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(updated 9/27 with link to webslides)
Take a look at The Wilderness Downtown. (Oh, and use Google Chrome.)
What would you call it? “An interactive short film”? Internet art? Interactive drama? (If you said, Electronic Literature, give yourself five extra points. It’s not unlike at least this piece.)
So now, if you were to study it, […]


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Critical Code Studies, the critical interpretation of computer source code, was born on this blog (here and here). Several years, presentations, debates, annexations, blogs, and new allies later, I am back to announce that I’m turning up the heat on (& giving more bandwidth to) Critical Code Studies.
One of the crucial developments has been […]


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Critical Code Studies, the critical interpretation of computer source code, was born on this blog (here and here). Several years, presentations, debates, annexations, blogs, and new allies later, I am back to announce that I’m turning up the heat on (& giving more bandwidth to) Critical Code Studies.
One of the crucial developments has been […]


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Ah, the Internet. Gregory Zobel ran this wonderful interview about managing your RSS feeds with WRT-amigo David Parry (of Academic Hack) on the now-defunct “Adjunct Advice.” Unfortunately, that “long tail” can sometimes be severed, so to help it grow back, we are reposting that interview here. This marks the second […]


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In the most recent step toward the conversational agent takeover (a conversonator apocalypse), the new video game Bot Colony by Montreal-based North Side is nearing completion. The game’s website promises “Unrestricted conversation in English between players and characters.” WRT took some time out from rearing our own chatbots for some unrestricted conversation with Bot Colony chief designer, Eugene Joseph.






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