“Participatory memory describes the ways in which people interact with a space in order to remember, commemorate, or pay homage to an event, person, or idea,” undergraduate researcher Christine Scales explains.
Scales, a Professional Writing student, has teamed up with Dr. Liza Potts (Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures) to study participatory memory. They are working to find ways to document these spaces digitally, and are even working on a prototype for an app that would allow for this type of information to be shared with visitors to the site of the tragic 1927 school bombing in Bath, MI.
Read more about Christine on MSU’s Undergraduate Research website.
Source: Reporters Without Borders
Censorship. Dead air, loud bleeps, horrible pixelation, and my personal favorite: PG overdubs.
“I’m gettin’ a little tired of these monkey-fightin’ snakes, on this Monday thru Friday plane!”
The rights laid out by the first amendment seem strikingly clear, giving us freedom of speech and freedom of press (among other freedoms). Yet somehow the lines have ended up a bit blurred, with “obscenity, indecency, and profanity” being regulated by organizations like the FCC.
The FCC manages to walk that thin line through a little known technicality: they can only act on complaints from citizens. And what’s more, the modes of censorship we see most today leave almost all of the meaning intact. Has anyone actually ever missed the sentiment behind a “f[BLEEP]ing”?
So the censors really only serve to point out that thin line. They serve as glaring reminders to us all – we are the ones who ultimately decide what is “proper”. And we are the ones who get to fill in the blanks. And the beeps. And those fuzzy chunks of pixels.
If you’re still curious, head on over to The Verge and check out the gorgeous article that inspired this post.
In this video Ricky Gervais shares the writing advice that shaped his style. It’s simple advice. It’s advice that is repeated so often that it sometimes turns into background noise.
Write what you know.
Sometimes this advice is understood very literally. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as beautiful, intriguing nonfiction can come out of that interpretation. A story about your mother cleaning an old woman’s house can be a work of art.
But I’ve always interpreted it more liberally. A writer may not have the actual experience to back up a particular piece of story – most fantasy authors have probably never ridden a dragon – but the concept still applies. Honesty can still be at the heart of even the most “unrealistic” story. The art of storytelling isn’t limited to fiction, nonfiction, novels or screenplays, but in every medium it relies on resonating with the audience. And nothing resonates like honesty.
The way we work has changed. More writing happens in front of a computer screen than ever before, and it’s not uncommon to spend hours in front of a screen every day.
It turns out, that’s not great for your eyes. But eye strain can seem hard to avoid – when almost all your work is on-screen, how are you supposed to keep your eyes rested?
One option available is f.lux. f.lux adjusts the light coming from your computer screen to mimic the natural light cycle of the day. It can help ease a bit of the eye strain, and some users have seen improvement on insomnia as well. Give it a shot at justgetflux.com.
The definition of the word literally has been changed. Dictionaries including Google, Cambridge, and Merriam Webster have all made the controversial move. Frustrated grammar nerds everywhere can probably take a guess at the new meaning; it’s like their worst fears have literally come to life.
Literally now officially means “used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true.” That’s right, figuratively is now actually an antonym and synonym for the word.
For those of you out there ready to commence with the weeping and gnashing of teeth, know this: Dictionary.com’s got your back. They’re holding their ground, though an editor’s note does mention the controversy.
Modern horror movie posters seem to follow a formula: take a dramatically lit photo of the lead or big bad person, crop it in super close, and throw an all caps, simple, sans-serif font on it for the title. Or maybe a very thin serif in all caps, if you wanna get crazy. (Seriously though, just look at these: The Purge, The Last Exorcism, Carrie)
But it wasn’t always this way – there was a time when horror movies got the first class treatment with beautiful custom logotypes. In the 80′s the genre enjoyed a boom in popularity, and movies like The Evil Dead and The Fog led the way with beautiful distinct type. Take a closer look at The Verge.
CDs will soon disappear like cassette tapes. The new trend is to plug in an auxiliary cord and let your music playlist flow or shuffle through Pandora and other music services. The Verge recently referred readers to an interview in The New Yorker between Sasha Frere-Jones and Dave Allen of UK punk band Gang of Four, which includes a brief discussion with Damon Krukowski a pop/folk-rock musician. In this interview they discuss how to consider “the internet” as a complex and unpredictable factor that affects artists and listeners across the world, instead of reducing it to American users of iTunes, Pandora, and The Pirate Bay.” It has always been a struggle for musicians to make a profit. With the Internet the hustle just got real. Allen points out, “there are plenty of people out there who fully support music and musicians and who will happily pay to see them perform, buy their T-shirts, their downloads.”
On the other hand, there’s the tactile generation. Allen describes these fans as a group, “which doesn’t see the Internet as a replacement for books or vinyl records.” Despite the Internet changing music, it’s unclear how. The illegal sharing of music has become an epidemic. It’s important for music companies to be creative and find new innovations to promote their artist. Krukowski mentions that the goal of music isn’t to reach everyone, but to reach its audience. There’s no going backward to gain what’s lost. The Internet has thrown the music industries lemons, so they need to grab a juicer and make Mike’s Hard Lemonade. How will musicians survive, there’s no telling where music will be in the next century.
Yes its true, I’m the girl who is always making mistakes. Do I admit to them? Sometimes! Mind/Shift shares an episode from TED Radio Hour, which speaks about making mistakes and why they’re crucial for learning. These discussions are worth a listen, even covering why it’s important to understand the power of vulnerability and shame. Embarrassment and conflict keeps us from admitting to a mistake, it’s important to look past emotions and fears that come with mistakes.
It’s okay, boo-boos happen everyday. Whether it’s academically or professionally, forgetting to walk the dog or not responding to an important email, mistakes can be a course to better yourself. Brian Goldman, one of the many guest speakers and a Canadian doctor, shares his story about mistakes he’s made as a doctor. I’m not telling you this to stop seeing you’re physician, but to help you understand that the discoveries today are from past mistakes. Next time you make a mistake, Mind/Shift advices not dwelling on them, but to face them head on. Instead, grab a notebook, bullet what you’ve learned and write a story. If you’re not making mistakes daily, you are not a human being. With every slip-up remember you’re experiencing life and learning.