Homework Questions

  1. These are a few questions related to our reading of Bolter & Grusin “Introduction” and “Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation”1) The authors talk about a “virtual reality”. Do you think Skype will have harmful implications in the future or do you think it is a medium that benefits and will enhance global communication?2) When reading this article I realized that remediation was happening right in front of me. Instead of physically “flipping” through the pages of the book I was using a scroll bar to read more. What do you think are the advantages and/or disadvantages of the remediation of textbooks onto e-reserve formats?3) What kinds of ways has Macintosh (Apple) used Hypermediacy with their products such as: the iPod, iPhone, iPad?

2. Here are my questions regarding the readings on Drucker and Mcloud.

On this campus there are fraternity and sorority houses everywhere. For freshman seeing greek letters might elicit different responses than seniors. How does the massive exposure to the greek alphabet and signage on this campus impact you?

Do you think graffiti is a representation of language as identity, advertising, or something else?

Mcloud states that when we watch cartoons we “see a bit of ourselves in them”. As a child what was so intriguing about watching cartoons? The simplicity, innocence, entertainment?

5.  Bolter, David and Grusin “Mediation and Remediation”:

Shipka discusses how the word remediation stems from the latin word “remidere” which means ” to heal, to restore to health”. How can remediation restore health?

How does remediation imply reform in a “social or political sense”?

What sort of implications will video games and virtual reality have on society?

6. Neiman and Harmon: Maps

Neiman’s maps utilize subtle comedy. How important is the viewers familiarity of the image to understand the joke?

Is there a difference in the audience that would appreciate Harmon’s maps as opposed to Neiman’s?

After looking at these maps it’s clear that almost anything is able to be mapped. Does this mean that maps are a tool that can describe something that video or audio can not?


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