So this week’s readings left me saying, “Huh??” I was really confused about what I had in front of me. I first started reading “BOTS.” I learned a little background information before beginning the learning experience. I learned that it is considered one of the oldest e-lit genres, and is used commonly in social media applications like Twitter and Tumblr. When I clicked on “BOTS”, it led me to make a choice from 12 different selections. As I kept clicking on each one, I noticed that the authors ranged from Dublin, Ireland to Pennsylvania, USA to Israel. I started off with “Real Human Praise.” When I clicked on the work website, it took me to a Twitter page that said “Account suspended as a result of violating official Twitter rules.” So I have no idea what that was about, although the video displayed a bunch of tweets with #PraiseFOX all over the page. One of the tweets read “Fox News Sunday is a warm and quirky comedy that never condescends to its eccentric characters.” I can’t tell if the page was overflowing with sarcasm or it was just my assumption. Then, it was “Tiny Star Field.” This page’s bio included “a small window of stars periodically throughout the day and night.” And the word website just showed a collection of star patterns throughout the page. That confused me. The third was “Poem.exe.” This page made a little more sense to me, as each post reflected a poem consisting of two or three lines, sometimes four…”coffee brewing, full of autumn, I found myself.” Lastly, “The Way Bot.” I was curious about the github project page, but didn’t understand what it was about so I backed out of there. The tweets were equally disorienting. “I like it when brits can turn flip right into an American accent” to “I like it when you talk like that, it makes a girl go mad.” What? I couldn’t understand what the connection was between any of the tweets. It was randomness taken to another level.
The next adventure was taken to “Trope.” This was really interesting. At first, it took me to an 8:48 second audio link that I still can’t make any sense of whatsoever. I heard really weird sounds, and it jumped to women speaking. Again, I felt lost, like there was no link between anything. “I’m not going to the dentist until the apocalypse comes.” I have no idea where that came from, but hey, I am four weeks into reading e-lit and I have learned that a lot of it is supposed to be distorted, it’s done on purpose. (At least I think so, or maybe I am going crazy 😉 ) She continued on saying, “When my gums bleed and my teeth fall out, I will gather them up…” All I can say is, OW! That will be horrible, but it’s her teeth, she can do what she wants with them. Towards the end, there were a lot of short audio clips of various sounds that kept cutting off and blending into another sound. After the audio finished, I was taken to a world, a map created by Second Life. It’s a virtual (obviously) platform where people make avatars and make friends, explore and have fun! It was a whole new realm with really fun places listed on the side. A few on the list were the Totally 80s Club, Surfside Hideaway, Inspire Dance Planet, and Dreamy Days HUB and Hangout. Fully customizable avatars with outfits and looks were provided, even thousands of 3D environments and fun events. And let me tell you, the places I listed (and a lot I haven’t listed) are places I would definitely go to (if it were real.) It was a world to teleport to, to maybe escape reality and go to a land far away that lets you make friends, discover, travel and live like there’s no tomorrow (virtually of course). It can be done anywhere whether in a country club, a beach, a desert or even the Garden of Eden. It was pretty cool and intriguing, considering that so much life can occur through a virtual medium especially with so much creativity behind each location and destination.
All in all, this week’s readings were a whole new journey again. I guess I need to start getting used to being wowed every week because every time, I just don’t know what to say. I am left speechless, confused, intrigued, fascinated, and most of all, educated in something I never had any history in. Just enjoying every moment of this new experience while “in flat sunset light, shadows speak, warm-hearted.” (“Poem.exe”, BOTS)