28 January 2013

-requested Technoscience and Cyberculture, edited by Stanley Aronowitz. I’ve been digging into the Krokers’ wonderful Critical Digital Studies and realizing that my favourite parts are those written by Arthur and Marilousie. Technoscience and Cyberculture contains a chapter by Arthur, titled “The Theory of the Virtual Class,” which sounds interesting. -discovered an article that seems to…

26 January 2013

-requested the book Analysing Media texts, edited by Marie Gillespie and Jason Toynbee. David Hesmondhalgh (in The Cultural Industries) says that it contains a “survey of some of the main techniques for analysing media texts” (45). Perhaps such techniques will provide clues about how one might test users’ responses to virtual spaces (if an empirical…

15 November 2012

-In their intro to New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age, Ruth Page and Bronwen Thomas claim that , “By the 1990s a wealth of criticism was available that made radical claims for a narrative revolution in the light of hyptertext, gaming, MUDs, and MOOs (Douglas 1992; Aarseth 1997; Landow 1997; Murray 1997;…

21 August 2012

-reading K. Hayles’s new book, How We Think. Prompted me to request Nicholas Carr’s The shallows : how the Internet is changing the way we think, read and remember, from 2010. Also requested, Gary Hall’s Digitize this Book!, which I’ve seen around a lot but not taken seriously (probably because the title reminds me too…

19 April 2012

-notes from Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s article in Debates in DH; very short and covers some of Kirschenbaum’s ground. Interesting bit about the difference between doing DH and reflecting on what doing DH means/is from more traditional humanities perspective; thankfully, Fitzpatrick argues that this doesn’t need to be a disciplinary divide: theory and practice unite! (how anyone…

18 April 2012

-picked up a bunch of books, which look to be useful to varying degrees: Twisty Little Passages, Hypertext 3.0 (again, as I didn’t get to look through it much last time I had it out), Second Person; most interested in the third one as the others seem mostly to be about interactive fiction, which is…

17 April 2012

-gave up on WF’s Expressive Processing. I was tired of it. -working through some of Donald A. Norman’s Emotional Design. It is mostly about design principles, but also contains a lot about affect and emotions (although, for Norman, affect is the part of the brain that assigns value to certain items or situations); there are…