“An act of reading electronic language involves:
- Setting up an electronic language environment;
- Selecting particular input into the electronic text;
- Receiving the output;
- Analyzing what the electronic text does.”
—Someone Writing about Their Reading of GoogleTechnacy Weblog)
I’m reminded of Espen Aarseth’s definition of Cybertext — a system that includes not only the array of bits in memory or phosophors on a screen, but the whole thing — including the software used to create and view the text, the hardware (keyboard, mouse, monitor), the power grid that runs the whole system, and even (without stretching the point too much) the whole system of laws, guidelines and practices that control what sort of text gets created, distributed, rewarded, penalized, etc.
According to Jenkins, “Technacy primarily is about a new consciousness, an extended consciousness beyond oracy and literacy that encompasses the problems posed by a new language order – electronic language.” I’m very happy I found this website. As soon as I get my course syllabi set up next week I’m goint to spend more time here.