ELMCIP Live Tweeting Screenshot Volume 2

Seems like this Tweeting thang is starting to get to me. Back in June, I live-tweeted the heck out of our ELMCIP workshop in Karlskrona, and last week in Ljubljana my textin’ fingers were itching for some more action.

Seeing as nobody else had taken on the task, I set to work and managed to post about a hundred tweets over the two days of the workshop. During that time we passed the two hundred and two hundred and fifty tweet marks, and hopefully picked up a couple more followers along the way. In any case, I thought it was fun, and so for posterity I’ve posted another screenshot ‘over the fold’.

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ELMCIP Twitter Stream (13-17 June, 2011)

I realise that things have been a little quiet on this blog recently. I blame the onset of a fair-to-middling Swedish summer, which has encouraged me to get out of the office slightly more often than usual (not to mention the fact that the entire campus here in Karlskrona seems to have shut down over the summer break, library included).

Nevertheless, I’ve been thinking a lot about electronic literature over the past few months, which is just as well given that I’m currently undertaking a post-doc on the subject. I have to admit that even six months into the post-doc, I still feel like a complete n00b when it comes to e-lit. In many ways it’s been a real challenge to my preconceived notions about writing and the digital realm.

One experience that really helped to put my mind into focus in terms of grappling with these issues was attending the ELMCIP workshop my colleagues and I organised last month in Karlskrona on the subject of electronic literature pedagogy. While I did not present at the workshop, I did undertake the task of updating the ELMCIP twitter feed for the duration.

I must say, as someone who’s always thought that the people at the BBC who update the ball-by-ball text commentary during cricket matches have the best job in the world, that I really enjoyed the experience of composing short tweets on the presentations, responding to the tweets of others following the proceedings and re-tweeting various pithy statements.

The problem of course, as with many manifestations of electronic or digital media, that much of the context of that experience is/was temporal – ie, impermanent. It’s impossible to capture the full extent to which the ELMCIP stream was followed, responded to and digested. Nevertheless, I think it’s still necessary to do whatever one can to document these sorts of experiences.

So, I’ve made a screenshot of the hundred-odd tweets I wrote during the workshop. While the screenshot cannot capture the number of tweets that were re-tweeted, it does, hopefully, give a kind of summary which I can look back on with pride in my dotage (ie the duration of my life post-post-doc). Check it out, as they say, ‘over the fold’.

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Coming soon to K-Town!

Things have taken a turn for the untold here in Karlskrona, with today’s unveiling by Talan ‘Mad Skillz’ Memmott of a poster advertising the upcoming Cabaret Voltage event.

Scheduled to rock the Scandinavian e-lit scene in a manner not witnessed since the last Icelandic ash cloud, Cabaret Voltage will be the final event in a three-day extravaganza of electronic literature (otherwise known as the ELMCIP workshop on electronic literature pedagogy, hosted by our research group at BTH) and will feature performances, readings, shouties and even an on-stage game of chess.

While details of the exact names of the chess players remain under a media embargo, you’re free to feast your eyes on the above piece of post-Soviet goodness, which we plan to paste up all over town. And if you’re planning on coming along on the evening of Thursday June 16, you’d better get cracking, as I’m told all SJ train services on that day are almost fully-booked.

Okay, I’m only kidding about the train bit. And the ash cloud.

But the poster is real.