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Syntagm and Paradigm Restaurant menu is a great example. Appetizer —-> Pasta —-> Meat + Vegetable —-> Dessert —> Coffee Bruscetta — Spaghetti Soup — Lasagna The horizontal order of food from appetizer to coffee is a syntagm. Individual choices within each category (spaghetti vs. lasagna) are paradigms. Semiotics and Structuralism are great for analyzing…

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A quick note that the mappings between HCI and film in this post are not intended to be accurate, but are meant to ask some hopefully thought provoking questions. The early days of film saw a split into the realist and formalist camps. You can loosely associate realism with the early focus of HCI on…

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Talk and QA with Jeremi Karnell, President of One to One Interactive. Convergence between the research challenges of interactive media and HCI. Multi-modal approach to remove cognitive and subjective biases in research. Semiotics and Structuralism Structuralism identifies the elements of meanings and how they are juxtaposed and organized together. Structures are common patterns or orderings…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 10-30-07

A friend of mine recently entered into the following conversation with another individual. The results of which I think are interesting and worthy of at least a brief analysis. I have taken the liberty of anonymizing everything to make sure nobody gets hurt (namely, me). The friend in question sent an inquisitive message about an…

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Quake may be the historical parent of machinima, but Halo arguably popularized and assisted with the creation of one of the first (maybe the first) large and active machinima communities. Machinima historians (they exist, right?) can probably chart the maturation of machinima filmaking using the Halo series as a recurring example. As each game was…

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Phenomenology focus on sender’s intention, needs, wants and mechanisms by which they are able to express those in language. Diction – choice of words to express a meaning. Code (convention = mapping) – unspoken mechanism by which an expression is made sensible to a linguistic community. Genre – set of characteristics that define a type…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 10-25-07

Prewriting Discussion Talk about it, blog about it, ask questions, seek help, etc ..! Structuralism and Semiotics Rooted in linguistics, treats our problems with a linguistic metaphor. Modern linguistics is focused on describing language rather than prescribing (proper grammar, rules of writing, etc). Describe how a linguistic community uses language. model …………. set of user…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 10-23-07