Blog to Book Narratives

Welcome to writing/communications Wednesday. Today’s post aims to answer the questions: Are blogs narratives? and How is online narrative different from print? Ahhh the world of blogging. I’ve been blogging for over three years now and there are several stigmas and stereotypes around blogging. Some people pay high respect to blogging and others see it as a cute past time for narcissists. I’ve experienced both perceptions. There are millions of…

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Where is all the Hypertext Fiction in this Digital Age?

*** The following hypertext essay was written in partial completion of the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology degree at the University of Alberta, Canada. © 2013 Nicole Basaraba The navigation menu for this essay can be found at the bottom of each section. In hypertext fashion, it can be followed in any order desired, however, there is a suggested order included as labelled by numbers. *** Where is…

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Phenomenology of reading print vs. digital books

A major reason hypertext fiction has not taken off as one might expect in the digital age is because people are accustomed to and enjoy the phenomenological experience of reading print books. In casual conversation, people often state that they prefer to read print books because of the feel and smell of the book – the phenomenological experience. “Books feel good. They operate well. It turns out that hundreds of…

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Remediating the book metaphor – what makes a book, a book?

Publishers and writers have had the same definition of a book for thousands of years, since Ancient Greece: “The words ‘biblios’ or ‘byblos’ are translatable as either ‘papyrus’ the material, or as the object consisting of papyrus on which it is placed. The common translation “book” is misleading” (Havelock, 2011, p. 41). The word “book” meant the collection of papyrus and so how can we define an e-book when there is…

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Remediating the World Wide Web – is hypertext a space?

Hypertext writers went beyond the book metaphor by introducing chunk-style or puzzle-like stories. Aarseth (1994) explains that “the main feature of hypertext is discontinuity—the sudden displacement of the user’s position in the text,” (p. 60). This discontinuity is clearly seen in website functionality. Wardrip-Fruin (2004) also postulates that the definition of hypertext has become synonymous with “chunk-style media” because most authors of hypertext fiction and poetry used link-based formats. He…

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