Analysis #3

After several attemps to get the Atlantic Slave Trade Site connected and could not, I became a little afraid that I may not be able to complete my analysis.  So, I chose to analyze Virtual Jamestown.

Preserving the Digital Past

            Roy Rosenzweig made a statement that historians believe that it is the job of the archivist to preserve digital history.  It is the responsibility for all individual to have input on preserving our digital history.  If student and citizens alike are not made to understand the importance of saving these digital records a portion of history will be lost.  He wrote that there was no separation in the work of a historian or a person titled archivist.  The historian believed that it was their responsibility to preserve as well as research the past.  

I perceived from Roy Rosenzweig’s article that it is of vital importance to preserve digital history.  I believe that we need the collection of digital history for accurate assessment in the future.  We have struggled to collect bit and pieces of the past but now, we have an opportunity to begin at the forefront of the Digital era and save the information without it being an after thought.  Digital information is as much a part of history as great works of art, music, social events.  The information saved to day may possible help in new frontier for tomorrow.  If they are lost future generation will struggle trying to peace-together the information that it took ages to develop.  We do need scholarly engagement to address the situation that we may provoke public action to preserve digital information because many minds working towards a common goal is less of a struggle.

A Site For Sore Eyes

Lexia to Perplexia

            This site’s lexia entrance pages consisted of black background that gave the impression of hidden secrets.  The index page consisted of a boarded frame that focused the reader’s attention to the story within it.  On the page, the only linked text was the header text of the title and the subheading text of the author’s name.  There was a half visible image of a persona’s face that gave the illusion of someone peering from the shadows. When I begin to click the links I notice that the author discreetly direct the readers direction through the lexia and presented the text for a full comprehension to the subject matter.  The pages were not chaotic but well designed and the layout presented the information in a thought provoking format.  The author designed the pages where not all text or links on the lexia had a connecting link and the hyperactivity had simple progressions that relate the message.  The graphic image on the index lexia took the reader to a page that had graphic representation of their linked text.      

 

The Bomar Gene

On the other hand, begin it index page with a linear story that had a gradient background of different shade of gray with white writing.  The only color on the page was the blue hyperlink at the bottom of the page.  The page had only three links and the lead the clicker to certain pages.  When the visitor clicked on the index text, the link too you to a page where the text above the blank information box that changed colors when you moved over it.  The text above the box changed it position as the box changed its color as the visitor moved over the box as if they both were caught in a matrix grid.

 

Both    

However, I did click though both site and saw that they both used the styles that were outline in the reading material that was presented in the course reader and the other material that was used in class. They were different in their presentation lexia to Perplexia was orderly in their presentation with graphic that represent the textual ideas.  Plus, Mammoth was discreet in how he made the lexia flow with the links.  While, The Bomar Gene was present in a bolder format that was chaotic as the reader interacted on the lexia pages.  A hidden message scrolled at the bottom of the page a poetic message that the readers would miss unless they played around with the scroll bar on the side of the page to activate it.  Both author presented their pages with subtle similarities.  They both had only three links from the index page, two of the links took you to the same lexia, and the guided the visitor in a direction they choose to release the content that was most relevant to the story.  The both allow the clicker an opportunity to interact before freeing them to exit the lexia starting gates as a thoroughbred running a race. 

Poetry

This is my attempt at transforming a personal advertisement into poetry.  I found this one on page 132 of the Matches section in the Washington City Paper.  My selection number is 901122; it was titled Green Jacket at Mercury Grill.   You were wearing a green jacket and talking to a female friend.  We smiled and kept smiling long after I passed you.  I wore a red collared shirt and a grey sweater, and was with a friend and her dog.  I came back later and we smiled some more but you were talking to a drag queen.  I finally got a drink as an excuse to meet you but you took off with your friend as we smiled one last time.  I’m ready to say hello.  I hope you will say the same. 

  1.  You were wearing a green jacket,
  2.              Talking to a female friend.
  3.                                      We smiled. 
  4.    Kept smiling long after I passed
  5.                We smiled one last time,
  6.           But, I am ready to say hello.
  7.                                       Hope you.
  8.                                        The same.

Understanding

I desire to have a proficient understanding of Textual Media and be able to put it all together.  However, the elements that are used to develop a textual game are a little confusing to me.  I can see the storylines and pattern of how the pages are structured, but the concepts of how you play the game are a bit fuzzy.  Maybe the time line and age are factors in how a person interacts with the subject matter.  In games, I see several sections: 1) the stories, 2) the characters, 3) the scenes, 4) the global structure, and 5) the art work, plus some times there is a less to be learned.    As a reader, character, and game player, I believe that there are some elements I am missing in my understanding that would make my experience with this new textual media a lot more exciting.

