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Mid-term Blogerroni October 15, 2007

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Part I.

                I read all of my blog posts, and after fiddling around for an hour on this trying to figure out if there is an easier way to see all of my comments ,than going to every-ones page and searching, which there is, so if anyone wants to know, i have the key.  But my comments, I felt do not really ascend in showing my understanding of postmodernism.  I know my blogs have greatly increased in decent material but I feel as if my comments are so insignificant.  For the next half of the semester I’m going to change that.  But for now the two comments I took to quote are the only ones with any real density to them.

                “If your father is a model for God, then what is really meant by this. Does it necessarily mean your father, or is it a confusing play on words because like God, father can be used in its place. Is this book trying to portray using the word father instead of God just so the thought of God does not make you feel as meek or empty? But, your father as a role model for God, is not usually the case anyway, in typical families I feel the mother is supposed to be the role model more-so. But this book does not favor the females of course.” This is my comment that is taken from Hannah’s Weblog, and it was written on October second, in regards to Hannah’s  blog, “Fight Club: the book.”

                 In analyzing this comment I feel as if it is one my better ones with the best questions and most density to the ideas and thoughts I gathered from the book.  This comment implies this constant questioning I have of gender and its roles, what it is supposed to be representing, and how the author or photography wants this to be taken by the observer or reader.  This can all link back into Fight Club,  which can lead to Written on the Body, and Life in a Fun-house.  All of these have the unpin-point-able area of gender and its purpose in the piece.  This comment is great because it asks unanswerable questions and leads to other ideas and questions that can branch off other originals.  When talking about the father and God, it can be a ply on words, but is this passage supposed to taken as when speaking of father it is your paternal figure or is father, just another word for God, who in a religious family is supposed to be your role model? Like mentioned in the comment it naturally seems to me that the mother would be your role model since traditionally in most families she is the one staying home and raising the kids while the father is out making money to support his wife and kids.  But, if father is supposed to be your role model is this a play on gender?  Fight Club really emphasizes masculinity and how the characters in the book have feminine or masculine characteristics that are opposite their true gender and basically they are just trying to prove to them and everyone else their real gender.  So is this another swap of genders and the father is the role model now, or does it really just mean that everyone wants to be more masculine so you idolize the father figure in your like, like god, or your dad?  These are all lingering questions still rattling around, but I feel as if gender is an interesting topic to me because of the sublime feeling I get from trying to figure out every author’s purpose with it.

                “I agree with you and the way you say that the face is most logically becoming from a catcall on the street which brings femininity back into being an object, but is there ever a way to keep one general thing as males or females as a commonly known object or subject? no of course not which is where I get lost when they are in transition between being an object and subject. But I do agree with you on the pictures and the male gaze thingy.” This was the comment I took from Little Bit of my World’s Blog called: Sherman: Film Stills, and I commented on this blog on October 12th as well.

                  I do not feel as if this comment is a strong a comment as the first but I still like how I was able to relate to the discussion in class and bring into the comment some terms we have been leaning on through out the year so far.   This comment is intriguing because it brings up the males gaze.  Once again gender being the peak of my interest, I feel as if Sherman’s stills are perfect for the topic because one person sees one thing of the picture and someone else can see almost the complete opposite.  Whether they are cliches or not it can never universally be agreed upon but they do show that everyone sees maybe not what they want to see, but maybe what they do not want to see.  Also another gender related topic I brought up in the comment is about objectivity and subjectivity.  When you take the root of the words you can simply understand the difference between them, but, when taken to stills, or characters in a book, it is puzzling to decide what is what and which is which.  A lingering question left that is branched off this comment is just how can these two terms transcend to one another, or actually not be transcending to one another and the observer thinks it is, and the transfer be so unnoticeable and flexible?


                I feel the two comments I put up before are my best comments to date.  They ask good questions, provide branching off onto new ideas and different perspectives, they are relate-able to class discussion, mention terms we’ve been associating with, and it relates well with the other texts we have read.  Because the comments have already been discussed the two best blog posts I feel I published include, my blog post number 9 called: Masculinity, which was posted October second, and my eleventh blog post called Untitled…How Ironic?, which was posted October 9th.  Another curiously developing theme between my train of thought and my blogs posts are the questions about gender, subjectivity, and objectivity.  They related well to our discussions in class, for example Masculinity was written after we were split into groups in class to discuss one topic of the book Fight Club, which also relates it to the texts and others we have looked at.  Also, my eleventh blog which is about the Sherman stills, shows the same thing, which can relate to class and the tests and others we have seen.  Both of these blogs go in depth into certain areas of what I felt was important to write and discuss about. These have helped me ascend in my understanding of postmodernism; and I feel it is obvious how much better my ideas and thoughts about the texts have gotten if you compare my earlier blogs.  So these I felt were some of my better blogs and comments for those reasons.

