What an Interesting Day

When I first arrived to the Technology Square Research Building at Georgia Tech I did not know what to expect. I thought that much of the conversation would to some extent overlap the things we discussed in class, and to some degree it did. When I walked into the classroom sized auditorium there was about 17 people in the room. The next speaker up at the time of my arrival was Ian Bogost. I was a little disappointed that I missed Michael Joyce’s speech, but Ian’s speech was interesting, nonetheless. 

At first he first posed the question of, “What is electronic literature?” He then mentioned his difficulties of getting a clear answer to the question at a MLA conference.  Ian then started to talk about a Guru Meditation project he had been working on.  As his speech progressed he began to talk more and more about 4 video games he created (summer, spring, autumn, and winter). He went into extensive detail about the types of problems he encountered with the digital games. At exactly the moment that I was thinking, “What does this have to with digital literature?” he answered my question. Ian had turned the idea from the game into a book of haikus entitled A Slow Year. I thought that is was very intriguing how he used the literature to bring out the literary aspects of his game.

Furthermore, even though I missed Michael Joyce’s speech I got to meet him in person. I shook his hand and introduced myself and we had about a four minute conversation. I told him about Dr. Croxall’s class and I asked him how he defines digital humanities. I also asked him what he wanted he readers to gain from reading Afternoon, a story. He said that there are many different ways to define DH. And he thinks that Ian did a great job in showing one aspect. DH is using humanities and digital media to create a larger understanding of something.  He said that Afternoon was a way to show readers how different one person’s life can be from the next, and that we are all different in our own experiences and interpretations.

I also got an interesting handout from Steve Tomasula, and there were refreshments which I did not eat. Overall, my experience was worth-while.


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