Taroko gorge remixes and own work

New blog post and this time it’s about Taroko gorge remixes. This blog post will look at two different remixes of this populear e-lit, “snowball” and “along the Briny beach” to see what new they bring to the table

Taroko Gorge,” Nick Montfort’s 2009 nature poem has been the inspiration for many remixes. The original and simpel nature of the piece have inspiret many to make fun and interesting remixes of the piece like “tokyo garage”by Scott Rettberg and “snowball” by Alireza Mahzoon.

Snowball is in my opinion a fun and good remix of the e-litt. Instead just a green backgrou and and text. The e-lit have white-grey background with white text plus the text move atleast twise as fast and in a more poetick pattern inspired by the snowball style of poems. The reason I maybe like this more is that I like the winter and snow themes. The text generates faster is a good thing becouse thats meens you dobt need to wait and its more straith forward.  So In my opinionI like this remix becouse Its faster and the winter/snow theme make it apeall better to me.

The other remix is along the “Briny beach” by J.R Carpenter. In this remix J.R. Carpenter infused the original source code with coastal language, and used jacescript  to insert  beach themed texts and images into the generated page. This make the e-lit more interesting and change it personality alot. Personal I understand why the remix do it this way becoyse beach is fun with alot of things, but i think its to messy and all the pictures and text that scrolls on from the sides take awy from the real poem. This is personal and from a designer point of view the e-lit is great, but perdonaly its messy. Alot is going on and you constantly need to change focus on the screen.

A big question that comes up with this remixes is are fow creative are they and are they just copies of an already popular e-lit. My anwer to this is if the remix are true to the original (you can see what the inspiratoion are and how the original piece worked) and you give the remix an own personality the remix is something new. Whats cool about all the taroko georges remixes is that they gave the same look and work i  the same way, but they all have different personality thanks to what text generates and the color schemes on the page.

 

For my own e-lit project uppdate, I will talk about how I will talk about mapping ideas and how the project may interact with the reader.

The way I plan to have the mapoin on the project is that the reader star wiht 5-6 differents titles on the screen and they lead tho different stories. The plan right now is that If you press rhe title you will be exploring a song lyric that is important to a person and see different way you can interact with it. After a while the reader will come to the end screen of that lyric and the end screen will be a personal story from a person that have/had problem with deppresion and how the song helped them battle it.

The different song lyrics have all different tone and I will try to make the different ways fell unik and personal, but I will also try to make them have the same similaritys so its not 5 different e-lit in one

 

See you next week


VI. Queerskins

This is a piece that really got to me. On one hand, regarding the aesthetics and the design, on the other, the topic and the emotional value. Queerskins tells the story of a young gay man who has passed away. Layer by layer, we uncover his story. And that was exactly what this reading experience felt like: peeling away the facades to go deeper and deeper into the life of a fictional character – except the fictionality seemed to become less and less obvious. It reminded me of the feeling when a very good novel is finished and you go online, trying to make the story continue as long as you can. The facettes of the story are lain out beautifully in an installment of videos and text. There is really not much more to say about it, except that this is how you should tell a multimedia story – incorporating all the bits in equal weighing, making them seem like homogenic parts of one big impression.

For my own E-Lit piece, I realize now that I failed to elaborate on it in my last post. Therefore, that is what I am going to do now. I have already mentioned that I want to write about filter bubbles, but failed to say how. I would really like to experiment with storytelling while exploring this multi-dimensional topic. Since my coding skills are limited, I would actually like to focus on the content first and then consider how to make the story accessible in the best way. That is why the next week will be dedicated to finding a story I want to tell. The basic premise is: at the beginning of the piece, there will be a choice of who the reader is – either, I want to ask about gender and age and go from there, or I will create a few characters with specific features. Either way, the choice at the beginning will determine which side of the story will be presented to the reader. I realize that this topic is incredibly broad. The big challenge will be to find the balance between conveying a bigger message and telling an interesting story. However, I am very excited to get started.


#6 Why should God care who I love? | Queerskins

The piece Mette chose for her upcoming presentation is Queerskins,  a web-based novel. It is about a young, gay HIV physician named Sebastian, who grew up in rural Missouri and with Catholic parents. Apparently, he died at the beginning of the HIV epidemic. The piece deals with a modern and important topic and I will try to briefly point it out in the following post. 

