:
- retrieval: “The recovery of values and insight that was once lost or eroded”
- enhancement:”A solution to previous problem.”
- reversal: “The unexpected dissatisfactions caused by the creation…
What is enhanced? The value of attention in garnering authority is enhanced. As social media matures online, its seems as if we’ll see the same number of media “authority” holders as in old media.
What is made obsolete? Compared with other types of media the average social media…