Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sean's Final Project

That is the final project.

I would suggest opening it in your browser or using Acrobat Reader and not Preview, if you are on a Mac.

Finally, I know this is still incomplete.  I'm not satisfied with it, so I'll probably work on it over the summer, so any input would be appreciated.

1 comment:

Adam Johns said...

Fascinating project.

I like all of the changes. Even subtle ones, like the change to white-on-black text, add something to the disorienting nature of the narrative.

Maybe my favorite addition (which could have resonated with her interest in philosophy - I know I keep harping on that, but to me that fact has bigger uses than you've discovered for it so far) is the little section on the nature of history at the end - my version of your analysis is that all of our lives are contingent, not necessary, and that most of our deaths will go mainly unnoticed: ripples in the pond. But here we have a perfect simulation of a media spectacle that could, in turn, happen to any of us (at least a certain subset of the young, smart and beautiful).

If I can put it this way - and I'm not saying that the idea is fully fleshed out, yet - you're forging an interesting and distinctive way of working with a media spectacle: it has a particular form (which endures from spectacle to spectacle) and a particular content (in this case, the sad but contingent and relatively insignificant death of a beautiful couple). So your particular use of form & content is a way, in part, of approaching the peculiar and disturbing form & content of the media circus.

I hope that made sense. Since this is both excellent and incomplete, I was trying to say something about what I see as its overall tendencies and drive which will help you keep working on it, if you choose to do so.

An obvious choice for the next chapter would be involve the discovery of new information (real or fake, acquired "legitimately" or "voyeuristically") - we can see "the author" as almost a sleuth uncovering new information, or fantasizing about doing so... And the annotator as someone who, in turn, performs that process on "the author."

I think those are all the thoughts I have for now. As I said before, if you keep posting new versions on the blog, I'll keep reading them and sending you my thoughts.