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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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Granulating E-Lit: Forensic Analysis of "Reconstructing Mayakovsky"

Forensically, Reconstructing Mayakovsky is difficult to granulate as it is a shockwave Flash file. While I mostly appreciate the aesthetic of the .swf, I can't help but think that encasing the project in a shockwave Flash file contradicts the claims Szilak makes in the manifesto for a "Do-It-Yourself,""Art-In-the-Street" aesthetic. Effacing the source, or how an object is made, really limits D-I-Y potential. Consequently, we're left with Szilak's own diagnoses of how the media we're presented relate (his boasts of "anti-google" tags that break search engine logic), rather than being able to figure out the relationships for ourselves. 

Ultimately, this creates an irony in a project that labels itself as seeking to disfigure authority. Choosing to display the text in .swf reinstates notions of a despotic author, unwilling to reveal the machinations of the created text. 

Author: Michael Stevens
Word Count: 130
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