Darwinism and Capitalism
- two ideas/frames that organize thinking/experience
- simplified to “survival of the fittest” “nature red in tooth and claw” “competition”
- which came first? which idea was used to think the other with?
- Thought processes of how things work (made up of facts, intuitions, experiences )
- we all carry many about (e.g. lets think of examples) they can change BUT
- we fit new information into our existing frameworks
Donna Haraway says:
- It matters what concepts we use to think with.
- “It matters what thoughts think thoughts. It matters what knowledges know knowledge. It matters what relations relate relations. It matters what worlds world worlds. It matters what stories tell stories.” p 35
Staying with the Trouble
- Idea/frame from recent biological investigations that questions Darwinism
- Emphasis on symbiosis (what is this?)
- On co-development, relationship
- What happens if we use these frames to understand/experience and live in the world?
This semester we are going to use Haraway’s alternative framing:
- To think about current state of world
- As an analytic tool for media projects
- do they anticipate/reflect/elucidate Haraway’s frame?
- not an easy read – complicated texts take time and rereading – but even a skim will get you something
- H. committed to not simplify – see frame above, its about connections and tangled webs of life, not simple eat or be eaten ideas
- playful with language and words – asks you sometimes to keep multiple meanings in play
- we will jump about, double back and maybe read the same thing again
- a main aspect of the class will be to see if we have understood her
- notice half the book is footnotes!
Haraway, (SWTT), Chap 1 “California Racing Pigeons,” “Pigeon Blog”, “Reliable Voyageurs”
- what are companion species? oddkin? (check index for other uses)
- how is Haraway using the terms “response-ability” and “becoming with”?
- what conversations and reactions did pigeon blog start and why?
Haraway, (SWTT),Chap 2 p 44 -57 – “Anthropocene,” “Capitolocene”, “Chthulucene” and Chapter 4 p 100 – 103″Making Kin”
- how does Haraway define these three terms?
- check index for other uses of Chthulucene.
Haraway, (SWTT) Chap 3 p 58 -76
- key words symbiogenesis, holobionts, response-ability
- difference autopoeisis and sympoeisis?
- what is Haraway saying about models?
- what models does she bring up, models for what?
Haraway, (SWTT), Chap 3 p (reread from 71 then pp 76-98
- why is the concept of weaving important to Haraway? (How) does it connect to the question of symbiogenesis?
- what is the concept of hozho? And how is it useful to Haraway?
Write or paste into the blog a short quote from the week’s reading. Write a question or comment about the quoted text.
Take one small specific part/scene of the media and show how it illustrates an important point/thread/idea that permeates the whole work.
Game Presentation Questions
- Overview of game: makers, plot/narrative, goal?
- What is the role of the characters in the game?
- How does the Audio/Visual style contribute to the relationship between humans and nature the game conveys?
- What are the game mechanics and how do they add to the gaming experience?
- What is the extra information in the game and how is it handled?
BBC Beautiful Minds: James Lovelock
- What is the Gaia Hypothesis?
- What was daisy world?
- What is a scientific model?
- Describe a particularly compelling moment/incident in your own play experience – i.e. not just the game, but the effect it had on you, the interactive, dynamic whole!
- Why do you play as a fox and a girl?
- Why do the spirit’s help you? Who, what are they?
- What do the “bad guys” represent, polar bear, various spirit enemies?
- What are the game mechanics and what do they allow you to do, think, feel?
We Made Ourselves Over
- What is Eternal Data?
- What is a molecular harvester?
- Why are they remaking the city?
- Why do teenage girls make the decisions?
- Why are they eating bugs? What are the barrage balloons for?
- Why does Hessa stop being a leader after she has downloaded (your) consciousness?
- What/do the interactive episodes add to the experience?
Chasing Coral – Some Questions -> Crocheted Coral Reef
- Who was the protagonist of this story? and what was their story?
- What did you learn about corals/coral science that you did not know before? How was the information conveyed?
- Is the problem of loss of corals an advertising problem?
- What was your mood at the end of the movie? Why? Imagine taking part in the Crocheted Coral Reef Project – would it have a different impact on your mood?