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Hallways of Mirror and Marble: Mining The Texts

In 21st Century Culture, FOR YOUR CONSIDERSTION, NEW!, NEWS AND COMMENTARY on November 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM



Mining The Texts, Reminding The Reader


Continuing our exploration of HOW New Media and Technological Platforms affect changes for the individual and our culture, there are different collectives who focus on specific areas of interest. For example, the #2amt (2 AM Theater) group shares observations about the theatre, focusing on how to produce theatrical productions, write new plays, market theatre companies and, of course, theories of theatre and practice both today and from Theater History.


Another collective, made up mostly of writers, poets and literary scholars, are also exploring the specific area of authorship. Among them is Remittance Girl, who has proposed a doctoral thesis focusing on the relationship between the writer and the reader. (You may visit her blog to learn more.)


However, I would like to direct your attention to a post today from Marousia. Proposing a new “Poetics,” she postulates a fascinating approach to observing how writing must change to adapt for the Social Media audience.


Musings Towards A Poetics of Social Media


Posted By Marousia
November 2, 2010


Social media and the internet have profoundly changed our notions of time and space in everyday life. Images (verbal, visual and social identity) can be published instantly to a wide audience. And it is all too easy to complain about the lack of quality content around and to be disgusted with social media and the saturation of content we encounter each day. Nonetheless, it is double-edged and a potential threat to quality.

Concluding her entry on a “Poetics” for Social Media, Marousia asks:

“Does the imperative for immediacy in a media-saturated landscape mean that visual cues and language need to be simplistic and reductive to grab attention? Will this affect our ability to read complex nuanced texts, let alone subtexts?”

My immediate answer is, “Yes.”

But then, to a certain degree, I correct myself and say, “No.”

Despite the variables which prevent us from drawing any concrete conclusions, we maintain a solid theory based on this hypothesis for the changing landscape of modern day communication. In my studies, a strong example to observe is the work and history of William Shakespeare. Without delving too deeply into the subject, I will point out a duality existing around this famous playwright today.

Yea, it's me with another iPad. Note, the expression of ______ .


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People, People, People


There was such a tremendous response to my last post. Had I not been swallowed up today by real life (you know, that habitat beyond the realm of blogs, television, Twitter, and popular entertainment…) I’d immediately write a comprehensive follow-up.

I encourage you all to go and read the comments and responses posted. Why? Because most were very intelligent and the discussion is one I wish to continue.

In the meantime, let us not give in to the temptation and ease of misunderstanding each other. Think before drawing a conclusion. Festine Lente, “Make haste slowly.” Recognize the importance of asking questions and embrace a healthy skepticism. As opposed to engaging for the sake of conflict, try to engage for the sake of learning more about what you may not understand. If we all agreed with each other, then things would be so boring and tedious. The extreme opposite, a polarized battle of disagreement with charges rallied back and forth without substance or continuity, is just as tedious and boring.

For those who wish to be hostile and negative, you are free to be so. I won’t stop you. Neither willing, nor assuming any ability to change immutable human passions, please continue about your business. Since that is your prerogative and mine differs, I ask only for that mutual respect to put as much distance between you and I as possible.

And for those of you who wish to respectfully debate, you are always welcome to come stop by. It is the challenge of communicating clearly in an age of 140 character tweets, text messages and that antiquated form of talking face to face. Miscommunication may as well be the cockroach of our human condition, we are so prone to it. Let’s not allow the immediacy of this day and age perpetuate the ease with which people misconstrue the message. You know the truth in your gut. No one can tell you otherwise or take that away; unless you let them, that is.

Ah this life and all the people, people, people……

YOU CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL, MAL….   “Firefly” “Serenity” ….Browncoats Forever.

Millennials, Front and Center! Version I

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2010 at 8:00 PM

March 4, 2010

All right! We blew it! We totally fell for the oldest trick in the book and now we look like hopeless idiots in front of the whole world. What was our mistake? Youth. The veracity of naivete that only comes with inexperience, adolescence and a total lack of responsibility. Characterized by our decision to participate in an election, support a candidate most of us believed in and show the world that we too, could be advocates for hope and change and a better world.

We should have known better. At least, with all the education we have had, you would think we might have picked up a thing or two in history class. But no, we made the same mistake just as naturally and easily as the generation before us, the generation before them, and so forth…

Despite all our potential and the efforts of our elders, we allowed propaganda to move us when it was there to seduce us; zeitgeist, to inspire us when it was there to distract us.

Welcome to the 21st Century and the Age of Information Technology, ushering in a new generation with all the hopes, dreams, ideals and utopianism of youth. We Millennials stand at the cusp of assuming our role in the future of our country, our world and our culture.

And we are just as stupid.


First, let’s admit we made a big mistake in the 2008 election. At least we can recognize our failure, move on and start to correct it.

The world perceives us as juvenile. Our elders look on us with doubt. And we look upon ourselves and know we are better than this. It’s not 1965 anymore and the kids who show up at political rallies acting like it’s another Woodstock are just indulging the AARP Members who are living vicariously through them.

If you really want to drag this out, then continue dithering over who’s wrong and who’s right and who’s to blame. The ugly truth is that we all share blame, we all are right and we all are wrong. Honestly, we could lose the redundant rhetoric altogether.

We are all better, much better than this and we know it. We are the Millennial Generation, stepping into the 21st Century, not with hesitation, but with purpose and with virtue. We owe it to one another to hold a higher standard than before. Let’s learn our lesson and not fall for the propaganda, the Mainstream Media or the lazy speeches that reassure us that we do live in an age of hope and change.

Most of all, it is time for Our Voice to be heard. Enough with allowing others to speak for us, to represent us and define who we are and who we will become. We know now the voracity of youth is our weakness. No one thought we’d notice any exploitation but guess what? We have.

We understand why we should not ask what our country can do for us.

Instead, we want to know what we must do for our country.

Let’s get to work.

Copyright 2010 by Kimberly Cox

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