The History, The Fetish

Lee Bessette describes reading a printed piece of writing as a “thrill.” When she received the book with her article in the mail in printed form, she was very excited, as most people would be. I have to admit, I would be more excited to receive an article I published in hardcopy form rather than digital. This “print fetish” or “lingering hegemony of print” is a key component to what we are examining in our class. It is as though it is a phenomenon. Why are people so reluctant to accept this new form of technology when every other piece of innovative technology takes off in this society?

Online Articles

I want to respond to Lee Bessette's "Print Fetish" article with another article (found here) mostly because her tweet about "the 'temporary' nature of the digital" is, in some cases, dead on. The article that I posted I was asked to read for another English class in order to grasp a better understanding of online literary magazines.

Group Project Log 2: Compiling Assets and Creating Templates

Meagan, Caroline, and Chelsie have started going through the text and making a list of possible assets. Many of the assets are links to outside content: articles on different authors, Goodreads reviews of the books, etc. Because of the nature of the book, assets such as videos and quizzes do not seem to be a good fit.

The group has set up a meeting on 10/22 to finish storyboards/templates. This is also when most of the assets will be collected/compiled.

Individual Project Log 4: Finishing Prototypes and Starting Digital Assets

I have finishing compiling the images for my digital assets. I did not, however, have a chance to finish compiling the music. I have a video prototype, HTML5 widget, and a sound clip ready for approval. I've also rechecked the image sizes of the graphics in my completed template.

Everything is coming along well!

Here are my goals for this weekend:

1. Finish finding sound clips
2. Complete at least 5 HTML5 widgets
3. Complete at least 3 videos

"Text means Tissue"

The future of the book is as a fetish-object-- I think Bessette makes this case compellingly. By referencing Barthes' notion of "Text means Tissue" she provides a highly extendable metaphor: pages as flesh, language as embodied in print, physically inscribed ideas being absorbed through the senses in a private, intimate exchange. It's all very sexy.

A Self-Awareness I Can Respect

Bessette has a refreshingly honest opinion of the book fetish--she recognizes it, battles it, and embraces it. If the book fetish is going to be eradicated, I think we have to recognize it as a fetish. The funny thing is, while the author claims to be bound by the print fetishism that dominates her field, she seems (to me) to have a fairly balanced view of print and digital texts. Bessette's appreciation for seeing her book in print appears to be mainly derived from the privilege academia affords print. Her use of digital media, however, is quite substantial.

Project Log Week 9: Completing Assets

I’ve almost completed collecting assets for my Create Your Own Adventure story. I still need to tweak and edit a couple of the images but I’ve collected a fair amount of images and sounds. One of the images I still need to change is a cottage that needs to be on fire. Another is a black and white drawing that needs to have a shadow of a giant removed. I hope to complete these changes tomorrow.

I hope to start storyboarding and working with iBook Author next week. Once I create templates for my pages, I hope dropping in my assets will be easy.

The Fetishized Book

Lee Bessette’s article highlights printed book’s move from mere objects to becoming fetishes. As I was thinking about this post, I decided to look up the definition of fetish and the one that struck me the most was: “any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion.” (Dictionary.com) Unlike a lot of the other articles we’ve read so far, Bessette seems to be under the lure of printed books. But at the same time, she realizes that she must evolve. I think that what it will take to move beyond the print fetish is simple: time.

What's The Big Deal?

I honestly don't understand why print should be fetishized. Really, what's the big deal. This is especially so when it comes to textbooks. I mean, who wants to lug around multiple, thick, and heavy volumes to classes when they could compress all that information into a file and carry it on one compact device. Not only this, but the digital brings the days of dog-earing pages and relentlessly shuffling through pages to find that one important passage to a close.

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