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[a work of electronic literature for each web 2.0 tool]

Mark Merino over at Writer Response Theory posts a fabulous table matching up a work of electronic literature to each popular web 2.0 tool. I’ve stolen the whole thing, it’s so useful - I hope Mark doesn’t mind (yell at me if you do, Mark!). Mark suggests using these creative works of fiction and poetry to enrich a course where students learn about social technologies and web 2.0: “You wouldn’t think of teaching writing without some examples of powerful rhetoric or inspirational works of literary mastery. At the very least, you’d expect students to be aware of some of the poetic, evocative, and creative potential of language. So why teach a course in Web 2.0 tools without some examples that push the boundaries of functional literacy with these tools?”

Have any of you experience with using creative works like these in teaching web 2.0 and the like?

Tool Elit Work
RSS Feeds: J.R. Carpenter, Tributaries and Text-Fed Streams
Blogs: Rob Wittig, and Toby Litt, Slice
Social Annotation, Social Bookmarking: Diigo: Mark C. Marino, Marginalia in the Library of Babel
Facebook: Kate Armstrong, “Why Some Dolls are Bad
Wiki: multi-authored, Los Wikiless Timespedia, A Million Little Penguins
Twitter: Jay Bushman, The Good Captain.
Page Aggregator: Netvibes Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph, “Flight Paths
Online Maps: Google Maps Charles Cummings, 21 Steps
Web 2.0: Wikipedia,, Facebook,
email, and more….
Serge Bouchardon, “The 12 Labors of the Internet User
Filed under:General — Jill @ 09:30 [ Responses (4)]

1. s[p]erver[se]_: 404 poetry_ [2007]
[also in:]

2. [started today] New Media Scotland’s new Twitterist-in-residence [2008]

3. _Poetic Game Interventions [V.1]_ entitled _Twittermixed Litterature [2007]


1. ][][ [since 2003]

2. ______dis[ap]posable_ [2007]


1. _Tag Platform Poetry_ [2007]
[A Poetic/Social Network/ MMO/Visual Mashup where character screenshots of
of World of Warcraft Characters are imported into the Facebook. The photos in the respective albums are then tagged with poetic descriptions in the areas normally reserved for traditional photo labelling. These description lines are then aggregated at the bottom of each album to create a type of cross-plaform tagged poetry.]




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