rachaelsullivan + narrative   29

Permanent Recorder – The New Inquiry
These aren’t intrusive re-scriptings of our experience but instructional videos into how to be a coherent person for algorithms — which, since these algorithms increasingly dictate what others see of you, is more or less how you “really” are in your social networks.
facebookworldtakeover  algorithm  narrative  self 
march 2015 by rachaelsullivan
No Life Stories – The New Inquiry
Individual doubt about being able to process all the information about ourselves, stoked by media entities capable of overloading us with information that will seem relevant to us, provokes a surrender to the machines that can. Instead of inventing a dubious, distorted, inauthentic life story to make sense of our choices, we can instead defer to something that supposedly can’t be faked: data. BUT... Far from being neutral or objective, data can be stockpiled as a political weapon that can be selectively deployed to eradicate citizens’ ability to participate in deliberative politics. The kinds of “truths” Big Data can unveil depends greatly on what those with database access choose to look for. ... This is why defying the prevailing currents of ideology at the individual level doesn’t constitute meaningful resistance.
data  self  narrative  truth  surveillance  facebook  bigdata  tracking  algorithm  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Douglas Rushkoff - Present Shock
Narrative collapse - the loss of linear stories and their replacement with both crass reality programming and highly intelligent post-narrative shows like The Simpsons. With no goals to justify journeys, we get the impatient impulsiveness of the Tea Party, as well as the unbearably patient presentism of the Occupy movement. The new path to sense-making is more like an open game than a story.
rushkoff  narrative  curmudgeonlit  digitalculture  from delicious
april 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Should Literature Be Useful? : The New Yorker
Fiction’s lack of practical usefulness is what gives it its special freedom. When Auden wrote that “poetry makes nothing happen,” he wasn’t complaining; he was exulting. Fiction might make people more empathetic—though I’m willing to bet that the people who respond most intensely to fiction possess a higher degree of empathy to begin with. But what it does best is to do nothing particular or specialized or easily formulable at all.
literature  human  users  empathy  narrative  from delicious
november 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Beaver Brook
65 acres of woods (mostly Eastern White Pine, Yellow Pine, Red Oak, White Oak and some Maples) in Sullivan County, NY.
storytelling  narrative  materiality  making  tumblr  photography  from delicious
april 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Recollect - Beautifully Archive and Explore Your Digital Life
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There are a lot of great places to share your life online; we know because we use and love most of them. But this means our digital lives are spread across many different services.

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socialmedia  narrative  memory  self  archive 
november 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Prisoner Letters Offer Glimpses of Life in Solitary Confinement - NYTimes.com
Having been held captive to their imaginations for weeks, months or, occasionally, years on end, the men — many already struggling with mental illness — brought their paranoia, rage, anxiety and hope to life on the page, with descriptions that were sometimes literary and other times nearly impossible to decipher. More than anything, they conveyed a grisly awareness that their identities were unraveling, a feeling so disconcerting for some that they tried to take their own lives.
prison  identity  narrative  letters 
october 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Greentext Stories | Know Your Meme
Greentext is a commonly used medium on the website 4chan used to tell stories through the use of 4chan’s “green-text”[1] code (including a “>” a the beginning of the sentence) with the story.
Greentext threads are used as a way to share experiences related to the topic of the thread in concise, green-colored sentences.
Unlike >Implying, Greentext stories generally aren’t sarcastic. They can, however, end in a Bel-Air or an Everybody Walk The Dinosaur if the user wants to troll other 4chan users.
trolling  storytelling  narrative  discourse  internet-culture  4chan  memes 
september 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Planned Obsolescence » Blog as Narrative Archive
I’m arguing, then, that the blog might require some interweaving of theories of hypertext and theories of time-based media, such as film, in order to be fully explored as a narrative form.  And in thinking through the private sphere blog in particular, the ways in which it constructs the self both as an ongoing narrative and as a historical archive, demands a hybrid mode of reading that brings together the literary, the cinematic, and the digital
archive  blogging  narrative  manovich 
april 2011 by rachaelsullivan
Fiction reaches a new level - Telegraph
The most challenging questions posed by games strike at the roots of written narrative. Players used to follow a prearranged story, dragged in the wake of plot events triggered by specific actions within the game world, but the new generation of games flirts with a different model. Here, “low-level inputs” – the way the player interacts with non-essential characters, or the cumulative effect that his or her actions have in the world – are far more important.
dante  gaming  narrative  thepath  videogames  remediation 
july 2009 by rachaelsullivan
if:book: Trying to think a bit outside the box or at least change my conception of the box
if a "book is a place" perhaps one strand of the near future will be to explore that space with a joystick.
books  gaming  narrative 
june 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Is Facebook rotting our children’s brains? « Neuroanthropology
As you might be able to tell from the way that I’ve written this up, I find Greenfield’s critique of online interaction internally inconsistent and contradictory, in part because Greenfield is critiquing in one slather (at least the way it’s written up in the story) a number of distinct computer-based activities, some of which aren’t even really online. For example, the effects of violent first-person video games on a user would likely be significantly different than self-presentational social networking websites like Facebook or flash communication technologies like texting or Twittering. So I’ll try to sort out what I think Lady Greenfield’s primary fears are see how they square with each other.
curmudgeonlit  facebook  fear  greenfield  narrative  socialmedia  twitter  youth 
june 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Anthropologist Analyzes How and Why We Tell the Stories of Our Lives
"People the world over feel compelled to recount their experiences to others, and use everyday narrative as a forum for grappling with unexpected and unresolved life events and ambiguous emotions, and to anticipate life's continuing dramas," Ochs said. "This collaborative storytelling, which often takes the form of personal narrative, is the essence of culture."
anthropology  narrative  sociology 
may 2009 by rachaelsullivan
The 39 Clues: Reading is Just Part of the Game | Fast Company
Kids don't make a distinction between loving the book version of this story or the online game. The perceived gap between readers and gamers is just not that big.
books  generations  literacy  multimedia  narrative  printculture  reading 
april 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Communications Leadership: Storytelling
Stories are the bedrock of interaction, building blocks of knowledge, the foundation of memory and learning. Stories connect us with our humanness, and link past, present, and future by teaching us to anticipate the possible consequences of our actions. Stories help to define what is authentically special about something or someone.
business  communication  culture  identity  narrative  storytelling 
march 2009 by rachaelsullivan

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