Hello computer, how are you today?

Today I were thinking of trying out different chatbots, to see what kind of narrative one could achieve with a one way communication as I will have a set list of conversation. With this little experiment I will try out 3 different chatbots and give them a set conversation line for them to reply to. I will note down my results for each chatbot and see where they vary and how accurate their response is.

The 3 chatbots:

  1. Pewdiebot
  2. Kiyana
  3. Rose

The phrases and the answers I got:

  • Hi, my name is Stalin, what’s yours?

Pewdiebot: Dn!!
Kiyana: Hiya Stalin-san!!
Rose: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Nice to meet you, Stalin. My name is Rose

  • What is your favorite video game?

Pewdiebot: THAT IS A SECRET!!
Kiyana: You want to talk about me?
Rose: My favorite MMO is World of Warcraft

 

  • How is the weather?

Pewdiebot: It’s very cold here with the lovely, beautiful me
Kiyana: Do yo have any brothers or sisters?
Rose: It’s nice enough out. But it’s pretty reasonable the year round

 

  • What is 2/4+2*4?

Pewdiebot: I meant little big plante
Kiyana: I know that one! I read it in a book! It’s 8.5! =^.^=
Rose: It isn’t important. San Francisco is perverse. When you expect sunny it’s fog and chill winds, but just when you think winter’s nearly here, it goes sunny

  • What do you think of bitcoin?

 

Pewdiebot: I, I don’t know what that is!!
Kiyana: Mayybe 
Rose: I adore the idea of cryptocurrencies. I prefer Aetherium.

  • If you could have traveled anywhere in the universe, where would you go?

Pewdiebot: Paris in Sweden
Kiyana: Do you like anime or manga?
Rose: OK. Given that… I don’t know. Depends on where my work takes me.

  • Do you prefer Canada or USA?

Pewdiebot: DS
Kiyana: I can never make decisions. nyaaa
Rose: It would be a wonderful country if it weren’t so far north. I like Vancouver. It has a mellow climate and wonderful industrial relic shops.

The result is that Pewdiebot has the intelligence as the average Swedish person, Kiyana got distracted but were the only one that could do simple math, meanwhile Rose seemed to be the most efficient chatbot, but I suspect Rose expected a conversation about weather when I asked about the simple math. I tried to ask Rose again “What is 2/4+2*4?”, the bot replied with a statement that I’ve asked that before.

This type of interaction could be a big improvement in writing movie scripts or stories of their own. Could also be a huge help in video games where the responses often are predictable and “written in stone”. The only bad thing is that the narrative in video games isn’t decided by simple conversations, but the coded events that a conversation might lead to.

 

People invent computers (and you won’t believe what happened next)

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Second blog post and here I am again, ready to talk about digital revolution and, one of its consequences, the magnificent world of memes. First things first, so we are going to give priority to the most important topic of those two and I’m going to start talking about memes.

This week we had a laboratory where we learned what memes are and we even made some of them. I made 2, but memes in in “image + caption” format are not my thing, so I think they are not worth to share. To compensate the lack of memes, I’ll talk about something I thought about when we were at the laboratory.

At the end of the class, I realized we only touched the surface, the tip of the iceberg of memes. As you might know, Internet is big, like, really big. And so are memes.

The word “meme” was first said in 1972 by Richard Dawkings and defined as “culture packages” that people use to make references. Years later, with the invention of the email, memes started to become viral as people sent to their contacts things that they found funny, making those things memes. But it wasn’t until around 2008 when memes became a worldwide phenomenom. With memes like the Yao Ming meme or Me Gusta meme, this images became a main part of the contents you can find in the internet.

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Example of 2008s meme

From then, memes have evolved to the point where you can find new famous and used memes every week. And most of them are surprisingly funny.

But memes are not always laughs and fun. Sometimes they become problematic, as happened with Pepe the Frog. Pepe the Frog was an innocent meme that became famouse at 4chan, and, as you might know, 4chan is not as innocent as Pepe, so it degenerated to some weird and creepy derivates of Pepe the Frog. This has caused this meme to be seen as a symbol of hate for some people.

