Sunday, August 1st, 2004
A living, beating narrative surface. The Book of Waste at Digital Fiction. Interesting how the surface plays with fixation and unpredictability.
Not the best way to regain a grasp on reality, but fascinating in its creativity, here and on Digital Fiction. One thing I have noticed on some of these though, such as The Diary of Ann Sykes http://www.dreamingmethods.com/ (sorry, forgot how to put link in comments & am too lazy to check it) is that careful planning must be a part of the creative process–technical planning that is more evident in New Media than in other narrative: Difficulty in reading because of the font on sizes used. This is now in the realm of the author, rather than an all-knowing publisher. Changes the qualifications of the artist/writer, doesn’t it?
I also must admit to not yet fully getting over the distracting/annoying element in this form. But then, I hated IF until I learned how to maneuver within it, and think in the format.
Planning’s right: new media communication is all about the process.
The internet service I use prevents me from a continuous momentum necessary to enjoy the full effects of DF. Internet Explorer occasionally encounters a problem and closes while I am viewing a download, and as mentioned in the site, DF, downloading is time-consuming. I do like the fixation it establishes when I read, as it is a great exercise in building speed and forming context of a story. The interactive combination of video and sound motivates the reader. As for unpredictability, I don’t see any connection if suspense is what you mean. My problem with this may be from referring back to the title, The book of Waste, too quickly for conclusions to each excerpt. And with that said, I find the narrative piece a little dark.
The Diary of Anne Sykes didn’t do anything for me. I never got past the image of doodling on high school text book covers.
Coming from a novice’s perspective.
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