The Final Project!

https://storify.com/deedifruscia/it-s-a-man-s-world-or-is-it

Here is the link to my final project!

A HUGE thank you to Chelsea and Professor Brown for taking the time to edit my project. It helped significantly knowing the next steps I needed to take for the final draft. So thank you, again!

For the final digital platform reflection, I couldn’t work it into my project, so I’m going to be putting it below.

Also, due to the issues with formatting on Storify, my Works Cited at the end of my project could not be double spaced or indented. I have attached the Word Document of my Works Cited here, in the proper format.
ENGL4310 Works Cited

Along those lines, my block quotes could not be properly formatted on the project (I couldn’t indent them). But I allotted a different paragraph for them, to make them stand out.

Thank you, Susan, for a great semester, and I hope everyone has a great winter break!

~~~ Reunited in Poetry 2016 ~~~

Digital Platform Reflection

Starting my writing process on Storify was an interesting experience. For the first draft, I wanted to really get a sense of the platform and a sample of how the final product would look. I started writing directly on Storify, without the use of a Word Document. As I reached the second or third paragraph, I realized a few setbacks. One: I had no spellcheck. Two: I had no word count. Three: I could not indent. And four: I could not change the fonts.

Realizing this, I started writing on a Word Doc and decided to copy and paste each individual paragraph. Not because I wanted to, but because Storify is designed to set up separate paragraphs, rather than one long continuous post. Although tedious, this helped me in the end. I was trying to keep in mind the format of Storify as I wrote on a Word Doc, trying to break up my paragraphs in a way that fits with Storify’s format. It also helped me slow down. It made me examine the project piece by piece and try to make one part flow into the next as smoothly as possible.

In this way, the platform definitely influenced the way I was writing. I did not want the final product to look like a giant wall of text. I incorporated Gifs, images and tweets sporadically, which I would not have done on an average essay. I wanted to make the project interactive so I included links to articles and my own pseudonymous blog. Storify made the social media section and additional components the easiest to produce. I had access to Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google, Tumblr, and other sites on the same page as my editing screen. I did not have to search through separate accounts and sites on other windows. It was right there in front of me. And there was no better way to explain the Pseudonyms and Social Media portion than simply showing the evidence. For this alone, I was happy I picked Storify.

Overall, I am more than happy with the way the project has turned out on Storify. No platform is without its challenges and I definitely had a few to work through. But I now have great comfort with this platform, and I hope I have the chance to use it again.

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The Grand Finale

What a semester! It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions and late night writing, but at the end of the day I have really appreciated what we’ve learned in this course.

  1. Literature can take shape in many different forms. Like video games! I never considered a video game to be a type of literature that can be analyzed until this class.
  2. Different digital platforms afford different types of writing. I think this can be proven with our digital strategies – some worked more than others, but we didn’t know until we tried.
  3. XML is hard.
  4. Peer editing is something to be valued, not feared. We don’t have the opportunity to peer edit too often in our English classes. The collaborations were so helpful, especially when it came with added suggestions we may not have thought of ourselves.
  5. Digital writing is something we will be seeing more of. I will absolutely be putting this course/project on my resumé to show future employers that we took the time to master writing on a specific platform. It was great to start that preparation while we’re still in school, with the opportunity to really dive into different topics. This course will be benefitting us in the long run.
  6. Interactive literature and e-literature are incredible ways to hail readers. Pry was probably my favourite piece that we looked at. Texts do not have to be linear. Technology is advancing at such a fast pace, and there’s no reason literature can’t evolve as well.
  7. Butter/Suet sculptures are awesome and I wish there were more in the U of G archives.

I really have enjoyed our class time and discussions with everyone; this wouldn’t have been the same experience without you guys! This course was really eye-opening for me in terms of what is possible through digital writing. The world is our oyster! And it’s right at our fingertips.

Can’t wait to be reunited in the poetry class! Happy holidays everyone!!

Cookbooks

I came home after class and saw that my mom purchased a new cookbook and I thought it was pretty relevant to our discussion of Lara’s project. Now, my mom uses Pinterest and other sites to look up new recipes, but she still decided to purchase this cookbook today. I was wondering if it is a generational thing? Old habits die hard, as they say. Do you think the physicality of the cookbook bears some weight to a gravitation towards the cookbook versus a digital medium?

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Week 11 Games

I’m not going to lie – playing Tampon Run in public was a little worrying. I’m pretty sure the people at the table behind me think I have a weird taste in video games.

BUT! I thoroughly enjoyed looking at both games. Tampon Run made me feel empowered (yay feminism!). The introduction was creative and impactful; guns and violence are less taboo than a natural function that happens to every woman. It’s interesting putting it in that context. The game itself was very straightforward, and I think you could understand the point of the game without the introduction (even though I really liked it).

Lim, on the other hand, definitely was more “metaphorical” than Tampon Run. I read Ariel’s blog post before I opened the game, so I knew to read the description first (thanks girl!). But I wonder how I would have interpreted the game if I hadn’t read it. It actually reminded me of a game I used to play when I was little (I can’t remember the name for the life of me). Point being, it’s different taking this type of “text” and reading into it, whereas video games are normally something you don’t analyze. You just play them. I feel like another realm has been opened to me. Lim villainized the term “blend”. I was saddened every time I had to “blend” in order to stop getting hit. Why can’t I just be this colourful, square being? But this isn’t news to me – society will push out the ones who “stand out” for not blending in (the sad state of society today). Why did this game make it so much more obvious, then? Why/how did it make me more aware of something I already knew? I’m fascinated by the power that a video game can have. I think Lim represents the possibilities digital platforms like video games can have, and the impact they can hold.

In this light, can we examine popular video games to see the way society is portrayed (negatively or positively)?

Fitzpatrick and Authorship

The idea of sharing my writing has always been difficult for me. Writing is such a personal process, and receiving input or constructive criticisms felt like a judgement against myself, rather than my writing (wrong. So wrong). Reading Fitzpatrick’s confessions about her writing process was relieving and refreshing. An author actually has the same writing struggles as undergrad students. But pushing past those insecurities in order to collaborate will help us to achieve our best work. After reading Fitzpatrick’s chapter, I began to appreciate the time we have to work on our final projects more. The peer editing process will allow us to incorporate other opinions to better our work, which we very rarely (if ever) get the chance to do in other courses.

I liked Fitzpatrick’s concepts about digital writing becoming piece that we come into conversation with. The focus does not remain on the final, polished piece. We incorporate comments, the author’s collaboration with other texts, even spelling mistakes that shape our interpretation of the text, and how we interact with it. Thinking about the blog I kept while I was travelling, I can relate to Fitzpatrick’s findings. I was often writing blog posts on a plane, or late at night, trying to quickly include everything from the day. In that process, though, I rarely edited before I published a post. When I would go back to it the next day, I would find spelling mistakes and sometimes missing words that I didn’t notice. But this was all part of the process of what I was trying to convey. They were raw posts, reflecting how confused or scatter-brained I felt, which I didn’t think about until I read Fitzpatrick’s chapter.

I was relieved to hear that my fellow classmates shared similar writing anxieties, particularly when it came to collaboration. Does anyone have any reservations about the peer-editing that Fitzpatrick brought to light? And why is it that we feel so protective about our writing?