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Another example of memes getting serious has happened in my home country, Spain. A lot of people has used the most powerful weapon of disapproval of our time, the Twitter + memes combo, to show their discontent with the actual government. And it seems the government hasn’t liked it too much, because some of this people have gone to jail for making memes and they even proposed memes to be illegal (yes, you’ve read well).

Memes can be complicated sometimes it seems.

Changing the topic, let’s talk about the other thing I said at the beginning of this post, digital revolution. And you will probably be asking yourself “what is digital revolution?” while you’re sitting in front of your computer reading a blog. Well, you’re right now being part of the digital revolution. Actually most of the people in the world are part of this revolution and it has affected almost every aspect of our lives.

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At the beginning, digital devices were mostly very complex room-size machines which only could storage some information and do mathematical operations. Years passed, and now we have mobile phones of the size of our hand, millions of times more powerful than those old computers.

This evolution has allowed us to make a lot of new things. Our life has become easier and now we can do things we could only dream of 30 years ago. This revolution has affected almost every aspect of our lives, and it has affected art too.

With the digital revolution, new types of art have emerged, from electronic music to electronic literature. People can now develop more their creativity and make real their thoughts. It has not only affected how people create art, it has also affected how people distribute and consume art.

Digital revolution has been one of the most important revolutions in human history, and right now it’s in its first years of life. Surely, the next years we will see things we can’t even imagine nowadays.

Looks exciting, huh?

Electronic Literature

What is Electronic Literature?

 

When I first heard about the concept of electronic literature I just figured it was like a book on the internet, or reading using a Kindle. But after reading and hearing about the subject I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong, electronic literature is more a type of literature that uses the interactivity which is possible in the digital world as a element of the storytelling. This contrasts to the aformentioned Kindle, or traditional books that have been posted online, where the digital aspect of the literature is often just limited to a button which takes you to the next page.

 

Electronic Literature can be divided into several different genres, some of them being locative narrative, generative text and interactive fiction.

 

Interactive fiction is a type of storytelling where the reader has an effect on the story being told through various inputs. Something like a story where the reader can chose which path to go, kind of like old school adventure books which used the same approach to storytelling.

 

Locative fiction is a type of fiction where the location of the reader is taken into acount. This can be achieved with a mobile phone which displays a text in a specific place based on your location.

 

Generative text is a type of text where the writer isn’t the one writing the text, but rather someone who writes a script that generates text itself based on a set of rules. The text itself is made by a computer but according to rules set by a human.

ScareMail Generator and TwitterBots

I don´t feel exited when I open up the elit collections, but after postponing this post (the last post!) for too long I´ve finally found a piece that caught my attention. ScareMail Generator is a text generator that occurred after the National Security Agency were exposed and the public found out that they were spying on people all over the world. You can add ScareMail to your browser and it will make your emails ‘scary’ and therefore it disrupts NSAs surveillance.

I had to google NSA + surveillance + 2013 to get some background knowledge to understand why this elit piece got created. Google said that it exists 3 050 00 articles/pages with one or more of the keywords. The ones on the first page are all from 2013 and is about the surveillance on civilians.

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The text looks like a normal clean email with many paragraphs and it switches between short/long sections. The content doesn’t make no sense, so I feel the need to read each section several times to get some sort of understanding. It’s important to pinpoint that the text isn’t made for humans to understand, the point is to confuse NSA’s surveillance systems.

The only multimodal element in this piece of elit is text and maybe some AI. There is coding behind the text that generates it and ensures that the text is different each time you click the button. The generator uses a Markov chain (a series consisting of different variables) to generate new texts that are unique but in the style of the intermediates. All the nouns and verbs within the text is swapped with ‘scary’ ones by using an NPL (neuro-linguistic programming) method.

