In order to introduce us to basic coding, our instructor had us follow the instructions listed in Chapter 2 of Nick Monfort’s Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities– a neat little textbook which attempts to make coding as accessible as possible to those who aren’t devoting their life to computer languages. Nick Monfort provides six different text generators to adapt: I chose to work with Christopher Strachey’s Love Letters, and turn them instead into overly formal and impersonal rejection letters, based off of templates…Continue Reading “REJECTION LETTERS: A Javascript Journey”

At first, the question, “why do you want to know how to code?” seems almost redundant. Obviously, we all should learn to code, right? We all know that. We’ve all been told that coding is the most important thing in the world for as long as coding has been popular. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine a time when coding wasn’t popular. But that still leaves us with the question of why? Why is code so important? Can anything possibly be that dire? I think…Continue Reading “Why code?”

As a mixed race child of divorce raised primarily by her white mother, issues such as racial representation did not occur to me until I was at least halfway through college. During the Baltimore riots that took place in the early half of 2015, I began to truly look at the world around me. What I saw made me queasy- the political and social implications of race, which meant the difference between life and death for many racial minorities, were and are denied by the White…Continue Reading “Erasure of African American Bodies in Science Fiction and the White World”

Here is the text to my first Digital Identity write up. Well! If I search myself up now, here is what appears: So, not entirely riveting. Apparently there is someone out there with my same name who is a much more interesting track star. But, I don’t mind! I’d still say I’m rather active on the internet. I use the classics like facebook and twitter (I have 2 accounts!) , as well as the slightly less common ones like tumblr, soundcloud, and pinterest. On twitter,…Continue Reading “Digital Identity: The Reprise”

Here is the text from a word document I submitted for my Introduction to Digital Studies class at the beginning of Spring 2016: Jada Steward Digital Footprint (or, will my ghost be presentable?)   I will begin with a difficult personal admission: I love Tumblr. I love knowing about memes before others, I love having access to a more underground news channel, and I love the sense of kindred between peers who feel similarly about the site. I am, however not at all proud of…Continue Reading “Digital Analysis Pt. 1: Will My Ghost Be Presentable?”

I’m over a week late on this, so it seems like a lifetime ago. I’m actually not even sure if I was in class for this specifically, but here are my thoughts on the ethics of cheap labor/consumption in general: Obviously the exploitation of slave labor has never been, and will never be ethical. However, the nature of capitalism is usually unethical. Recently, a discourse has been going around the more underground parts of social media (specifically Tumblr, which I am embarrassed to admit I…Continue Reading “Even Thoreau Returned From the Woods”

Sadly, our unit on Neuromancer has come to a close. But is it sad? While I will miss discussing literature in class,  our close reading of Gibson’s Neuromancer has effectively set me on an interesting thought path- an equation that is perhaps unsolvable. Since the novel deals largely with artificial intelligence, the question of why AI’s trope is  always to turn against humans was brought up. Surely the technology would recognize that it was created by a flawed being (a human) and would thereby consider…Continue Reading “The Empathy Equation: Neuromancer”