Mar 8
    Narrative I

    Feb 25
    Zach and Lindsay Thomas:
      A "narrativize" post should be in the following format:


    Feb 25
      Subject: desexualization through unwrapping/unboxing
      Range: "Because this performance is erotic in nature, the obvious place to start here is Roland Barthes' "Striptease." In particular, his reading of striptease as a progressive stripping away of the eroticizing layers of clothing, marking the moment of nudity as the moment of desexualization is quite useful here: the packaging in "unboxing" is fetishized more than the commodity--that is precisely what is unique about this genre. The revelation of the commodity, which the viewer can potentially own herself, marks its desexualization, its reduction to use-value. (Many videos, such as the one above, make the mistake of testing the product out after the unboxing. Naturally these are not as popular as "pure" unboxing videos.)"
      Suggestions: moving through successive data visualizations, until database is stripped of meaning

    Feb 25
    Lindsay Thomas:

      Subject: prescribed limits of visualizations/pattern recognitions
      Range: first paragraph of previous blip
      "Ramsay and Moretti may claim (rightly, I think) that data visualization in the realm of literary studies is the search for pattern, but to design a visualization is already to determine what sort of pattern one is looking for. There can certainly be surprises in such an endeavor, but surely the parameters are set in advance. In the case of governance, if we take neoliberalism to be the linking of Foucauldian biopower with free market monetarism, we can see how it already provides a theoretical frame that limits and prescribes the visual forms that such data can take; that is, which patterns are useful and which aren't."
      Suggestions: suggestion of disciplined bodies, visualizations of disciplined bodies, prescribed patterns, rejection of useless patterns

    Mar 10
    Lindsay Thomas and Zach:

      Subject: mixing of "old" and "new" types of visualizations
      Range: last paragraph of previous blip
      "The impetus behind listing these pictures of different "data visualizations" side by side is to think about the history of visualization in literary studies. "
      Suggestions: mixing of the old (analog) with the new (digital); run-down aesthetics; deformed/partially destroyed visualizations? When visualizations begin to deteriorate, do they reveal their underlying data or something else? What emerges when pattern is deformed?

    Feb 25
      Subject: Reading theory to people who can't hear, as action staged for others. Images as having greater history than viewers of them.
      Range: "One particularly arresting scene involved one of Deleuze's students reading "Anti-Oedipus" out loud to a stream of passing cars from the edge of a freeway at night. It was quite beautiful. The drivers could not be affected, but the viewers could. Perhaps this is one tactic of resistance."

      "What I found most compelling about the film’s self-consciousness, or its engagement with the medium as such in resisting the recuperation of trauma: its haunting, and its obsession with the film as unarchivable archive, not to mention the audience’s spectrality—the film presents the notion that the image has more of a past and a future than the individual whose gaze attempts to re-temporalize it."
      Suggestions: accessing viewers of a given image, timespan

    Mar 4
    Lindsay Thomas and Zach:

      Subject: ideal flows of information and bodies, neoliberalism + cyberpunk
      Range: three previous blips, especially about ideal visualizations of neoliberalism and idealized flows of information
      "The question to consider is to what extent neoliberalism informs and grounds that which seems at first to be its critique (cyberpunk)."
      "Is cyberpunk an ideal visualization of neoliberal networks?"
      "Nothing appears between bodies either; man and machine are joined together in a perfect kind of biotechnological flow of materiality. A true cyborg manifesto/ation."
      Suggestions: association of idealized flows of information and bodies with idealized flows of capital. Virtual work? Spaces can exist in which avatars work with analog objects in a space that looks and feels analog. Examples: working in a 1950s garage on bicycle or car parts. Gardening. An outdoor garden/park in which flowers or other plants are exchanged. A mini market?

    Mar 4
      Episode 1: "An outdoor garden/park in which flowers or other plants are exchanged. A mini market?" Characters: X.
    Feb 25
      Subject: "spectacular unreadability"
      Range: "We are left with the dilemma of creating a rebellious subculture style that remains unreadable, while highly visible, and thus evades hegemonic systematization."
      Suggestions: digital avatars- have the ability to change at all; but how to maintain relationships with others?

    Mar 11
    Lindsay Thomas and Zach:

      Subject: condensation of ideas/information
      "I hate that I'm turning to a Freudian metaphor right now, but here I go: it's about condensing dense theoretical discussion into images, into representations that, despite their apparent simplicity, suggest the fact of their condensation.
      Suggestions: character dreaming? cyberspace as dream?

    Feb 25
      Subject: walking as prescribed by capital, walking as subversive
      Suggestions: One walker utilized by capital (energy harvest? Information transport?). One walker (in virtual space?) always walks through restricted areas.

      "It appears that there are certain ways of walking that can be construed as subversive, but only in so far as they make salient components of Capital that it actively attempts to hide."

      "Finally, think about the mall. Malls are designed for walking, capitalize on the pleasure of walking, of loitering, of "taking in the scene." Perhaps outdoor malls like The Grove in LA make this most clear, as they actually consist of artificial streets: they look and feel like thoroughfares, but are given over to perambulation."


    Mar 8
      Overall Narrative Arc

      Working with the characters and general milieu being discussed in Design and Cyberpunk: World, this is a space for discussion of an overall series arc. Here are a few of my thoughts so far:

    • The student character arrives in the zone at the beginning, not knowing what to expect, but searching for her lost friend (possibly kidnapped, possibly involved in some underground organization). She settles in, gets to know the people who live and/or work in the zone. She slowly becomes involved in the underground movement herself as she is exposed to the sort of work being done in virtual space and the ways in which that labor is exploited by a very few powerful organizations. Perhaps she finds later on that her friend is actually an agent for one of these organizations. She must therefore now confront the very friend she originally believed she was trying to rescue.

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Feb 25
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