Multimodal Narratives Conference 27-28 April 2007

xposted at musings
Saturday marked the second and final day of the Narrative and Multimodality conference organised by Dr. Ruth Page and held at UCE.

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The Internet and Culture 2.0

Bryan Appleyard has written an interesting article for todays Sunday Times entitled The web is dead; long live the web which explores some arguments from Andrew Keen's forthcoming book The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting our Economy.

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Visual map of the Blogosphere

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By Matthew Hurst, from Discovery. Some interesting analysis there of the major blog hotspots and islands of activity.
It would be great to identify individual blogs and their links on a live 3D visualisation…

Either/Or

In relation to the recent discussion about the either/or mentality regarding the future of the book (for an example read this account of the recent Digitise or Die event), I thought it worth noting some comments taken from a video about the Unbound: Advancing Book Publishing in a Digital World event held in January 2007.

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Twitter, the author and the blog

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I was following some blogging links when something brought me up short. The screen grab is from Christy Dena's excellent blog on transmedia media entertainment and concerned the setting up of a book fair in Second Life. Surely enough to make Margaret Attwood melt in a bath.
What made me pause, though, was her twitter entry. Twitter has been getting a lot of attention and turns up fairly frequently in blogs. Normally I pay minimal attention to it but here it has given the author a presence in the blog that I found quite stunning: to the extent that I found myself paying more attention to the tweet than to the entry.
Meg Pickard, an online anthropologist, has discussed the notion that, in blogs, context is king. I would be tempted to go one step forward and try to elide the notion of what is text and what is context in a blog. Paying attention to transliteracy is, I suspect, one way of doing that. Embedding the author in a blog (potentially on a minute by minute basis with twitter) provides a text that really is digitally native and inherently transliterate.

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Mike Wesch – how an academic became Top of the Pops at YouTube

Here's a nice story to cheer us up after the Atwood disappointment. Yesterday at Web2expo I heard anthropologist Mike Wesch talk about his now ubiquitous video The Machine is Us/ing Us, discussed by Bruce Mason elsewhere on this blog. . It was enjoyable because Wesch, who said to me at the start 'it's great to meet another academic here', is a very unassuming guy who spends most of his time teaching at Kansas State University and the rest of his time studying a tribe in Papua, New Guinea, who have recently been introduced to reading and writing and whose experiences have greatly informed his approach to what we would call transliterate practice.

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Digitise or Die – A Personal Reflection

chairsAs I entered the empty auditorium (I was the first there) I paused and took in my surroundings: padded leatherette seats for the audience, modern, sleek white armchairs for the panel, a bottle of water next to each long-necked microphone, dimmed lights, shining stage, and a background image centered behind the panel announcing the speakers and the title of the talk. I then settled in, ready for "compelling arguments" which, I read, would "leave [me] with a renewed enthusiasm for books and vowing to spend less time online."
Well…that didn't happen.

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