In Monday’s class, we’ll be talking about digital writing again: what it is, how we can spot it, how it differs from analog writing and doesn’t, how traditional ways of thinking about genre won’t cut it anymore. I wanted to take some time before then to remind us all that we are engaged in digital … More What is Digital Writing?
In each of our units for this class, I like to have one day where we engage in some playful exercise or creative prompt in class together; I think of it as a hands-on opportunity to explore the characteristic we’re currently discussing (in this case, collaboration). When you actually try to make something collaborative, you … More Six-Word Collaborations
You’ve all just finished watching Catfish: The Movie, which can be read as a kind of origin story for the TV show, as young Nev himself is “catfished” but ends up developing a friendship with and empathy for his “catfisher.” The article I asked you to read last week, “Consider the Catfish” discusses the TV … More Consider the Catfish
This next unit might feel a bit strange or unwieldy at first glance — that’s ok. We’re deep enough into the semester that I think we can dive into a fundamental question of narrative: What does an author do? People have been asking this question for as long as artists have been stringing fragments of … More A Text Without An Author?: The Nature of Generative Literature
The focus of our next unit will be interactive narratives: creating texts that progress, unfold, or change based on the reader’s interaction with it, whether in the form of decision-making, text input, or physical movement. Today, we’re going to begin exploring these kinds of texts as readers / players, to develop an understanding of how … More Playing as a Reader: Interacting with Interactive Narratives
I know it might seem strange, to have conferences with your professor during only the second week of class, but I find them helpful in allowing us to get to know each other better, and to help ground you all in what can be a daunting class early on. To help achieve those purposes, I’d … More Getting to Know You
Today, we will work together to “hide” a series of story fragments and buried memories across campus, using Twitter and geotagging to add (or perhaps just reveal?) a new layer of buried memories across this space. This will be a locative narrative. It will also be collaborative (in some cases, unwittingly appropriateive), and interactive. Working … More The Locative Corpse Haunts Our Campus