Class notes 2/14: Writerly Vs Readerly, Technology and Narritives.

One of things about our technology discussion that made a large impact on me was the idea that technology is an extension of us and the five senses we have. Sticks, when used properly, are technology and are an extension of our arms and our tactile senses. The teachers tried specifically to state that the common misconception that “technology is electric is false”, without alienating us from the fact that most electric items are technology (would be all electric items less we forget lightning). One humorous way that they worded this was that, “TV images do not come through the plug.” Next up in my notes are the ideas about narratives and how “Everything is a story.” It always starts with the introduction of the protagonist. Like how in Star Wars IV you have “hero, then conflict.” And then the Conflict is eliminated by some means. Then the story reaches a climactic point when Luke uses the force instead of his computer guidance systems to destroy the death star with a laser or missile of some sort. One interesting thing about the writerly texts is that it makes the reader a producer of the texts, like in a CYOA. this is in contrast to the statement made about readerly texts that says, “It is what it is,” it, being a static text.¬† The key difference between these two texts appears to me to be interactivity.

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