The Color of Television

On the textual subject of The Color of Television and Pax, I found that they both resembled the other textual media that we have studied.  The on that I choose was The Color of Television; I choose it because of the color format.  Plus it did not have a lot of different links on most of the pages it mostly dealt with color combining. 

The page’s links to each of the writers and builder of the site through their email addresses.  The graphic structure was gracefully done with colors that were soothing to the eye which made the text readable.  There was enough gutter pace to enhance the flow of the page with a clean well organize appearance and present that the pages edges with an infinite appearance as in Understanding Comic.  It forced the reader to interact by making clicks because there was no automatic sequencing.  The page content was consistent with its format because most of the material was about group member’s personal lives.   It also had a great deal of dead in the text much like Calvino. 

You could click on all the images, but not much of the text; the index page had four elements: 2 graphic and 2 textural elements.  Three of the four home page elements took you to the: http://iat.ubalt.edu/moulthrop/hypertexts/cotv/bios.html ((link­_1”), while the other link took you to: http://iat.ubalt.edu/moulthrop/hypertexts/cotv/cotv01.html (“link_ 2”).  The link_1 went to the Moulthrop and Cohen’s contact page.  Embedded in the page was several smaller graphic art work or symbols that the reader could click.  The only place that symbol went was to link_1.  Then you saw the top graphic flash the color red and the bottom one flashed the color green. Their contact page trapped you with only two outlets and that was to email the developers because the dialogue graph at the bottom went to an error page.  This reminded me off Mystery House Taken Over where I got trapped and could not get out. 

The link that took you to a textual page was the centered in the page with gray coloring, but it took you on a surprising trip to richly colored text forming boarders around each other.  The colors complemented the text that it was next to and was neatly formatted.  It had some links in the text but not many but they went to other text, however, all the symbols that I clicked went to text with a message.  The text pages begin with flashing colored boxes and ended with a gray flashing bar.  The text colors could be joined together to form new textual messages the clue was in matching the colors.  The word links went to text that told a story and had the word their somewhere, or some symbol to represent the message such as when you clicked on color and flashing colored bars were on both sides of the text. 

It was not until I got into the text portion of the site that I recognized that the site displayed textual similarities as Bust Down the Door with roll, changing, and flashing message at different parts of the story.    

Afternoon a Polish Family

Afternoon, a story

 

I begin by clicking on the beginning page; I logged name in parenthesis in the title bar; then I assessed the page links that was derived from the pages that I choose and the text was as follows: 

The beginning page titled [begin] had 13 relevant links with different textual story lines, all the other words on the page linked to this text:  “I want to say I may have seen my son die this morning”.  I found that each page’s words linked basically to the same storyline except a few words, but most if not all of the words linked to the same story.  The begin page’s story implies an unyielding lifecycle without joy or maybe a little joy that come from melting noonday ice, which only melts at noon and freezes in the evening. 

The begin page relevant link starts with [winter] where the narrator is still a woman, she says that tries to recall winter and the story tell about watching a snowmobile burning while the other riders hopelessly watched.  The second link [she] brought up the lexia that implied a meeting between a man and a woman and he asked “what shall I call you”. She gives him the name Nausica.  The third work on the beginning page that I clicked was [blacktop] where you get the impression that the narrator is speaking about summer road conditions when heat waves rise from the paving.  The fourth link selected was {crystal, but in the title brackets the word [lethe] was there and not the clicked word crystal.

I fond that the pages all followed the story from the original page, especially the link that I choose, it was just from a different point of view. The point depended upon who was speaking and the subject matter that they were speaking about. The storyline that my text revealed was in Poland during the economic reformation with a few post hippy elements thrown in.  The text linked to crystal spoke about how a person feels when they get high for the first time on hard drugs, after which, you have a continual longing for that feeling.

A couple living or trying to relive the heated passion that the once shared, but finding it necessary to move on.  Once younger living free like hippy they now have responsibilities and must conform to some different social standards to raise their children.  The wife who once expressed love for her husband now choose a younger man to feel the passion and completeness she once felt with her husband.   Trapped in the new economy the husband looses his son and can not bare to know the truth so he evades the sense of the inevitable.

The words were found some wherein the page text, they related to the story, and connected the story of a relationship between people in their every day lives;, in there Polish community and show that their live were the same as many other families in other provincial economic developing societies. 

Afternoon

The textual media Afternoon, a Story by Michael Joyce has some elements that resemble the other texts that we have discussed in class.  I has text where the text implies that the story is going to give you closure, but does not; It has a narrator that maneuvers the reader into the plot in a way that you do not know who is telling the story or who is being told the story; and new character are interjected into the story line in the same manner that Calvino presented his characters.  

He connected is story text and pages more like that in the novel Choose Your own Adventure, but set the text links more like the textual media in Hegirascope.  It conveys a sense of the mind filling the stories gutters and seen in Understanding Comics.  The way the story was structured made you fill-in a lot of gutter space, especially with the text on his conduct about the accident.