But let’s start with the first impression 

I have to admit, I was already impressed by the design of the homepage, before I even thought about clicking anything – I loved the fond ( yes, I have a thing with fonds) and I really liked how the page is divided into two parts. On the left side, the reader can explore „Queerskins: A Love Story) (a VR experience and interactive installation) on the right one can find „Queerskins: A Novel“. I looked at both, but as it is more interesting to me, I’m just gonna talk about the novel part.
When I opened the novel. I got confronted with a bunch of pictures and videos, as well as classical music playing. I tried clicking on all of the images and videos, but nothing happened.
The bottom page presents you with the names of the different chapters: Missouri, Mother, Alex, Carlos, End, Bathilde, Jean-Marie and Return. These chapters are divided into numbered parts so in the end one has maneuvered himself through 62 slides (or maybe pages?).


Starting with Missouri, every new page offers different audio files, videos and pictures, as well as „handwritten“ notes/diary entries and (flash-)cards. They all overlap each other which made it quite confusing for the first few seconds. But soon I realized that I could move and drag-and-drop everything on the screen. As I tried to „find everything“ I decided to move everything I had already seen to the left sie of the screen and maneuver my way through the different slides. After Missouri I made my way through all the other chapters and was impressed – I really really liked the story and the way Illya Szilak created this piece of ELit.

Let’s talk about the topic…

Digging through the different notes/diary entries, I felt like I was invading someone’s privacy – but the audio files reminded me more of a documentary (so not really as personal as a diary) – I could even picture everyone in these audio files sitting there and talking into a camera (someone wants to have a guess who might have spent a little too much time watching documentaries on Netflix the last couple of days?)
By talking about Sebastian, we do not only get to know him and his story, we also learn about the other characters.
We meet the mother, who loves her son but her religiousness makes it heard for her to accept her son’s homosexuality; the father who seems to be unhappy and unaccepting of his son and his life, we get to know Sebastian’s first love and his longtime boyfriend as well as others.

Everything they say about Sebastian and all the personal notes we discover during the different chapters makes it possible for us to piece together our own picture of him. To me, Sebastian seemed to feel guilty, somehow torn between his religious upbringing and his homosexuality, which is considered a sin in the Catholic Church. He seemed very caring of others (his time in Africa)  and yet it seems like he does not really fit into the society he lives in.
I am really excited to discuss this piece of ELit in class because I think there is way more to this story than the conflict of religion vs homosexuality.

About my personal project

I started to work on my own project over the last couple of days. My initial idea was to create a small collection of poetry and/or short stories considering a certain topic. I started writing and re-worked some of my already existing pieces, but I haven’t fully decided on the main topic yet. I did some free writing and came up with several ideas, I just need to finally make a decision. As I grew up speaking German as well as French I thought about writing the same poem/story in both languages and creating different shapes with them, making it look like they mirror each other.  French is not the only possible option, I thought about the combination of German-English too. I think I just need to see what makes the most sense to me and how it looks.
Considering the technical implementation of everything I looked at several tools from our list. I tried Storybird, looked at Canva and Notegraphy. But I think I will end up using Adobe Spark – basically just because I have never worked with it before and I’m really curious how things will turn out with it – even though my project might not end up looking like I am imagining it right now.


On “Taroko Gorge”

Taroko Gorge is a national park in Taiwan.

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“Taroko Gorge” is a piece of generative poetry written and programmed by Nick Montfort in 2009. It’s supposed to invoke the feeling of walking through a forest, offering it’s own strict movement and rhythm by which we must take it in. I get the gist, but I’d rather walk through a real forest where I can move at my own pace.

Traditionally, one who reads poetry has had to take it upon him or herself to slow down and read at a tempo that allows for true enjoyment and appreciation. As someone who like to read fast fast fast “Taroko Gorge” felt a little glacial. Then came Snowball, with a pace that stressed me out — I think I just like choosing when the next words appear to me no matter the situation.

In all honesty, I enjoyed the idea of the pieces more than the pieces themselves. It was fun to click through and see how far a re-creation could go and the titles/ideas behind them (Fred and George!!!). I even tried to think of some that hadn’t been done (I won’t share them — they haven’t been done for a reason and that reason is that they’re bad).

In class we talked about the idea of “remix” and if a remix is a form of creativity. This is something I’ve gone on about before, and will tackle again now: OF COURSE IT IS! I’m a strong believer that no story is truly “original.” As Nora Ephron famously said: “Everything is copy.” Copy as in imitation and copy as in a piece of writing; this works two ways.

