Cyberculture and new media by Francisco J. Ricardo (editor)

By Francisco J. Ricardo (editor)

Within the extension of electronic media from not obligatory capacity to crucial website of task, the domain names of language, artwork, studying, play, movie, and politics were topic to radical reconfigurations as mediating constructions. This e-book examines how this replaced dating has in every one case formed a brand new type of discourse among self and tradition and illustrates explicitly the nature of mediated business enterprise past the formal separateness from lived event that used to be comfortably termed the digital and which has come to steer universal assumptions approximately inventive expression itself.

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This might not be an unintuitive finding; the practice of writing, always in flux, has over the last two decades been particularly impacted by the emergence of digital innovations in new text genres, chiefly, email messages, newsgroup postings, and weblogs. Many of the compositional practices of conventional (that is, print-intended) writing - the sense of a linear structure comprising a beginning, middle, and end, for example – fell into muted crisis in the new medium. In the manifest difference between physical and digital media, digital genres have evolved into environments that encourage the substitution of many established structural authorial conventions for the more convenient parameters offered by interfaces and tools embedded in the interactive genre.

2 “words per sentence” measure, as it would mean that over half of everything written is rendered in quotes. Across 500 emails and 500 posts on random blogs, the pattern of sentence length for each genre appears to be very similar (see figure 6). Lexical Frequency Distribution Number of Sentences 600 500 400 300 EMAILS BLOGS 200 100 49 44 39 34 29 24 19 14 9 4 0 Number of Words Figure 6. Frequency Distribution of sentences by word count, Emails and Blogs If, even taking into consideration the wide disparities in style across all possible authors, significant stylistic differences are found with the distribution of sentence length in other genres, these could be attributed to the structure of the genre, and its writing practices, which for the most part lack interventions such as word count limit, editorship, and revision.

The comparatively small thematic unit is evident at the software interface, invariably designed to manipulate diminutive units of text. Figure 1. A Microsoft Visio™ drawing Figure 2. An Inspiration™ diagram Francisco J. Ricardo 27 ______________________________________________________________ Figure 3. A Microsoft PowerPoint™ Slide There is no hyperbole in asserting that the cultural unconsciousness of modernity harbours historically engendered motivations toward one particular kind of literacy.

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