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WRT is a blogging collective dedicated to the discussion and exploration of digital character art — any art involving electrons and making use of letters, alphanumerics, or other characters in an interesting way. Our primary focus is on active and interactive works, in which users input text and receive textual responses as output. Our URL (Writer Response Theory) is a play on Reader Response Theory and therefore shifts the investigative focus to a reader/writer whose textual input will change the works they encounter. We see ourselves as writers or creators responding to theory; as writers creating theory, a theory which is also a response to writers.
Some objects of study include ASCII art, blog fiction, chatbots, email fiction, e-poetry, hypertext fiction, and interactive fiction (IF). What are the methods of design, the modes of usage, and the relationships between scriptons and textons in these art forms?
WRT is an open site. Everyone who reads this blog is a member and may suggest a thread or a link. As long as it pertains to digital letter/character art we will post and pursue it. WRT is a research and discussion collective not an announcement site.
What does W.R.T. stand for?
- Writer Response Theory
- We Realize Text
- Web-Ridden Texts
- With Respect To
- Wrong Right Theory
- Wide Robed Techies
- We Rotten Tomatoes
- and perhaps just WriTing
‘It is useful to distinguish between strings as they appear to readers and strings as they exist in the text, since these may not always be the same. For want of better terms, I call the former scriptons and the latter textons.’
Aarseth, E. (1997). Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature. Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University Press, p.62.