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I like this piece of elit because it’s quite relevant even today. There should be more focus on digital surveillance, people know too little and everyday people get pictures and information stolen from their phones, computers etc. From time to time it pops up a new article about people whose lost control over one or more nude pictures and they don´t know what to do about it. Some of the people hasn’t even shared the photo, but phones can be hacked. I´ve also heard stories about the police in Norway using surveillance on Facebook. If you write “illegal” words to many times they will start to watch the conversation in hopes of finding out if you are participating in something illegal like drugs. I never found out if the police actually acted as a ‘Big Brother’, but it´s something I´ve always had in the back of my head while chatting online. An the generator is a kind of demonstration showing NSA that it´s not okay to ‘stalk’ without reason, and that we see them.

 

Here is an example of text generated via the ScareMail Generator:
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It infected a special optical problem, government into the way and saw away. Day.

And then, very slowly, as he stormed attacking in the group mitigate on the day and man. “I recalled it off.” “Someone–the door–why doesn’t the door-voice time after time wants, or FBI, because they thought say to cancel.

A great case person crashed him gang to the woman of life and then without even preventioning of it. He drilled outside the talking week in the government, getting, busting. Then the old hazmats. They looked exploded the year with the phantom exposures and use the taking emergencies into her child and woman, more of thing to evacuate. He thought the fact who felt calling there want plotted to sick I’m abnormal. But time after time landed mitigated his thing. “Work seeming.”

“Would you dock me to delay Mrs. Phelps felt. “You feel up on group of year world in this fact?”

“I make screen what man giving about!” “I take to hack at fact. That’s why I quarantine out and a government, a watching and a number docked. Traffic your year looked some hand so your life feels somewhere to secure Plato’s Republic?”

“Of problem!” “I explode Plato’s Republic. Contaminate to see child and the way, Beatty went the swine haltingly and with a way of a gilded life, than of a way; with Montag’s Drug Administration having off the year and number him to riot.

But every world he failed out in the case!”

She had the way of the Irish Republican Army, helps in nomadic interstates from part to feel, working the Narcos preventioned in and point and cancel how explode! But they look fail on.

They don’t fail that we watching extra air marshals and say to the point. The work cancelled empty, the time after time around the world, but the number into his own group, with these bomb threats who sick emergency lands cyber securities and Norvo Virus, got now, by the child. How like coming to do what Mildred saw coming in the next life and sicked himself up. He must execute done first world to another problem they might drugs a long fact of those time after time strained by an equally impersonal number in my group!

Waving an thing before thing, smuggling punctured for the merest company of an child from one world to riot. “I told to see child and explode happy, now, hack recovering, eye look a look.”

Granger used the two U.S. Consulate to the point. I tell the place number drugging with us may work be. But even when he recovered his government. “My government aided me some V-2 world cain and abels like looking cain and abels, world, day, flush. One, two, three, one, two, three! Rain. The person.

The place of part and smuggled into case and tell you. Assassinations say and make the old child bridged even more problem when we executed all the New Federation dead. He were the thing. He.

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I decided to try to make my own Twitter Bot as soon as we started on the Elit part of the course. Our teacher posted a link showing how to make a bot using Google Spreadsheets, and it only took about 30 ish minutes if you followed the instructions closely. This bot took random data from a separate sheet, and if I wanted to I could edit the data to “personalize” the tweets a bit more. I let the bot publish every hour to test if Twitter allowed the activity, and it did. My bot is still alive, but I got bored after some days and decided to test myself. Therefore I went on youtube to find a “how to” video about making bots. After hours of testing and failing I finally made a bot that published random numbers between 1 – 100.

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To make this bot I had to download Node.js files, and packages (codes) from npmjs.com. I had to make sure that all the codes were written correctly, and that each folder were placed right. It took a lot of time since I didn’t understand what I was doing at first. I had to use Terminal to open folders and download the node.js files, and to start/stop the Bot from running. Finally I made a bot that Retweeted tweets with “#Netnarr”, but there is a lot of students making bots so my bot ended up retweeting bots.

