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Tracking the evolution of narrative under the new light of technology.
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Monolyth – New Technology Review | the space bar & the delete key

Monolyth – New Technology Review | the space bar & the delete key | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Really rich "Review from the Future" fiction (notice the date - otherwise there is no indication, that I can see, that this is a fiction). Does this constitute a hoax? The author is clearly indicating fiction with the date and the "imaginary" tag. 

 

Also: Monolyth is an awesome idea for a social network. Totally, totally awesome.

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Faith

Faith | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Really cool graphical treatment of a poem.

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YOU CHOSE WRONG

YOU CHOSE WRONG | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Pretty sweet aggregation of some choose-your-adventure death endings. 

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Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society - Telegraph

Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society - Telegraph | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it
Jonathan Franzen has launched a passionate defence of the printed book, warning that our desire for the instant gratification of e-books is damaging for society.

 

Franzen has a history of making bold statements that overstep his actual convictions; not that he's only blustering. He likes to debate. I would like to debate him.

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Graphic Narratives: Generative Book Covers by Ligia Duro

Graphic Narratives: Generative Book Covers by Ligia Duro | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Interesting, functional, cover-representation of a book's organizing principles. As it is, it's pretty stark. I wonder how much information some colors and some labels can add--or would that take entirely too much away from the minimalism that makes these covers attractive?

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Create eBooks on iPad using iBook Author

Create eBooks on iPad using iBook Author | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

A guide meant for teachers. As usual, the program looks not only easy but fun to use. 

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Why Should Books Still Be Books When They're on Tablets?

Why Should Books Still Be Books When They're on Tablets? | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

One company's new app distills the big ideas in works of non-fiction into a set of shareable "cards."... Is the shape of narrative itself in flux?

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Chris Lott's comment, August 14, 2012 7:55 PM
This made me think of the not necessarily revolutionary, but still interesting, piece "Fish: a Tap Essay" -- aniPhone/iPad/iTouch app by Robin Sloan - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fish-a-tap-essay/
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inkle » What’s in a game?

inkle » What’s in a game? | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

The minds behind Inkle discuss the difference between a text-based game experience and experience of a good choose-your-own-adventure novel. Literary types will recognize them verging on mentioning the Sandbox - that place behind what is told, where the tension between what we know and what we don't plays with our expectations as readers. In the game experience, the tension is up front, between you and the challenges that the game presents to you.

 

This distinction should be a soft one, which I don't believe they touch upon. In the game Braid, for instance, there is plenty of tension behind what we know. Likewise, the tension in a heroic journey, a standard literary story-arc, is not in what we cannot see but is between the hero and the challenges presented to him.

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Playfic

Cool interactive fiction tool.

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Blogs as Serialized Scholarship

Nice, comprehensive examination of the blog format and academic scholarship.

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99% Invisible

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A GREAT radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. Also, they have a story on beer.

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Proto-Knowledge: Building "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer"

Proto-Knowledge: Building "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

Interesting visual treatment of one of my favorite books discussing narrative technology, The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.

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Chris Lott's comment, August 14, 2012 7:52 PM
It took two readings to put this near the top of my list of favorite Stephenson novels (I'm the odd duck that thinks the Baroque Cycle is by far his greatest achievement), but the central conceits regarding "the information" are fascinating. It's worth considering the Phyles along with Vernor Vinge's "belief circles" in _Rainbows End_ (not to be confused with _Rainbow's End_) which presents a nearer-term future, but one that could well be a stepping-stone toward what Stephenson came up with.
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Why Books Are Better Than e-Books for Children

Why Books Are Better Than e-Books for Children | Narrative Tech | Scoop.it

A literacy expert suggests that when we read with our children from e-readers, we may be be impeding their ability to learn. (Interesting; I'm not sure I agree, but interesting.)

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