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Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications

Alyssa Arbuckle, Alison Hedley, Shaun Macpherson, Alyssa McLeod, Jana Millar Usiskin, Daniel Powell, Jentery Sayers, Emily Smith, Michael Stevens, Authors

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Introduction to Separation by Annie Abrahams

Separation, by Annie Abrahams, explores oft-ignored facets of the relationship between human being and computer. In her introduction to the text, the author describes her piece thus: “The visitors of 'separation' are constraint [sic] to click slowly [like a sufferer of RSI, or repetitive strain injury], to see appearing one word at a time of the text. Every now and than an exercise is proposed and all interaction with the computer is postponed. (A recovering rsi patient needs to do this [sic] kind of exercises).” The work places rigid formal constraints on the user's encounter, allowing for only one right way of participation; at the same time, the subject matter invites the user to explore a whole spectrum of physical and emotional modes of digital reading.

Author: Alison Hedley
Word Count: 126
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Thoughts on Granulating "Separation"

I found this the most challenging assignment of the course—not because it required technical skill, but because it seemed, at first, to require an utterly foreign analytical approach. I took about double the time allotted to complete the assignment. Looking back, I see that the struggle lay with trying to understand the computational lexicon and then applying it to an analysis of my own. The process was slow at first, but eventually I started to see the continuities between granulation and literary analysis. By the time I had completed the assignment, though, I was thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to put my skills in literary criticism to work in this new context. The exercise deepened my understanding of digital humanities work and made me feel that maybe I could participate in such work—and like it!

Author: Alison Hedley
Word Count: 136

Posted on 9 July 2013, 12:34 pm by Alison Hedley  |  Permalink

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