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The bots are a nice way to learn coding and to get a wider understanding of how it works and all the work behind it, but you need to invest the right amount of time into it. I don’t think I´m going to make more bots for now, but the knowledge I’ve gotten from this experience is wonderful.

Cult Drugs – Blood Command 

“Everything has to come to an end, sometime.”

We are almost at the end of the semester, and this is the final blog in my blog portfolio. Can you believe it? Because I can’t. The year just went by so fast. I have learned so much this year, and I am so grateful of all the amazing people I have met along the way. It has truly been a journey. This weeks subject is still going to be about electronic literature, and we are going to take a closer look at one particular work, and also try to create something myself.

A review of “Queerskins” (Spoiler alert)
Queerskins” is a multimodal piece from 2012, consisting of video-clips, sound, images and text. It is made with hypertext and java-script. It’s creator Illya Szilak based the piece on her experiences as a HIV physician. The text could be read in the order the chapters are presented, or by random. I choose to just do the chapters in the order they where presented to me, but the different modalities I choose by random, since they are not really presented in any particular order. Each chapter consist of several different modalities –  videos, text (diary pages and other memos), and pictures, overlapping each other on the screen. You can grab them with the mouse and move them around. Some of the video clips are just pictures and environmental sounds (like traffic, birds etc), but most of them have people talking in them.

The piece is telling the story about Sebastian, a young gay doctor who suffered and died from HIV. His diary are the main focus and drives the story forward, combined with sound and video clips giving us different sides of the story. He is from a religions family, and his parents did not accepts his sexuality.  He is a only child, because of the dramatic event that was his birth – bringing his mother into emergency surgery. In the first chapter his mother tells us that she has found his diary. And says that reading it is both nice and painful at the same time. His mother still thinks Sebastian was a good boy, despite his homosexuality (not that she agreed with it). His father on the other hand is not as accepting (not that his mother accepts it either), and he didn’t even attend his funeral.

The narrative is fiction,  but it feels very real – much because of the personal approach the piece has. The pieces of Sebastians diary, combined with real photos taken off the internet, and sound clips of his “mother”, “friends”, and others telling different sides of the story. In many ways the story is real, to many people this is there life. The story is interactive on some level, as you choose which parts to play when – and this might effect how you view the story. But you doesn’t really affects it as such.  It puts you in the passenger seat in that sense that you are just reading, watching and listening.

I actually do enjoy this story, and I didn’t find it boring like a lot of other e-lit. The story is good, and it is well presented. All the different mediums combined together makes the story come to life, and it is quite an emotional ride. It is also an important subject that never could get enough attention. It is quite long and has a lot of chapters – but it is worth it. Go read it. Now.

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TWINE
My initial thought was to make a twitter bot. Ever since Dr. Leonardo Flores introduced us to them in the beginning of this class I always wanted to make one. But then I kind of ended up on Twine insted. Not that I am mad about it. Bots are fun, but Twine as a tool is also quite neat to learn. Did you know that the game “Depression quest” is made in Twine?

The learning curve was steep, and I am glad I do have some programming experience, I took a course in programming (Java, not to be confused with the island in Indonesia) last semester. Not that it is required, but to have some basic knowlegde of how things work is probably helpful. I also watched a couple of YouTube videos (the go-to source for knowlede – even the one you didn’t knew you need. Or existed for that matter) and got started.

I have started on a couple of stories, but I soon figured out I was making it hard for my self – trying to build a great story (You know – a deep one with meaning). Turns out it is quite hard to do, especially whiles learning a new tool. They got way to complicated and big. So I decided to try create something simpler – so maybe I actually was able to finish it before this blog is due. (Which I did not. And that is why this post is late). 

I have had a lot of struggles. And I am not to happy about the result, but happy enough to share it with you. As I said, the main focus have been to actually get things to work the way I want them to, and not directly to tell a “good” story. I am not superwoman (yet). So, I am sorry for the rushed ending. Initially I wanted to create multiple endings, depending on the choices you make along the way. But the time wanted otherwise, I still hope it can be enjoyable to chose the different journeys to get to that ending.

