When I was in college, I proposed the idea that I could write a cell phone novel for my undergraduate senior thesis. I was discouraged from that and settled on a web-based hypertext novel. Several years later, Huffington Post reports that “Five of the top ten bestsellers of 2007 in Japan were “cell phone novels.” The trend is growing.
The "less is more" philosophies of the East, such as the minimalist discipline of haiku, made the first cell phone novels a natural fit for Japanese readers. But even to a Western outsider like this columnist, this upstart medium seems well suited for English-language verse, inspirational affirmations like those found in many self-help works, or perhaps stream-of-consciousness prose in the spirit of Kerouac… to cite just a few possibilities.
An interesting discussion of the "atomic unit" of news, an idea that transcends the print or digital aspects of a newspaper, but which informs the design, and use, of both.via gigaom.com
The Imaginary Voyage is an investigation into a new type of opera that emerges from the digital world (Hugill & Scott 2013, 253). The research is described in Hugill, A. and Scott, L. (2013) ‘The Imaginary Voyage’, Digital Creativity 24/3, pp. 253-257.
The user is cast in the role of voyager, travelling from island to island across the internet (or Squitty Sea). Each island has its own character and interactivity. The story is primarily modelled on the voyage of Doctor Faustroll in Alfred Jarry’s posthumously published novel Exploits and Opinions of Doctor Faustroll, Pataphysician (1911), and similar descriptions by Iambulus, Rabelais, Cyrano de Bergerac, Bacon, Swift, Borges and Perec.via theimaginaryvoyage.com
With books, what is it that’s superior to other forms? If novels are dying, should we mourn? What are we parting with, exactly? How can we make sure not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, if we move on from books?Read the rest of this entry
If I have watched a video, listened to audio or if I have otherwise acted as a passive consumer, I have not “interacted” even if I did push a button to begin that passive experience.Read the rest of this entry
Unlike those who are trying to program computers to write books, the digital humanities is something else entirely. It is a new and evolving field that is a sort of catch-all for a bunch of different humanities subjects that have gone digital. Unlike those who are trying to program computers to write books, the digital […]Read the rest of this entry
A prototype for a digital book that resembles a paper book in a more natural way.Read the rest of this entry
If the world doesn’t yet have a strong, ongoing body of hypertext literature, could it be because the idea was born before the widespread popularity of web standards? Are the early hypertexts akin to the early attempts at bookmaking, and so will hypertext literature require an element of conservation science in order to survive? Will it be transcribed or upgraded, the way the ancient writing was transcribed from scroll, to manuscript, to book, to database?Read the rest of this entry
The first sequence of chapters of Dreaming Methods’ latest digital fiction project are now online to experience – with future chapters to follow. Told through a series of semi-interactive scenes and video sequences where narrative fragments have to be “found” in order to progress through the story, Consensus Trance begins with a protagonist who has just returned from a school reunion where strangely none of his old friends remember the same things he does.Read the rest of this entry
a Response to HeideggerRead the rest of this entry