Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ambience and Rhetoric Go Walking Hand-in-Hand

Welcome to the final section of reading notes for the Spring 2014 semester. The focus in on Thomas Rickert‘s book, Ambient Rhetoric. So what exactly is ambient rhetoric? How is this different from classical rhetoric? Or the remapping of rhetoric done by the … Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings Online and Magic Always Finds a Way

This is a pretty interesting topic for my gameplay experience with Lord of the Rings Online because I chose to play as an elf, but not one who is a magic user. So what does magic have to do with her? … Continue reading

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State Apparatuses + Message and Meaning Encoding/Decoding_Final Mindmap Update

Mindmap: http://popplet.com/app/#/1589875 For this final mindmap update, I created nodes for Louis Althusser’s State Apparatuses (ideological and repressive) and Stuart Hall’s principles for “Encoding/Decoding,” under the heading Cultural Studies. I decided on naming this collection Cultural Studies I had previously read … Continue reading

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In Which Encoding and Decoding Meet Ideological State Apparatuses

This week’s readings take a far different turn from Social Network Analysis and Networked Individualism and Rhizomes. I am familiar with two of the three (the ones I will be focusing on most here since the third is a book … Continue reading

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It’s All in the Way You Scaffold Your Theory_Assignment for Case Study #4

As my classmates and I head towards the final case study (in which the Frankentheories begin to emerge from the colossal stitching together from the breadth of theories we have read this semester), we were asked to do a scaffolding … Continue reading

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The Mindmap and the Anti-Theory Tree Movement (Go Rhizomes!)

mindmap: http://popplet.com/app/#/1589875 This week’s mindmap update was a bit bigger than previous weeks (though not all previous weeks). I added nodes for Rainie and Wellman, Delueze and Guattari, and Scott (lonely man in this list, no?), and connected them as an … Continue reading

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A Dash of Middle Earth Fantasy, Anyone?

All roads lead to Middle Earth, but my road began at Edhelion, city invaded by dwarves, grave of my avatar’s master, Talagan Silvertongue, and the shadowed homeland of those who survived, though they are often more broken in spirit than … Continue reading

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Plateaus, Networks, and the Mad Hatter Twins Take the Grand Stage

And, we’re back. But what to say about this week’s reading? I guess, I should start by admitting that I probably should NOT have started with the excerpt from Guattari and Deleuze’s book,  A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. I … Continue reading

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Virtual Ecosystems of World of Warcraft_Case Study #3

Literature Review Much of the scholarship surrounding World of Warcraft (WoW) focuses on social dynamics, such as whether or not people are isolated or more connected, gold farming in China, and how Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games can be used … Continue reading

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Mindmap Doused with Network Societies

Mindmap: http://popplet.com/app/#/1589875 So it begins. Rise of the Network Society Theory by Manuel Castells, and it all wraps up into the mindmap. How to connect a theory that is so vast, encompassing economics, technology, culture, societal growth, metropolitan regions, global relations, … Continue reading

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