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TALK/PLAY – TextLab Project in Practice

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March 2, 2016

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Rebecca Russell

TextLab is a Vertically Integrated Project at the University of Strathclyde involving students from the English Literature department and the Computer & Information Science department.

We use tools like:

  • Ubiqu+ity (http://ift.tt/1sFOMnt) which generates statistics and identifies linguistic patterns and groups.
  • WordHoard (wordhoard.northwestern.edu/), an application for the close reading and scholarly analysis of texts, largely used on this project for determining the log-likelihoods of specific words and generating word clouds to display this information in a user-friendly manner.

In TextLab we use these programs to analyse the language of Shakespeare and to find patterns and discrepancies that would almost certainly be invisible to the naked eye.

But can we also use them to solve a murder?

To demonstrate the uses of these various tools, we have developed a murder-mystery type scenario in which Romeo (of Romeo and Juliet) has been found murdered while staying in a house with Hamlet, Brutus, and Lady Macbeth. A confession note was found by the body, signed by Brutus, but he claims he is innocent. We will demonstrate how some of these analytical tools could help us identify the killer, simply from the language used in the letter.


Use later to analyse discourse, see if it can work with Spanish…

LAT’s –

AntCon hace text count to see and compare how many times a word was said between characters

Ubiqu-itly busca todas las instances en las que cree que existe ciertas (LAT’s) like confrontation ex. You cannot in the text 

WordHoard Shakespeare, Chaucer gives comparison between texts based on words and some other things

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Information Age VS Experience Age (Discussion)

So, one of my ex-peers from the master (who is doing great visual work like this one) recently tweeted this article and I quite liked the topic and had some comments on which I will now use verbiage (which is sort of my thing XD) to discuss down below…

Full article discussed here

The article talks about how we are coming to the end of the Information Age in which accumulation of information was the main goal of creating a profile, sort of an archive of all the things you did as a representation of who you are (Facebook) and the realization that in the Experience age maybe the collection of all your memories is not who you are anymore…

Or in their more articulated words:

“You are not your profile

To illustrate how this is playing out, think of Facebook and Snapchat.

Facebook is an Information Age native. Along with other social networks of its generation, Facebook was built on a principle of the desktop era —  accumulation.

Accumulation manifests in a digital profile where my identity is the sum of all the information I’ve saved —  text, photos, videos, web pages. (Evan Spiegel explored this first in a 2015 YouTube video titled What is Snapchat?). In the Information Age we represented ourselves with this digital profile.

But mobile has changed how we view digital identity. With a connected camera televising our life in-the-moment, accumulated information takes a back seat to continual self-expression. The “virtual self” is becoming less evident. I may be the result of everything I’ve done, but I’m not the accumulation of it. Snapchat is native to this new reality.

You are not a profile. You are simply you.

Many people think Snapchat is all about secrecy, but the real innovation of Snapchat’s ephemeral messages isn’t that they self-destruct. It’s that they force us to break the accumulation habit we brought over from desktop computing. The result is that the profile is no longer the center of the social universe. In the Experience Age you are not a profile. You are simply you.”

(Mike Wadhera, 2016)

I can clearly see the end of this accumulation era on facebook’s lack of new content to represent who you are, we no longer (at least in my case) go to others people’s wall to “see their profile” and get and idea of who they are rather than at the beginning of adding someone as a friend (and that’s just to see friends in common), we now tend to share funny videos and interesting content that we find relevant or feel angered by (I believe this content also shares a part of who we are but it is not as distinguishable as to which part reflects or aligns to our personality and which is reflecting our discomfort, are we sharing because we believe in the message? or are we sharing a satirical point of view? or just because?)

Another proof is Facebook’s own remember this memory from X years ago and remember this status update (both things that maybe you don’t do anymore or just sporadically but Facebook is still trying to remind you with the aim to get you to talk and build on that past memory)

So…For accumulation -> Identity = all the things I have ever done -> who I am
whereas Snapchat -> Identity = continual self-expression

But I’m not sure I get the idea of the Experience Age, because I understand that Snapchat is changing narrative into a visual perspective but is it the article then using Experience in the sense we experience the narrative different from going from text to image? or experience in the way we relate to technology and archiving? 

The experience stack.

At the bottom is Layer 0, the real world. The full stack is in service of capturing and communicating real-world moments. Reality is its foundation.

Moving on I’m also struggling with the experience stack and having a real life moment in “real-world” comparison with a “online and offline identity” mentioned later, because I believe there is no longer an online and offline identity, they are merged and co-evolve just like we do with technology (Posthuman) our identities are converged by how we use technology but also on how we change that technology so I’m gonna go with the assumption that experience is on how we interact with technology…

Enough for now, I don’t think It makes much sense now but remember this is just verbiage to take thoughts out of my head.

Por su atención, gracias.

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(PhD Diary) Remix in the Making…

I’m currently working on a Remix based on MAD MAX – Fury Road to become MAD MEX – pending title. 

I will like to address the specific thematic chosen later when the remix takes more shape along with the narrative explanation and material chosen to create a new narrative that aligns with the know-how of the original (meaning the narrative aligns with the narrative of the movie and of the chosen trailer to reflect on the Mexican political/social situation)

So for now this is just a recapitulation that the material footage has being selected, the cut-paste has taken effect and the beginning of the Remix is on it’s way…

Aprox working hours ‘til recently:  I just know I started two days ago and sort of spend a whole day selecting footage, half another cutting and pasting the selected seconds to be remixed and another starting the remix along with notations on how it will take place, etc.. but since this project might become just an experimentation process, I’m taking time here and there to go back and forth between this, pending research and re-drafting my final research proposal.

P.S. Remember to find a way to recreate a similar typography for the ending title

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new-aesthetic: Google has AI writing ‘rather dramatic’ fiction as it learns to speak naturally |…

new-aesthetic:

Google has AI writing ‘rather dramatic’ fiction as it learns to speak naturally | The Verge

there is no one else in the world.
there is no one else in sight.
they were the only ones who mattered.
they were the only ones left.
he had to be with me.
she had to be with him.
i had to do this.
i wanted to kill him.
i started to cry.
i turned to him.

“Google is training AI to speak more naturally, and the early results are pretty entertaining. As spotted by Quartz, Google recently presented a paper describing how it’s trying to train AI to naturally fill in the gaps between one sentence and another unrelated sentence. To do that, it’s using a new neural network model that’s been trained by analyzing 12,000 ebooks, primarily fiction — with a lot of those being romance novels.”

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