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Literary Experience in the Digital Age
When exploring the question of why literature matters in a twitter essay, I wrote #literature matters because it documents accounts of one’s thoughts to create knowledge for the present and future generations. Is this not true? When taking it a step further and think about literature in the digital age it opens up so much opportunity. Literature, in a sense becomes exposed because a wide variety of audiences can have access to it at their fingertips. Whether it be through a phone, a tablet, or a computer anyone can have ease of accessing a gross amount of literature through the internet. Taking a trip to the library to check out a book or look up archives is a thing of the past. In today’s world people can enjoy a digital copy of a book at their convenience. Literature matters in the digital age because it connects us. With social networks such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter it creates an imagined community. With access to these sites you personalize it by creating a profile, sharing things you like with a group of friends. Interacting in these social networks share ideas and opinions with others through text, audio, videos, and pictures. It is a convenient way to have personal relationships without actually being around any of them. Literature matters more in the digital age because it is our main source of communication. It teaches us how to write and feel about different subjects. It sets the foundation of who we are as individuals and brings us together as a community. It can define social norms in our imagined community. In the end, literature defines who we are and we can take as much or as little as we want in the digital age.

Literature isn't only something that we read out of a book, it is something that we use every day in this multimedia and digital world. Literature matters in this digital age because everything that we do in the world today can be found through several media sources, whether you are on a search engine, social media, even an app. Literature can be found through all of these resources and many more. With the media world today, literature is growing to be a very big and good investment again. The media turns books, short stories, and poems into movies and plays. Literature such as the Twilight, American Sniper, Holes, and the Hobbit, has been pieces that have turned literature into something exciting again, giving people the excuse of picking up a book and reading it again.

                With all of the social media apps and websites that exist today, it is easier for people to share what they are reading and what they like about it, turning more and more people back to reading literature because of peer reviews and positive peer pressure. Literature is also more accessible today than ever. Everything that you need is available on your phone, computer, tablet, and even radio, making all literature's easier to access.

Literature; The Heart of Civilization

Literature is the fulcrum from which extensive branches of creative and formal expression extend and blossom. It is a valuable system that enables many other forms of media. Without its presence, books, history, and other forms of writing would cease to exists.

Literature is apart of everything. It is literally taking the rules of our language and applying them in a way that others understand. Books, scripts, texts, video games, articles, movies, forums, and any other source of spoken or readable material are all subject to its great reach. It sits at the heart of humanity's civility; if we could not enact literature, there would be no improvement on our kind.

If our founding fathers, those who crawled from their caves many tens-of-hundreds of years ago, could not vocalize and could not record their knowledge, our society would not be as it is today. It began as words and stories passed from generation to generation, transitioned to writing and drawing on material, to finally reaching our great information super highway, the Internet and all the technology that revolves around it.
In the 'digital age', literature has not been replaced, and not been overshadowed; it has evolved. In the 'digital age', we record our work and take notes in computer documents, we ask questions and commune in forums, we read and write books digitally, but all of these things are still subject to the power of literature.

1. Practice reading as a conversation carried out among reader, text(s), and writer. By taking the opportunity to read aloud and place myself in the character and authors position, reception of the text changes and enhances my reading experience. I think that you perceive the context different by the state of which you read. Especially if mentally you are not open to receiving it. I also catch things when I read in 3 to 4 turns. Once in my head just as is, once out loud as a receptive audience, once again in my head but as the author trying to catch significant points that I may have overlooked previously and once as the author listening as though someone was reading to me. This has to be done over time, not just wham bam, one after another. To fully enhance the experience of text, it is like a wine that you need to slowly drink and enjoy the flavor and body of each one.
2. Use the tools of active reading (including annotation, note-taking, and reading aloud) and various digital technologies to enhance your encounters with texts of all types. I was terrified of writing in my books at first. I felt that is was sacrilegious. But now I can enjoy making notes about perception, thoughts provoked, feelings, and questions on the sides of certain books, keeping a notebook nearby as I read so I can go back over, take it to a new depth. I like saving favorites to refer back to. I look forward to using an electronic notebook and making wordless after reading some free time reading. I want to see if the wordle can express what has come across to me through out the text.
3. Demonstrate and apply basic terminology for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts. I like identifying terminology while in class and exploring the meanings and identifying such words while expressing the written word. I like to annotate while reading to identify new words, unknown or misleading words. It enhances the reading experience. When reviewing the mean of certain words, it can often provoke a deeper thought or a new tangent that would have otherwise been lost and never brought to the surface.

