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That Makes Me Want to Live in Cooper

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First off, I love this book and I love Chip Kidd! He seems like such a cool guy and the book is such a fun one to flip through. Kidd presents the material in such a fun and colorful way that while I am reading it, I don't feel like I am avidly learning but I am.

Here are the three photos I took from around campus:

I like this poster for the Eileen Myles reading. I love the repetition of the face in different colors. Since the left side is colorful and busy the left is minimal and lets everyone know the vital information.

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I Like Wikipedia, Okay?

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The chapter "Digital School" in Thompson's book, Smarter Than You Think is all too real for all of us in this class right now. I found myself relating to this chapter in pretty much every different situation that Thompson was talking about. Take the example that he used to bring up that teachers must now teach how to find creditable sources. The students always choose the first few links in a Google search even though they were wildly uncredited. I must say that I am guilty of doing this and am an avid user of Wikipedia which is known to be misguided sometimes.

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Everything is Art

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The idea that our work doesn't speak for itself was a new concept for me. In the last couple of years, I have had professors who were advocates of close reading. While close reading, one does not read or worry about anything beside the text. I had a professor who told us not to read footnotes. I never really 100% agreed with the idea of close reading. I feel like sometimes we need to know a little bit of background on the author or the time period to really get a piece.
So, I totally get what Kleon is saying!

There is a story behind everything. Every piece or art, every poem. Check out this painting that I saw in a coffee shop in downtown Greenville.

Blogging: the New Literacy

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"...digital tools have created a renaissance in the written word."

Clive Thompson starts off chapter three by talking about Ory Okolloh and her blog. This got me thinking about how the new literacy relates to blogging even though this wasn't in the New Literacies chapter. Before computers and the internet, everything was read in print. This is not the case anymore, not by a long shot. With the technological revolution that came with the internet, blogging was created. Blogging is done solely on the web which makes it a new literacy. Most of us have blogs that we read daily or weekly. some of us even have blogs! Here is a link to my Clemson sponsored blog. Check it out!

Technology & Memory

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The thing that I loved most about the first chapter of Smarter Than You Think was when Clive Thompson was talking about man and computer working together. Instead of humans or computers being the best on their own, the best outcome came when the two were working together. "Which is smarter at chess-- humans or computers? Neither. Its the two together, working side by side."(page 5) I think that this harmony between us and technology is great and it is exactly where we are headed. I feel like everything I do has technology involved. For instance, (this might be odd but) I work at Starbucks and we have a warmer to heat up the pastries. I tell the warmer what the pastry is but then it knows what temperature and for how long to warm it.

I Am and Will Always Be an Amateur Poet

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First off, I loved that Austin Kleon not only says that being an amateur is a good thing but he also embraces it. We often think of the word "amateur" in a negative way but Kleon says that they have an advantage over the professional. We are all amateurs. I realized that I was an amateur and that I loved being one when I read Kleon's definition of amateur: "the enthusiast who pursue's her work in the spirit of love." That is a beautiful way of describing the amateur.