Posts Tagged: Faculty Fridays

Notes on Althusser: Ideology and Interpellation

One of the central topics of study in the humanities is the question of ideology. There are many theories about what it is and how it works. One of the more significant of these theories comes from a French Marxist, Louis Althusser, in his 1970 essay, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation).”… Read more »

That Reminds Me of a Story

Stories have always played an important part in my life. In fact, my story begins with a story that my great-grandmother told her assembled relatives at a Thanksgiving gathering. As the story goes, she had consumed her one glass of pivo (Slovak for beer) and began telling her family not to be sad, but that… Read more »

Rethinking the Theme Park at Halloween Horror Nights

While I’ve lived here in Florida for a few years, and been an annual passholder at Disney since before I came to Orlando, I haven’t spent as much time at Universal Studios. Every year I’m impressed by the advertising campaign that accompanies the arrival of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (“hosted” by Chance, pictured above), but… Read more »

Materiality, emoji, and WHY IS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHOUTING AT ME?

I’d like to talk about the material nature of digital technologies, which is something that we often overlook…as long as those technologies are operating as we expect. Most of us use a variety of electronic devices- smartphones, tablets, computers- to transmit, receive, search for, comment on, and otherwise interact with a wide array of information…. Read more »

Making Comics as Scholarship

**This post has been re-blogged from ProfHacker with permission of the author.** For the last few years, I’ve been collaborating with Roger Whitson on editing Comics as Scholarship, a special issue for Digital Humanities Quarterly. The open-access issue is now available and may be of interest to anyone experimenting with alternatives to the monolithic scholarly essay…. Read more »

A Summary of The Art of Memory by Frances Yates

In classical rhetoric, images and text were mapped onto virtual places to aid the memory of orators. Memory was enormously important to orators because they were expected to deliver long speeches with total accuracy. In fact, memory was of such value that there developed an “art of memory” designed to strengthen the natural memory. Frances… Read more »

Why changing your profile picture isn’t “slacktivism”: Social media and solidarity in times of crisis

There have been many critiques leveled at those who participate in social media during times of crisis, including calling people who change their profile pictures or share viral videos “slacktivists.” However, I would suggest reframing the discussion from “slacktivism,” which I find to be a charged term that implies that no meaningful results will emerge… Read more »

On Gratitude and Graduate School

As graduate faculty and graduate students, we are trained to be critical – to see the flaws and problems in arguments, ideas, and products. This is not surprising, because it is important to carefully evaluate ideas and thoughtful critical review is a significant aspect of what it means to be a scholar. We also operate… Read more »

Rock and Roll and the Amateur Aesthetic

Elvis’ Sun recordings were the products of collaborations amongst amateur and professional artists, Elvis being the amateur. Does this mean that amateurs can achieve levels of creativity that match or better those of professionals? In some cases, yes. Amateurs established new institutions, new standards and new practices, but they would not have done so if… Read more »

Welcome to the T&T Blog!

Welcome to the new Texts and Technology blog! Texts and Technology is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. This blog will serve as a repository for thoughts and ideas from the minds of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as provide a way… Read more »