The Book as Interface, Part 2


The full interface of and by islands I mean paragraphs.

For the week of Sep 18, we'll look at examples of what Drucker gets at by demonstration for print in Diagrammactice Writing, and by argument and exposition in Graphesis: How interface shapes reading and interpretation.

Re-read Drucker, from Graphesis where she argues that digital graphic armatures (structures) demand new interpretive strategies.

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 struc- tures develop. Diagrammatic writing that integrates human and machine protocols of composition is emerging, and with it, the need to specify its critical properties. 181

We are learning to read and think and write along rays, arrays, subdivisions, and patterns of thought. How can the flexible morphology of screen display enable framing, en- framing, embedment, entanglement, hierarchy, listing, and other schematic strategies of composition? 189

Emerson takes up the argument in her opening chapter by looking at works that make the digital interface visible (think what Drucker did in Diagrammatic Writing).

And we'll take a look at how to read and interpret the material presented in a digital interface.

Read / explore / consider / make notes on these. They may not work on a tablet, and a few require flash. Your task is to work with the interface so use the best computer you can (largest screen, fastest processor). You will have to click around, follow links, explore. These are not passive texts

Spend at least an hour with each of these. Keep notes on how - physically - you are reading them and how that reading is shaping interpretation of them.

In class
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