Rebooting Electronic Literature: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital Media

Social Media for Mary-Kim Arnold's "Lust"

We lost one of the undergraduate researchers who had graduated and begun her new position the week of this event. Despite this, the rest of the team jumped in to ensure that this final Traversal would unfold smoothly. The three remaining 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 Schiller 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 Schiller prepared the screen captures of the YouTube Chat. 

We used three locations on Facebook to post for this event: 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 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.

The next two posts promote the Traversal and offer a link to the YouTube live stream.

The next post invites the audience to participate in the YouTube chat. 

The following post provides information about the author, Mary-Kim Arnold. 

The following posts offer information on Lust for the audience who have no prior knowledge.

This post announces it is time Q&A and offers a link to join the conversation.

The final two posts announce the Traversal has concluded and thanks the presenter, Nicholas Schiller, for his participation.

We used two accounts to tweet this live traversal: 1) ELL Team Member Katie Bowen and 2) Nicholas Schiller's account, with 2,200 followers and 3) Dene Grigar's own site that had over 2800 followers. Bowen was in charge of posting and reposting on Twitter during the event. The hashtag 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.

The following nine posts provide information on Lust for the audience with no prior knowledge on the work of e-literature. 

The following post announced the Q&A section of the Traversal and offered a link to the audience.

The final post is from the performer who shared a link to the Traversal after its conclusion.

YouTube Chat
Many of the live Traversal participants used YouTube's chat feature to communicate during the live Traversal event. We have captured the transcript of these conversations here.


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