What is writing in the digital age?

We’re starting off with a bang this semester with a big chunk of contextual reading from Adam Hammond’s Literature in the Digital Age (Part 1, and Chapter 7) and several pieces of e-literature ranging from 1992 to 2017.

William Gibson, “Agrippa” (archive; video; text) – at least watch/read video

Caitlin Fisher, These Waves of Girls

Stephen Marche: “Lucy Hardin’s Missing Period”

Kate Pullinger, “Jellybones” (through the oolipo app for i0s or Android)

Anna Anthropy, “queers in love at the end of the world

Several of these use sound as well as text and images. I’m really curious to learn what people think of the use of sound in “Agrippa”. I remember finding it both powerful and disconcerting the first time I encountered the video.


Reading the Cards


Here is a link to my final project. Thank you to Ariel and Susan for editing my project. Have a great holiday, everyone!


Digital Reflection

As always, there are many things I would do differently if it were possible to begin this project from the start!

The number one thing I would change is the platform. Initially, I had the idea that I would use Tumblr’s tags in order to create a project that could be navigated in a non-linear format. In the end, however, that was too confusing for this project’s purpose. I ended up putting everything into a relatively linear format, and in doing so I had to cut and amalgamate a lot of of the posts, so the tags aren’t nearly as useful or necessary as I thought they would be. You can still navigate by tags through the header, but it’s no longer fundamental to the project’s form.

The biggest problem with Tumblr is that it’s impossible to alter the post order once something is online. This was a much larger disadvantage than I’d expected. Given infinite time, I would attempt Scalar, or go back to Twine.

With that being said, working with a platform to do something it wasn’t specifically designed for was an interesting challenge, and I think I learned a lot from it.

(If professors also had infinite time to mark work, I would have published everything through TinyLetter — I think it would be really interesting to experiment with a serial essay! I wasted a lot of time trying to make this work, but it’s very impossible.)

As a final note, I used Chrome while I was putting this project together — Firefox seems to generate a small broken image link at the top of the header. Hopefully that’s just a problem with my computer, but in the future I’ll remember to check cross-browser compatibility much earlier in the project.

Overall, this has been a really interesting course. There are a lot of platforms that I’m looking forward to trying out during the holidays. I’m also really looking forward to reading everyone’s projects!


Finally, it is over! Here is my Scalar project, “Why Canadians Chose Justin Trudeau.”


Thank you to Jacqueline for editing my paper and to Professor Brown for the positive feedback and support on this assignment!

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday! 🙂

Digital Platform Reflection: Scalar 

After completing my final project, I have learned that Scalar is a very complex digital platform. One major problem I came across was trying to create pages. After trying to open Scalar Webinar videos with no success, I decided to simply number my pages and it worked! Another problem I came across was trying to fix the spacing problems that frequently would occur when using Scalar. In my project, in the middle of a paragraph, there is sometimes a space. I could not figure out how to remove this space! I also had to add bullets to my bibliography in order for the lines to space properly. If not, the whole bibliography would become one paragraph which was somewhat frustrating.

Although I found Scalar to be very challenging, I would not have chosen another digital platform for my final project. Although Scalar posed several stressful problems, I was able to overcome the majority of these problems and create the project I had envisioned in the beginning of the course. My main goal in using Scalar was to create a project that allowed text and YouTube videos to coincide in the same platform. Unfortunately, I could not upload any Facebook discussions or Twitter discussions. Every time I tried to open a discussion on the platform, two things occurred, the text box went completely black or nothing happened at all. Other Scalar users seemed to be puzzled by this as well. I think that if I were to use Scalar in the future, I would try to sign up for an online Webinar in advance. It seemed that people online who used Scalar, did not really know how to fully use the online platform.

Before entering this course, I did not know anything about digital platforms. This course has taught me various ways in which I can write digitally and publish my work. Scalar is one example of a platform that allows people to publish their literary works for FREE and I have enjoyed being a part of the Scalar community!

i, Book: An Exploration of E-books by Ariel Bissett

I DID IT!!! WOO! I have had a bucket of trouble with the exporting of my final project but it’s finally here.

Click here to download the file for my e-book about e-books!

(Edit: I think I’ve fixed the errors with the file, but I’m adding a PDF file just in case, but unfortunately the interactivity (THAT I’VE POURED MY HEART AND SOUL INTO) doesn’t exist in the PDF version: i,Book PDF)

You will also be thrilled to hear that I am publishing it to the iBooks store! The process takes a little while (only about 24 hours) and will then be available to all for free!

Even if you don’t read the entire project, I think you’ll have fun flipping through the interactive features I was able to incorporate.

Thanks for a fantastic semester everyone, I’m excited to see most of you again in Poetry next semester! ❤

I Believe I Have Crossed The Void

Hello All,

First, the important stuff: Here is the link to my final project. Due to some strange exam-time thought processes, I thought I would go with Blogspot rather than WordPress. Maybe it’s because I’ve been looking at WordPress blogs all semester, maybe it’s because I like to be different. Maybe it’s just inexplicable, but that’s what I did. In my limited interactions with blogging sites, I did find that Blogspot allowed for a few more design choices, and I found that the templates available were slightly more customizable than those found here on WordPress, but maybe that’s just me.

Some concluding remarks: It’s all there in the reflection section of my project (I called it an epilogue because frankly that sounds better to me), but admittedly, the digital world is not yet the world for me. Maybe it will be one day, and hopefully it will be sooner rather than later, but at the moment, I find myself stuck between the digital world and the analog world, and have a hard time “crossing the void” between them. Perhaps this new blog of mine is a step in the right direction. Perhaps I’m wrong and I’m just losing it. Who knows? (I certainly don’t).

Lastly I would like to say that it has been an absolute pleasure spending my time between 2:30 and 3:50PM every Monday and Wednesday (and the odd Friday) with you excellent people. I would like to send my sincere gratitude to Matt and Susan for their help and feedback throughout the process. Your comments allowed me to turn my paper from a pile of mush, into a glorious mush sculpture. I would also like to thank the rest of you for sharing with me the (sometimes horrendous) process that was writing and publishing this project.

I look forward to seeing nearly all of you in Creative Writing next semester.

Adam Bernards

The Final E-SSAY


Wow, do you know long it took just to get a working link to Scalar? First draft issues all over again! Word to the wise: don’t use ampersands in your Scalar book titles–the world isn’t ready for it.

Given that some of the Youtube videos on Scalar are set to private to avoid the Copyright police, anyone who wants to view them will need to be signed in under a mail.uoguelph.ca account. For you Professor both the emails you gave me to link you under Scalar are also listed as accounts permitted to see the Youtube videos so they should work!

Works cited and platform reflection are all up on the Scalar book.

On a side note–should we include a word count on the reflection or essay component? Or word count per each page?

Happy holidays everyone.