Week 8

An aspect of this week’s reading that really struck me was from Drucker’s “Humanities Approaches to Interface Theory,” in which she says we make sense of information by relating it to other pieces of information. We can do this by, “stitching fragments of what are graphically related elements together into a narrative” or by “making our way through unrelated fragments until some chain of compelling connections captures our attention” (Drucker 4). This is something I never think about, but is totally true. This is the pattern we follow when trying to make connections and correlations, and I cannot even count the number of times where I have wondered what the relevance or connection is between fragments and then a certain detail is unveiled and everything all of a sudden makes sense. Drucker says that we expect elements in a story to make sense and mesh because of comic books and movies assisting those expectations (4). I think we have these expectations because why would we be paying to view a movie or comic book that didn’t have a storyline that was connected? All details ultimately seem to have a purpose, whether that is initially clear or not. However, the Internet does not have a “pre-existing narrative” (4) to help us to try to make connections. There are so many options and combinations available on the web that it can be disorienting to try to understand the relationships between images, texts, videos, layouts etc. especially since they are different medias. I think it is amazing that our brains are able to make these connections in order to understand and navigate all the possibilities available to us. I think this is an example of “subject of interface” because interface is seen as a “dynamic space of relations” instead of a “thing” (Drucker 3).

Are “pre-existing narratives,” such as comic books or movies, which help us make connections and understand correlations something you regularly think about?

Drucker, Johanna. “Humanities Approaches to Interface Theory.” Culture Machine 12

2011: 1-20. Web. 1 November 2015.



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