Beyond Locative Media, II

Marc Tuters and I just finished our essay “Beyond Locative Media” and posted it to the Networked Publics site. It’s my first real product with the group””?apart from the site itself of course and it moves pretty far afield from regular territory for me (although in fairness, I did organize New Spaces, New Cartographers and AUDC‘s Site : Nonsite : Quartzsite received a bit of attention as a locative project). Marc is one of the experts in the field and his contribution as co-author was invaluable! It seems incredible to me, but the end of the article cried out that I draw on the conclusion of my dissertation. What I imagined as a Benjaminian fantasy of genealogical vision then actually seems plausible now.

After finishing a draft, I stayed up a bit later to post it to the web and, since so many of the footnotes were to web sites, i turned them into URLs, incorporating them into the text. This kind of hypertext heavy annotation isn’t easy””?or quick””?to produce, although the help of the desktop blogging tool Ecto cut hours of work and error off the time and Drupal was crucial as well (although the pretty footnotes just look like they work). But it’s funny that I’m drawn back to an aspect of my dissertation that I never thought I’d revisit since while I was writing that document, I also imagined that this kind of rich kind of hypertext would have been the perfect way to do it.

2006 seems like an excellent year to wrap up longstanding projects! More on what some of those might be later.

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Marc Tuters and I just finished our essay “Beyond Locative Media” and posted it to the Networked Publics site. It’s my first real product with the group””?apart from the site itself of course and it moves pretty far afield from regular territory for me (although in fairness, I did organize New Spaces, New Cartographers and AUDC‘s Site : Nonsite : Quartzsite received a bit of attention as a locative project). Marc is one of the experts in the field and his contribution as co-author was invaluable! It seems incredible to me, but the end of the article cried out that I draw on the conclusion of my dissertation. What I imagined as a Benjaminian fantasy of genealogical vision then actually seems plausible now.

After finishing a draft, I stayed up a bit later to post it to the web and, since so many of the footnotes were to web sites, i turned them into URLs, incorporating them into the text. This kind of hypertext heavy annotation isn’t easy””?or quick””?to produce, although the help of the desktop blogging tool Ecto cut hours of work and error off the time and Drupal was crucial as well (although the pretty footnotes just look like they work). But it’s funny that I’m drawn back to an aspect of my dissertation that I never thought I’d revisit since while I was writing that document, I also imagined that this kind of rich kind of hypertext would have been the perfect way to do it.

2006 seems like an excellent year to wrap up longstanding projects! More on what some of those might be later.

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