In the Death of a Salesman, I think that Willy Loman lives in what can be considered an alternate dimension. Life hasn't been going as planned and no one is taking responsibility for their mistakes. This is a world where they blame each other and only take credit for the good, which is few and far between. His boys Biff and Happy are the epitome of the bad apple of the family. Fidelity is not a mark of character, but lack of such seems to prove their manhood. I think that Willy and Linda his wife were also in separate worlds when it comes to their marriage and in life in general. Everyone has a contradicting views of Willy. In the end Willy takes his life and he can live in his alternate universe and have life be the way he dreams for eternity.


The Endless Possibilities of Digital Literature

In the world of literature, many would argue that the written word has developed less significance because of the use of modern technology. With the future of machinery growing and becoming much more prevalent, I have found this not to be true in regard to the fact that all compositions can be considered “literature” if taken into perspective. Literature matters in the digital age because there will always be people willing to read. No matter what, works of literature will always find a way… whatever form it takes. Although it may not be honorable or news-worthy, it has been seen that, just because we can access it more readily, it does not disenfranchise it in any way. In a Twitter post from November 8, 2014, I created a hybrid between Shakespeare and a modern “tweet” that read: 
“#Literature would, were it not #Literature call’d, retain that dear perfection which it owes without that title #twitteressay #twitterspeare.” 
Why can’t we have beautiful works of literature online as well as in books? I feel there will always be a demand for books. New technology that is being used specifically for reading such as the Kindle, Nook, or Tablet is being assimilated into society. How great is it that we can carry many books, magazines, and stories all in our hands? We should not be criticizing the fact that literature can be read without a hard back binding but rather that we can now read as much as we want, anytime we want. The creative possibilities are endless with the use of digital technology. Individuals now have the ability to mass-produce their creative writings for the world to read.

Why does literature matter?
Literature has the power to bring people from all walks of life together. It doesn't matter where you are, what your history is and what you have experienced. You are given an opportunity to share your experiences all while learning of other's experiences. How are we to know that our society is branching out and exploring? How are we to teach our children to be open minded and try new things, if we ourselves do not as well. We can learn of empires rising and falling, religions forming and fighting for their rights and beliefs. We are given an opportunity to place ourselves anyplace anytime and live! We can share quick tidbits or deep interpersonal journaling moments. We can be the person we have dreamed of under the mask of the digital area to hid behind. Literature evolves yet has the same basis and foundation. We are where we take it. We are granted such subjectivity that it forms independence and sometimes conformity. We learn to think and fight for the ability to explore. We are to keep evolving just as literature has from the written word to the more enhanced digital era.

Honestly I hate horror movies. I hate all 3 levels. I think this show is more because of the terror, but it does have all 3 in it. This is one show I have always wanted to try and watch, I just never have and doubt I ever will. I don't like letting my mind be taken over by fear. I like to feel in control.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvYX6KlIm1k

I choose option b. I think that when referring to such an innocent state and the loss of it, there is very little comedy that can be portrayed and usually if done so it is done poorly and just re-iterates the loss of said innocence. I think of "the chimney sweep". How can that be turned to comical unless you portray a picture of scenes from "Mary Poppins" but then that is not a reality and would be figment of the poor child's imagination. It is a very serious text for the most part and hard to keep your emotions kept at bay and not take such things seriously.
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