To Make a Dadaist Poem

  1. Take a news article (from your RSS aggregator, for example)
  2. Take some scissors
  3. Print the article
  4. Get a small bag (pencil case, ziplock, lunch bag)
  5. Cut the article into bits, one word per bit.
  6. Put the bits into the bag
  7. Shake gently(the bag, duh!)
  8. Take out each bit one by one and copy conscientiously in the order each bit left the bag
  9. The poem will resemble you

And there you are – an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.

BTW: Dada, Dadaism, Dadaist

Plato’s Mimetic Theory of Art(RS 25)

Have a look at this powerpoint file here. Wikipedia additional terms needed to answer the following:

Given that what we experience of reality is merely a simulation in our minds, then all art is a simulation of a simulation.

Is art useless?

In our engineered age, an age of HDTV, megapixels images, colour laser printers, virtual reality, 3D games, are we moving toward or away from art forms that Plato would consider more useful?

What is the future of art?

Can a form of communication, art, be enhanced to the point that it is no more than a mirror of reality?

If art is supposed to mirror reality, wouldn’t a mirror be the cheaper way to go?

Mirrors, we’ve talked about mirrors. Hmmm.

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English 20 Final Exam 2.0

Search the net, search blogs, search your mind. Synthesize, hyperlink, blockquote, and trackback.

Your writing should be a synthesis of the 5 paragraph essay AND a blog post.

Refer to one or any texts from your course: Macbeth, BNW, Can. Lit., Film, News, or other online media.

Your question:

What does it mean to be human in an engineered world?

Time: 2.5 hours
Submit a printed copy to your teacher and a trackback to this post.