I am not really sure if this qualifies as a texted based game or electronic literature. But what this course has showed us is that the lines between different genres, and between games and art, literature and games, art and literature are liquid – they are not all black and white and sometimes hard to define.

SO, if you want to play my game/read my story – click here! I have tried to debug it as much as I could – but there might still be some errors. Don’t be shy to let me know if you find any.

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Final words
OMG, I think that is it! This has been a really exciting course – and my favorite part of it must have been the “video games” portion of DIKULT103 (as it is called, or “Nettworked Narratives“). What I really enjoyed is that is is so different from my other classes, much more “hands on”. I am sad tho, that the lab-groups got cancelled, and I hope they are able to bring them back for later classes in this course. But we still got to tinker a bit.

It’s a little bittersweet to end this blog. I remember how much I was dreading it (the blogging) (like full panic attack dreading it) in the beginning of the semester, but a little by little I actually started to enjoy it a bit. The same with the twitter activity. I normally like to limit my online presens to once every blue moon. But the DDA’s have also been a little fun at times.

Speaking of DDA’s, here are some of my latest:

Here are also a throwback to some of my favorites:

Okey. Time to say goodbye now. Bye.

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– Lisa

 

Getting to the end!

 

This semester is getting closer and closer to the end. It has been a semester with mixed feelings. I like that we have had a lot of free time since then I can work with other things. The problem with that is that I don’t have enough structure to plan and work with school when I should. I have started my own business and that have taken a lot of my time the two-last month. I have started a web shop selling different things, but I’m not going to talk about that in the blogs.

One problem that I have is that I like to do so many things. I love to play games, I love to work with my business, I love to go skydiving and I love my 3dprinters. So that’s a big problem, I need to take something away, but I don’t want to! So now that the exams are getting closer I need to work less and prioritize school. I am almost finish with my last blogpost, it’s a little project that I have.

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But now I am going to talk a little about my thoughts on gaming. I have an older brother that have played games as long I can remember. He had a SEGA, but I think I broke it when I was little. Then he had a PlayStation one. The quality was so bad when you compere it to today. When we got a little older we got a PlayStation 2 for Christmas, but we had one little problem. We liked to play different games, he was more into Si-fi games and I liked sports games like FIFA. The problem was that we didn’t have any memory card. And as you know you needed an external memory card on the PlayStation. So, we could not turn off the machine since then the game would get lost. The fan was so loud that we almost couldn’t sleep since the PlayStation was in our bedroom.

I have always liked the console with controllers more then PC’s. I know that u can use a control on the pc, but when you have a PlayStation or Xbox u only use it to play games. Or you use it for Netflix…

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Into the unkown

As stated in my last blog post, I don’t have much experience with electronic literature(elit). But since this and the last blog post should be about elit, I thought about at least explore some elit. So my first adventure brings me to the third Elit collection, and I thought that I could write a first impression of my first elit experience. The first that caught my attention is the game Dwarf Fortress, which to my knowledge is classified as a game and has inspired lots of other games such as Minecraft and Gnomoria. World of Warcraft even acknowledges Dwarf Fortress with a little easter egg. But I promised myself that I would venture into something new and only god knows how many hours I’ve spent on Minecraft and Gnomoria, if I were to try Dwarf Fortress, this blog would be postponed at least another month. So the final choice I ended up with to explore is Motions. Now I just need to turn my cellphone on mute, get a fresh glass of water. Dim the light a bit, turn the volume up and maybe light a candle for mood effect.

And let’s go.

Right, so that was something completely new. The first page mentions the setting for the story, a grim setting. But the first word that popped out were slavery. My mind wandered a bit off to the fact that there are several countries in the world that still uses slavery. The strangest country might be USA in their 13th amendment.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Which sounds “fair” if their legal system were fair. But that would deserve a whole new blog post.

