The Daily Create: Melissa Broder

The World As She Sees It…

From the inception of Broder’s novel, I was intrigued by her writing style and the way her words webbed together: for one to begin a novel with such a controversial statement: Bringing a child into the world without its consent seems unethical” and then to maintain a high level of controversy, ostentation, and explicitness throughout one’s entire novel is an feat that, for me, is very difficult and almost insurmountable. Throughout her novel, Broder tackled aspects of life that I have never seen written in such vivid, brash and raw details. Though I do not see the world through the same microscope as she, Broder, I still appreciated her ability to scribe – and scribe successfully – topics of the mostly-societally unspeakable nature.

Dr. Travis notes that “Broder is crafting a careful persona that hides and reveals.” This persona is seen in many places and spaces in her novel: especially when she writes about someone else. In terms of solely revealing, in her I Want to Be a Whole Person but Really Thin chapter, Broder divulges the way she eats in a plethora of methods: each paragraph begins with “I am an eater” and it reveals the spectrum in its entirety of her food consumption while reminding us of what is at the core of these revelations: the way she eats. In this chapter, I found the highest level of relatability with Broder: statements like “I am an eater of numbers”, “All I’ve ever wanted is peace”, “I want to live in a body that is so far away from being fat that it has room to gain weight and still not even rub elbows with chubbiness,” truly worked for me because I saw me and felt me in them.

Broder hides and reveals in her Love Like You Are Trying to Fill an Insatiable Spiritual Hole with Another Person Who Will Suffocate in There chapter. And boy does she reveal aplenty! There was a point in her rendition of the sext game that I had to stop reading, take a step back, breathe, live in the real world, and then resume reading! The overwhelming sexual revelations in this chapter bordered on too much for me but yet I was left lacking. Why? Because Broder was so very careful in her crafting that she never once gave a name to her lover of virtual origin. Broder also did not reveal the name of her husband (or make much mention of him!). The give some keep the rest game that Broder played in this chapter, and in other former and latter chapters, added to her uniquely bizarre writing style and made me appreciate her more for said uniqueness and bizarreness. For me, there is no instance of only hiding in Broder’s novel because she reveals so much in such limited space.

In terms of Broder’s Twitter page, I only perused the bare minimum of her tweets and I can see that they are similar to her novel’s content and chapter titles. The initial anonymity of Broder’s tweets helped to raise the levels of mystery and intrigue in her followers which then, along with the tweets’ content, launched her into success and stardom.

All in all, I enjoyed Broder’s novel in bits and pieces; I don’t see the world as she does but I admired her honesty, her clarity, and her confidence/boldness to write about what she wants to write about. The ultimate good that I can take away from Broder’s novel is the high level of confidence and the ability to channel that confidence into something very real and very tangible…

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged” – Jalaluddin Rumi

The Daily Create: Fake News

Please Let Me Live…

In this Onion article, How Animals Go Extinct, a humorous account is given about the process of animal extinction. While the entire article can be read for a good laugh, it still highlights a very real and serious issue that we still face. Some persons might read this article, laugh and then continue trekking through their lives without a second thought about it while the curiosity of others might be piqued and they might further research the current and serious news about animal extinction, World Wildlife Fund, etc. All in all, the article works for those who want an easy laugh and for those who want an easy laugh and to learn more about the issue. The downside of this article is that persons not knowledgeable of animal extinction would take this article for its lightness and believe that animal extinction is really something to be flippantly passed off. Which is quite the contrary…

 

Talking Vegetables

This article, published fifteen years ago, shows just how long ago fake and satirical news has been circulating around the mass media. This short and sweet article was written to show readers just how extreme genetic modification can become: talking vegetables! The article pointed out “that more pleasantly voiced broccoli should hit store shelves by 2003.” Since 2003 has come and gone, I wonder just what our broccoli are saying to us now that we are in 2017…

The Daily Create: News

Clarity

After reading the PBS article, I agree with Craig Silverman when he said that fake news predates the internet. The only difference is that today we have an overabundance of news just a few seconds and a few clicks away. Sometimes this surplus of information, reports, data, voices, echoes, and perspectives can all blend into each other and become a gargantuan gorilla beating his chest on the highest skyscraper and disrupting the calm within the chaos. News in itself can sometimes be that gorilla, no? For me, it can be a source of great entertainment and great distress, at the same time and at different times.

