trAce and Writers for the Future are pleased to announce the winners of New Media Article Writing Competition: Review category – “A Bad Machine Made of Words” by Nick Montfort; Opinion category – “Are cell phones new media? Hybrid communities and collective authorship” by Adriana de Souza e Silva; Process category – “Writing 4 Cyberformance” by Karla Ptacek & Helen Varley Jamieson; Editor’s Choice Award – “Show Me Your Context, Baby: My Love Affair with Blogs” by Kate Baggott; Honourable Mention – “Postcards From Writing” by Sally Pryor.
April 16, 2004 in E-Lit Criticism
New book reviews at RCCS include: Susan B. Barnes’s Online Connections: Internet Interpersonal Relationships reviewed by Andrew Dalton; Edwin Bendyk and Zatruta Studnia’s [Poisoned Well. On Power and Freedom] reviewed by Alek Tarkowski; N. Katherine Hayles’s Writing Machines reviewed by Michael Filas; Joseph Tabbi’s Cognitive Fictions reviewed by Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Jen Webb, with a rejoinder from Joseph Tabbi; and Mark Warschauer’s Technology and Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide reviewed by Chris Hewson.
March 22, 2004 in E-Lit Criticism
First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game, edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Pat Harrigan, is a new book gathering a remarkably diverse group of new media theorists and practitioners to consider the relationship between “story” and “game,” as well as the new kinds of artistic creation (literary, performative, playful) that have become possible in the digital environment. Topics range from “Cyberdrama” to “Ludology” (the study of games), to “The Pixel/The Line” to “Beyond Chat.” For more information and to purchase First Person, visit MIT Press.
March 16, 2004 in E-Lit Criticism
Hello World: travels in virtuality is a new book from trAce’s Artistic Director, Sue Thomas. Part travelogue, part memoir, Thomas draws on her online travels as well as her physical journeys in the USA, Australia and England. Go to trAce to purchase the book online. Visit the Hello World blog and win a signed copy of the book for the most insightful blog comment.
February 10, 2004 in E-Lit Criticism
The “Literature in Programmable Media/Literatur in Netzen/Netzliteratur” research project at the University of Siegen’s Centre of Cultural Research is now online. The site currently contains an archive of articles by project participants, links to sites of artists and scholars with whom the project collaborates, and event announcements. There are plans for an on-line discussion forum in the near future. The project “aims at analysing the ongoing changes of literary communication in programmable and networked media, particularly on the Internet.”
January 30, 2004 in E-Lit Criticism
Edited by Jan Van Looy and Jan Baetens, Close Reading New Media: Analyzing Electronic Literature is the first publication to apply the method of close analysis to new media. This book proposes close readings of work by Mark Amerika, Darren Aronofsky, M.D. Coverley, Raymond Federman, Shelley Jackson, Rick Pryll, Geoff Ryman and Stephanie Strickland.
January 20, 2004 in E-Lit Criticism
New book reviews at RCCS include: Espen J. Aarseth’s Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature reviewed by Vika Zafrin; David Kushner’s Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created An Empire and Transformed Pop Culture reviewed by Bob Rehak; and Steven Poole’s Trigger Happy: Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution reviewed by Edward Castronova and Aaron Delwiche.
January 13, 2004 in E-Lit Criticism