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Feedback and Avatars

2009 April 5
by Melanie

1. what connections have you seen among all the imaginative representations of gender and technology that we’ve looked @?  The most striking thing to me about each of our imagined spaces is the exaggeration of gender/technology stereotypes or roles in them. In ‘Handmaid’ and ‘Metropolis,’ there were groups of underprivileged people who didn’t have access to the technology for betterment, or were exploited by it.
2. how do these works contribute to your understandings of gender, technology or the relations between them? I think these play to an inherent fear of technology that some people have, and thinking that the ultimate negative environment is one where technology is the ruling aspect. I’m not saying I don’t agree with this, but it seems relevant that it shows up so often. Technology taking over is like our new Cold War.
3. any other feedback about how the class has been working the past three weeks, w/ all the small group work we’ve been doing? are there other things you’d like to be doing in class that we haven’t done yet, or that you’d like to do more of? I really like the small group work and the few recent writings on the board (even though I know it’s time consuming, I find it very helpful). I would also like some more hands-on stuff, but I have no Idea how that could be worked in.
4. what concrete suggestions do you have in particular about wordpress functionality? (Laura and Anne have started a log here….) I don’t really know enough about it to make a concrete suggestion, but I’m still having trouble with spacing and line breaks. I entered the code manually and it reverted back when I posted. Maybe a more streamlined or explained system of tabs and buttons.
5. what has your experience been with posting and receiving on-line commentary on your papers? I like it mainly because it gives me a chance to see the comments before I’ve had my physical paper back. I also like seeing the comments on other people’s papers and reading things I never would have thought of. If our papers are posted online, it definitely makes sense for the comments to be as well.

And… my Meez and Supervillain, Anathema. I never wanted to be a hero; I always wanted to be the misunderstood revenge-bent villain. I made these on different days and I think it’s interesting that, despite how different the styles are, they’re both wearing shades and have raised eyebrows. I guess this is my signature facial expression/setup?

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