Long-form Argument

In the article “After the Document Model for Scholarly Communications,” a quote that stands out to me is, “People currently think of text as information to be consumed. I want text to be as an environment to think in” (Victor). I think it is really smart to think of text as an environment because it allows for more engaged reading opposed to something that just needs to be learnt and known. Scalar created their own interpretation of Bret Victor’s “reactive document” idea by allowing readers to change the way they see the text and media on their screen. For instance, readers can have their screen in “split emphasis” which allows equal viewing of text and media. Readers can also choose “media emphasis” or “text only” allowing them to take into their own hands how they want to view the screen based maybe on their preference or view of importance of media over text or vice versa. I think it is a smart idea to allow readers to “play” with the content as it creates an environment to think in, which is what Victor believed text should be. By allowing the text to be customized in Scalar to the reader’s preference, it makes it a little easier to understand the content in front of them, as, “the default view may not be the view through which audiences ultimately interpret…” (Dietrich & Sayers). Since everything is constantly changing in today’s world, I think it is important to have options that impose change as well. Do you agree?

I found the content on Shelley Jackson’s A Patchwork Girl very interesting, and unlike anything I’ve really ever seen before. Jackson’s name immediately reminded me of Mary Shelley, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover A Patchwork Girl is inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I enjoyed watching the videos of Jackson explaining A Patchwork Girl and its connections to Frankenstein as I find the linking between the two stories extremely fascinating.

Click here to read my thoughts on Wernimont’s article, “A ‘conversation’ about violence against women online.”

Dietrich, Craig and Jentry Sayers. “After the Document Model for Scholarly

Communications: Some Considerations for Authoring with Rich Media.” Digital Studies 3.2 (2012): n. pag. Web. 24 Oct. 2015.


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