Why is it we have the same general fairy tale plot in a bunch of different countries under a bunch of different names? “Clueless” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary” are both re-workings of Jane Austen. “10 Things I Hate About You” is Shakespeare and who knows where these writers got their ideas from in the first place. We could argue the ideas of remixing vs paying tribute vs stealing vs copying vs being inspired by forever, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with taking a set idea and expanding on it.

So often I’ll see something and enjoy it only to later realize it’s based off of something else. I probably would’ve enjoyed “Fred and George’ if I saw it first, but seeing it’s roots makes it even more fun and smart to me.

So yes, I think remix is a form of creativity. And I liked the remixes (or the idea behind them) better than the original.


The “discovery and invention stage” should be constant in all of our lives, right? I want it to be for me at least. In terms of my final project I’m set on my “Instagram Curator” idea and I’ve already started writing the text that will accompany it. Tools that I’ll use will include Instagram as main platform, a webpage that showcases my photos and the text in a way that appears like a normal instagram feed (I need to figure out the logistics behind this), and Google Calendar/email/photo editing apps. I’m having so much fun already, and can not wait to see how it all turns out!

Finally: I don’t think we dived into the idea of memes as e-lit enough last week. Let’s talk more about this everyone. Please?


Queerskins

This might be my favorite piece of e-lit so far. This might be the most intriguing piece of e-lit I’ve seen so far. At the ‘work website’-webpage I barely glanced over the work “transmedia”. I know I’d read / heard it before, but couldn’t quite place its meaning at that moment — but, oh boy, did I get a nice reminder of its definition.

Going through Queerskins: a novel, I was introduced to a means of presentation which I hadn’t considered as an option so far in our classes. Each division of chapters hold their own number of medias used to present the story. These options are either, short snippets of videos, excerpts of written diary entries, or — sometimes even — a few still photography. These different medias are all combined in to a single piece in an effort to instill atmosphere and presenting a story through the reader placing themselves in the character’s place — instead of simply presenting it as one would in a strictly written piece of media. And as far as I’m concerned, it worked. It seems to me that video clips is the most frequently used form of presentation in this piece, but the choice to make them short and narrated gives the illusion that they’re just as much diary entries as the physically written parts of the piece. This is sort of ingenious, because the author is basically feeding the reader the same story with two different medias which is made so similar and intertwined between each other that the reader is offered various choices that still are very similar to one another. The diary entries are a nice break from the more frequently used video clips while people usually think of video as a welcomed break from reading, only here it’s reversed.

The content of Queerskins, at its face value, seemed to me to be limited in its nature — but once I got past the Missouri chapter I started to realize how big the picture actually was. I was drawn to the story of Sebastian and the way in which it was presented. It got my brain going and I was able to pour some of the inspiration I gathered from this piece into my own project for the class. Although I didn’t finish Queerskins, I did bookmark it so that I could come back to it at a later time, after all, I think I could learn a few thinks from the execution of the presentation in this piece. There’s certainly a great deal of things I would like to add to my “wish list” regarding my own project.

My own project:

Mia proposed that I consider a hypertext tool named “Inklewriter” to see whether or not that’s a media that I can use for me project. Although I’m not entirely satisfied with its “somewhat” limited functions, I’m thinking it’s at least a safe choice for me to be able to use to flesh out the content. I’ll more than likely feel like the visual and atmosphere aspect of the piece would be lost — unless I did some severe changes to the setting altogether.

The way I look at it now is I have to focus on the complicated design of the pathing system to the piece. There’s a red line through the content that the reader is supposed to follow, and then there’s the multiple diverging paths that lead to extra information and extra choices. I need to find a way to make all of that intricate content flow naturally while it’s also manageable for someone like me who’s never tried to work with either Inklewriter or Twine before. I’ve done some research into Twine and I’m starting to think that Twine might be the right option for me, but I need to play around with it more before I can tell.


Queerskins (+ update on my own elit)

Queerskins
Queerskins is an elit by Illya Szilak from 2012. It is a hypertext story using javascript and having audio. Under tech notes it is stated that the piece works best in the Chrome browser. After the web design classes I had, I know that when creating websites it is important to make sure they work well with all (popular) browsers. Therefore I decided I would use Firefox to see if I would discover any issues.

According to the author’s statement, Queerskins is “partly based on Szilak’s experiences as an HIV physician” and “tells the story of Sebastian, a young gay physician from a rural Missouri Catholic family who dies at the beginning of the epidemic.”

