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The Premiere is Here!

This week, Weird Enough Productions has the pleasure of premiering Weird Enough to Work, an original web series. Episode One of the show can be found here

Weird Enough to Work is a labor of love between friends who want to create a comedy series for people to enjoy. However, beyond that, Weird Enough to Work, and all of the content created by Weird Enough Productions, exist to expose and discuss stereotypes about people of color presented in the mainstream media.

The year 2015 has been home to a variety of racial injustices within the United States. Whether it is the exposed prejudice of police forces within Ferguson and San Francisco, overall racist tendencies highlighted by the SAE investigation, the battering of university student Martese Johnson, or the killing of unarmed Anthony Hill, it doesn’t take long to find that racism is alive and well within the United States. It also doesn’t take long to find that the American media is enabling institutionalized racism by perpetuating negative images.  

A 2000 study found that African Americans were portrayed negatively more than any other ethnicity in prime time television. Research conducted in 2011 shows that the distorted portrayals of African Americans found in the media cause lack of identification or sympathy with African Americans, and exaggerated views related to criminality and violence in the African American community. Media misrepresentation has also been linked to harsher sentencing by judges, and a higher likelihood of being shot by police. A 2014 study even determined that United States citizens support harsher laws if those laws seem to imprison more African Americans.

With these statistics in mind, it is clear that the media must play an active role in the development a healthier racial climate within the United States. Weird Enough to Work will combat stereotypes about people of color through its plot, dialogue, and character progression. Each episode will be accompanied by a blog post analyzing the themes that were shown, and encouraging discussion among viewers. It is more than a show. It is a statement. The first step on a journey to address and correct representation issues for African Americans, and ultimately all people of color. Whether you watch the show, read the blog posts, participate in discussion, or all of the above, thank you for joining us in our mission to create responsible media.

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Episode One of Weird Enough Productions’ first web series “Weird Enough to Work” is now online! Please share with your friends. 


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An ongoing series of curated reading lists from H_NGM_N authors. Books that have personally inspired, informed, and interested these writers, across genres and time.

This week’s post comes from C.S. Carrier, author of MANTLE.

In the ongoing pursuit of a Ph.D. in English, much, if not all, of my reading and writing practice services my dissertation, a creative-critical work comprised of a collection of poems and a critical essay. In general, the dissertation reflects a growing interest in reading, writing, and teaching digital poetry and electronic literature—text-based literary work that requires digital technology and computation at every moment of existence, from creation to circulation to preservation. As Stephanie Strickland notes, electronic literature is “born-digital” and cannot be rendered as a print artifact.

The following list contains ten creative and critical works that inform my understanding of how to read, write and teach electronic literature and digital poetry. In short, these works help to show electronic literature to be a sophisticated, multivalent, and still emerging genre. While it differs from the print tradition significantly with regard to creation, circulation, and preservation of the literary, it does, however, share an impulse with literature of the print tradition, particularly avant-garde strain, that is, the crafting of literature with the materials available in order to reflect or engender experiences in the world. Both share, as Roberto Simanowski notes, an interest in “connectivity, interactivity, multimediality, non-linearity, performativity, and transformability.” The same traits I value and foster in my own work.

The Dreamlife of Letters | Brian Kim Stefans

This Flash poem, responds to a Rachel Blau DuPlessis essay on the work of Dodie Bellamy. Stefans’s film results from a deformative operation on DuPlessis’s text, alphabetizing the words therein then choreographing them, allowing for the play of chance encounters. Of erotic, aesthetic, and intellectual charge.


Dawn | Reiner Strasser and Alan Sondheim

This short work loops sound, photography, and text. The sound component combines phonograph and animal noises. The photographs explore various natural landscapes at dawn. And the text moves through lyrical reflections and philosophical ruminations. Of vapor and ground, death and regeneration, a bending to necropastoral.


V: Vniverse | Stephanie Strickland and Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

The digital component of Strickland’s invertible book, V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L’una, Vniverse is interactive, presenting the interactor with a starfield and the ability to randomly select from a series of constellations and accompanying tercets. At the intersection of various gazings, diagrammings, and interpretings.


game, game, game and again game | Jason Nelson

This work presents itself as a game, though one with the goal of causing thinking instead of amassing points or winning. Chimera—game, poem, cultural critique, manifesto—yoking myriad modes and styles: text, drawing, video game, animation, music, video. Anodic and nodal, an ode to play and to, as Nelson writes, “the self built into a rolling, jumping meander of life.”

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Cunnilingus in North Korea | Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

This piece is projected onscreen, making no demands upon the reader-viewer but one—to keep up, as it moves at its own pace and allowing the reader-viewer no control. The video component is text, ostensibly from North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, espousing the benefits of “dialectical sex and gender” as practiced in North Korea. The video marries perfect choreography with Nina Simone’s “See-Line Woman.” Of sexy irreverence, ironic propaganda.


Reading Moving Letters: Digital Literature in Research and Teaching: A Handbook | edited by Roberto Simanowski, Jörgen Schäfer, and Peter Gendolla

This collection of essays is in two parts—the reading of digital literature and the teaching of it. The essays in both are by the same scholar-teachers, providing an interesting investigation of the ways the research and teaching of digital literature inform each other within an international context.


New Directions in Digital Poetry | C.T. Funkhouser

This book picks up where Funkhouser’s Prehistoric Digital Poetry leaves off. Whereas Prehistoric charts the antecedents of digital poetry, New Directions searches for its subsequent trajectories. The first chapters delineate the nature of digital poetry while the middle chapters analyze of notable digital poems. The final chapter explores the attentions in digital poetry.


Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary | N. Katherine Hayles

Hayles seeks to define and survey the present and future of the still emerging genre of electronic literature. The book provides a discussion of the genres within electronic literature (e.g. interactive narrative) and many of the concepts (e.g. intermediation) at play in the creation, reception, and preservation of electronic literary works. 


New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories | edited by Adelaide Morris and Thom Swiss

This collection explores the complex poetics of the emerging digital literary field by surveying different types of texts—those that place digital literature alongside the print tradition, those that discuss the issues involved with writing digital literary works, and those that define the genre from within. The relationship between new writing and the process of thinking is a common subtext.

The New Media Reader | edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort

This book documents the emergence of new media by collecting together texts from writers, critics, engineers, and researchers from the last half of the 20th century. It includes works by, among others, Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Coover, Vannevar Bush, Theodor Nelson, Donna Haraway, and Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

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