in defense of forms

traditional poetry does not encourage the exploration of forms that language can take these digital days. here are a few proposals:

The first is the form of the GIF poem. I've created a few of these on this website, and even have one published with Inscape magazine/journal (whatever it is called).

The other form is the appropriated website. The idea of the appropriated website is to take a website's form and change the content. For example I've taken the form of the Apple.com website and I've rewritten the tagline for the new iPhone 6S. This kind of project works primarily on websites with mostly static content with mostly familiar forms. This method is like a half-hack. But without further ado, here is an example: 

 Apple wouldn't reference suicide so loosely.

Apple wouldn't reference suicide so loosely.

The appropriated website is able to take a website out of context, which is kind of a paradox because the website is the context, but it still allows one to play with the contextuality of a text. Theorists have mentioned the textuality of a text, but the contextuality, in an increasingly digital world.

another example of this website appropriation, web graffiti, etc. would be a simple experiment that I did on the Lds.org website, where I rewrote a quote by a general authority. I was curious to play with the meanings and forms that are inherent in the system of a church's religious identity, which is a way of playing with my own identity as well. 

 you'll find the graffiti in the quote section of the article. I was going for a playful and silly subversion of the text. I am not interested in violent subversion, or dramatic or ironic subversion of the form or context. really I want to input a playfulness into the discourse that the mormon church creates. I don't like the stuffiness and seriousness of it, although I do take my play seriously.

you'll find the graffiti in the quote section of the article. I was going for a playful and silly subversion of the text. I am not interested in violent subversion, or dramatic or ironic subversion of the form or context. really I want to input a playfulness into the discourse that the mormon church creates. I don't like the stuffiness and seriousness of it, although I do take my play seriously.