an expanded actor-network-theory field.
On 09/02/2011 11:11, "Eugenio Tisselli" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear Yasminers,
> Since Salvatore mentioned megafone.net in his introductory statement as an
> example of a possible "next step" towards new forms of publishing, I would
> like to intervene in this interesting discussion with my 2 cents...
> Salvatore asks, "Can bodies, architectures, geographies, relationships,
> emotions, cities, information, research processes represent proper spaces for
> new kinds of publications?" ... and, instead of attempting a reply, I would
> like to point out that this question reveals an unprecedented openness in the
> field of publishing. Now we can actually go beyond the book (with all its
> cultural, narrative and material implications) and experiment with new
> formats. I believe that the key fact here is that we now have the tools to
> manage (write, publish and read) works which are much more complex: we can now
> find our way through chaotic narrative fragments, instead of following the
> linear order imposed by books. We can now distribute, collaborate, share,
> customize... The folksonomies at megafone.net can be an example: the
> participants in the projects, who construct their narrations freely, also add
> tags to their fragments. By selecting one of such tags on the web
> interface, we can filter our reading: this is the potential of databases as
> narrative platforms.
> The questions asked by Jennifer Kanary are also very interesting: "A question
> I have related to 'next step publishing' is how does it
> relate to illiteracy? How do the technologies involved effect illiteracy?
> Would it make a positive or negative impact? Who would be the new illiterates?
> And what role would access to technology play?" ... let's try to think about
> them, since illiteracy is still rampant in many areas of the world, and maybe
> we should do something as take our "next steps". Douglas Rushkoff's "program
> or be programmed" comes to mind: perhaps the new literacy will be about
> knowing what happens inside the black box, that is, being able to at least
> read and understand the code that makes our applications run.
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