Digital Poetry

This weeks reading was really cool, some of the stuff people generated was amazing. The works I looked at were not the typical scence of vision I expected to see when thinking of poetry in fact I never read anything.

Andromeda was surprising. I expected a children’s book to be read to me and the screen to present it to me and 3-d. It was somewhat in that manner I guess a woman was holding a pop up book and slowly turning the pages and as you went through, small phrases describing the book would be said in her voice. Except it wasn’t clear it was repetitive and kind of creepy.

Against the screen mother f******, was probably my favorite. Through the whole thing I was expecting the soldier to finally freak out and shoot the screen but it never happened. I hope to one day get the chance to play in one those caves its amazing how far technology has come in such a short time.

The last one I really spent some time in was “Today I die” I didn’t really get the point of this poem but it was capturing I probably set there and killed the jellyfish for about twenty minutes. Finally I gave up, it’s like a never ending game.

Although these works are not alot like the traditional verse we think of as poetry, I think they are just as powerful and artistic as any other form of art.

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Archive

Blog post (2 paragraphs) on the poetics of the archive as applied to one scholarly and one experimental archive of your choosing from the list above. In what ways do each of these archives shape your inquiries and the knowledge you receive from them? Even though the purpose of each archive is different, do they share any similarities in terms of how they position you as the user?

Scholarly: http://www.rossettiarchive.org/racs/doubleworks.rac.html

In the Rossetti archive, it places you in the time set. The font, background designs, and layout give you a sense of how Dante Rossetti lived. They focus the purpose of the archive on the paintings that Rossetti created, giving information and facts about each available. Like the experimental archive, the Rossetti archive puts you in control of the information you attain. You have to look for what you want to see and dive deeper into the archive in doing so.

Experimental: 

In the Vectors Journal archive, you are forced to explore within the project itself and learn the argument of the Journal. You have to use knowledge of argument, research, and citation to learn about the project and what’s inside the archive. Like the Scholarly archive, the Vectors archive presents its information and argument in an entertaining and inviting style.

Computer Science.

DH project picture

For this project, I tried to think of a creative way to make a picture that pertained to Computer Science. So I went to the library and organized a bunch of books and threw in my USB and Calculator for a few examples of technology in the modern era today. I was worried some of the text on the books wouldn’t show up due to my inexpensive camera but all in all I think it looks pretty good for an amateur.

My major is Computer Science and I think these kinds of sites like visualthread and flickr are exciting to look at. Without the breakthrough of all our different programming languages and the personal computer so many of these things wouldn’t be possible.

To answer the ? ( ? of how annotating this would help my field of study), I do not think that using the annotation would be helpful in learning Computer Science but I do think that it is a good visual example to students. These examples show how this study affects the things we can do on the web or even with our personal computers at home.

There Will Be Blood

While technically still undecided, my goal for the next year is to join the energy management program. This powerful image from the Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood is intriguing to me for a number of reasons. First, the eye is drawn immediately to the flaming oil gusher, which gives rise to the moral questions (specifically environmental questions) of oil production, among other things. Then you have the safety issues of the laborers involved. The boss remains separated, observing from afar as his laborers struggle to extinguish the flame consuming his means of wealth. It represents criticism of the perception of the greedy, capitalist mindset of the oil industry in it’s early stages.

Fortunately, issues of these matters have been largely minimized in the latter half of the oil production timeline. New environmental policies are enacted by every major oil and gas corporation, as are safety policies to counteract these issues.

Art & Perspective

Kume no sennin

This print, Kume No Sennin, is significant because it expresses key symbols and life lessons of Taoism. The subject of this print is Kume the Japanese Immortal, a renowned recluse who mastered the power to travel through the air at will. The sight of a young woman revealing her legs while washing clothes caused Kume to lose his concentration and fall from the sky. According to Taoist belief, immortals may be promoted or demoted for their actions. Some immortals are also simply exalted humans with faults and desires. The Taoist view of sexuality and the body is viewed as a positive asset, and mind and body are not set in contrast or opposition with each other. Sex is treated as a vital component to romantic love; however, Taoism emphasizes the need for self-control and moderation. Kume loses his self-control and moderation therefore he falls from the sky. Taoist thought generally focuses on nature and the relationship between humanity and the cosmos (“Floating World”). Tao literally means “the way” but can also be interpreted as a road, channel, path, doctrine, or line. In this print Tao is represented as a channel.

Without annotation a viewer who knows nothing or little about Japanese history and Taoism would not receive the message in which the artist was trying to convey. Therefore annotation is very helpful in the understanding of a work of art in depth as well as provide a better understanding on the print’s subject, the artist, and the time period in which it conveys and was created. These unspoken contexts are vital in one’s comprehension of an art work. This practice can be very useful in my major, Anthropology. My major requires a lot of analyzation on art created in times in which there was no written language, therefore the art can give insightful information on a culture where there is no written description.

Ashley Brown

Financial Propaganda

DH-flickr photo

This photo represents how yellow journalism of the 1900’s  exploited the financial panic that the business sector was in at the time. This is a good example of how the newspapers and magazines competed for the largest market share of customers. This illustration may or may not accurately depict the average person’s view of the situation but was trying to show what the magazine company wanted the reader to think of the current situation.

How this picture pertains to the major of finance is by cause and effect. People who buy this magazine or read it suddenly may distrust the financial system and this causes them to make irrational decisions concerning business opportunities or personal finance. These kind of issues show how a financial manager or anyone in business must understand and expect the general public to be affected in certain ways by the media.

Annotating illustrations or videos in the media are great avenues for the more general public who do not pay attention to the economy to get informed. This would be helpful if financial professors and people in the business world could make notations and explain what is accurate and what isn’t on the videos and illustrations.

Image Annotation: A Coca Cola ad from World War 2

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I chose to annotate this image, an ad for War Bonds from World War 2 paid for by Coca-Cola. I got the image from a Duke University database of old advertisements.

The image really captured my imagination because of how seemingly different it is from modern advertisements. I talked about many of the specific differences through the Flickr annotations I used, but there are some overall ones that I couldn’t really annotate appropriately. The most important of these would be the slogan at the top, “A Quicker victory”. “Quicker for Victory” or “Q4V” was one of the pivotal slogans of WWII. It was a call to the embattled nation to do their part in speeding up the arrival of America’s victory, which was regarded as more of an eventuality than a supposed outcome. The inclusion of a government-created slogan in a corporate ad is somewhat amazing to me. It shows how different our nation was in that time of war that a corporation as big as Coke would allow itself to be allied with a specific government, even though it had, and still has a worldwide presence.

Overall, the fact that the company who paid for the ad is almost an afterthought, a logo in the corner and a small line of text, is so amazing to me. With advertising today, no matter how charitable or well-meaning, the focus is always the company or the product. The example that jumps to my mind is when Tide went to a post-Katrina New Orleans with a mobile clothes-washing station, in the form of a giant van emblazoned with the Tide logo and colors all over, to clean people’s clothes free of charge. The brought camera crews with them, produced multiple TV spots and a short documentary about their service. Even in their philanthropy, the message was still “Tide”.

Here, however, Coca-Cola has dropped such pretense in favor of truly putting their support behind what they believe is a noble cause. It’s hard to see the Coca-Cola of today, or any other name-brand product for that matter, doing the same.