Okupas el mundo entero

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  1. Memes and More!

    Not considering myself much of a computer wizard, I appreciate presentations such as Leon’s and their pop/visual culture relevance. Especially, in this case, where we had the opportunity to learn, in depth, about memes. This topic was novel for me. Though not new in their purpose of transmitting information, memes seem to have come to life in our contemporary Internet age. That said, however, I appreciate the literature Leon shared addressing how abundant memes are in our world already though fads, music, fashion, art, religions, and more. Again, this presentation was particularly informational regarding the study and concept of imitative memetics. (Admittedly, I have not heard about LOLCATS or Antoine Dodson; and now, I’m very curious about the “Encyclopedia Dramatica”.)

    Brainstorming possible memes that I’ve participated with, I think of my days as a middle and high school student in the 70’s and 80’s. As tokens of a crush to a cute boy or the promise of undying devotion to friendship with a classmate, we exchanged cassette tapes with reel-to-reel mixes of thematic lyrical messages to each other. How funny; today, the idea makes me chuckle. Indeed, this was a unique use for and representation of specific ephemera that assists the sing-along that my former classmates and I (still in those continued, undying, devoted friendships) now enjoy in our 40’s.

    This experience of reading about “shared nuggets of cultural currency” and seeing Leon’s art, I find myself more open than ever regarding communication via blogging. I am anxious to check out Boing boing, Waxy, and Laughing Squid with my new perspective and understanding how “internet ephemera” has achieved popularity via word of mouth.

    Just this weekend at The University of Arizona bookstore, I came across a picture book about Maru, a Japanese cat. Now so famous as to be the subject of a picture book, Maru’s internet YouTube videos endear and highlight his playful kitty antics. I, of course, first met Maru once having searched for kitten footage on YouTube. Yes, I admit it. Watching playful kittens cheers me up from time to time.

    I have to spend more time with Wark’s “A Hacker Manifesto”. Lofty in it’s wording, I know I’d gain more from the article after reading it a couple more times. What has peeked my curiosity at this point, however, is his ideas on education as slavery, transformation, and philosophers “claiming” knowledge as property.

    Leon’s presentation was a joy to listen to. His passion for the potential of communicating via animated gifs was energizing. I was struck by the sophisticated graphics of his artistry and their mysterious “comment” within blog-like conversations on-line. Frankly, I’ve never been much interested in participating in blogs; I’ve done so with a handful of my classes and often felt that the conversations are much more meaningful in person. That said, I believe that I would be more apt to pursue on-line conversations using visuals rather than text. I embrace the idea of interpreting visual responses, reaching to more imagery for feedback, and watching the degree of unique engagement for participants.

    I’ll close with sharing a project I was once a part of. Several years ago, I had a “conversation” using only imagery (or “visual vernacular”) via a postcard exchange. Jessica and I would respond to each other, on a single postcard sent through the U.S. mail, using only visuals taking into account texture, color, medium, etc. With no language or text as part of our “messages”, we had to mindfully observe and surmise the meaning of each detail within every exchange.

    I brought this idea up to Leon in our symposium. I think it’d be very interesting to blog visually. I want to know how other bloggers respond visually to Leon’s posts. Would such imagery add richness to the conversation? Or, perhaps just confuse an already impassioned discussion? Hmmm.

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