Today I had to do readings for this English class, just like every other time I have posted a blog. However, this “reading” was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Instead of a book or a webpage with several pages and text in lines and paragraphs, this reading was more of a “create-your-own reading”. Ball and Moeller’s Reinventing the Possibilities allowed me, the reader; to click links throughout each mini-reading and it would transport me to another mini-reading explaining a different topic. If this seems hard to follow, you are right. While this type of method was different and refreshing from the normal, average readings that we all do, overall I did not enjoy this or get as much out of it as I would from the other types of readings.
As I read, I would suddenly become interrupted by a link telling me to click somewhere else. At first, I tried clicking on a link whenever I came across one, but then I soon realized that I would never get to finish what I was originally reading. So, then I tried to finish the paragraph I started, go back and click on the link, and then read something else. However, this did not seem to work very well either because I was still thinking about what the link would take me to or I was not able to focus anymore on what I was currently reading. I am a very orderly and sequential person, so this layout did not work for me at all. I feel like I did not get much out of the readings and I did not grasp the different points the authors were trying to make. My attention was more on navigating the page than any of the words or concepts.
Nonetheless, I did somewhat understand the meaning of topoi that was being explained, and I then watch Hugh Burns’ video, Resolution in 60 Seconds. I thought that this video was okay, it got me to pay attention at first and I wondered what it was going to be about, but as the video went on, I quickly lost interest and concluded that there was not a huge point to the clip. It was trying to show that today’s younger generation is the world’s future and writing and literature are going to happen in new ways. Going back and forth between text, video clips, and so on makes the topoi (form and material) interesting in this video and the message is truly an interesting one. However, the actual method in how it was transcribed was somewhat dull and unenticing.
This is all my opinion though. For those of you who like things out-of-the-norm and like looking at different ideas in a new, non-lateral way, you might enjoy both of these sources. It is time for me to listen to you now. Do you think that it is better to have a fresh and creative way of presenting ideas, even if the points you are trying to make are not expressed as clearly as they would be in a traditional presentation? Was I the only one who did not enjoy this form of literacy – clicking your way through the information? Did you all like it and find it easier than I did? Feel free to answer all of these questions in comments below, but I’m also going to take a quick poll as well!