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By Michael Thomas Joyce

Michael Joyce's new assortment maintains to envision the connections among the poles of paintings and guide, writing and instructing within the type of what Joyce has referred to as theoretical narratives, items which are either narratives of idea and texts during which thought usually takes the shape of narrative. His issues comprise hypertext and interactive fiction, the geography of our on-line world, and interactive movie, and Joyce the following searches out the emergence of community tradition in areas starting from the transferring nature of the library to MOOs and different digital areas to lifestyles alongside a river.

While during this assortment Joyce remains to be one among our so much lyrical, wide-ranging, and expert cultural critics and theorists of recent media, his essays show an evolving mistrust of unconsidered claims for newness in the middle of what Joyce calls "the snowstorm of the next," in addition to a recurrent insistence upon grounding our event of the emergence of community tradition within the body.

Michael Joyce is affiliate Professor of English, Vassar university. he's writer of a few hypertext fictions on the net and on disk, such a lot particularly Afternoon: A Story.

His prior books are Of Minds: Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics and Moral story and Meditations: Technological Parables and Refractions.

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Chapter 3 New Stories for New Readers In November 1995, I was discussing N. Katherine Hayles's essay "Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers" with my Vassar first-year students. We were talking in room 006, the computer classroom where IRL, or "in real life" as the computer jargon has it, a num- ber of my students were actually physically seated. Others how- ever were in their dorm rooms or the library. I myself was seated before a brimming ashtray of someone else's cigarette butts and the paleontological crusts of someone else's pizza at a computer in the basement room of an art museum in Hamburg, Germany, where I was attending the Interface3 symposium regarding the nature of the body and human community in cyberspace.

It is a marriage of life and forms beyond the book, writer and reader (the writer who will be). The groom makes a for- mal speech, it isn't clear to whom (it isn't clear now to whom he's been talking all along): We were predestined to live when the scene Grows dim and the outline of the Greek ruin Blackens the sky. It is noon, and wandering Through a dark building, you see workers sitting Down to a fire a narrow ray of sunlight Kindles on the floor. They have dragged out Heavy books and made a table of them And begun to cut their bread.

Likewise in MOOspace every instant @join(s) the adjoining. Like any virtual reality the MOO is founded on this mistak- 48 * Othermindedness ing. The fatal flaw of most VR design is to mistake our experience of the world for the world we experience. To think that the machine must represent the illusory seamlessness of the aural, visual, and psychological world is to misunderstand the undeni- able and inevitable mediation that the presence of others, that is, the interdeterminability of points of perception, represents.

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