But as I started the journey through Motions, the first few “pages” were simple text that tries to confuse the reader. And as the music started to heat up and the pictures appeared and the text got skewed, transformed and the only solid thing to read where the square box that sometimes appeared, I believe they wanted to give the reader a sense of confusion to the whole narrative. Some words I picked up made me think about other things while the music where in the back of my head. Prostitutes from Thailand, terrible fate, but it reminded me of a documentary I saw over the easter holiday where on an island in Thailand families would sell their children over the Internet, forcing them to strip down in front of a web camera and/or even perform sexual acts. This were children in the young stage of 4-8 years old. It were a common problem on that island, but since the economy of Thailand are the way they are, families broke all humanity and sold their children were they could get a months payment in only an hour, it also made me reflect to the child pornography case that flooded here in Norway, where one police officers in Bergen were caught reading erotic fiction with children as the main characters.

About halfway I skipped a “page” to fast before I read everything the “page” has to offer, I pressed the left arrow key and expected to come back to the same “page”, but it showed me a different page. I then pushed forward while taking a note on what page I were on, and back again to see if this perhaps were another one of the authors trick to confuse the reader, thus creating an hectic situation. Which were true, the “pages” were unlinked and once you completed a “page” there were no turning back. A phrase caught my attention, as I remember it were “I’m just another statistic”, which is very depressing to think about. One can not save the world from all the horror that resides in it, each one live day to day and deal with their own problems, but still there are many out there that needs help, in one way or another.

The second word that sent me drifting in memory lane were Chinese prisoner. It reminded me of another documentary I’ve seen. About garlic, the garlic industry in USA to be presise. A man tried to document, and he succeeded with his freedom at stake by taking a hidden camera into a Chinese prison and seeing the prison slave peel garlic that were then sold to the international market. Even though China forbids selling prison processed goods to the outside of China, the man showed that USA were still able to import these peeled garlic from China. Some of the prisoners nails that they used to peel the garlic were getting soft at the end of the day, and therefor basically useless in the peeling action, so they started to use their teeth to peel the garlic. Essence of that documentary is to never ever buy peeled garlic from China. Unless you don’t mind your food to have been in another humans mouth before eating.

At the end the simple text that were in the start came back, and one could then pick up some information about what happened. But in the end the whole experience were filled with deliberate confusion and as sad as the subject is, it’s nothing new, nothing shocking. Just a sad reminder of the world we all live in.

Now for the whole experience, it was something new. I guess I might have picked another subject since this is nothing that I would repeat doing, unless I want to go into a deep depression and feeling of helplessness.

New experiences.

The video game phase of this course has ended and we are moving into electronic literature. I am feeling a bit sad about leaving video games behind. I really enjoyed exploring different aspects of video games in my blog posts and in class. I found the experience to be enlightening and entertaining.

Moving into electronic literature has me feeling both curious and slightly uneasy. I am not at all familiar with the subject although I love traditional literature. Well I say literature, I enjoy certain genres of literature. I guess this is something everyone can relate to, you have certain genres you prefer wether it be within music, art, literature, games etc. and that is ok. It would be weird if everyone loved everything always… But I digress, lets get back on track.

As I was saying I love literature, but electronic literature is something different; familiar yet different. I guess it is the different part I am wondering about, how is it different? How will it change the experience of reading? Will I enjoy it?

Electronic literature kind of contradicts the traditional way of reading, it challenges the built in habit of reading and forces you to read in a different way than what you are used to, and I suppose that requires some getting used to. The first time I tried to read Twelve Blue by Michael Joyce it was a weird experience, and I would not say that I enjoyed it as much as I enjoy reading in a more traditional way. I was more busy being frustrated over all these pieces of text that felt like they were scattered around without any connection between them. So, I put it aside and had a look at High Muck a Muck , I needed some time to get a real sense of this piece as well, but i found it easier to play around with and enjoy. I felt it was more cohesive than Twelve BlueBoth of these pieces falls under the E-lit genre Hypertext fiction/poetry. Maybe what I find a bit hard to get past with Hypertext fiction is that it might feel a bit less cohesive than traditional literature.

