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Shameless Peer Promotion at WRT: Writer Response Theory




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WRT over the past three years has always maintained a sense of blogging responsibility. We made some of this policy explicit in our post in the Reconstruction “Why I blog” article. One goal was not to blog just to announce our various achievements. In fact, when you do see this, it is usually because two of us have goaded the other into posting. Or, in other cases, an announcement is wrapped in a meditation on some related topic. But let me take a moment to promote two particular successes of my WRT peers.

Christy Dena in Convergence

As she continues her dissertation writing, Christy has recently appeared in a special issue of Convergence (February 2008), edited by Henry Jenkins and Mark Deuze, with her special article entitled, “Emerging Participatory Culture Practices: Player-Created Tiers in Alternate Reality Games.” Christy has also created a website to provide a locus for further discussion of the article.

Jeremy in CommentPress

As Jeremy continues his work in his Software Studies postdoc, he has also contributed significantly to the development of the CommentPress blog annotation system, news that has been posted by a number of blogs in our blog roll, but shamefully not ours. Jeremy was working in collaboration with the talented folks over at the Institute for the Future of the Book.

You can see the fruits of Jeremy’s work over at Grand Text Auto where the plugin is serving as the venue for feedback on Noah Wardrip Fruin’s book manuscript, which is, of course, neither a printed book (as of yet) nor handwritten. (Serialized bloguscript?)
Further details:

Christy’s Abstract:

This paper introduces an emerging form of participatory culture, one that is not a modification or elaboration of a primary producer’s content. Instead, this paper details how the artifacts created to ‘play’ a primary producer’s content has become the primary work for massive global audiences. This phenomenon is observed in the genre of alternate reality games (ARGs) and is illustrated through a theory of ‘tiering’. Tiers provide separate content to different audiences. ARG designers tier their projects, targeting different players with different content. ARG player-production then creates another tier for non-playing audiences. To explicate this point, the features that provoke player-production — producer-tiering, ARG aesthetics and transmedia fragmentation — are interrogated, alongside the character of the subsequent player-production. Finally, I explore the aspects of the player-created tiers that attract massive audiences, and then posit what these observations may indicate about contemporary artforms and society in general.

More on CommentPress:

CommentPress is an open source theme for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog. This site is presented in “document” mode.

CommentPress was developed by the Institute for the Future of the Book. This is Version 1.4.1. Over time, we (and hopefully the community) will make improvements and add new features and extensions, all of which will be documented here on this site.

Certainly these are fine accomplishments and well within the purview of the greater WRT interests. We Recognize Them (and I post).



2 Responses to “Shameless Peer Promotion”

  1. 1 Christy Dena

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    Aw, thanks so much Mark. :) I had hoped to do a post about the meta-discussion around the issue — about closed academic journals & public intellectuals — and will still try and do so when I get a spare moment!

  2. 2 forkergirl

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    CommentPress sounds wonderful –and will probably prove indispensable in my learning spaces at the University of Michigan where I practice Limited Fork Theory: the study of interacting language systems (any/all visual, sonic, olfactory, tactile systems/subsystems on any/all scales), a theory that led to the jettisoning of the term “poem” in favor of “poam:” products of acts of making.

    In the absence of such more refined blogging tools, I have relied on conventional blogs as a primary means of communication and dissemination of teacher and student-generated language-system based expression –as form is something to be written along with content of form, I dod not like to force a framework of “writing” upon outcomes of Limited Fork investigations and related outcomes (poams). These links are to the my class-related blogs for the current semester:
    Limited Fork Theory Development Practicum: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/limitedforkpracticum/
    and Limited Fork Theory Atlas:
    http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/limitedforkatlas/

    Because of the emphasis on interactions, Limited Fork Theory work is necessarily concerned with access, and the work therefore is public, in podcasts, in blogs, and at you tube on the forkergirl channel: http://www.youtube.com/forkergirl where there are 30+ examples of my video poams.

    Limited Fork Theory student work is generously represented in LFT student blogs (themselves LFT poams) and in the Limited Fork Video Anthology podcast at iTunes, an all-student forked video showcase, by the way.

    Again; thanks for what CommentPress enables –the Limited Fork will gratefully extend its bifurcating system tines there.

    I hope that you something of interest within the tine systems of Limited Fork Theory.

    –Oh yes; I should say this also: I felt as much at ease as possible with this “Shameless Peer Introduction” since it, well, seemed just right as an extension of this post.

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