I didn’t get a chance to bring this up in class today because other people were so willing to fill the silent space in conversation and the conversation didn’t really lead to my response, but as a creative writing major I naturally thought about how the way I read online may affect the way I write. When I am writing a creative piece I tend to stick to shorter sentences, smaller scenes, and I usually struggle to make page count. I wonder if this is because I am used to reading for the gist of the story rather than for the details present in close reading. I think it would have been interesting if Hayles talked about this affect of digital reading in her article too.
We are so close to the end of the semester and of course I got the flu at the worst time possible!! Stress has taken over my free time and the countdown to graduation keeps creeping up on me and I am hoping to make it through! To relieve my stress I’ve been going to the library and giving time to myself by reading books of my choice. Like stated in class, reading is much easier when it isn’t assigned to you! I am excited to finish out my last semester strong and continue to read to relieve my stress and anxiety!
A common theme in the past few years has been to take literary work, or quotes from famous authors, and adapt them into a format that is popular of the day. Often, this is in the form of memes. The local bookstore here, Riverby, has a quote from Hemingway adapted into a popular format. (It also appears to be integrated into their Dewey Decimal system, which is pretty cute).
I know I have discussed this in one of my other classes, the whole authorship debate when a book is technically written by a computer through the parameters set by a coder, but it is still a mystery to me. I keep going in circles about who the author of a computer generated book is. Dictionary.com defines “author” as “a writer of a book, article, or report.” According to that definition the computer is the author because the computer is the one who actually writes the book. However, the computer wouldn’t be able to do the writing without the written code by the coder. If that’s the case should novels generated by computers not give credit to authors but to coders instead? I’m simply suggesting a change of terms because giving credit to a computer seems ridiculous when the computer couldn’t create the novel without the guidance of the coder.
Usually, I’m a morning person, but I had a very hard time getting out of bed this morning which I believe is partially due to the weather. It’s gray and cloudy and very unfortunate. I had skipping classes, but I had a very strong urge to do so this morning. I didn’t though, which turned out to be a good idea because we discussed interesting text generation in class.
I believe I’ve mentioned before, but I don’t love writing. I’m a big fan of reading, but writing is tricky and frustrating to me. I am looking forward to code generation of a text though but I don’t know what I’ll do for it! I’m hoping an idea will come to me once we are told more about the assignment.