Click here to discover Queerskins on your own: http://www.queerskins.com/#title

As I opened the website, I got the choice between a love story and a novel. Since I do not have the equipment needed for virtual reality, I was left with one choice – the novel.

I open up the novel and see several pictures and movies along with the names of the chapters at the bottom of the screen. The pictures and movies expanded when hovered over, some more than others. Clicking them does nothing, so I clicked on the first chapter at the bottom of the screen instead.

After the page loads, I see several videos, a letter or diary entry and a note stacked on top of each other.  And because I chose another browser than recommended, I had to open it in Chrome to see if things were on top of each other there too. They were. So obviously it was done on purpose. It seems like it does not matter very much which browser is used.

The rest of the story goes by the same way. Each page presents you with images, movies with sound and letters/notes. You drag things around to dig out everything and get information. It kind of feels like you are going through someone’s personal stuff, either their room or just the stuff on their phone or computer. For people who like to explore and be nosy without risking being caught, this way of exploring a piece of elit is kinda fun. Now I am not nosy myself, but sure, at times I can be curious just like anyone else. This way of discovering elit was interesting.

All in all, this elit has many chapters – probably more than most actual books that I have read. And honestly, I cannot say I watched all the movies or read everything. Therefore I cannot claim to know the whole story this elit tells. But I do look forward to learning more about it in class tomorrow.

So, did I like this elit? Kind of. I liked the way it had chapters and movies with sound telling some parts of the story, and diary entries/letters telling other parts. But the layout felt messy to me and made the elit more difficult to discover and making sure you did not miss anything. There might be a good purpose behind it, but considering the amount of chapters it creates a lot of work for the reader if determined to find everything.

The story, from what I gathered, seems interesting and has different themes compared to the other elits I have discovered so far. I like variety, so that is a good thing.
Update on my own piece of elit
I have decided upon several changes since my last blog entry.

First off, I was recommended to try out Inklewriter instead of Twine. I first tried out Twine and found it a bit difficult to figure out, but still manageable. Inklewriter is without a doubt more user-friendly though. Also, it seems the need for coding is not as present with Inklewriter as with Twine. However, I am concerned with the possibilities for customization and design when it comes to Inklewriter. My design skills using css are limited, but I think maybe I would prefer using what css I know instead of using a default design from Inklewriter?

However, Twine’s set-up and way of showing what you have done so far seems very messy and hard to keep track of. With Inklewriter it seems much easier to keep track of what I have done and not. Therefore I think I will end up Inklewriter after all. However, if anyone knows of customization possibilities when it comes to design – do tell! Maybe I just did not watch enough tutorials…

Another change is that I last time wrote that the story would consist of poems with clickable words, where the reader clicks a word within the poem and is taken to a new poem and so on. However, I started thinking and decided that this would not be very interactive and would make the reader feel like their path was chosen more at random than actually making choices. Therefore the story will be made up of poems telling most of the story itself, but with consequences written after the poem and then the reader will get to make a choice on what to do next (usually two choices, but sometimes more and at times only one). This means that the poems still will be a bearing element of the story, but more interactivity. I think the reading experience will be more fun this way, as well.

I have started mapping out the story, and as I have went along I have had to write a few new poems as well as making various versions of a few of them to fit the storyline (depending on which choices are made). I will probably have to write even more poems as I go on with mapping, but for now I have several I have to fit in somewhere. I have also started writing down choices and where in the story they happen, and which consequences will happen with which choice.

I am not done mapping yet, but as I map it out I also get it into Inklewriter so I will not have to do it later at a time where I have started to forget ideas. It also makes it easier for myself to see the progress I make, which I find very inspiring and motivating. Therefore, my elit is an actual elit and in working order – up to a certain point. It is FAR from finished.

Finally, the elit has a working title. It will probably be changed sooner or later, but for now it at least has a name. It might stick, it might not. We will just have to wait and see. I usually do not name things until they are finished, to make sure the name fits well – but a working title could be useful I guess.

