1. alyssarae

    Social Media & The Digital Confessional: Full Outline


    Watching Each Other: Foucault’s Panopticon and Confessional in Online Sharing

    I. Intro
    a. Thesis: The internet, especially social media, can be read as Foucault’s confessional-turned-panopticon, in which people expose and put into language (text, pictures, videos, music) their experiences and stories, the process of which makes them subject those experiences …

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    Social Media & The Digital Confessional: Outlining a long post


    Tentative Thesis: The internet, especially social media, can be read as Foucault’s confessional-turned-panopticon, in which people expose and put into language (text, pictures, videos, music) their experiences and stories, the process of which makes them subject those experiences to social discourse, to self-police and be policed in terms of the …

  3. alyssarae

    Two Articles on Deep & Long Reading (That’s what she said.)


    I was sent Michael S. Rosenwald’s “Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say,” and Steven Poole’s “The internet isn’t harming our love of ‘deep reading’, it’s cultivating it” by a friend who I’m going to assume has read a little of this blog, since she …

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    Three Voices: Taking a Bit from Jukuri’s Chapter in Stories from the Center


    Special Interest Group discussion in another class, Critical Issues in the Teaching of Writing: Histories, Theories and Practices of Writing Centers and One-to-One Teaching, brought me Stephen Davenport Jukuri’s chapter in Stories from the Center, “Negotiating the ‘Subject’ of Composition: Writing Centers as Spaces of Productive Possibilities.” The chapter is …

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    Andrew Hope, “Panopticism, Play and the Resistance of Surveillance: Case Studies of the Observation of Student Internet Use in UK Schools”


    This 2005 article is based on a study of UK post-primary schools: the researcher observed and interviewed students, teachers, and staff about methods of monitoring what students do on school computers and students’ resistance of these methods. He begins by establishing a framework based on Bentham’s panopticon, which, importantly, works …

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    Google Ngrams


    Thank you, Google! This is such a neat tool, and if I had a project that involved more intensive big data-type research, this would be amazing. Google Ngrams allows you to enter search terms, and then it graphs the occurrences of those terms across all of Google Books’ holdings. For …

  7. alyssarae

    Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture


    I only read the intro to this book, because who has time to read more?, but Lessig sets up an interesting argument here. He begins with two stories: that of the Wright brothers and the subsequent Supreme Court case in with the Causby brothers challenged airlines’ rights to trespass in …

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    Foucault, Surveillance, etc: Planning


    I need to go out into the world and do some reading, but for now, for the Daily Create assignment, I’ll lay out a plan for attacking this thing.

    1. Gonna do some reading–I have my crazy to-do list calendar.

    Yup, that’s color coded by course.

    All that dark green …

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    What is Creative Commons?


    Today we’re gonna learn about Creative Commons. I had a general idea of what this term meant before–something about granting license to use or not use creative works online in certain ways. So, a quick Google search brings me to Wikipedia which brings the details into focus: Creative Commons is …

  10. alyssarae

    Foucault, Surveillance, and the Digital Confessional


    That’s a tentative title, of course.


    For my final project for English in the Digital Age, for the sake of this blog and all of you, my lovely followers, and for the sake of knowledge and communities of critical thought, I will be developing a critical, multimedia essay reading …

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    Review of Dave Eggers’ The Circle


    Just finished. I’m still reflecting, and I don’t often write reviews of books right after I finish them–gotta let it marinate. This one is certainly still marinating. But, if I don’t force myself to write it now, I don’t know if I’ll care enough to when I’m five days out.…

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    Groupthink Moral Absolutism


    ‘Okay, with that kind of thing, one of two things will eventually happen. First, we’ll realize that whatever behavior we’re talking about is so widespread and harmless that it needn’t be secret. If we demystify it, if we admit that it’s something we all do, then it loses its power …

  13. alyssarae

    Some thoughts on e- versus physical books


    Reading a physical book means I highlight differently.
    Reading a physical book means I can’t just drag my finger over a moment that fascinates me.
    Instead, I have to unsettle myself, find my pen, underline, attempt to annotate legibly, and maybe flip to the front of the book for a …

  14. alyssarae

    Thinking about aphorisms and The Circle…


    I found this passage that seems relevant in Suzy Anger’s Victorian Interpretation, in which she quotes George Eliot in The Mill on the Floss:

    All people of broad, strong sense have an instinctive repugnance to the men of maxims because such people early discern that the mysterious complexity of our …

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    All that happens must be known


    The Circle by Dave Eggers is a dystopian story of a young woman, Mae, who gets a job at the premier, most widely-used, wealthiest technology company (monopoly), The Circle, which seems to have so much power, and penetrates people of the developed world’s lives so deeply, that it becomes like …

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    Farman, “The Myth of the Disconnected Life”


    It’s really lovely to read something that isn’t griping about damn-kids-these-days, always-plugged-in. Farman lays out the claims of those who argue we are disconnected from experience and others because of the pervasiveness of technology, then brilliantly tells the history of this crisis (reminds me of the regularly-occurring crises of writing!), …

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