Reading the Screen

And the burning observation: It isn't just reading Digital Literature that changes. Reading scholarly literature changes, too. Diagrammatic Writing, for instance. Or Esposito, "The Processed Book."

Continuing from the reading we did for this week:

What type of reading experience is being proposed in Hegirascope and 2translation? How do we talk about it? Must we discuss the software used? Must we indicate the colors of the windows, as the words go by? ... It is clear that we require a new vocabulary to talk about this new textual reality. (Gervais)

And looking back over your shoulder t0 what we read a couple of weeks ago:


and this:

Scholars or creative writers may still have some retraining ahead to think differently about texts in electronic spaces, using their capacities to shape discourse, but as the conceptual habits shift, the technological support structures develop.


The implications for design are that we shift from the univocal to polyvocal text. We can borrow from the conven- tions of electronic games and offer multiple views simultaneously. Displays designed for navigation or reading or organized topic maps or semantic webs all complement each other without redundancy, as long as the relations among them are made explicit through shared clues such as common elements or reference frames. (Drucker, Graphesis)

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