Category Archives: Project 1 – The craft of writing

Exercise 2

Exercise 2

Write a list of everything you’ve read or written or seen or heard in the last 24 hours.

Blimy,

  1. Hazel Smith’s essay, ‘Creative Writing and New Media’
  2. Mekong Times magazine
  3. A plethora of links highlighted in Hazel Smith’s Essay
  4. Ben’s day at work
  5. Danny and Matt’s day at work
  6. Menu at the old compass, including posters of upcoming events
  7. Laurie Lee’s – As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
  8. Watched Dr. Strange
  9. Facebook / messages / streams /
  10. emails
  11. text messages
  12. passport renwal application
  13. Blog posting in learning log
  14. Music
  15. This American Life – podcast
  • How many stories are contained within your list? This could be anything from notes in your learning log to the afternoon play on Radio 4, from a friend recounting a funny tale to the latest news online.

Sories = 6-7

  • How much of what you’ve read (or written or seen or heard) would you consider to be ‘art’? What makes writing art? How do you, personally, define a creative and artistic piece of writing? You might find it useful to refer back to the discussion at the start of Part One. That was about the visual arts, but many of the same points apply to word-related arts too.

All of the reference researched yesterday on Creative writing and New media would be considered art, and well as some of the music I listned to, and definitely Dr. Strange and Laurie Lee’s book is art. Creative writting is defined by the author, are they a well established writer with years of experience?  I can say yes to Laurie Lee, and all the New Media artists I researched.  I say Dr. Strange was art, because of the amount of art direction involved in the special effects, it was like watching a Esther painting come alive. A Joni Mitchel song about the streets of Paris, and a Wilco song on God, it is all poetry, it is all a form of creative arts.

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Hazel Smith’s essay, ‘Creative Writing and New Media’

Reading through Hazel Smith’s essay, ‘Creative Writing and New Media,’ I am reminded how quickly technology changes. The question I pose is, ‘how old is new media’?

I’ve researched most points of reference made towards different digital, computer generated, and interactive installation sites mentioned. I can across sites that no longer exist, ones which were timeless or updated, but mostly I found them to be outdated.

The most recent site was written in 2010, but look older, with minimal pixels and simple technology.  They are set out with the best intentions, ahead of others of their time, but looked primitive.

Memmott’s Lexia to Perplexia doesn’t work on Macs, and M.D. Coverley’s Accounts of a Glass Sky was too pixelated to be seen clearly. I needed to download a new program to view Jon Ingolds Interactive Fiction, All Roads, which I wasn’t prepared to do.

We are now spoilt with such clear, fast-moving, realistic, computer generated programs, that anything a bit dated looses its impact.  Aaron Reeds Lacuna lost my attention as soon as I witnessed the ‘Comic Sans’ font, I didn’t want to look further.

The sites which used simplistic technology, were the most effective because they felt timeless. For example, Jim Andrew’s Stir-Fry Texts, with simple colours, and a move of the mouse, you grasps the concept automatically. Another simple well executed media poem was Brian Kim Stefan’s The Dreamlife of Letters. It’s took me a long time to get it working on Flash, which goes to show, you need to be computer literate to access it.

Maybe if I were a computer geek, I’d have more appreciation for the time and effort, and as well as the meaning with is true with Mezangelle, a made up language using code + English. I lot of what I have researched was un-tangible because I felt like it was cold, and empty, being processed by a computer.

I did find some really interesting Creative Writing using media sites.  The first is The Readers Projectand the I Love E-Poetry which both have a plethora of artist to explore, including Wide and Widly Branded by Jason Nelson as mentioned in the essay.

One of the most interesting findings was Wordnet, an interesting tool which can be used in place of a thesaurus, to improve writing skills.  With all of this new technology, is it true that a writer may not need as much education/experience as previously expected?

Although this essay feels ‘passe’ today, there were some really important points made. It has made a clear correlation between creative writing and the arts, they are intertwined and sometimes indecipherable.  I think to be involved in the Media & Creative Writing field, you must stay presents, to keep up with the evolving technology, to have a stance or influence artistically. It doesn’t age well.

The Textual Revolution

The printing press, invented the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440.  It’s not difficult to imagine what the first book to be printed was?  Of course, the Holy Bible.

Stories have been passed down for thousands of years, through song, words, drawings and plays. The story of Jesus was written and re-written, and past down through generations. I’m sure it was altered, by men, to suit the climate of the time, slowly degrading the role of women, changing the rules of marriage and divorce, shifting the view on same-sex relationships, rituals, and bringing forth more power to the church and the establishment related to it.  This may sound a bit extreme, and perhaps it is, but 1440 years is a long time for so-called ‘Chinese whispers’ to evolve original words.

So, how much truth remained in the Gutenberg bible, which was then mass-produced, and distributed in the thousands? In the years that followed, the printing press was not only a tool conform religious ideas, but also a way for politics to introduce propaganda through nationalism.  It bore literacy and education, creating a middle class society. By the 19th century the steam-powered rotary presses accelerated the sharing of information in the form of newspapers.

From then until today, with immediate news and information available not only through  television anymore, but instantaneously on social media, with iPhone alerts, without even searching. A bombardment of unsolicited assaults of information = fear, sadness, frustration, and disbelief.

On a positive note, its easier than ever to find a wealth of written words, novels, books, essays, blogs, poetry apps, on-line newspapers, podcasts… there is no end to what is available. Even as I’m writing this entry, I am throwing words assembled in a different sequence out into the ether, to be read, or forgotten, who knows.

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