In my view, news is a form of acquiring and reporting worldwide daily occurrences. They can be in oral, visual, aural, even gustatory and tactile forms. When Silverman said that: “We just sort of consume things in an almost passive way, and fake stuff can slip into that real stream of news a lot easier” I realized that I too have fallen into that trap. I find myself sometimes reading an article and taking its contents for cold, hard facts without validating the article’s sources. There were many times where I was a victim of fake news, especially news originating from my native country. Guyana, being as small and underdeveloped as it is, has neither the finances nor personnel to ensure that all local online news is factual and accurate. As such, I ensure that the news I read online is fact-checked by my family and friends living in Guyana.

I obtain my news from many websites and tend to enjoy reading news that is delivered in enjoyable – yet factual – ways. I appreciate Buzzfeed’s and Bright Side’s innovative ways of reporting worldwide information. I also have the CNN, BBC and Apple News apps on my iPhone where I receive push notifications of worldwide news but I hardly read the articles from said apps. Rather I launch Buzzfeed or check Facebook to see what everyone else is saying about a particular piece of news. So in a way, I use CNN, BBC and Apple News to keep me aware of incoming news and then Buzzfeed and Facebook to actually read the news. For news pertaining to Guyana, I use the verified online news sites based in Guyana and also an online newspaper column that delivers the local news in a satirical but not condescending way.

Just a few hours ago, I received the Apple News notification of the Quebec Mosque shooting and I was amazed at how, in mere minutes following the incident, news were already streaming into Facebook’s permanent lexicon of data and information. With just a light fingertip of a touch, I could see, read and hear the world as it reacted to yet another mass shooting.

As I continue to trek through this technological time, I will seek to be vigilant in my news consumption because I’d never want to fall into that deep, dark abyss full of falsehoods, fakeness and fabrications.

Like Haymitch said in Catching Fire: “He wanted it to be real.” (Collins, 2009). Because realism is…

Works Cited

Collins, S. (2009). Catching Fire. New York, New York, United States of America: Scholastic. Retrieved January 30, 2017

How online hoaxes and fake news played a role in the election. (2016, November 17). Retrieved January 30, 2017, from PBS: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/online-hoaxes-fake-news-played-role-election/

The Daily Create: Digital Rhetoric

 

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I found this ad from the Cancer Patients Aid Association quite interesting in how it said so much with so very little graphics. One constraint of this anti-smoking ad is that one has to be knowledgeable of Cricket, the game, in order to fully understand its gravity. I will attempt to explain how powerfully persuasive this ad was, at least for me.

The three cigarettes represent the three sticks/wicket used in Cricket. The term “Hit-Wicket” is when a batsman/player loses his wicket (is struck out) by his own doing. This happens when the batsman’s bat accidentally touches the wicket. What this ad is saying is that a smoker is hitting his own wicket and is the reason for his own undoing. He is no longer in the game, not because of someone else, but himself.

What this ad is saying is that a smoker is hitting his own wicket and is the reason for his own undoing. He is no longer in the game, not because of someone else, but himself. So this ad is encouraging persons to not hit their wicket but to stay in the game of life and play on!

 

The Daily Create: Technology & You

As The Hours Hurry By

A touch of light at five in the morning

From my iPhone’s sensitive screen

A taste of melodies at six-fifteen

From iTunes’ serendipitous serving

 

A snatch of news, a sliver of a story, a snippet of what’s new

From Siri, from Alexa, from You

 

It’s seven-thirteen and the sky is smiling a bit of blue

I ask the tube to confirm rain, snow or sun for the day

I check Facebook to see what they have to say, today

I ask iCalendar for my daily tasks to peruse and pursue

 

Yet another milestone in cricket, you say?

Let me verify that on Cricinfo and Cricbuzz

So that I can pierce another place on Pinterest

Hashtag a photograph on The Gram

Snap a Snap

Post a Post

 

All that before I sit for breakfast and tea

A warm circle around one hand

A cool rectangle shaping the other

And the world at my fingertip’s command

 

It is eight oh two

And I caress technology

Before I kiss you

Alas! He, technology, far from me can never be

 

As the hours hurry by

And the day’s end draws nigh

My arms are around you…My arms are around…you…

…But my eyes are glued to that technologically hypnotic hue…

 

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