Remember when we used Etherpad to collaboratively write a poem? Well here’s an interesting cross between collaborative writing (there’s only one person doing it) and screencasting (as Joanne demonstrated in her talk on podcasting). Check out 13 Sentences About Startups. It’s brilliant, but I need to spend some more time with it and see if I can slow it down. Think about this as a visualization of composing and editing, and the way that every change (and every mistake) can be meaningful. Cool stuff.
Then we have yet another take on the future of books — this time, though, the problems we’ve discussed (not simply replicating paper on screens, for instance) is being addressed! The NYT reports on Vook, a new company designed to make electronic books … well, more electronic. Check it out.
This next article was sent to me by a former student (hi, Jay!), and it speaks to many of the things we’ve discussed in class: psychology, tailoring messages to particular audiences, market research, and the way we’re programmed to respond to certain things, but not others. Disney is researching teen boys to develop shows designed to appeal especially to them. That’s not earth-shattering, of course. All companies research their target demographics, but this article gets into some of the details of how detailed they are in their research. It’s creepy. And a fantastic read. You should definitely check it out.
Next, for all of you Blade Runner fans out there, io9 is reporting that Boom! Studios is adapting Philip K. Dick’s classic novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? as a graphic-ish novel. As Graeme McMillan writes:
The series, appropriately titled Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? will include the full text of Dick’s 1968 novel – famously adapted into the movie Blade Runner – alongside brand new sequential illustrations for something more than just illustrated prose.
I’m excited, but I really have no idea what it will look like in the end. Perhaps that’s why I’m excited. The first issue of PKDDADoES? goes on sale in June.
And finally, all is not well in Puppetland. Click the link to read all about the game (it’s a very concise game manual). Click here to download your own puppet character sheet. We’ll be filling them out in class on the 29th, but you’ll be much happier if you’ve thought about your character ahead of time. As we’ll all be taking turns gamemastering, I’ll explain the situation next week so you can also have enough time to come up with a good scenario. Trust me… Punch the Maker-Killer has come up with a truly insidious plan this time!