Monday, March 9th, 2009
Dene Grigar writes in a recent EBR piece
So, the issue is not that elit is not taught in the academy, but rather it has not yet become an organized field of study anywhere save cutting edge institutions. So, in reality, unless it is an English Department where a Kate Hayles or Joe Tabbi works, a Digital Humanities Program where a Matthew Kirshenbaum teaches, or a Writing program where a Nick Montfort is on faculty, Michael Joyce’s work will not receive the same level of attention that James Joyce’s does.
Hopefully, soon, this will be changing at Tunxis. New Media docs are almost done.
In any case, Grigar is perceptive on the subject of literacy questions, where I think many contra-tech issues arise
Gallix’s essay and the anti-technology comments it spurred has become for me a metaphor for all that is flawed in our perception about the relationship between technology and writing, from the level of what we write, to that of how we write, to finally the way in which we disseminate our writing.
John and I were talking about this issue today. Digital writing and literature is still very young as a physical presence. In my mind, it still wears a soft skin. In fifty years, maybe it will become a turtle.