Well this, as they say, is a wrap – Annotated Bibliography done and dusted. This is my final post which contains the links to all the required annotations – Enjoy Hugh!
I began my journey of the Annotated Bibliography with a post about extreme levels of confusion (click link to read how much/how I overcame it or refer to my course outline page, but after a lot of brain teasing – I feel i have met the following criteria:
This assessment activity is to foster and concentrate on close critical reading skills. It requires you to consider carefully what is being communicated in the extract you have chosen and then build a response to this. Your response will need to annotate the entire extract.
I began the task by reading the entire extract and breaking it down into it’s major claims/questions and then began to form my close readings around their assumptions and implications.
I felt like Landow’s primary focus was on the physical and metaphorical shift of text and language from the page to the screen and how this effects the experience of the reader and the status of the author.
The two main points I chose to focus my analysis on were:
- Authorship and Readership – how these two seemingly separate ‘roles’ are merged into one by hypertext
- Borderless Texts – how unitary texts become abstracted, non linear, dispersed and fragmented by being joined by linking and how that web of linking has led to the death of centrality in texts.
Here is a breakdown of where I feel like each post corresponds most to the task outline: But wait…if the internet has no entry or exit points, how can you ever really read this blog in chronological order? Does it even have one? Hugh – you can choose to follow this sequence or pave your own path…it’s the journey that counts.
- Provide background on the author: In my first post – #1- Landow Lowdown. I have provided basic contextual information on Landow as a person, his studies, achievements and academic endeavors. In addition, I have provided the post #2 – Landow Interview. to show a bit more contextual detail – as Landow is quite an enigmatic researcher of the web as he has no qualifications that indicate he has any mechanical understanding of its inner workings, he is interested in its effects on literature and humanity and the relationship between these entities.
- Indicate what field the text is situated within: #3- Landow’s Field.
- Point out how the text relates to themes in the course Networked Media – why it was chosen?: In my post #4 – role of a writer. I explore the notions of authorship and how it effects us as students of the media, and how the idea of authors have changed as texts have migrated from the page to the screen. In #5 – Getting Visual. I refer to Landow’s discussion around visual language and how I interpret his points.
- Outline the main argument presented by the author: Post #7 - Its your journey…focuses on Landow’s interest in philosophy and how we as readers create and bring our own meanings via our own experience of online texts. Post #12 It’s your path…focuses on examples such as the Rosetta Stone and the Bible as Hypertext.
- Point out the limitations and strengths of the text: In my post #9 – Dispersed Text I question the validity of comparing Hypertext to Print Based Text.
- Draw attention to specific features in the text that proved to be useful in understanding the text (i.e. a sentence, a few words…): In #6 – Pen mightier than the board I refine my understanding of the affordances of writing on different surfaces, and how Landow uses specific terms to explain his postion.
- Present a personal viewpoint on the text (an interpretation related to previous knowledge and experience, a personal perspective that is critical…) #8 – Hypertext is… explores the commodity of a newspaper as my personal reflection on what defines hypertext.
- Discusses the relevance of the text in relation to how it will inform the design and production of the hypertext essay: Post #11 – The centre of the universe explores the ideas of the centre, and how are the centre in our own internet journey – this gives us creative freedom. Research included in #10 – Bolter (Part One) and #10 – Barthes (Part Two) will help inform the overall design and concepts behind my essay
- Academic references:
Landow, George P. Hypertext 2.0: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1997. p. 89.
George Landow, Paul Delany, ‘Hypertext, Hypermedia and Literary Studies: The State of the Art’ (1991), Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality, eds. Randall Packer, Ken Jordan, New York: W.W. Norton, 2001, p. 225-235