The Rhetoric of Presentation: The Death of Aaron Swartz

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In addition to my previous post about MIT’s involvement and questions concerning Swartz’ case, I am including several articles that I found worthy of investigating. The following information depicts Aaron as yet another human interest piece…a tragic, lost soul who committed suicide after a long and heart wrenching investigation that did not looking promising. Using Media Master Marshall McLuhan’s Theories of Media Control, we are left with a series of political, social, and cultural questions that we must probe in order to rise above the phantasmagoria of the media.

A series of accounts in reference to the historical moments that led up to Aaron Swartz suicide and free culture movement:

Cowritten by Swartz himself, read the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto (2008)

https://gist.github.com/onursenture/4523374

(March 2013)

NY Times Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: A Questionable Narrative

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/03/11/130311fa_fact_macfarquhar?printable=true&currentPage=all

Rolling Stone Magazine’s Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: A Tragedy

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-brilliant-life-and-tragic-death-of-aaron-swartz-20130215?print=true

The Atlantic Wire Coverage of Aaron’s Life & Death: The Unknowable Truth

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/03/unknowable-truth-aaron-swartz/62729/

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/03/life-inside-the-aaron-swartz-investigation/273654/

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/03/aaron-swartz-prosecutor-withheld-evidence/63089/

Injustice for New Media Activist: Aaron Swartz

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Newsworthy indeed… after an extended hiatus, I am finally enthralled enough to engage in dialogue on the free culture movement that began not long ago.

For those familiar with the death of Aaron Swartz, and his previous involvement with “illegally” accessing and downloading thousands of JSTOR academic articles to the public domain, his sudden death and the months leading up to it are full of both mystery and tragedy. JSTOR did not press charges against Swartz for releasing information. That much is true. So who is to blame? Was he targeted by federal authorities? To what extend should his actions been punishable? What role did MIT play in his arrests and prosecution & even his suicide?

The supposed “neutrality” of MIT in this case is upsetting…is this the money talking? What does the 180 page report on MIT’s involvement really suggest?  What does Aaron’s death say about the rhetoric of news presentation? So many questions have gone unanswered. I feel a sense of duty to his free cultural movement, and to the Millennial Generation– we need to inform others about this suggestively abusive case. I know where I stand as a new media & free culture activist; I am under the impression that I have much to learn about the history behind this case, but I am still certain that as a member of the digital age, we are all entitled to share information. I am fulfilling that purpose.

“In an open letter, the M.I.T. president, L. Rafael Reif, applauded the “careful account” that he said set “the record straight by dispelling widely circulated myths.” The report, he said, “makes clear that M.I.T. did not ‘target’ Aaron Swartz, we did not seek federal prosecution, punishment or jail time, and we did not oppose a plea bargain.” -NY Times

As unclear as everything may seem, it is imperative that we decide what is right….each of us have as much power as Aaron once did..

What do you believe?

NY Times Full-Articlehttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/us/mit-releases-report-on-its-role-in-the-case-of-aaron-swartz.html?_r=0

180 page MIT Report: http://swartz-report.mit.edu/docs/report-to-the-president.pdf

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This Burden is Uniquely Ours. (Part I)

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

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naked-ness? complete-ness? open-ness? new-ness? self-ness? else-ness?

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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

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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.

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….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]

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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
YOU THE
SAME WAY

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EVERY TIME I READ CARPE DIEM
POEMS I DO SOMETHING I REGRET
i feel pain for everyone who lives

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changing my facebook sidebar message to something else so i can
submit the current one to a literary magazine

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HI. IT WOUDL
BE COOL
IF YOU WERE
ONLINE

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THERE IS NO RESTRICTION OF
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IN LIFE

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I WANT TO CREATE SOMETHING
BEAUTIFUL
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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

Anesthetized

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

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kfetts

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[thank you for experiencing my experience]

Please continue scrolling to view my own adaption of exposing ourselves through new media environments

This Burden is Uniquely Ours (Part II)

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In my [technologically disadvantaged] attempt to create content that “evokes [writing] as epistemic, performative, multivocal, multimodal, and multimediated,” I give you this:

This title is taken from a line of an online article written by Matt Saccaro on the blog, Thought Catalog. This video is a collaborating piece to a blog post under the same title. Song: My Body by Young The Giant

This is the second piece of my final work for “writing about new media,” a course I am currently taking at SUA. Please continue scrolling if you wish! Thank you.

kfetts

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Probing: What Are Media? A Tribute To MM

what are media?

do they feed our criteria

do they sleep in their electronic stations

do they fulfill our digital infatuations

do they make up their own abbreviations

world wide web is the www

television is the tv

a performance within a performance

extending our senses

amputating our perceptive fences

pervasive, invasive, superabrasive

what are media?

capitalist propaganda

the devil wears prada

selling our sexual drive

media are the dull knives

that anesthetize and organize

our digital dominate lives

cutting into our senses

to numb the criticism

to invite the narcosis

and hypnotize the humanism

leaving us to our devices

those lonely vices

what are media?

mind-fi enhances wi-fi

it retrieves social interaction

and obsolesces normal conversation

dissects daily dialogue

reverses the tribal man:

he is the cosmic man

in the global village

lost in translation

drowned by the vortex

of the digital gods

and the new media lords

weakened and softened by the strength and roughness of the new era.

he is addicted to the galaxy that imposes this new literacy of media.

one that was written in 1963–

kfetts

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Twinness: A Literacy Narrative

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Do you every wonder what it is like to be a twin? Or what it means to be a twin?

This is my attempt at using new media and narrative literacy to define twinness.

It’s important to broaden our understanding of literacy beyond its typical definition of being able to read, write, comprehend ect…literacy is communication, it is a language that is understood by experience…. perhaps. what do you think?

 

I dedicate this post to sfetts, my other half of 2fetts

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Writing From The Body

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Writing From The Body

Fusing three elements:
The Body
Neutrality (gender and b&w)
Photography as extension of man

What is Media’s Mediocrity?

Photo Credits: (from top left) Pablo Salvado– SUA art gallery 2010-2011, D’Lo–queer hindu hip hop artist, lips/eyes street art piece in Buenos Aires– me, Tumblr photograph

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