• PROCESS POSTS

    PRESSING ON – Process Post #8

    The header image saga continues. Every week I’ve been changing my header image ideas. I decided this week that I want to incorporate an image that has more than just a colour and typefaces I like, so I’ve been researching other ways to create header images for people like me (graphic design and coding dummy). This week I made this: It’s a start, but I don’t love it. I’m going to continue tweaking it. Though I really have no experience with web design, I was affected by one of our course readings by Travis Gertz in which he says: “design is the expression of content” (“How to Survive the Digital…

  • REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    Wanderlust – A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

    In some of the most emotionally turbulent times of my life I have taken to walking. The memories surrounding these walks are blurry, mysterious and back lit. I will often not remember what I was going through at the time, but the poignancy of the landscape, the crisp air, the mist hanging over a field, remains. In Wanderlust, Rebecca Solnit’s History of Walking she quotes an unnamed German man: “‘In the experience of walking, each step is a thought. You can’t escape yourself’” (51). I remember on one of my walks, unconsciously breaking into a run and realizing what was happening after some time had passed. Trying to escape from…

  • REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    “The Pain Scale” by Eula Biss

    Eula Biss’ “The Pain Scale” is a fascinating meditation on how incalculable pain is. Is it possible to exist with no pain? Doesn’t everyone feel pain differently? Isn’t it then arbitrary to describe it with numbers? I immediately thought of my father as I was reading “The Pain Scale”. Prior to having a pretty involved jaw surgery, I had expressed some fear to him regarding the entire process. As an athlete and a cancer survivor, he has had his own experiences with going under. He walked me through what I could expect. When you wake up, he said, they will ask you to measure your pain on a scale from…

  • PROCESS POSTS

    CUSTOMIZATION AND STORYTELLING – Process Post #7

    This week, I designed a header image for my site: However, this addition really slowed down my site’s responsiveness on alternative devices. Until I figure out how to remedy that, I will just customize the typeface of my site identity and tagline. I received some feedback on how generic my site looks, so I hope to create something new for the header. I am beginning to focus on smaller things that I can customize – setting smaller and more manageable goals. I found myself feeling quite overwhelmed the last few weeks with customizing design components of my site and I am beginning to accept that I just will not be…

  • ASSIGNMENTS

    (Un)Democratic Discourse on Social Media: Hate Speech, Inconsistency and the Promising Construction of Critical Counterpublics

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘democracy’ as: “control of an organization or group by the majority of its members”; or, “the practice or principles of social equality” (“Democracy”). In this essay, I will be referring to these definitions when discussing the democratic nature (or lack thereof) of social media platforms. By virtue of the length of this essay, I will be focusing largely on Twitter as a social media platform. First, I argue that social media platforms are intrinsically undemocratic because they allow for hateful rhetoric that goes largely unpoliced. Then, I reference an understanding of democratic social media platforms that can be translated as a feeling more than any…

  • REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    “Kissing” by Anthony Farrington

    Anthony Farrington’s “Kissing” is a beautiful patchwork of non-linear memories. He offers snapshots of his relationships and the magic they represent, snapshots of fractured and broken connections. I love the idea that experiences, in some ways, are able to stand on their own. Maybe in hindsight we see that we were naive; maybe in hindsight we know that it would have been better for all involved to refrain from intimacy – physical and emotional. Maybe we hate ourselves for having loved someone. But our memories are sneaky, clumsy toddlers. Our memories find the ice cream and eat the whole pint. Our memories want these moments to remain precious, delicate, delicious.…

  • PEER REVIEWS

    PEER REVIEW #2 – Taking Life by the Love Handles

    Jenny Zhao’s site, Taking Life by the Love Handles, is clearly representative of her love for food, especially when shared with friends. Upon first glance, Jenny’s site is quite pretty, utilizing a pastel colour palette. I’m not sure if Jenny is focusing purely on sweets and bubble tea for the content of her site, but I found the colour palette to be a visual parallel to the foods and drink that she is reviewing. The presentation of the food itself is beautiful, and the colours used imitate that. I did find, however, that the site title and tagline colour was a little bit difficult to read with the bold image behind.…

  • PROCESS POSTS

    DESIGN AND CONTENT CHANGES – Process Post #5 and #6

    I am starting to get the hang of this course! I was unaware that we are meant to do a Process Post on the weeks that it is not indicated on the syllabus so I am going to complete two posts this week with respect to the development of my site. I missed doing one the week of our first peer review. Content Changes and Development of Public Previously, my homepage acted as an ‘About’ page – those visiting my site landed first on that page and would have to click on an option in the menu to find the main content on my site. After receiving feedback on the…

  • REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

    In Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay writes: “[w]hen you’re overweight, your body becomes a matter of public record in many respects… [p]eople project assumed narratives onto your body and are not at all interested in the truth of your body, whatever that truth may be” (120). Gay describes with such clarity the way in which the world we live in is so ill-equipped to make space for marginalized bodies – and more specifically – fat bodies*. Nevertheless, Hunger is an account of Gay’s life told on her own terms, an account that must be heard, deserves to be heard, though the world cannot hold it. Despite having…

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