DTC 560 Blog 2/12

Here is my Term End Presentation from class, embedded with Sway. Reflections on feedback and future plans after the jump! 🙂

Following the presentation, I got a few responses to feedback. Most notably, Dr. Christen suggested that what I see as my overarching research question much of my work, “what happens when you believe in (or value) the image as much as you believe in the word?” would be well served by the idea of mapping Pullman by lived experience, via pulling from Twitter and perhaps other social network data. Another bonus to this is that it answers a question posed by Posner: how do you represent lived experience in visualization? It also keeps things local.

While I had originally meant to approach this question via oral and literate cultures in Early Modern England 1500-1700, a smaller scope for this project which also allows me to learn new tools and techniques is going to be more useful. I’d like to pursue this project as far as I can. Usefully, I have already done some work on the mapping of Pullman which I could incorporate into this project.

In his book Angel’s Town, Ralph Cintron makes the argument that colonial forces impose their view of the land via “discourses of measurement,” problematic cartographic practices which impose a colonial view of space on indigenous lands and communities. In a project last year, I worked with Cintron’s ideas and did some original artwork to explore what it might look like to map a community understanding of space without resorting to colonial discourses of measurement. In a seemingly post-cartographic age dominated by Google Maps, it is easy enough to envision some kind of digital interventions which could take this work to the next level and make it valuable to a community in real time. So, in tandem with mapping Pullman via Tweet, I would like to superimpose those tweets on some kind of alternate map view. Instead of aiming for specificity and navigation as the key goals of this mapping project, I would be looking to counter colonial discourses of the land by highlighting the lived experience of a specific community or communities in Pullman.

One thought on “DTC 560 Blog 2/12

  1. Richard,

    I’m really excited to see where your project goes. You made the initial distinction between oral and written literacies. I just read Victor’s “Subversive Complicity” for 502, and oral/written language is a large element of that piece, and arguably, of what we are trying to do in teaching Eng 101. I wonder, then, if you can still maintain some sort of that interest with the Pullman and mapping lived experience project?

    I mentioned in my post that I intend to do something with my 101 classes for my project. If I weren’t doing that, I would be really interested in doing some sort of mapping project with social medias or with news media–some sort of project that mapped and compared media portrayals of different races and criminality…I think we’ve talked about this a bit before. Your project is a lot more local in as much as it focuses on a locality rather than media portrayals in the US. I’m curious how my idea could be conceived locally, how to include/invite participation from others etc. At this point, the only way I could see inviting collaboration would be inviting people to submit news portrayals and then acting as a resource for educators, journalists, critics etc.




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