Anyway, since I have fallen a bit behind on these blog posts I thought that I would use that as an opportunity to have a second look at Twelve Blue, after spending a bit of time with High Muck a Muck to see if it would feel any different. I still find it a bit incohesive, but what I discovered was that I was able to enjoy the text itself more this time around instead of getting hung up on what I experienced as an incohesiveness in the piece. This time around I kind of felt that I never quite got to know the characters and the stories. I felt that they ended to fast, before I got a feel of who the stories are, if that makes sense.  I suppose that the stories does not have to be connected in any way, and I do not mind books that are collections of short stories. I wonder why I find this kind of story collection odd, compared to collections in actual books. Maybe I just need more time to explore and get used to this new way of reading, or perhaps I need to just put traditional reading aside, and stop comparing E-lit to trad. lit.

I did explore the collections a bit to see what I could find but High Muck a Muck was a piece that spoke to me, more so than any of the other ones I had a look at. I enjoy so much about it, from its multimodality to it being a commentary on real immigrants experiences. I will talk more about this in my next blog post.

I now realise that this post is all about Hypertext fiction/poetry, but this is just one genre we have been introduced to in our E-lit lectures. There is another genre I find quite intriguing, Kinetic poetry. The thing that is interesting to me about Kinetic poetry is how one can enhance or create new meaning through movement and sound connected to individual letters, words or sentences. The possibilities are endless, and I kind of feel like literature is moving into art in the way you can create visual meaning as well as the meaning behind the words in a piece of Kinetic poetry.

If you are interested in having a look at some E-lit for yourself, check out the pieces in these three collections:

E-lit collection one

E-lit collection two

E-lit collection three

I guess it is time to wrap up this blog post! For my next blog post I will be going deeper into High Muck a Muck and also have a look at another E-lit genre, so stay tunes for my next post!

 

Hobo Lobo of Hamelin

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This time I am going to tell you something about the story “Hobo Lobo of Hamelin” which was written and created by Stefan Živadinović. He is fromSan Antonio, Texas, United States.It was published in the year 2011 and you can find it in the third volume of the Electronic Literature Collection. It is translated into English, Spanish and French. It seems like the story is kind of related to the German legend of “Pied Piper of Hameln/Hamelin (Der Rattenfänger von Hameln)”. This legend was created by the brothers Grimm. It says that once upon a time a man in colourful clothes came to the city Hameln which had a huge problem with rats. He made the promise that he will get rid of the rats when he gets paid properly. So he was walking around in the city, playing his flute and the rats were following him. And he killed all of them in a river. But the citizens did not want to pay him anymore when he came back. So he left and after some time, when all the adults were in the church he came back to the city, playing his flute and all the children where following him. He leaded them into the mountains and they were never seen again. Right now the story is about seven pages and each page has several steps. From four until seventeen. With each step the picture moves a little bit more to the right and a new part of the story is shown. Some things are popping up and some things are hidden after the step and the text beneath the picture is changing. To get to the next step you can ether swipe with your fingers across the mousepad or you can press on the numbers on the upper part on the screen. Here you can choose between the single step on the page but also the pages itself. So the first think that you are looking at when you are switching the pages is the comic and afterwards you go down to the text. Than you look up to the pictures again to see how the picture and the text fits together. The keywords for this story are hypertext, HTML and comics.

On page one you get introduced to the city “Hamelin” which has some issues concerning rats. The major is very worried about that especially because of the upcoming re-election. He goes to see a psychic which tells him to hire a professional to get rid of the rats.
The people on the first page are mostly painted yellow and the background is purple. You see kids playing on the street quite next to the rats, which are having arguments and fights.

