Literary Practices and Digital Textuality

steampunk_archive_icon_by_yereverluvinuncleber-d5jsav0Lasmana, Viola. “A Time of Opening: Literary Practices in the Age of New Media and Digital Textuality.” Interdisciplinary Humanities 27.1 (2010): 70-78. Web. 1 May 2012.

Arguing that there is more digital presence, more digital writing, and that multimodal approaches have transformed words, sounds, and images, Lasmana says that we are in a time of change, even a “democratization of textual production” (71). A comparison of the print revolution to the digital revolution is made and the call for the humanities to engage in and with technology is echoed (71). The transformation of writing (from speech to print to digital) is discussed and Lasmana argues that digital text simulates and recreates earlier forms of text (72). She describes digital as playful and says we are moving away from linearity (74). The main theorist for the work is Derrida and she quotes him for everything from prescience about the internet (72) to replacing nature (76).

The article seems to use Derrida to support every point and the points are not particularly clear. If I were looking for an application of Derrida to digital composition, this might be useful.

Once again I have a theoretical article which does nothing to move my studies forward. I am starting to be concerned that it’s not about them, it’s about me.


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