I know I am derivative. This post derives from a reflective post by Kevin Hodgson. Go there and read it. What follows here is…reactionary, but in no way is it intended to decry the work of others in the Daily Connect. After all I participated, too. What is intended falls under the category of possible next steps, some “maybe adjacence”, a different kind of fieldwalk.
Here is the text of my comment that was on Kevin’s site using the Visual Poetry tool as a rhetorical vehicle.
And here is some more commentary
Here is what I said in the post in simple text.
The intrinsic joy of these makes them worthy of doing in and of themselves.
I think there is some next step stuff that needs to happen.
1. Move focus away from digital objects and try to describe the connection that occurs
2. What are the messages about and how can we interact with them.
3. Let’s talk about how this tool might be used in other contexts.
I feel a bit like a naysayer. I am not. I am all for play as an infinite game that needs not justification. I just want verbs to be as important as nouns and I want us to learn together as a community about these tools and from each other about these tools.
OK, I got #3 started. #2? I am interacting with my own message now so I need to use this tool with someone else’s Visual Poetry message and relate what I discovered in doing that. As for discoveries here, I find the tool helps me to read and think visually with text. That’s a start. #1? Describing the connection with myself seems a bit narcissistic, but for writers we do this all the time in the self-editing. In fact this felt a bit like the same feeling I get when my tweets are too long and I have to fudge and fiddle a bit. I suppose #1 is about reflecting upon the medium and the message and the medium as message. Why bother? Why not? Isn’t reflection part of a grander game of motivation and intention and agency? I think it might be but that is a game for another post.
You try it. Mess about with my message. Mess about with your own messages. Hmmm, do mess and message have the same root? Hang out, message/mess about, geek out, share out. HOMAGOSO.