“Looking Forward, Dodo Stack (Altered Book)” by robfos
This lab and this week’s readings have asked you to think about the presence of books in society: the functions they serve beyond reading, and/or the ways their physical constructions can broadcast ideas about both their contents and their readers. Books are as much cultural artifacts as carriers of information—though they resonate very differently to different communities of readers (or non-readers). For this fieldbook, draw on our lab exercises and readings to unpack the meaning of a contemporary textual artifact: one related to your own life, perhaps, or one you’re interested in investigating. How does your chosen text manifest physically? How does its format relate to its contents and its cultural meaning(s)? In what ways does its format (and the cultural ramifications of its format) resemble the historical-textual artifacts you worked with in our lab and learned about in our readings, and in what ways is it distinctly modern? Important note: as you consider what object to investigate, remember that “digital” does not mean “non-material”—digital devices still exist in the physical world!