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06 JULY 2011

The Preface as Exegesis

"A preface provides a way into understanding a book: by stating its subject and scope, by commenting on techniques employed or themes addressed, or by focussing on a central or contentious issue. Prefacing involves an explicatory introduction to a reading of a work.

Some writers are more prone to prefacing than others. In the last century, three great exponents of the preface have been Graham Greene, Vladimir Nabokov and John Barth. Greene's prefaces are usually succinct, genuinely concerned with aspects of the writing process, and sometimes wryly humorous. ...

The idea of exegesis is not a recent imposition of universities upon creative writing; it is a long–term and also current feature of our overall culture. For almost two thousand years (as long as the word 'exegesis' can be backtracked in its significance) people have asked for explanations that linked written works produced in the culture to main concerns of the culture. Partly this has been a low culture plea to high culture. Partly it has been an element of ongoing high culture debate over contentious issues. 'Tell me further what you mean – analyse and dissect and orientate – so that I can more fully understand and believe you,' the culture has asked of texts on the one hand. But also it has said: 'Tell me further what you mean, so that I can better argue with you.' These are, I think, the two arms of the nature of exegesis."

(Nigel Krauth)

Krauth, N. (2002). "The Preface as Exegesis." TEXT 6(1).

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Australian universitiesBible • canonical text • commentary • contentious issues • creative writingcritical explanationculturedefinitionsexegesis • explanations • expositionhigh culture • interpretative text • linked written works • low cultureNigel KrauthPhD • preface • scripture • the nature of exegesis • treatise • universities

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Simon Perkins
04 MAY 2011

DailyBooth: a conversation about your life, through pictures

"DailyBooth is one big conversation about your life, through pictures. We're a community of self expression. We connect people to their friends in real–time through the use of pictures, exciting blurbs, and conversation starting picture comments."

(DailyBooth, Inc.)

Fig.1 Carlinn (Superficial Girls)

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2.0 portalsactivitycaptioncommentaryconfessiondaily life • DailyBooth • digital narcissism • document and share • echo chambereverydayfollow other userslive feed • live map • mapme in picturesnarcissismphotophotobloggingphotoblogging website • public members • real-time stream • real-time updates • recent photos • self-shotsselfiesocial media • social-networking • teentimetriviaTwitteruser-generated contentWeb 2.0your life in pictures

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Simon Perkins
03 MARCH 2011

The camera's relation to reality is addressed directly by the documentary filmmaker

"The issue of the camera's relation to reality, which permeates the fiction film, is addressed directly by the documentary filmmaker, who has always aspired toward capturing the sight and sound of life in an unobtrusive and impartial manner. The ambivalent nature of the medium, which excludes the human element as an intermediary but nevertheless implies a subjective viewpoint, gives rise to issues concerning the camera's legitimacy to record the 'obscene' object of reality. Questions about what degrees of faithfulness to the truth establish a film as a documentary, and whether such faithfulness is even possible, have accompanied the history of documentary filmmaking since its origin.

In the meantime, partly due to the technological advancements, documentary underwent a revival, and experimentations with the new technology abounded. The answer of 'direct cinema', which included Richard Leacock, Donn A. Pennebaker and the Maysles brothers as its representatives, was a purist approach in which the impact of the observer on the observed had to be kept to a minimum. Interviews, voice–over commentary and any other forms of interaction with the subject matter were considered to contaminate the result of the observation. Others like, Pierre Perrault, used the new equipment to draw meaning from the seemingly insignificant and the quotidian, attempting to find greater meaning in and unity to the whole by observing and bringing together the small elements of everyday life."

(Barbara Bruni, Senses of Cinema)

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ambivalence • Andre Bazinauthorial intrusion • Chronicle of a Summer • cinema veritecommentaryconstructed realitydirect cinemadocumentarydocumentary filmmakerdocumentary filmmakingdocumentary truthDonn A. Pennebaker • Edgar Morin • ethnographiceveryday lifeexperimentationfiction filmimpartiality • intermediary • interviewJean Rouch • Lightning Over Water • Maysles Brothersmedium • Nicholas Ray • observation • Pierre Perrault • realityRichard LeacockSenses of Cinema (journal)subjective viewpointtechnological advancements • The Human Pyramid • truth • unobtrusive • voice-over • voice-over commentary

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Simon Perkins
03 JANUARY 2011

In Media Res: collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship

"In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi–modal forms of online scholarship. Our goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. In Media Res provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we experience mediated texts.

Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30–second to 3–minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300–350–word impressionistic response. We use the title 'curator' because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way. The clip/comment combination are intended both to introduce the curator's work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non–academics who frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that community.

Theme weeks are designed to generate a networked conversation between curators. All the posts for theme weeks thematically overlap and the participating curators each agree to comment on one another's work."

(In Media Res: A MediaCommons Project)

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collaborationcommentarycommunityconceptualisationcritical theorycritiquecuratordigital culture • Digital Scholarly Network • forumin media res • Institute for the Future of the Book • media • media object • MediaCommons • mediated texts • multi-modalmulti-modal designmuseum • networked conversation • New York University Libraries • online community • online dialogue • online scholarship • re-purposerecombinanttheory building

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Simon Perkins
04 JULY 2010

Xtranormal: Text-to-Movie authoring tool

"xtranormal's mission is to bring movie–making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie–making, short and long, online and on–screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.

Our revolutionary approach to movie–making builds on an almost universally held skill–typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop."

(Xtranormal)

[The Xtranormal Text–to–Movie authoring tool allows you to produce short films. It does so through adding your typed dialogue (in the form of 'text to speech') to supplied animated character assets.]

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20103G • 4G • amateurismanimationauthoring toolavatarbrand recognitionbrandingcartooncharactercommentarycustomerEVO 4GfilmmakingGoogle AndroidGoogle IncHTC Corporationhuman speechhumouriPhonemoviemovie-makingmultimediaparodypublishingpuppetscriptibleshort filmsoftwaretelephonetexttext to speech • text-to-movie • Tiny Watch Productionstool • TTS • user-generated content • Xtranorma

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Simon Perkins
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