“Finally, I’m not a slave to my stupid human eyeballs!” Lenny Leonard exclaims as he puts on his Oogle Goggles, a few minutes into Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons, entitled “Specs and the City.”…
There was a ghost at IndieCade, the annual gathering of independent game developers in Los Angeles. You couldn’t see Gamergate, a ghoulish presence that has haunted the video game community for the
past two months, but you could sense it. Its specter inhabited talks on diversity and community management. It trailed conversations, bled into nervous jokes, and wormed into interactions between developers and the press. It stood behind smiling figures as they discussed solidarity and ways to endure in these complicated times.
But despite the recent maelstrom of controversies and vitriolic exchanges, few at IndieCade spoke of Gamergate with hate. Grief, perhaps. A dulled anger with its edges worn down by constant exposure, maybe. But not hate. If anything, it was primarily with a baffled exhaustion…”
‘For purists, a serial is a work that the author writes in progress, releases on a specific schedule or deadline (close to the time when the writing gets done), and is produced without a preconceived middle or ending. Such serials often involve reader engagement and may incorporate reader feedback that helps the author mold the story along the way. Bestselling science-fiction author John Scalzi launched his career on a serial, Old Man’s War, and of course everybody knows and even loves shows like All My Children. The soap opera is classic serial storytelling…”
We’re seeing the return of old-fashioned serialized literature.
‘A year ago, a 24-year-old college student named Anna Todd stumbled on a trove of feverish fan fiction about the boy band One Direction. It had been posted to Wattpad, a Toronto-based website and app that lets anyone write a story and comment on the stories of others. Entranced, Todd began concocting her own tale, a torrid romance between a sweet-hearted ingenue and a brooding version of One Direction singer Harry Styles. She typed the first 600 words into Wattpad and hit Publish….’