December 13, 2019
Throughout the process of writing this EE, I thoroughly enjoyed researching and learning about the whole new concept of quantum computing, encompassing both physics and computer science. My main weakness in doing this topic was my lack of understanding of the complex mathematics and physics properties behind quantum computing. Revisiting this topic later on in my education, when I understand fully the mechanics behind these computations, will be an enlightening experience. However, this aspect of my EE that made it challenging is what made my research process interesting. By mainly using primary scholarly sources directly published from researchers in universities, my understanding increase in accuracy in this sometime misinterpreted or miscommunicated topic. The technical part of my research process included becoming part of the IBMQx and Qiskit online community, learning from and interacting with experts in the field. Unfortunately, I was not able to investigate my original aim in quantum computing algorithms due to technical constraints, where I could not perform accurate measurements on experiments remotely. I had to reach a compromise with a topic that is measurable but less practical. Perhaps it is possible to explore this field when I have access to improved available technology and more research.
December 5, 2019
How does intertextuality contribute to meaning within texts?
Intertextuality contribute to the meaning within texts through a shared frame of reference with its audiences. By using intertextuality, the text will not only have meaning to the general public, another meaning can be formed through the understanding of the references and allusions. This property of intertextual texts appeals to specific audiences and allow the author to further narrow the target audience. Through this, the ideas the author communicates is strengthened for the specific target audience. The values and context of the referenced text can also contribute to the context of the main text without any further explanation, thus, allowing the audience to understand and interpret on their own.
What is gained and lost through the use of intertextuality?
Context behind the message conveyed in a text is gained through the referenced text. By referring or alluding to another text, values and context behind those texts are transferred to the main text. Furthermore, having a shared frame of reference with the target audience creates covert prestige, allowing ideas to be conveyed with more reliability. However, the use of intertextuality may result in loss of meaning for other audiences who don’t get the text. Although sometimes it may be seen as a benefit, a smaller audience would mean that the message conveyed will be to a smaller audience and may have a lesser impact.