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cyborg texts

As a cyborg writer, I really like the volume and expansiveness of ideas the text generators allow. The randomness of the text generators and the Memory Slam text editors really allow you to explore different approaches to a poem while maintaining the same structure. With the N+7 text generator, I used a poem that I wrote and compiled a second poem constructed from fragments of the N+7 output. I then ran the revised poem through the text generator again. The second N+7 output was far more interesting in cohesively random the verses were this time. Running the poems through a the eDiastic program, using the same original poem, led to a very different poetic structure, which had a range of similar ambiguities, but followed a consistent poetic structure. Using Nick Monfort’s Memory Slam section, I chose to modify the stochastic texts program, using various characters and characteristics from a range of sci-fi poetry/ short stories I have been developing. Through working on this over a period of time, I find this becomes really amusing or …

a viable model

It’s one thing to question your mind. It’s another to question your eyes and ears. But, then again, isn’t it all the same? Are senses just mediocre inputs for our brain? Sure, we rely on them, trust that they accurately portray the real world around us, but what if the haunting truth is, they can’t? That, what we perceive isn’t the real world at all, but just our mind’s best guess. ~ Elliot Alderson This essay focuses on Mr. Robot, a television series equivalent of an indie film, whose first season is said to have pushed boundaries and captured the cultural zeitgeist, almost overnight. Its first season ratings established it as the #3 most watched scripted cable drama in the US, garnering multiple awards and nominations — leading to the series being licensed in almost 200 countries (Birnbaum). This essay analyzes the strategies employed, deconstructs the elements contributing to its success, and explores why the series may be a model for future television properties moving forward.    The series is about a hacker genius whose …