Andrea A. Lunsford and Marvin Diogenes define writing as “a technology for creating conceptual frameworks and creating, sustaining, and normal performing lines of thought within those frameworks, drawing from and expanding on existing conventions and genres, utilizing signs and symbols, incorporating materials drawn from multiple sources, and taking advantage of the resources of a full range of media.”
In my [technologically disadvantaged] attempt to create content that “evokes [writing] as epistemic, performative, multivocal, multimodal, and multimediated,” I give you this:
WE ARE NOT A LOST GENERATION WE ARE AN EXPOSED ONE
naked-ness? complete-ness? open-ness? new-ness? self-ness? else-ness?
Thoughts from/about other people’s thoughts.
“You have not known what you are–you have slumber’d upon yourself all your life;
Your eye-lids have been the same as closed most of the time;
What you have done returns already in mockeries;
Your thrift, knowledge, prayers, if they do not return in mockeries, what is their return?
The mockeries are not you;
Underneath them, and within them, I see you lurk;”
-Walt Whitman [Leaves of Grass]
“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” -WW
Millennials are the first generation to come of age during an era in which the internet has encompassed nearly all aspects of daily life. As Millennials are being thrust out into the “real” world, the “real” world is becoming faker—more digitized and impalpable. Everyone is on the internet and everyone knows that everyone on the internet. Given the large audience, poor state of affairs and the abundant platforms on which to express their feelings, people did the logical thing: They talked about the problems in the world, specifically those facing Millennials.
Prominent scholars and writers penned articles about the star-crossed generation. Networks broadcasted TV shows about Millennials. All the while Millennials flocked to Facebook, Twitter, WordPress blogs and other Internet locales to tell the world about their plight.
No other generation faced this as they entered adulthood.
….We’re naked in front of a computer, a tablet, and a smartphone and we’ll be that way for as long as we live. Our shameful issues, our glorious triumphs, and our ignominious defeats have been and will continue to be shared around the entire world day after day until our deaths. This burden is uniquely ours.
-Matt Saccaro [Thought Catalog 3. IV. 2013]
i want your life to be better because i’m in it
excerpts from CRUNK JUICE, thoughts and poems by steve roggenbuck:
THE MOON IS
QUIET I LOVE
EVERY TIME I READ CARPE DIEM
POEMS I DO SOMETHING I REGRET
i feel pain for everyone who lives
changing my facebook sidebar message to something else so i can
submit the current one to a literary magazine
HI. IT WOUDL
IF YOU WERE
THERE IS NO RESTRICTION OF
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IN LIFE
I wrote this poem, as someone who experiences this burden that new media presents us with & all of its sublime glory and terror:
What is this burden?
What is this burden that is uniquely ours?
What is this burden that exposes us all?
We are the millennial’s
We are consumed
We are numbed
We are lost in translation
Digitized and mesmerized
We seek to know our burden
That is so uniquely ours
The millennial generation
But we live this burden
It encompasses us
It exposes us
It emancipates us from ourselves
But yet we are still human
We still wonder
We still desire
We still fear
We still feel
It’s just a matter of what is real
[thank you for experiencing my experience]
Please continue scrolling to view my own adaption of exposing ourselves through new media environments