The Whole World Is A DJ

I ran across this quote reading a forum here on how to keep your mixes from getting booted off Soundcloud.

The whole world is a DJ

In the context of that forum the point was that the tools are available now for almost anyone to begin to be their own DJ, but there is real consonance and dissonance in that short declarative sentence.

This collage is my first take on exploring it.  If you go here you can add your own to it, remix or de-mix.

Ladybug Baby Shower Ideas Photo Collage

Here is my own annotation of it.


Why bother with this ‘hyperactivity’? I am interested in the play of text and image. As a teacher and especially as a teacher of composition I feel it is part of my discipline and work to explore the metes and bounds of these media. What happens when they cross each other. Is there a hedgerow effect where text and words get all weedy and messy together just as they do in a fencerow? Is it like the various DMZ’s around the world that end up being profoundly diverse ecocorridors for diversity to expand into? Is it even like an ecosystem at all? All of these questions and more all go toward answering the larger pedagogic one: if text and image and sound are an ecosystem, then how can those who are learning along with me make the most of their own ‘mess’? I love my work.

Please note: there are some notes in the margins created by You are welcome to join me there where you will find explanatory screencasts, snarky endeavors by colleagues, and much and sundry:

Gamifying the Mess

I responded to Kevin’s post from June 3 by annotating with

Here is a screencast of my responses to his page:

Here is a screencast of the annotations and Kevin’s original post side-by-side with some play-by-play commentary:

Gamifying the Mess: A video response to Kevin Hodgson’s post

Uploaded by TERRY ELLIOTT on 2016-06-05.

I may be Captain Obvious here, but it is clear to me (as I also state in the YouTube just above here) that Kevin’s post is the ship and the annotations are the anchor. Or a better nautical term (both naval and aero) might be “trim tab”.  Buckminster Fuller brought me to a much finer understanding of this metaphor.

Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary—the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab.

It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go.

So I said, call me Trim Tab.

— Buckminster Fuller
Annotations are a trim tab for the larger ship of the text.  It is our way of pirating the post and hijacking the meaning.  All readers and writers are pirates.  Some of us are happily lost and some of us have equally happy destinations, but we are all pirates.  We just have to have a code, don’t we?

Pirates of The Caribbean

The Pirate Code