Unsymposium 0.3 VoxPops

Shannen’s jumbled notes, useful. Anna on what is one of the best blog posts I’ve read for a while. Thoughtful joining the dots, and while I am not sure I used the word “cadence” I wish I had and intend to do so from now on (thanks). Hypertext and new media is a different cadence (see) to literary reading, I have a chapter about it if you’re interested. Cuong also has good notes, picking up that all things have contexts. What we might not have made clear is that context is never, can never, be fixed. It is mercurial, so if all texts have contexts, and contexts are mercyrial, it follows that what we say, what they say, can never be pinned down. Things cannot say what they mean. Alas. Samuel continues to develop an intriguing voice, picking out an impressive range of salient points (think of the experience as peaks and valleys, which you prefer is up to you). And in relation to context, note how different these readings of the 50 minutes are, context, even in the same place at the same time. Mercurial indeed. Rebecca too has notes, and picks up on context and the multiple meanings of hypertext. I’d add more to that, hypertext is not just multiple meanings, but that the thing you read or watch each time changes in itself, so what we read is also multiple. This is important as it is not just that contexts around that book vary, but that when we read the book, each time the book (the words, the paragraphs) are different too. Anna C thinks the subject is like a hypertext, you need to feed the beast and make connections. Yes, and no. It does model a way the network is, you do need to prod it, but we also offer prompts and probes of our own. Torika thinks the bookstore, not the book, is dead. I’d suggest not quite, as a post some time ago celebrating the bookstore in relation to the experience it offers is what makes the valuable. (And why boutique stores have a better future than try to be all chains, hello Borders.) Patrick thinks about hypertext, music and has very interesting ideas about how books and publishing might look to music as a way to define a viable future (think that would be a very smart move).