When we all write, does the reader lose?

Authorial responsibility has been increasingly decentralized by the collective manipulation of media parameters. Whereas this encourages a sense of freedom for those exposed to such narratives, participation in narrative realization and a lack of interpretative dislocation can actually impair a reader. To demonstrate how excessive mediation can liberate or limit an audience, this article will compare how William Blake’s “The Fly” and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas differently enable and disable the authority and agency of storytellers and readers.

Abstract from Jon Saklofske’s Thoughtless Play from the 2007 edition of Games and Culture…begging the question, can a group of people write a (good) novel? Their sure seem to be a lot of ways to go about doing it.


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Filed under A Culture of Participation, Electronic Storytelling, Gaming

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  1. Pingback: Assignment Zero: A grand crowdWriting experiment « What’s New Media?

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