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Hello JJ, I will definately be taking the time to read Freya. I didn’t mean to give the impression I wasn’t interested — just that I didn’t have time/put aside the time to read it in real-time. It sounds like it reads well, regardless of whether it is real-time or on-demand — which makes for good design. Perhaps the lesson of distributed works: make them accessible and compelling, no matter what the audience type.
I look forward to sitting down and experiencing it. Thanks JJ Frawley.]]>
I read the mystery a couple of months ago and loved it. I read the emails as they came in, which did add to the excitement. But the story’s a good one, and I think it would stand up on its own. I bought it on the recommendation of Cory Doctorow at boingboing who read it as a manuscript and said he almost missed a plane so he could read the ending. So if you haven’t deleted all these emails, you might want to give it a chance.]]>
Oh, I think for those who actually did read the emails each day, the experience would of been very interesting and exciting. But my experience, of not being able/not putting time aside to read the emails as they appear, takes one dimension of the work out: the performance or real-time unfolding aspect of it. I can still read through the emails, in order, but I feel as if I am reading it post-mortem. The same has been said about interactive broadcasting type shows like Big Brother. You could watch the series on DVD afterwards, but it doesn’t have the same experience as when it is unfolding live, in response to audience input. Though the email fiction is not reactive like Big Brother, they both share the real-time aspect.
I find this interesting: on the one-hand we have technologies that permit live interaction and stories that unfold in real-time and in response to your input; on the other hand we want our stories to be on tap, on-demand for when we want them. Could this be the double-logic of contemporary entertainment?]]>
Part of the problem may be that email is archival and asynchronous - scheduled readings head instead in the direction of “performance,” and might perhaps be better structured by some live medium, like a class seminar, or an episodic television show before the invention of “timeshifting devices” such as VHS or TiVO.
I suppose we read things on time, not for the author, but for each other. My grandmother’s reading group meets once a month, and they have to read the book in order to participate with their friends. In online situations, streaming text can turn a publishing event into a social one. One example from interactive fiction - the annual XYZZY awards are performed as a live show of text statements via ifMUD.
But, in the end, I understand where you are coming from - I’m not that kind of reader, either.]]>