Week 9 Private Post: Joel Arellano

Canzo Empyrean and the Economy of Intrigue

The relationships between people and media described in Spreadable Media seemed fresh as well as consonant with my own experience. While Gere explored the history and system trends in the progress of digital culture, Jenkins et al did more to frame and describe our daily engagement […]

Week 9: Joel Arellano

Authentic Games

There is an important distinction between gaming and interactivity, and we must clearly define it before we can discuss either term as a means to re-engage audiences. Interactivity is simply bidirectional action and effect; gaming is more complex and subtle to define. Put simply, games are bounded, competitive activities willingly engaged […]

Week 10: Joel Arellano

I didn’t encounter many ethical questions during this course or project, perhaps because I was focused so much more on investigating the ontology and teleology of digital culture. In fact, several times when the authors of Spreadable Media described topics as ethical dilemmas, I felt unmoved. For example, the alleged problem of corporations benefiting […]

Week 8: Joel Arellano

A Database is not a Strategy I’m amazed at the skepticism folks have about Big Data despite their enthusiasm for data silos of every conceivable form of human experience. An archive is an accumulation of historical records, a site for the storage and retrieval of data- it is a resource, not a message strategy. […]

Week 7: Joel Arellano

Public Secrets is more effective than similarly self-guided sites like Highrise because it leverages the viewer’s imagination. Apart from being an effective way to establish themes of schism, rupture, and worlds apart, the producer’s invocation of Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” offers a lesson in leveraging accessory content and engaging users’ creativity without succumbing to the […]

Week 3: Joel Arellano

Although I was intrigued by several concepts in the assigned reading, the only one I found relevant to the videos was Lewis Hyde’s dichotomy of value and worth. In his book The Gift, he explains that we use the former describes commodities and latter describes gifts (although I think he’s cutting corners with this […]

Week 2: Joel Arellano’s Response To Reading/Viewings

Charlie Gere introduces Digital Culture by declaring his aim to disenchant the reader from the charm of digital culture. He is alluding to Max Weber’s interest in forces of rationalism and secularism to liberate mankind from superstition, but Gere inverts Weber’s formula, applying the term ‘enchantment’ instead to the mistaken belief that the hyper-rationalism […]

Week 1 – Kevin Hartman

Hello! I hail from exciting and thrilling Salem, Ore. My road to this class, much like everyone else, has had its bumps and turns and there doesn’t seem to be a life GPS. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in broadcast journalism, which I put to use as a producer at […]