Janet Murray on interactivity in popular culture

The past two decades have resulted in the domestication of digital expression, making interactivity second nature, like reading or listening to popular music, which, in addition to opening commercial opportunities for mainstream media, has created receptive audiences for a wide variety of serious experimental artifacts from Gonzalo Frasca’s antiwar newsgame September 12(2003) to Anna Anthropy’s …

The Unknown notes

‘The American Hypertext Novel, and Whatever Became of It?’ by Scott Rettberg William Gillepsie, Frank Marquardt, Scott Rettberg and Dirk Stratton’s The Unknown was the co-winner7 of the 1999 trAce/ AltX competition (Gillespie et al 1999). A comic novel, it begins with the premise that the hypertext novel is itself a promotional stunt for a …

Far Less Linear

Maps of Victory Garden from the Pathfinders Traversals Here is a map of Luminous Airplanes For comparison, see the Bandersnatch map J. Yellowlees Douglas – The End of Books, Or Books Without End: Reading Interactive Narratives While many digital narratives begin with a scene or sequence that establishes both the identity of the user as …

Print Hypertext

The Non-linear Tradition in Literature While hypertext technology provides new and rich possibilities for reconceiving the very shape and form of The Book, writers have long registered their resistance to the strictures of closure and the novel. Many texts produced as printed books anticipate the non-sequential narratives of hyperbooks and others offer particularly instructive examples …

afternoon, a story notes

Here’s a summary: Sometime in the late 1980s, an enigmatic work of short fiction began circulating through a small subculture of writers and technologists. Entitled “Afternoon, a Story” and written by a then-community college professor named Michael Joyce, the piece wasn’t easily shared—not because of anything particularly radical or subversive in its message but simply …

Patchwork Girl Notes

Shelley Jackson’s Traversal of Patchwork Girl Excerpt from N. Katherine Hayles’ Writing Machines: –The text that heralded the transition to second-generation electronic literature for Kaye was Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl. It presented itself as a rewriting of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in which the female monster, dismembered by a nauseated Victor in Mary’s classic tale, is …

INTERACTIVE TELEVISION -CINEMA

Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic – It aired on HBO as a six-episode series over five nights, but it was also released alongside an app of supplementary interactive content. Here’s a good article about the process of making Mosaic Netflix’s interactive children’s programming – Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, …

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