116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Comparative Media I: Modality, Mediations, and Platforms

Session Chair: 
Russell McDermott, University of Southern California
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 239
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  1. Derek Price, Independent Scholar
    This essay seeks to theorize computational vision in between anthro- and non-anthropocentic contexts through updating Walter Benjamin’s metaphors of the magician and the surgeon. Following Benjamin’s metaphors surronding aesthetics, I will explore autonomous reproducibility as a form of computational aesthetics so to highlight permutations on the phenomenology and ontology of nonhuman sight.
  2. Avree Ito-Fujita, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    As a form of automedia, “Draw my Life,” a popular YouTube challenge, draws inspiration from comics and animated cartoons by incorporating iconography, elements like speech bubbles, and sequential art to encourage YouTubers’ self-reflexivity and audiences’ self-identification with and consumption of YouTubers’ autobiographies.
  3. Will Best, University of Calgary (Canada)
    This paper argues that the proliferation of Modernist author profiles on Facebook, though seeming to move problematically toward an authoritative view of intentionality and biography in their works, in fact destabilizes the author/biography relationship in a uniquely Modernist way, suggesting a spectral intertextuality between author, scriptor, and text which is uniquely apparent in digital spaces.
  4. Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University
    This paper primarily considers by what means contemporary social media is employed to enforce and to subvert state violence. I take a comparative approach, drawing correlations between social media use in post-Revolutionary Iran and in the contemporary U.S. At these two unexpectedly linked regions of activity, I focus on points of convergence and divergence in the modes through which media influences the way we exchange information, offer representations, mediate protest, and enforce, chronicle and resist state violence.
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