Ideas for Syllabus (Lewis Darnell)

Thinking digitally about literature brings up many avenues to be traveled and ideas to be formed. In true digital media fashion, there is something to be learned from all realms of the internet, and these three that I present I believe to be a good representative of the potential of the internet and the pros/cons of using digital media.

This site is a media site run by a few people that produces comics and videos daily. The first comic dates back to 2005, so we have almost 8 years of continuous production and ideas. Accessing the archive, there are literally comics for almost every day in the 8 years since they have started. This brings up issues of the continuance of internet fame/media: how long will your idea last? What are the challenges in this mass production? How can you keep your original idea alive in an ever changing environment and demographic? The people that were there for the very first comic are older now, how can they be kept happy while also appealing to the younger viewers?

This link is to a specific article in Clarkes World Magazine. It is a short story fan fiction written about the monster from the movie The Thing. This example utilizes a few advantages of the internet and social media: the ability to reach the masses through the internet, and the means of a wide-reaching creative expression for peers and random viewers. The idea of fan fiction in general is one that could not have flourished without the internet. There are many sites that utilize this expression, but I chose to use this story, “The Things,” instead of one of the thousands of other fan fictions, for a few reasons. This is based on a series of movies, which is based on a story “Who Goes There?” from 1938. In the era of technology, we have been given stories that spawn movies which inspire stories. We can use the movies as reference to this story, as the first one is readily available on Netflix.

The ability to watch television and movies at the click of a button, surely a great tool to be used as reference for a classroom. A profile on this site yields limitless possibilities for viewing pleasure, and while the potential for a classroom tool is reduced without having one of these profiles, the ideas surrounding it can be explored. Along with HuluPlus, the service of online television brings many questions to the table, such as “why even watch the physical television when you can access it all on your computer?”


~ by tiddles747 on January 11, 2013.

2 Responses to “Ideas for Syllabus (Lewis Darnell)”

  1. I like the idea of netflix. A little jealous I didn’t think of it, but credit given where credit due. There is a lot there to think about. Like you said it is really something that takes away from that pastime of Television. With more shows becoming available on netflix there really is no need to own a Televison anymore. I think you could even expand this idea to things like ESPN. There you are able to watch your favorite teams without a Televison as well.

  2. It might also be cool to talk about the way that changing distributing models effects the storytelling itself. A shift towards consumption through something like netflix has really interesting implications for the production means and the ways that stories will be told. There also is just something very distinct about consuming media that is streamed to you, versus sitting in your living room or even making a trip out to the theatre. I’m thinking mostly in terms of group reactions and things like that.

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