Tuesday, December 11, 2007

keitai shousetsu / modalities of text

Just had to re-blog this fascinating story from the Sydney Morning Herald called "In Japan, cellular storytelling is all the rage" about how half of Japan's top-10 selling works of fiction in the first six months of the year were composed and serialized primarily on cell phones! Sounds like the books then get picked up by publishers, fleshed out, and printed as paperbacks. Interesting thought in relation to Leigh Blackalls' recent post, Time to read helps one to listen. Perhaps the reading of singular texts will take place anytime, anywhere, come to you instead of you coming to it, and involve into a kind of distributed process that involves multiple delivery platforms and modalities. The author/publisher becomes a type of multi-media composer who stiches together and uploads artifacts and coordinates synchronous and asynchronous interactive nodes, all of which make up a singular yet evolving work.

Photo Credits: Author - Newlearnscope Image: Mobilephone Mosaic

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