“A Whole New World…” (I’ve got you singing Aladdin tunes in your head. Don’t lie.)
I’m only referring in part to a magical world filled with flying carpets [i.e., the quality of “Lightness” being exemplified through figures suspended in air, which Calvino said in his book, “Six Memos for the Next Millenium,” can be found in Antoine Galland’s French translation of the Thousand and One Nights] …but I digress. Rather, I’m referring to a whole new world of literature that I’m learning about in Professor Gregory L. Ulmer’s course, “Internet Literature.” In today’s modern world we’re all thoroughly attached to our CellPhonesLaptopsiPadsKindlesEtc., so much so that they all blend together in a fury of technological haste. So what happens to literature in this day and age? Does no one care to stop in at the library or local book store and slowly flip through the pages of a novel? Do people prefer to read on their Kindle or Nook with its fancy backlight for reading in the dark and a built-in dictionary? Is the art of writing lost today since anyone can be “an author” if he or she simply creates a blog or “tweets” his or her deepest insights? Or, do these technological advances similarly advance literature and propel it into the future? Does technology preserve literature and make it more accessible and appreciated? It’s very hard to say and, possibly, is even a subjective thing. However, the purpose of this blog is to experiment and explore different qualities of classic literature as they are extended to various mediums such as E-Lit, Graphic Design, and other areas of modern thinking.
However, before we get started, since you’re going to be reading into my (hopefully insightful) thoughts, it’s only fair that you know a little about me. First of all, my name is Aliza Bresnick and here are some other facts about me:
- I was born in Washington D.C., grew up in Oakton, Virginia, moved to Boca Raton, Florida when I was 13 and now reside in Gainesville as a proud student at the University of Florida (Go Gators!)
- I’m currently a junior. I’m an English major with a Film & Media Studies concentration. I’m also minoring in Mass Communication Studies.
- My dream in life is to move to sunny, palm-tree-filled California to work in Film & TV production, specifically as a screenwriter.
- I’m a total geek/nerd and I’m proud.
- I love love love to travel. I’ve been to Israel, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Costa Rica, Greece, England, and the Bahamas…and finally, after years of wishing and waiting…I’m going to Australia this summer for study abroad!
- Well, given my major, I obviously love TV and Movies. My favorite shows are The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, and 90201. Disney Channel along with re-runs of The Nanny and Friends are also guilty pleasures of mine. No shame. My favorite movies are trickier but to name a few: 500 Days of Summer, Like Crazy, Keith, and anything Mary Kate & Ashley. I’m also a huge fan of the director Jean-Luc Godard, so Breathless is another favorite.
- I love music. A lot.
- My biggest pet peeve in life is condensation…like from a cup. I don’t care if that’s strange. Almost nothing upsets me more than that icky little pool of water that forms on a table as a result of condensation.
- I overanalyze everything.
- I’m the most indecisive person on the planet.
- If I had to pick one last meal to eat, it would be a Caesar salad, a huge bowl of spaghetti, and chocolate chip cookies.
Now I’m sure that’s more information about me than anyone really cares to know. But it’s there just in case you have an insatiable curiosity. So please, carry on, explore this blog, and let your mind expand.