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On the Polyphonic Method
A couple of months ago Micheal Benton approached us at Writer Response Theory to participate in the Reconstructions issue on blogging. We’re Really Thrilled about the idea — who wouldn’t want to blog about blogging?! But when the time came to write, we three researchers kept weaving in and out of approaches. Should we have a single voice? That is always a good approach, but a collaborative document isn’t written with a single voice in the first draft. It begins as a mixture of voices that synergise and become one (either with poetic ease or a crow-bar). We haven’t reached that chorus point yet. Don’t know if we ever will. And, to be frank, we like the idea of pulling back the curtain and revealing what a collaborative-text-in-formation looks like. Indeed, it is emblematic of our collaborative blogging at WRT.

So, why do we blog…together?


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Netspeak, or its phreaky (ph5e@k) kin leet (l33t), has been sneaking into schools and various narrative forms for quite some time. Here’s a Slashdot post from 2002 about its entry without a hall pass. Since instant messaging and texting is such a dominant part of youth culture, where else would it go? (According to Mobile Youth, 3.2 billion text messages sent in the UK in March 2006.) Of course, it was just a matter of time before it showed up in fiction, though not always how you’d expect.

TTYL (2004), TTFN (2006)
By Lauren Myracle

This is a pair of best-slling print-based, teen-oriented epistolary novelsl written entirely in texting. They are, to my knowledge, the only novels written entiely in this format. Author Myracle, of course, has a MySpace page for all her fans to post their messages of luv, sending their own netspeak messages back. Her next outing: l8r, g8r

SPAMologue


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We’ve spoken a couple of times about SPAM: the inspiring texts used in SPAM and how we read them differently to bots and another about a site that collects entertaining examples of email spam. Well, zefrank has a work called ‘request’ (2004) which is a dramatisation of a spam email. Very funny when the words […]


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Dave Miller emailed me late last year and I only just followed up by checking out his blog and thesis. He has created and researched networked narratives. You can find out about his works at his blog, where you can also get a copy of his Masters: ???When the Network Becomes An Author: […]

Blam Art?


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I’ve spoken about email spam before, but now there is a new blog dedicated to email spam. It is very funny, and provides an insight, ironically, into good email design. There are categories that you can follow: Best of Email; Crappy Email; Email Studies; Exclusive email; Lifestyle Email; No Email; Odd Email; Porn SPAM; […]






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