An experimental zine exploring the random nature of print, featuring collage illustrations and hand-drawn typography, that changes under ultraviolet light.
Oliver is a melancholy publication featuring a collection of found film photography of a pet dog, that hints at the loneliness of the dog’s owner.
April 7, 2014
Together with Keane and Frank, I will be composing an online Zine with a focus on new media and its ability to change and further our abilities to communicate. Communication, for the purpose of our Zine, will include a more broad definition including: internalized/externalized memorization, instantaneous dialog, and lexical expansion. Our Zine begins with the acknowledgment that new medias will continue to evolve – it then becomes paramount to understand how these changes will impact our cognition and ability to communicate. In addition, with a more clear understanding of the impacts of new media, systems that foster productive advancement can be pursued.
As a group we have briefly discussed which supplementary readings will be referenced within our Zine, however, I have not yet found any additional online sources. Nevertheless, I believe compelling information may be gleamed by reviewing other successful Zines in order to better grasp how these unique platforms can best be created.
The three of us will be creating an online Zine. (It will be converted into a print format upon its completion.) Our Zine will include multiple writing disciplines alongside multi-modal media. Our written work will range from academic to poetic, and our visuals aids will include both photographic and hand drawn images. Beginning with our table of contents and a mock list of publishing positions, our Zine will begin on a professional level. While maintaining an academic tone, our Zine will dive in and out of creatively and formally written articles. Our Zine will deliver information in a variety of methods, all while maintaining a loose connection to the structure of a formal essay – introduction, supporting information, and conclusion.
Our online Zine will be an appropriate media platform to communicate our message. Zines retain some structure from their parent-format magazines; however, they offer a more creative attitude in their approach to information organization. We will be able to practice, first hand, many of the new media rhetorical devices we have read about in our supplementary readings.
A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.
—Dylan Thomas (via writingquotes)
Will your discarded TV or computer end up in a ditch in Ghana?
Over the last 25 years my family, and myself, have been contributing to the worldwide problem of technology trash, nevertheless, I have never given it much thought. I can think of only a few times in my life where I was forced to consider what would become of my old technology. One time while in the process of clearing out my apartment, a plump city dump attendant informed me that I could not toss out my old television at the same place where I got ride of my other garbage. This was the first time I gave any consideration to the difference between technology trash and traditional garbage. I can unfortunately say that my family has contributed more than its fair share to the piles of techno-trash that are consuming our planet. Technology has such short life functional life spans, while they take FOREVER to biodegrade. I have tossed cell phones, computers, televisions, mp3 players, and a few sentient cyborgs **cough**. This is because of planned obsolescence, style based and technology based.
This was a visual representation of how technology can be used to possible clean up the clutter in my life. I have too often taken a deterministic viewpoint with regards to technology, so this time, I wanted to be a bit more positive. I have written a poem, and added visual aids, which I am not sure add to the piece. I also found a wonderful quote that I wanted to hang over my piece, as an over-riding message.