Author Archives: Krista Harder

Wandering Magicians and False Accusations

As I read through the life histories, I found myself forgetting that they were the real stories of real people. One woman’s husband shot himself in the chest. One man was a wandering magician who accidentally killed his duck by … Continue reading

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Democracy in Encoding

To be honest, I’m still confused about the differences between XML and TEI and all of the other loud, angry, high-tech acronyms that this reading shouted out at me. I looked up videos on YouTube to try to clarify things, … Continue reading

Posted in Week 9 blog post | 2 Comments

Delaware is Actually, for Once, Relevant

Two white girls in their late teens or early twenties stand staring up at a white truck driver. They wear waitress uniforms from the early 1940s and have faces decorated with giddy grins. One girl stands straight at attention with … Continue reading

Posted in Week 8 blog post | 1 Comment


While reading Duarte, Marisa Elena, and Miranda Belarde-Lewis’s piece “Imagining: Creating Spaces for Indigenous Ontologies,” I found myself running my own stereotypes of Indigenous people through my head. I was disgusted to find that I thought of them as a … Continue reading

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The Power of Google

If you google “pike creek valley dog walkers,” an image of my beaming parents and our grumpy-looking mutt Shadow pops up on the right side of the screen. The link to the web site that my dad created for their … Continue reading

Posted in Week 6 blog post | 1 Comment

Metadata as a Map

You’re walking down the road. All you can see is blue-black asphalt with two lines of yellow painted down the middle, because you’re staring straight at the ground and nothing else. You’re bored out of your mind, not to mention … Continue reading

Posted in Week 5 blog post | 2 Comments

Worlds of the Unseen Coming to Light

She’s dressed in red and yellow. Her shirt has exactly two buttons, white, and her face is full of both shadows and a sense of sorrow. She stares out at an ambiguous sun that is either setting or rising. We … Continue reading

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Haves and Have Nots

In Dennis Baron’s article “From Pencils to Pixels: The Stages of Literacy Technology,” Baron claims that “Literacy has always functioned to divide haves from have nots” (16). This struck me hard. I never really viewed literacy as a form of … Continue reading

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Tattooed on the Internet: The Permanent and Not-So-Private Nature of Facebook

Today I decided to go onto my own Facebook page and creep on myself. As I scrolled down through the weeks, months, and eventually years, the number of cringes rapidly increased. The statuses I posted ranged from awkward and irrelevant … Continue reading

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The Death of Quiet Spaces

As I read the first article, Nicolas Carr’s “Is Google Making us Stupid,” my mind started to wander. I fought the urge to click on the Facebook tab at the top of the screen and scroll through countless statuses I … Continue reading

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