October 26, 2012

Come together...Over Me

While the Bedford Glossary defines langue and parole as partial opposites of one another, it seemed to me that Daniel used the two as compliments to the other in her hypertext essay "Public Secret." Daniel uses effectively uses langue as she talks through the her project, leading the reader through the sequence while incorporating her visual portion of her project. While the reader is not able to see Daniel, the reader is given a small peek into the personality of the author through the signs and visuals she using through her hypertext. She gives her vivid description of not only the amount of prisons that encompasses a specific section of California but also the inside of the prison that society chooses to block out. 

The physical text of the incarcerated women as well as the voice over Daniel provides allows for Daniel's use of parole to surface for the reader. Knowing that each statement is a quote from a women in prison creates a sense of reality for the reader. The women are choosing to tell excerpts of their story from behind jail bars- speaking on their own terms in their own words. The narrative provided by these women allows for Daniel's to effectively use parole in combination with langue throughout her entire hypertext. 

As mentioned before, I feel Daniel's uses langue and parole as compliments in her hypertext in order to make her statements and her project more effective. Needless to say, she chose a hypertext for a purpose and while her distinct purpose might still be fairly hazy to her reader, the reader is at least able to determine that Daniel's had one. Her use of langue and parole were useful as comliments in the idea that each seperate word had to ability to come together for a greater meaning in "Public Secrets."

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