a comment or two regarding your assignment.
assignment #1 introduces you to the methodology of "close reading." this intense reading practice--epitomized by barthes' reading of "sarrasine"--grounds much work in media analysis, and the humanities more generally.
it also seeks to get you to interrogate, in a creative way, the claims made by haraway, barthes, bush, nelson etc. on the "liberation" (or modes of survival / control) enabled by cyborg semiologies / hypertext. what differences does starring a text--releasing a text's limited plurality--make? what difference does the ability to make associative links and to create textual systems that change make?
i look forward to reading your assignments!