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Interactivity, Generativity, and the upcoming event with Ian Hatcher

Another great week of #elitclass passes with two interesting pieces – Daniel Sebastian walked us through the intriguing Façade by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern.  Façade is an artificial-intelligence-based interactive animated story that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Slamdance Independent Games Festival.  The piece has been exhibited at several international art shows.  “The reader” assumes the role/perspective of a close friend of Trip and Grace – a couple who recently invited the player to their home for cocktails.  You enter their apartment where you can move, explore, and discover the space, and you can interact with some objects.  From the onset of the experience there seems to be significant marital difficulty between Trip & Grace.  The tension is palpable and the bickering is unrelenting.  The reader/player is able to interact by “speaking” to the troubled couple, and soon there is a complex triangulation of dynamics between the reader/player and Tip & Grace.  The player can attempt a reconciliation, or push them to further discord.  This is an open-ended design with many possible outcomes.  In some versions of play, one might be  “kicked out”.  In other play throughs, certain affairs can be revealed.  The piece prompts a reflection on the difficulty of understanding between people (even those who are supposedly close in an intimate sense), and of the perils of human listening/not listening.  To wax philosophical, each human being is a complex universe.  So perhaps a human relationship is the collision crash of two separate universes?  This piece certainly draws out the collision quality of profound resent between two people, drawing the viewer into certain third party anxiety.

We also heard from Maren who lead us through a smart discussion of the remix efforts inspired by Nick Monfort’s generative poem entitled Taroko Gorge.   In particular, we took a close look at J.R. Carpenter’s Along the Briny Beach and also Alireza Mahzoon’s Snowball.  The original text of tarok Gorge generates a nature poem about the famous Taroko Gorge national park in Taiwan.  The poem creates and recreates endless reflections on the changing effect of nature itself.  Mediative and ephemeral in nature (always fleeting/changing), this generative poem inspired many remixes. The original code producing endless permutations has been tinkered with and re-purposed for new thematic perspectives.   We had an interesting discussion about the creative act of remixing (as a digital sensibility).  We also talked about different ways to conceive of collaborative writing.  Thanks Maren for choosing this text which allowed us to loop back to the notion of generativity in literature.  With these remix texts, we are able to consider further examples of novel ways in which machine and human interface generate new narrative form.

On Monday, Mette will discuss Queer Skins.  Please check it out and for the first part of your blog reflect on this text.   For the second part of your blog for Monday, please include an update on your mapping ideas for your project and early thoughts regarding the tools that you might be using.  Remember that we are now really in the “discovery/invention” stage of your e-lit project.  That means you should generating creative notes, and mapping your ideas for the project, and exploring possible tools to use.

Next Thursday we have some special time set aside to engage with visiting digital artist Ian Hatcher.  I really look forward to sharing some time with him and all of you.  I think you will find that his work, which explores cognition in the context of digital systems, is truly inspiring and compelling.  The plan is to meet at the University Library (at the cafe at the entrance).  He will give a short performance there of his work, and we can follow up with some pizza and discussion in the upstairs (2nd floor) atrium of the library.  The event should last about an hour and a half.

See you Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Dr. Zamora

 

Taroko Gorge Remixes

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For this blogpost I am going to be looking at the piece “Taroko Gorge remixes”: Toroko Gorge Remixes . As they write in the beginning of the editorial statement:” Inspired by a visit to Taroko Gorge in Taiwan, Nick Montfort’s modest, procedurally-generated poem has produced an entire subgenre of remixes, remakes, constrained writing experiments, and parodies. The original Taroko Gorge brings together the enormous scale and diversity of geological space with the recombinatorial potential of computation.”

The pieces in this collection of remixes are we going to check out  “Along the Briny Beach” and “Snowball”. Lets start with the first one.

Along the Briny Beach

In the authors statement it says; “Along the Briny Beach considers the conundrum of coastlines. The horizontally scrolling texts quote authors who are writing about coastlines to evoke a condition of being in between places. The vertical scrolling text is an adaptation of Nick Montfort’s Taroko Gorge.”

The first thing I notice is the text on the left side of the screen. It appears little after little down the page. When it comes to a certain point, the text starts to move upwards, more and more text appears. The text mentions waters, lagoons, iceberg, the sea, riptides, boats, floating, sea creatures… everything has to do with water, beaches.. things that we maybe think about or experience during a walk on a briny beach…?

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This text just keeps rolling. Other things is also happening here, text and sometimes images appears horizontally. This is randomly generated. Algorithm is always running in the background. Computer generates text through an algorithm. This is the part that is interactive – you can move your mouse over the screen, and when it touch the text, it either stops, or goes faster across. It is four lines with text and all of them moves in different speed. As Mia said in class, this is probably meant to mirror the waves that comes in and out on the beach? 

