The Threads I’m Continuing: Reflecting on 101

Rereading my blog posts over the course of this semester has revealed three key things:

  1. I love applications of theory. Whether it be exploring the role of social capital in the Nosedive episode of Black mirror, or understanding Farman’s philosophy of waiting through Dominos’ loading screens, or talking about the practical implications of our ideas about algorithms (1) (2), the application of academic theory has been keeping me up at night.
  2. I am invested in the framework of the technological imaginary. Quite literally, every single post I’ve made for this class has touched upon different aspects of the technological imaginary proposed by Liz Losh. In my posts, focused most heavily on the ways in which technology is situated in particular contexts and creates more problems than it allegedly solves. Towards the beginning of this course, I frequently used the language of Carolyn Marvin’s “Community and Class Order” which spoke of the electrical fear and promise that came with the invention of the telephone. More recently, the terming “silicon snake oil” has become a more appealing descriptor.
  3. I am overwhelmed by the flow of information. In line with the theme of Jonathan Harris’ and Greg Hochmuth’s The Network Effect, my life of late has been affected by a nervousness of the information and time passing by. Certainly, part of this comes from knowing that my time at the undergraduate level is coming to an end. Of course, this affects the tone and content of my posts. In contrast to my contributions to the Electronic Literature course, I have become more obsessed with broader takeaways, more obsessed with connections between the work I’m doing in this classroom and in others, and more obsessed with how I will remember things when I’m no longer here. And ironically, I think the posts are worse off for it all. Because I feel such anxiety over the amount of information I’m constantly absorbing, I’m feeling simultaneously less creative and less reflective. I am excited by the opportunity in post-grad to sit down and decide which things I read again, and I’m excited to return to the materials of this course with a fresh eye. 

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