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Simpsonize the Trauman

Have you ever been to www.simpsonizeme.com? It’s pretty cool. I haven’t really thought alot about avatars, but there seems to be something important going on here. You can go the this site, upload a picture of yourself, and the interface returns an image of what you might look like, were you a citizen of Springfield. I’ll post mine here to the right. There’s this weird sense about what’s going on…

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Simpsonize the Trauman

Have you ever been to www.simpsonizeme.com? It’s pretty cool. I haven’t really thought alot about avatars, but there seems to be something important going on here. You can go the this site, upload a picture of yourself, and the interface returns an image of what you might look like, were you a citizen of Springfield. I’ll post mine here to the right. There’s this weird sense about what’s going on…

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Editing: Blood, Sweat, and … Ethics?

This was an assigned reading for DMAC 2008. There’s also an audio version available at http://www.onthemedia.org/yore/transcripts/transcripts_123104_curtain.html I’m curious as to how the instructors at DMAC will respond to this reading/episode as a way of kicking-off the workshop. The text explores the ethics involved in editing radio stories. Part of the problem, as the shows producer and guests point out is that people tend to trust radio more because the editing…

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Brandt’s “Accumulating Literacy”

Brandt, Deborah. “Accumulating Literacy: Writing and Learning to Write in the Twentieth Century.” College English 57.6 (1995): 649-68. “Important too is the realization that the history of literacy at any moment is always carrying along a complex, sometimes cacophonous mix of fading and ascending materials, practices, and ideologies. Literacy is always in flux. Learning to read and write necessitates an engagement with this flux, with the layers of literacy’s past,…

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Adventures in Midwestern Literature

I returned home yesterday from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Symposium at Michigan State in East Lansing. I grew up about 50 miles south of Fargo, ND and I’ve always felt a strong pull to the work of writers from the Red River Valley and North Dakota / Minnesota. Thomas McGrath. Louise Erdrich. Kathleen Norris. James Wright. Robert Bly. David Martinson. (Chuck Klosterman is supposed to be…

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“How to Write a Lot” (Even though you won’t) pt. 3

I just reread the first two parts of this continuing post, and boy, do I feel wordy. That’s alright. I’m only using this blog to work through ideas, not to state them succinctly. Summary, then? Okay: Any goal that takes consistency, patience, hard work, and faith requires a daily decision. But it’s not just a decision to DO, but a decision to WANT to do. There will be no problem…

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“How to Write a Lot” (Even though you won’t) pt. 2

So how might this apply to what Silvia’s doing/not-doing in his text? Well, he keeps trying to make it sound easy, like anyone can do it. Yet, everyone knows that not everyone will do it. Somewhere in that construction, there’s this nagging question about whether or not EVERYONE can do it, since not everyone does. That can often lead to doubt about whether or not I can do it. And…

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“How to Write a Lot” (Even though you won’t) pt. 1

I’ve always had a difficult time getting on a writing schedule, but now that I’m entering into more writing-intensive aspect of my graduate program, I need to figure out how to be more regular, disciplined, and prolific as a writer. When I say prolific, I don’t necessarily mean a large volume of polished words; I mean prolific in terms of the number of hours I actually devote to becoming a…

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Work with the Center for Digital Storytelling

I’m in Charlottesville today, filling in for a friend of mine, co-teaching a seminar for the Center for Digital Storytelling. The last phrase is bookmarked, so you can go see for yourself what they’re all about, but in a nutshell, they conduct workshops to help people use specific technologies in order to tell their own, personal “story.” You can check out a bunch of examples on their site, but I…

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Inevitable?: Multimodal Texts in the Comp Classroom

I just finished reading an example prospectus one of my professors asked me to take a look at as I’m thinking through my own project. (With respect to anonymity and gender, I’ll use the name ‘X’.) X seems to offer up some claims (Kress, Yancey) without examining them. They are based on a the assumption that Mutlimodal texts and practices are an inevitability. To a large extent I agree with…

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