If our ability to reason about abstract concepts is defined by our experience of living and moving through physical space, and if our early experiments with how the world works as infants set the metaphorical groundwork for later abstract thinking, what scenes from childhood could help us think about thinking? I'm recalling one anecdote that Ulmer mentions regarding his inability to open a door to the outside world--and something remarkable that happened when he did (but can't remember specific reference right now!)....

How can conscious awareness of the metaphorical concept "the Mind is a Body Moving Through Space" lead us to think differently?

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After reading the intro to Serge's dissertation, I'm feeling a strong pull toward writing a comic. I'm gonna let this start percolating.... It would be interesting to hear about "compositional strategies" around making a comic, especially in the way that Serge suggests (i.e. as a form of postmodern writing, as a way of letting "imagination wander, explore, experiment with and across excluded possibilities")--as his intro points to a kind of writing that can/should happen outside of the institutional boundaries. 

In the one serious comic that I've created, I definitely had a point to make, in the context of an ARG that had a specific focus on mobilizing people to take action to change the world for the better (see http://pages.emerson.edu/faculty/r/richard_smyth/evoke/Comic.html for the comic). In terms of my process, I recall having an idea of the next thing to say and then searching in Creative Commons for a specific idea (e.g. networks) and then finding images that fit the next step.  I think the one on p. 3 with the composite face collage might have resulted from a search on "identity" -- that kind of thing. 

The compositional sequence here is idea/word first and then image later.  I wonder if there would be a more random way to compose--e.g. gather some interesting images first and then let the pictures "dictate" the words... Perhaps choosing some randomizing process (a la Duchamp and the "readymade") would be the right approach:  for example, set my alarm on my iPhone for a certain time . When it goes off, I grab the first instagram image in my feed and reset the alarm.  Just a thought....

Are there iconic images or photos that you can recall which seem to work allegorically to capture the essence (or affective/emotional resonance) of an argument?

What is the potential of new image writing sites like Glogster and Thinglink and Vine for emblem writing that augments our affective capacity?

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Jottings for the second think_electrate hangout:
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write with images
vinepeek.com - compose with video - Dieter Roth
instagram
social media, augmentation of my own intelligence
image + text
the gramme
Sergio's dissertation
glogster.com
thinglink.com
Chris Ware - comic artist
Comic Life
urgentevoke.com
[etc.]
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