Saturday, August 06, 2005

Electronic Literature and a Membership Fee

The focus of my scholarly attentions is drifting ever more steadily toward new media and electronic literature. The Electronic Literature Organization, established in 1999 to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature, defines electronic literature as “works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer”:

  • Hypertext fiction and poetry, on and off the Web
  • Kinetic poetry presented in Flash and using other platforms
  • Conversational characters, also known as chatterbots
  • Interactive fiction
  • Novels that take the form of emails, SMS messages, or blogs
  • Poems and stories that are generated by computers, either interactively or based on parameters given at the beginning
  • Collaborative writing that allows readers to contribute to the text of a work
  • Literary performances online that develop new ways of writing

All good, but I found “the best part” when I clicked on the button to join. Why? The membership fee for the ELO is a donation (that’s right … donation!) to Network For Good, a nonprofit organization funding other nonprofits around the world. Though an amount is suggested ($25.00), nothing is required for membership with the ELO except the evidence of having made a donation. Impressive. The approach is new to me, and I like it!

Need a cause you can call your own? Check out the Network For Good today!

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