Rough Draft for Final Project

The end of the semester is coming to a close, and with this, we have a final project due. For my final project, I have created a website that is based off of my own interests, my own experiences, and it has a page about Cyber Rhetoric Writing 502. This website says a lot about how I think, feel, and how I see the world through my eyes. This project means a whole lot to me because of the personal things that I have put on it, like my artwork, and the music that I like. I also put many things that inspire me, too like Marina and The Diamonds, and how I am trying to have people see my art in a different light. My website also includes things like pictures of me, video that one of my friends made for me, and different buttons that take you to different locations on the website. I hope you enjoy the rough draft of my website!

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Ideas For Final Project

The semester is coming to a close, and now the final projects are underway. For my final project, I was thinking of keeping, and adding more to the website that I made. I am going to change some things on the website, and add a lot more media to it. I am going to develop a gallery of my artwork on my website, with the hopes that more people will like to buy my art! I am going to add the YouTube video that I created for one of the projects for this semester, and maybe some more information on Writ 502. Also with my project, I plan to design a website that is user friendly, and also made to be something that people will remember, and would want to go to over and over again. The website that I am creating, is going to be one of my pieces of art; I love to create different art pieces, and this will be one of them. I think with the website, I might even add some Animoto videos within it, but I am unsure yet. Maybe some videos from Vimeo or YouTube. With all of these ideas, there is so many things that I can with my website! As I go on with editing my website, I am hoping that good things come out of what I create. I am also hoping that I can make a good impression among the people who look at my website! Enjoy!

Hayles Chapter 5 and Murray Chapter 10

As Hayles states in Chapter 5 in her book, Electronic Literature, “If the seductions made possible by digital technology are endangering print, that same technology can also be seen as print in the making: we have met the enemy and he is us” (162); Hayles is right, we are the enemy that has created this crisis of how books are possibly coming to their end. She also writes, “Yet human cognition is unlike machine cognition in being mediated through emotions and the complexities of bodily processing” (183). We now think and act like computers because of the technology surrounding us on a daily basis. We fall onto the digital world that is around us, and with this, books are falling off the face of the earth. Hayles’ point of view of books is that, “Books will not disappear, but neither will they escape the effects of the digital technologies that interpenetrate them” (186). With Murray, she states, “The real hierarchy is not of medium but of meaning. We focus so inappropriately on the worth of the various media in part because the last quarter of the twentieth century has brought a general crisis of meaning” (274). The generation that I am living in relies on the digitized universe; we use technology to make movies from book, to create video games instead of reading stories from novels; we have lost most of the hope for literature because of the technology that is in our environment. We see the world through the eyes of not critical thinkers, but of how the technology that is in our hands can think for us. “Not only is the computer the most capacious medium ever invented, but it also allows us to move around the narrative world, shifting from one perspective to another at our own initiative” (Murray 283). Computers are dominating the world today, it is dominating our thoughts, our vocabulary, and our actions. The digitized world is taking over slowly, but surely because we are allowing it to happen. Books are also slowly becoming extinct because of our laziness of having technology at our hands all of the time, everyday, every month, and every year. With the different digitalized media that is out in the world today, we are finding ourselves in the lost world of books; and with this happening, the human race is going to be out of luck when the technology that is around us stops working, and decides to take over.

Technology Controlling Our Unconscious Thought

From the words of Hayles, “Through such intermediations, computation evolves into something more than a technical practice, though of course it is also that. It becomes a powerful way to reveal to us the implications of our contemporary situation, creating revelations that work both within and beneath conscious thought” (157). The technical world that is surrounding us now in our society today is something that is going to get bigger in years to come. We are becoming one with technology because we think and act with technology on a daily basis. Technology is now in our conscious; we think and speak technology everyday; we treat it just like it was a human being or something in reality. “Rather, human agency operates within complex systems, in which nonhuman actors play important roles” (Hayles 131). We play the role of the operator, and the machine is the actor. We tell the machine what to do, and it does it; we tell the machine to do a certain act, and it completes it within seconds or moments. Furthermore with computers leading the way in the world, is Murray’s point of view that the computer is becoming so real, that it is like it is another being in the human world. Murray states, “The compelling spatial reality of the computer will also lead to viral environments that are extensions of the fictional world” (255). Computers are now becoming a part of our reality in the human world; we literally rely on our technology everyday for everything. Within Murray’s Chapter 9 of Hamlet on the Holodeck, she even believes that our computers are becoming one with the real world because of the various actions they can do. With all of the digital technology that we have within the world, does this mean the end of books, too? Within the article, “The End of Books,” written by Robert Coover, he states, “Indeed, the very proliferation of books and other print-based media, so prevalent in this forest-harvesting, paper-wasting age, is held to be a sign of its feverish moribundity, the last futile gasp of a once vital form before it finally passes away forever, dead as God. Which would mean of course that the novel, too, as we know it, has come to its end” (Coover). Coover is spelling out within his own words that the age of books is coming to its glorious end if the whole technology thing is going to keep going as strong as it does right now. From us humans being so dependent on the technology that is going on in today’s world, will the end of books come to us soon? Will technology be something that is so real that it will eventually overtake humans? All of these questions pop into my mind as I read articles and chapters of the books that are being written from various authors. So, is technology going to win over the human mind soon? Maybe someday we will be living in a world ruled by computers, but for now, I like the world just as it is.

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