Rebooting Electronic Literature, Volume 2: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital Media

Social Media Content for Deena Larsen's "Samplers"

As with the previous Live Stream Traversals, the undergraduate researchers had notes from Grigar's research on hand to feed content into the social media conversations. They also took photographs, mixing in prepared research on the work and its criticism with observations, comments, and interactions with other participants. While Larsen performed the Traversal, Grigar moderated the live YouTube chat and later the question and answer session documented in the videos on this page. 

We used three locations on Facebook to post for this event: 1) the site Grigar set up in 2013 for the Pathfinders project, 2) the Electronic Literature Organization's page with over 1600 members, and 3) Grigar's personal site. ELL Team members with a Facebook page also posted to their personal sites.

The first post we put on Facebook introduced the event to the general public on the day of the event.

This post encourages viewers to join the live stream, providing the time of the traversal (12 pm PST) and the link to the YouTube chat. A picture of the Samplers folio and one of Deena's notebooks is displayed below the caption.

A screenshot of ELL's 2019 traversal schedule was posted, in addition to the live stream link.

This post showed a copy of Samplers next to the lampshade computer, the computer the work was read on. Also provided is a plot summary for one of Deena's nine hypertexts within Samplers: "...'Devil's Claws' is about responsibility and what happens when you forget about it. A family has a terrible legacy: two strange masks who have watched over the family for years, ready to destroy everything should responsibility be forgotten."

Posted here is the cover art for Deena Larsen's Samplers, which the post explains was designed by Deena Larsen as a quilt with nine pieces stitched together. They represented the nine different works of short fiction contained within Samplers and the unique structure of each.

In this Facebook post, it is revealed that Deena Larsen preferred to work with the Mac 3.5 floppy disk version of Samplers because it integrated functionality with content, navigation, and user interface.

A link to the live Q/A session of Deena Larsen's traversal was offered to Facebook users, in addition to the 2019 traversal schedule.

Nathan Zaunbrecher mentioned that "Today's reading is providing us with insight into the creation of Samplers" in a Facebook post.

After the traversal, we invited followers to join the live Q&A happening on the YouTube chat.

To post to Twitter, the ELL Team used ELL's ElitLab Twitter channel. Bowen was in charge of posting and reposting on Twitter during the event. The hashtag we used was #Elitlab.

Katie Bowen tweeted a link to the @elitpathfinders Facebook page.

Megan Heyward tweeted that ELL gives creators the opportunity to view works they hadn't seen in years.

Katie Bowen thanks viewers in a tweet for participating in the traversal.

Dene Grigar tweets an invitation to the live traversal, which would begin half an hour later (at 12 pm PST.)

The Electronic Literature Lab announces Deena Larsen's work "Samplers", which would take place on November 9th.

Katie Bowen tweeted a summary of Larsen's work "Caught Out", which Larsen claims is her favorite work: "'Caught Out' is about a child caught up by to much technology."

Katie Bowen tweeted Larsen's cover art for the "Samplers" folio, explaining that each patch on the quilt represents nine hypertexts within it with varying structures.

Katie Bowen tweeted a quote from Emerson, who explains that Larsen had exploited a bug in Storyspace 1.2C that presents the reader with two different screens to choose from.

Katie Bowen tweeted a summary from Hipertula of Larsen's work "Firewheel," which is about "a foreigner in a small Japanese town at the turn of the millennium." The tweet also mentions that "Firewheel" involves themes of isolation, specifically regarding foreigners surrounded by strange languages.

Katie Bowen tweeted Larsen's point that "structure equals meaning," which provided a foundation for most of her works.

Katie Bowen tweeted that the titles within "Samplers" each involve a pun.

Katie Bowen tweeted an announcement that Deena Larsen's "Samplers" would be shown on the iLamp off of a CD ROM during the traversal.

Katie Bowen tweeted a link to ELL's Instagram page.

Katie Bowen tweeted an invitation to viewers to watch a live traversal of Deena Larsen's "Samplers" on YouTube.

Megan Heyward tweeted that she looked forward to the live traversal.

Megan Heyward tweeted a picture of her watching the traversal from her laptop.

Katie Bowen tweeted a link to the live traversal as it started.

Nicholas Schiller invites viewers to watch the ongoing traversal.

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ELO posted an image comparing Deena Larsen's work on a Mac vs. a PC in Instagram.

On Instagram, the ELO provides information regarding the iMac PowerPC G4  that Deena would traverse "Samplers" with. The computer is also known as "Porkins" among members of the Electronic Literature Lab.

The Electronic Literature Lab posted a thank you in Instagram to everyone involved in the live traversal.


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