In one of the horisontal texts I noticed it is a story about a walrus, a carpenter and oysters.. The walrus and the carpenter meets a group of oysters;  “oh oysters come and walk with us” the oyster said.. They were hesitant to come with, but they did at last.. they walked along the briny beach together. they came to a rock, and all the oysters stood and waited in line.. wondered what they were going to do. … walrus put up bred and vinegar and said it was time to eat.  When they were done eating the carpenter said something like; oh oyster, should we leave? but no answer to come. he had eaten everyone. (or something like that, it was hard to remember the exact words.. but !! ALICE IN WONDERLAND! It is the exact story from alice in wonderland!! The story of when the walrus eats all the tiny cute oysters!!:

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So funny. I really enjoyed this because I recognized the story!!

Okay. So now over to the next one; Snowball

“Snowball is generated by using words, colors and codes. The texture does not only resemble the coldness of autumn in snow, but also conveys a poetic concept regarding the flow of emotions as one feels and experiences in a snowy day. The slippery white poem in contrast with the gray backgrounds make you stumbling over the verses.”

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It is not as much happening in this piece as the briny beach one. The text appears the same way, but with no horisontal text or images. I notice that in the background it is code that is probably used to make this Elit piece, that is kind of cool. In this text it is about snow, just as the briny beach was about things that you can notice on a beach — this one is about what you notice when it is snowy outside. But this text is just moving in the same speed the whole time, we can not interact with this.. SO. I am not going to say a lot more about that, because this blogpost is long enough already.

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Because I didn’t write any blogpost last week, I am going to write a little about my ideas for my Elit piece that I am going to make. I think I am going to use google documents with links, pictures, maybe drawings and text. This because I dont think I am able to do it any other way, at least I can’t think of any other way to make this right now. I want to make this piece about my family, my closest family — my siblings, mom and dad and my grandma. I have a big family and I feel like it would be cool to make a piece about them. Maybe with interviews about certain times in life that we enjoyed.. family trips maybe, and maybe a little bit about the personality to each of them.. I dont exactly know yet, but I am going to figure it out 🙂 

Thanks for reading!


V. Being Spencer Pratt

This post comes a little delayed, as I had planned to write the post on my ferry trip to Denmark. I can now say that I have learned two things: firstly, I get seasick quite easily. Secondly, looking at a screen makes seasickness worse. So, there’s that.

But now that I have some solid ground under my feet again, I want to use this week’s blog post to reflect on a piece that was presented to us last week: Being Spencer Pratt. I had never heard the term netprov before, so even when I had a look around before the presentation, it did not fully make sense to me. After the presentation, I feel I have understood it enough to talk about it – but as we already discussed in our session, you probably “had to be there”. Aside from the more obvious discussion about whether this is literature just because it takes place in written form, I want to talk about another aspect of this piece: the “literary value”. Sophia and I had a discussion last week about why we have this strange perception of a certain hierarchy in literature (of course, you could say the same about everything from film to music to paintings.) “Being Spencer Pratt” has a strong connection to reality TV, which does not really have a serious place in the field of the arts. But where does this come from? After all, the definition of what is pop culture and what is not fluctuates constantly – just look at the Beatles, Shakespeare, Bob Dylan. What is considered highly intellectual now might not have been regarded as worthy of academic analysis just some years ago. So, reality TV really navigates that field in a quite interesting way. After all, what if we stop calling it that and start addressing it as a performative real-time television experiment? Isn’t Keeping up with the Kardashians just a TV-prov?

In media studies, especially in the last years, the focus has shifted more towards an inclusive look at all parts of media, whether they have a high academic value or not, and I always find it especially interesting to have a very thorough look at something that you usually only scroll by in your twitter feed. In the case of Being Spencer Pratt, there is an additional dimension: the piece has been included in the ELit-collection. This drastic change of context suddenly shows Spencer Pratt as an artist instead of a social media phenomenon, and the entirety of his posts as a piece of literature. As Sophia pointed out, the artist himself cannot be clearly separated from his online persona – so, where does Spencer Pratt end and where does Spencer Pratt start? Is he a performance artist, a former TV-star looking for fame, or both?

And lastly, there is another interesting aspect: why do we tend to consider the intended audience? Often, we tend disregard whole genres, just because it is something that teenage girls like. Authors of YA-fiction are viewed in a wholly different category as Serious Fiction Writers, which I find quite unfortunate. Maybe pieces like Being Spencer Pratt can help to blur those dichotomies that seem so clear and enables us to reconsider (artistic and) literary value.