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Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications

Alyssa Arbuckle, Alison Hedley, Shaun Macpherson, Alyssa McLeod, Jana Millar Usiskin, Daniel Powell, Jentery Sayers, Emily Smith, Michael Stevens, Authors

This comment was written by Shaun Macpherson on 9 Jul 2013.

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Working against the Current

Along with the theme of erasure in in absentia, Carpenter's use of the Google Maps API to generate an experience of discoverability is striking. I sought to emulate these qualities when constructing my own response to this prompt. Two of the pages in the response ("Neighbourhood Anxieties and Animosities" and "An English 'Home'") are intentionally digressive in that they interrupt my analysis and take the reader off the course of an intuitive reading experience.

Such digressions serve to undermine the conventional linearity of text—something that Scalar lends itself to—while challenging the reader to hierarchize the body of discourse. In other words, the reader must ask herself how reading "front to back" can be accomplished when there are tangents to consider. In this sense, the finished prompt, while centring on text, works against a traditional readerly instinct.

Author: Shaun Macpherson
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in absentia: APIs and the Refusal of Erasure (9 July 2013)
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