Critical Analysis: Jason Crider & Caleb Milligan, “Haptic Heuretics: Electrate Tinerking As Rhetorical Making”

Tinkering with the way we write and studying the relationship between method and outcome was a new concept to me. The study that Crider and Milligan discuss in their video is exactly that. They use a raspberry pi computer and a custom key board to see how it effects his writing and the results were he was able to type more words per minute compared to his personal computer. At first the concept that method or mod could change what you write was one I wasn’t able to accept. Honestly at first it sounded like pretentious musings of a man with a unique typewriter but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. Obviously personal examples could include a lucky pencil or favorite color pen and that can influence your mindset when going to write and listening to how computers have changed writing reminded me of that I’ve been writing since I was a child and I remember when I got my first computer how excited I was to be able to download Microsoft Word and get my stories down more efficiently. He discusses how computer keyboard modifications are mostly used by gamers to be the best and that sometimes their customizations can mean… “the difference between virtual life and death”. This made me start to think about what the equivalent to writing that is and honestly past efficiency or due dates I couldn’t come up with something deeper. Maybe I’m cynical. I know that computers have allowed me a lot of opportunities to publish and get exposure but we are simply supposed to be thinking about the “writing box” or “black box”. Perhaps my inability to think beyond efficiency into any philosophical ideas like it “becoming us” is because I’ve been around this technology my whole life and I haven’t ever experienced a dramatic shift in technology that would change my method or develop an ailment that would require special customizations. One of the viewpoints they discuss is the limitation these advances can create but again I have to disagree. While I understand the constraints of virtual writing, I think any limitations on content or writing style are imposed upon the self, regardless if the method influences that. At the end of the day what you write and how you write can only truly be limited by your own mind and if anything computers have advanced writing beyond spoken language. Computers themselves have multiple different programing languages themselves to they seem to only be advancing writing. Perhaps the distractions are the issue… the constant need for the writing to have a purpose beyond just the words like getting it printed and published or being recognized which is an idea that is heavily perpetuated by the internet but even so, you can’t let your own ambitions distract you from the work itself.

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