I saw this today and immediately thought of several things almost at once but for now I am going to leave aside the English teacher excitement of such a finding. Instead I want to think through this wearing my ToK beanie/toboggan. Read through this and see how much of this is similar to the piece we are reading in class about how a discipline is altered/created by the technology used. I am of the opinion that the humanities have only begun to understand what the computer can do and as time goes on, a paradigm shift is in the works – not unlike what happened to ethnomusicology with the advent of the phonogram. If this kind of thing strikes your interest, then look up the Stanford Literary Lab and Franco Moretti – they are seen as being on the cutting edge of this. Enjoy.
via Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays – The New York Times
np: The Hair and Skin Trading Company (early stuff)
If you don’t know Abbas Kiarostami, you should treat yourself and find his earlier work. He is a wonder. In fact, a lot of Iranian cinema from the 80s and 90s is amazing. These filmmakers were not beholden to Hollywood and were, in a sense, self-taught so they see through the camera in an entirely different way, frequently in ways that will take your breath away. If this film makes it to Charlotte, you will find me in the theatre repeatedly.
via When A Still Life Isn’t Entirely Still: ’24 Frames’ : NPR
ps. plus the opening quote takes us right back to Fish.
np: Deepchord “Liumin”
This review of the new show, “AP Bio” makes use of what I would refer to as “Fish lite” in discussing it. The reviewer does a good job of suggesting the ways in which context plays defining roles in both the creation and reception of this show, so it’s kind of a real-world application of what we have been discussing in class. See if you agree.
via ‘A.P. Bio’ And The Complications Of Context : Monkey See : NPR
On a side/more personal note: this show falls into a category that really bugs me – the category of using teachers to make some other point. I contend that one of the side effects of a show like this is to promote a kind of anti-intellectualism, and it does so by suggesting that teaching high school is about as low as you can go intellectually. For the record, the only show that I have ever seen on TV that does a good job of portraying the job I have is season three of “The Wire”, which my affinity for “Seinfeld” notwithstanding, is the greatest show to ever appear on TV – past or present.
All of the above written while listening to Jenny Lin play Philip Glass’ Etudes for Piano (a new recording).
This touches on so many things for us it’s ridiculous. From Whitmire’s connection of rap as today’s folk music today in class to the conversation post-Monday’s speaker to Dylan’s unpacking of his world to the argument that I have been making (ala Egginton) that your knowledge is “pre-determined” by the knowledge before and around you.
This is why ToK matters – not to help you understand the article but to get you to think like Rodney Carmichael (he gets an A) – when you encounter a tweet, what questions do you ask? do you question the assumptions that are made? how do you respond to those assumptions? what are the “rules” of engagement for that discipline/subject?
Read, ponder, and turn it up.
via Why Questloves 201-Song Playlist For Keith Olbermann Is Bigger Than Hip-Hop : The Record : NPR
Given our recent classroom discussions, I thought that this article made a nice pairing with them. It looks at exactly what we have been talking about in examining how a culture’s sensibilities shaped one person’s experiences which in turn shaped many others. This is a good example of that feedback that it is easy to get lost in without asking questions, such as “How is art constructed?”
via The Gay Architects of Classic Rock – The New York Times
Ever so briefly discussed this in 3A today and will be returning to it next week. If you have time, it is a great read especially for how “knowledge” gets made. we’ll look into this next week.
via Should Women Make Their Own Pop Music Canon? – The New York Times