Rebooting Electronic Literature: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital MediaMain MenuIntroduction to Rebooting Electronic LiteratureDocumentation of pre-web works of electronic literature from the library of the Electronic Literature LabSarah Smith's "King of Space"Documentation of Sarah Smith's hypertext novel, "King of Space"David Kolb's "Socrates in the Labyrinth"Documentation of David Kolb's hypertext essay "Socrates in the Labyrinth"J. Yellowlees Douglas' "I Have Said Nothing"Documentation of J. Yellowlees Douglas' hypertext novel, "I Have Said Nothing"Thomas M. Disch’s "AMNESIA"Documentation of Thomas M. Disch's interactive fiction "AMNESIA"Rob Kendall’s "A Life Set for Two"Documentation of Rob Kendall's hypertext "Life Set for Two"Judy Malloy's "its name was Penelope"The chapter on Judy Malloy's "its name was Penelope"Mary-Kim Arnold's "Lust"Documentation of Mary-Kim Arnold's hypertext fiction work, "Lust"Authors' and Contributors' BiosThe bios of those who authored and produced Rebooting Electronic LiteratureDene Grigarae403ae38ea2a2cccdec0313e11579da14c92f28Nouspace Publications | Washington State University Vancouver
Socrates, Tweet, Live
12018-02-15T22:25:29-08:00Katie Bowen4488347d13014a5fcb874fe990cf35baa5c2245d268613This is a tweet from the associate director of the Electronic Literature Lab, Nicholas Schiller, who announces the Traversal of David Kolb’s Socrates in the Labyrinth has begun.plain2018-03-01T18:46:12-08:00Katie Bowen4488347d13014a5fcb874fe990cf35baa5c2245d
As with Sarah Smith's King of Space, performing a Traversal of David's Socrates in the Labyrinth live, online, and using social media channels adds a participatory aspect to the existing Pathfinders Traversal model. By sharing their existence with a wide audience we are able to keep seminal works like Smith's and Kolb's alive in the scholarly conversation. This captures more of the depth and richness of the scholarly conversation surrounding these works and allows for recording the ensuing conversation for posterity.
Following the approach we took for Smith's Traversal, the undergraduate researchers, the ELL faculty and staff, and David Kolb gathered in the lab. The undergraduate researchers had notes from their research and from Grigar’s critical study 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 Kolb performed the Traversal, Grigar moderated the live YouTube chat and later the question and answer session, documented in the videos on this page. After the event Nicholas Schiller prepared a Storify site to gather social media posts and screen captures of the YouTube Chat. All of this material helps to further document the work and capture the audience experience with the work.
Facebook We posted to three locations on Facebook: 1) the site Grigar set up in 2013 for the Pathfinders project, entitled "elitpathfinders," with 245 followers, 2) the Electronic Literature Organization's page with over 1600 members, and 3) Grigar's own site. ELL Team members with a Facebook page also posted to their own sites.
This post, the first we put on Facebook, introduced the event to the general public the day of the event.
Just before we started, we posted a reminder to those on the elit-pathfinders site to join us at the event.
The next few posts contain information about the work for the audience who do not have prior knowledge of Socrates in the Labyrinth.
We announced the Q & A to the audience so that those following us on Facebook could post questions to the performer and moderator.
We also announced that we created a Storify site for the Facebook and Twitter posts.
One final photo we posted capturing the event and a thank you to David Kolb.
Twitter We tweeted the Traversal on three accounts: 1) Dene Grigar's account that had over 2,800 followers, 2) Nicholas Schiller's account, with 2,200 followers and 3) ELL Team Member Veronica Whitney's site, with over 175 members. Whitney was in charge of posting and reposting on Twitter during the event. The hashtag we used was #elitpathfinders, the same hashtag developed for the original Pathfinders project.
The first posts announce the event ahead of time using the hashtag #elitpathfinders.
Grigar posts a photo of Kolb rehearsing for the Traversal the day of the event.
These next few posts contain information about the work for the audience who do not have prior knowledge of Socrates in the Labyrinth.
These next four posts are from students in the audience.
This post is from Nicholas Schiller who provides a link to access more detail on Kolb's work.
This is post shows the original copy of Socrates in the Labyrinth which Grigar purchased from Eastgate.
This post from Grigar thanks David Kolb for participating in the live Traversal of his work, Socrates in the Labyrinth.
YouTube Chat As we were relying heavily on YouTube for distribution of video for our live streamed Traversal, with this Traversal we began to capture the discussion that took place in YouTube's chat feature.
Storify We found Storify useful as a tool for pulling together all of the Facebook and Twitter posts into one interface. While our story could have been exported as a .pdf or made into a screen capture, the output is not an accurate representation of the original format and presents other display issues. Instead, Nicholas opted to export the story to HTML, save the content locally, and then host it on our web server. Weeks into our project, the developers of Storify announced that the site would not be continued after May 2018, which means we will not have access to this tool in future stages of our project.