Sunday, January 26, 2020

  1. Throughout this chapter, it was explored how electronic literature can connect and expand upon movement and through prior knowledge. Electronic literature has been a practice that has developed through the last few centuries and shown progression in technology fields through creativity and its academic research. In 1999 the Electronic Literature Organization was established and had adopted the types of work that writers were creating in digital media, with specific computational properties that were produced in cultural context. "Electronic literature" is a term that is broad within its field but because of the ELO, a list has been compiled that would given definitive statements in order to make it clear what the topic intended and what else could be explored throughout it. Because of digital literature, technology has been heightened through new forms of communication, by allowing for new approaches in digital media to emerge. Things such as e-books and e-lit have gained an impactful matter on the subject. E-books have brought new innovations and have become native to the digital environment. This also goes for digital media and how it has many forms through multimedia. Its general purpose is designed by the fact that tasks can be performed in multiple manners and understood in different forms.

2. Something that stood out to me during this reading was actually on the second page when Rettberg wrote, "the difference between the way that we imagine the book before and after the digital turn is that now the affordances of the computer and the Internet are readily available to us. We can actualize these affordances. But how can we figure out how to best use these capabilities effectively to develop new kinds of poetry, new types of stories?" (2)  This intrigued me because I feel when people think of advances in technology they think of the latest iPhone or laptop, or robots that can clean someone's whole house. However, what many seem to fail to think about is how writing has developed because of advances in technology, many of which would not be possible without the contemporary digital context. Rettberg also wrote, "Imagine the book as a network, always on, always connected, and always changing." This is true in many ways because to see how literature has developed from say the 1800's to now, not only is the context completely different but the form of writing. Literature is something that is always developing and gives the reader an opportunity to explore more into a topic and come up with understandings and ideas. Being involved with literature is proven to sharpen one's senses and test the knowledge of a reader/writer.

Cassie Haskell


  1. I think that too, how cool it is to see developments in literature over time. We see upgrades in phones and mobile devices whereas there is just as much as an imporvement in how information is shown and shared. It has gone from being printed, permanent bodies of work to electronic pieces able to be manipulated over time and repeatedly changed. I think looking into the changes in writing over time and the types of writing we have now would be very interesting.

  2. "how can we figure out how to best use these capabilities effectively to develop new kinds of poetry, new types of stories?"

    this is such a big (and continuing) question. This is changing as art and film and narrative become more participatory, more immersive. We are only at the very beginning of digital media storytelling. And literature does tell us and teach us so much of the time period, it's constantly changing, as are reader/author relationships.



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