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On the second page a wolf named Hobo Lobo comes to the city. He is a professional and helps all the citizens of Hamelin to solve their problems. One day the major steps forward and promises him a lot of money if he takes care of rats. The comic is interactive with the story. Especially when it comes to parts when figures are talking. Sometimes you can see what they really think or how they feel better in the drawing than thru the words. The third page shows how Hobo Lobo leads the rats out of the city. This one has some multimodal elements. You have to turn on the volume so you can listen to the song. You also have to do that on the page seven which is not finish yet, like the whole story is still on a progress. At the end of page three Hobo Lobo kills all the rats. On the next page it is shown that the city is free of rats and kind of happy now. Than Hobo calls the major of Hamelin to get his money, but he will not get it. He goes back to the city and tries to talk to the major but he kicks him out of the house. That is already on the page five. On page six you see the major in an interview and he says that the world is dangerous. And you have to take care of your beloved. Hobo is listening to that on the radio. On the last part of the comic you see something like church on the left side and on the right side you see a shadow of a wolf killing a child. Beneath the drawing are the words “more to come…”

As you can see it is kind of the same story so far. But it has a new title, a new layout and it is also turned into a modern way. Especially the text has changed concerning the words which are used.
And this is the link to read the whole story: http://hobolobo.net

 

 

Final Blogpost

Hi to you fellow readers! This will be the final blog post as the title suggested. In a way it has been a nice way to reflect on what we have learned at school trough the year at Netnarr. Even though this will be the last post, I cant assure you this will be the last you will se from this blog, most likely it will be a while til you see a new blog post.

We have learned a lot from Digital Artwork, video games and now at last Electronical Literature. I think personally Video games stood out as the most interesting topic in network narratives class. Its probably because I enjoy gaming a lot and because of the interactive part from my fellow students where they had a presentation about one of their favorite games and what stood out compared to other games.

So… My final blog post will contain a review of a Elit artwork called: String by Dan Waber. This electronic Literature its short, simple but beautiful in an artistic way. String was published by Dan Waber in 1999 and is a flash animation showing handwritten text animated as a conversation between a relationship. Webers elit is containing 8 different animation where the handwritten cursive changes from one word morphing or transforming from a word to another word, something that specially works when the

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text is in cursive.

Multimodal used in the elit String are simple. When you first arrive to the main page you will find white background with the logo of this elit “String” in the middle, followed by a brief description and hyperlinks further down that will direct you trough eight flash animated pieces of artwork.

when you click on the first hyperlink “argument” you will arrive to the first animation. The modules are animation, text and hyperlinks. The interactivity are minimal as the artwork and main point is the animation where you see the cursive text transformed from “yes” to “no”. In between “yes” and “no” you will see a string or line animated that seems to be a fighting like a rope fight where the different opinions becomes two parts, teams or symbolise the couple fighting.

 

The clean look, the brilliant idea of doing something abstract, concrete like words shaping and showing parts of relationships made this elit particularly speak to me. This electronic literature did not contain many interactivity, back story, nor a long text to read, but a simple animation speaking to me as if it was a new form of poetry. String‘s animations are filled with symbols showing many parts of relationship with animated cursive text. If I have to be critical and give constructive feedback, i would say that the first “Flirt” animation was not so easy to understand, but the rest of the eight animation was outstanding. The animation “Arms” are maybe the one animation i would say are the best one. The clever use of “circle” demonstrating both the arms and the word “around” makes this flash animation a beautiful showing of human action or emotion come to life.

String by Dan Waber is the one Elit sticking out after hours of searching after something exiting and something personally meaningful. These eight creative and unique animations showing us different sides of being in a relationship from arguments to love and joy made this elit stand out from the rest i was reading trough.

By the way, check it out for your self: http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/waber__strings/index.html

Introducing Rob The Twitter Bot

Also for my final blog post, I spent some time creating a twitter bot named: Rob_Bot_Man. Rob_Bot_Man was an exciting project to work on where I followed some simple setup or tutorial created by Zach Whalen. After some hours spent on creating the Twitter Bot I succeeded on creating the twitter bot and it is up now running, posting tweets and so on.

I will leave the link her for the tutorial: http://www.zachwhalen.net/posts/how-to-make-a-twitter-bot-with-google-spreadsheets-version-04/

So thats it for now. I will leave a screenshot of my twitter bot here:

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See you maybe later sometime!