                 A classmate’s blog that I really enjoyed was Michael’s blog called Settling a Fight, which was posted on October 8th.  It to me was exceptional because I really learned and got a grasp on some terms that I was to sure of, because of the questions, or maybe jokes, he was putting into the blog.  Also, I enjoyed the blog I did not feel as if it was just reiterating everything we said in class, or that everyone else had the same information in their blogs, it was actually pleasant to read.  Also, I learn better through comedy then serious lectures and felt his blog really did get me interested and help my attention because of the questions and the jokes.  But, really the blog was exceptional because it has such great terms in it that are related to other readings, like ideology, and capitalism, and of course the big one post-modern, which really you don’t see anyone specifically writing about too much in their blogs.  He mentioned things that intrigued him and frustrated him, and he just makes connections with concepts and definitions, that I especially was having a hard time grasping, and made them more clear to me.

                 For the three goals I want in my writing for the last half of the semester my number one goal would definitely have to be, to have more substantial and qualified comments.  My second goal would definitely be trying to work from such small specific little parts of post-modernity and try to get a clearer larger picture of what that word means.  My last goal would be to go even more in-depth in my blogs, I feel as if I skim a lot of good subjects, topics, and questions, but I do not dive far enough into them during the blog, I just think about it after I have already posted.  To achieve these goals, I think the main thing would be that I need to find and spend more time blogging and writing which would really help with my number 1 and 3 goals.  It is difficult though to spend a lot of needed time on these things since we do need to blog twice a week and comment twice a week, that is supposed to be 4 quality passages, which really at this point I don’t feel I have enough time to do.  But, since I really do want to achieve these goals I think it would be best if I found a way to get in as much time as possible.  My second goal I feel could be achieved if I look more closely at what my classmates are blogging about and then compare it to my blogs and then try and get a general feeling about what is post-modern what is modern and what is neither or both.  So basically, I need to take my time while reading and writing, and find more time to do these things, and I feel I could easily accomplish all three of my goals.



2 Responses to “Mid-term Blogerroni”

  1. kmiddleton Says:

    In a total reversal of what I’ve been doing in other places, I’m going to respond to your blogging goals and then double back to possible avenues for further work in postmodernism. You know, to mix it up.

    So. You’ve spent a lot of time here thinking about how to make your blogging work better for you and for others. Your ideas about commenting–the kinds of things that make comments better and have more depth (like asking questions, making connections between class discussions, specific points in the texts, and the blog author’s ideas) are right on. A good comment does all of these things. In fact, I’d argue that a good blog post does all of these things too. When I look at the two blog posts you mention, I see that you’ve concentrated on specific points and that that focus has led you to make some inferences about the work itself (FC and masculinity in general; Sherman’s stills and societal fears about feminine sexuality). Can you import some of your goals for commenting to your posting? Are there larger questions that you can ask of yourself–and answer–in your posts? Are there ways to make connections to class discussion, to try to comment on the larger definitions/themes of postmodernism in general?

    It’s definitely true that we’re writing, for ourselves and others, a lot in this class. But it’s all an investment in doing the groundwork for the paper. [I’m putting on my lecturing professor hat here: the more you do now, the easier it will be as you go on.]

    So, my suggestion, in accordance with the goals you’re setting yourself: see if you can take the best of your work in your comments and apply them to your posts as well!

  2. kmiddleton Says:

    Okay, onto possible paper topics! From your analysis above, it’s not quite clear what kinds of topics you’ve been tracking across your blog posts. It is definitely true that you’ve been thinking a good deal about gender, and the ways that FC and WoTB, and Cindy Sherman all take up that topic. If that’s the topic that continues to interest you, then the work ahead lies in choosing a specific question about gender to work on—because it’s a huge topic!

    There are a couple of ways to do this: you can choose a particular text that you’re interested in (either one that we’ve done in class or something else)—that would lead you to a research paper that’s grounded in an analysis of some idea of postmodern gender in the text itself.

    You could pick a subtopic or question within the idea of postmodern gender (what is postmodern masculinity? or fear of female sexuality in photographs).

    More important than any of those ideas, however, is that you choose something that you’re really interested in. Is gender that thing? Is it something else? This might be a good time to take one more look at your comments and blog posts to see if there’s anything else you are thinking about. If not, focus on finding an specific area of postmodern gender that intrigues you.

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