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By Ray Siemens, Susan Schreibman

This Companion deals an intensive exam of the way new applied sciences are altering the character of literary stories, from scholarly enhancing and literary feedback, to interactive fiction and immersive environments.

  • A entire evaluation exploring the appliance of computing in literary experiences
  • Includes the seminal writings from the sector
  • Focuses on tools and views, new genres, formatting concerns, and top practices for electronic protection
  • Explores the hot genres of hypertext literature, installations, gaming, and net blogs
  • The Appendix serves as an annotated bibliography

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Leading scholars in the field, for example, include Elizabeth L. 16 The history of the book field, of course, is about the specificity of the codex. But it is also about the codex as what Walter Ong called the ‘‘technologizing’’ of the word. The book is an early, and now highly advanced, media instrument. )( The socio-politics of new media cut both ways. This fact becomes clear when we realize that there is not a single modernization narrative about new media that cannot with equal conviction and evidence be reversed.

Boundaries are not borders. And the relation with the gods, including the pragmatic relation of discourses, does not obey a pragmatics of border to border, between the two perfectly defined blocks or two armies, or two verbal sets, confronting each other. On the contrary, it is a place of ceaseless negotiations and ruses. Which means that there is no reference by which to judge the opponent’s strength; one does not know if s/he is a god or a human. It is a beggar, but it may be a god, since the other is metamorphic, and one will have to judge therefore by opinion alone, that is, without criteria’’ (Lyotard and The´baud 1985: 42–3).

In my Laws of Cool, I named this contrary narrative ‘‘distributed centralization,’’ as witnessed in ‘‘the implantation of dynamic packet-filtering firewalls, ever more complex permission levels, increasingly rigorous (and encrypted) login processes, burgeoning access logs that track users by IP number or domain name, proliferating spyware and monitoring programs, and innumerable other presence-points of control and accountability scattered throughout the lateral network’’ (Liu 2004: 148). 0 proponents speak of ‘‘lightweight programming models’’ such as PHP, AJAX, and other duct-tape methods that do no more than combine proprietary data systems into bricolage ‘‘mashups’’ making users feel they are masters of their domain.

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