Bredehoft, Thomas A. “Comics Architecture, Multidimensionality, and Time: Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.” Modern Fiction Studies 52.4 (2006): 869-890. Web.
- I want to use this to provide a basis for the structure of comics and the Ware’s structure of Jimmy Corrigan. It will explain his use of multidimensional narrative strategies and engagement of the novel
Buzzetto-More, Nicole A. “Social media and prosumerism.” Issues in Informing Science & Information Technology 10 (2013): 67. Web.
- I want to use this article to describe the ease of technology. The world has access to multiple communication and social networks, the average person transforming to a “hyper-connected habitué of social media.”
Saxton, Gregory D. “The Social Network Effect: The Determinants of Giving Through Social Media.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 43.5 (2013): 850-868. Web.
- This article talks about the use social networking sites to engage communities in fundraising efforts. Although I’m not speaking about fundraising, I think I can use the idea that this “social network effect” takes precedence over traditional economic experiences
Novel - Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
In my essay, “Jimmy Corrigan and Technology,” I spoke about the influence technology had on Ware. I then lead it into modernity and the effects it had on Jimmy and society. I want to relate this to present day modernity, and speak about the huge influence social media has on today’s society. Specifically, I would like to speak about how social media is decaying society. In addition, I want to relate this to the structure of Ware’s drawings, and include instruction manuals, (possibly) drawing actual visuals as well. I believe that society as a whole is essentially in the middle of an instruction manual. Through the effects of social media, we are influenced everyday to buy certain things, act in a certain way, feel a certain way, as if we are being instructed to do so. We are also wired to type, touch and follow written word rather than having face-to-face verbal interactions with other humans.
In my original draft, I speak about the Chicago World’s Fair and how this shift into modernity in the 1800s trickled down its negative effects into Jimmy’s life. I want to further describe the negative effects of modernity by bringing it to present day. I think the way that I wrote the original about isolation provides a good segue, as if to create a timeline.
This is a more creative approach – I will have to do further research.
It is clear that Ware wrote Jimmy Corrigan with influences from technology. Beginning with the inside cover, the book is constructed as a story within a manual, supposedly one for some mechanical machine. The General Instructions inform the reader on how they should read the manual, including sections on “Ease of Use” and “Technical Explanations.” Throughout the book, the reader is interrupted several times by instruction sheets and diagrams. I believe this leads to the overarching theme of modernity. The inclusion of the Chicago World’s Fair in America’s history relates to Ware viewing the negative effects of modernity. In addition to these technological shifts, society as a whole was also affected by these changes. This has only grown through the advancement of technology over time and society today is extremely influenced by the world of social media. This also affects the world negatively, decaying the communication of society and creating a world of isolation, much like the one Jimmy was stuck in.
1. Description of the layout of Ware’s book and explaining the use of instruction manuals and the influences of technology
2. The Chicago World’s Fair and the effects of this modernity on the Corrigan’s life
3. Technological shifts of the modern world
4. Social media and the world being in an instruction manual and the negative effects of social media
Inclusion of instruction manual visuals