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Frohe und fröhliche Weihnacht(en) – Wie jetzt?

Zwischen 1906 und 1929 liegt im Google-Korpus (siehe Link) die fröhliche Weihnacht weit vorn. Interessat auch, dass es bis in die 1930 zwar frohe und fröhliche Weihnachten gegeben hat, die Weihnacht aber so gut wie immer fröhlich und niemals froh war. Auch in den Folgejahren ist die fröhliche Variante der Spitzenreiter. Seit Mitte der 1980er ist man allerdings nicht mehr fröhlich, sondern eher froh–vielleicht das Jahr überlebt oder doch noch alle Geschenke bekommen zu haben? Mit historischem Blick könnte man die verschobenen relativen Frequenzen sicher besser einordnen (Wirtschaftskrise, Terror, Krieg, Generationen und Bewegungen).

[on Google Ngrams]

Egal welche Variante nun eine höhere Frequenz aufweist, Weihnachten zu thematisieren scheint immer wichtiger zu werden, wie dieses Ngram zeigt.

Photo: Opening keynote by Espen #Aarseth and Stuart #Moulthrop at #ELO2015. #Bergen #Norway

Photo: Opening keynote of Espen #Aarseth and Stuart #Moulthrop at #ELO2015. #Bergen #Norway

[“Opening keynote of Espen #Aarseth and Stuart #Moulthrop at #ELO2015. #Bergen #Norway”]

Electronic Literature as a Means to Overcome the Supremacy of the Author Function / Presentation at ELO2015

This is a screen recording of the Prezi, I used at ELO2015 (you’ll find the complete programme here, and there is a list of video recordings). As the Prezi isn’t self-explanatory, I did a quick voice-over.

Additional Sources

  • Photograph of Michel Foucault in 1975 from “Featured Author: Michel Foucault” (Books; The New York Times on the Web; 1999; Web).
  • TeCEU charts adapted from Heiko Zimmermann, Rekonfigurationen des textuellen Handlungsraums digitaler Literatur unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Autorschaft: Geschichte, theoretische Ansprüche und deren Wechselwirkungen in der digitalen Medienpraxis (Doctoral Thesis; U of Trier, 2012; Print).

Re. “Daily Mail Steals My Video and Wants Me to Take the Blame for Copyright Infringements”

Update 1: 2015-03-05 (See Below)

Today Rosie Lord of the Daily Mail contacted me (see below) asking if they could use a video that I had posted under a Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike) License on Vimeo. I replied that this wasn’t so easy as the video contained background music that was licensed for non-commercial use only, but I would be willing to send them the original video w/o the music and grant them the desired licence for “perpetual” (de facto unlimited) use for 35 pounds (my suggestion based on the rate for local newspapers) license fee. To be honest, I was astounded that what I had learned to be the “gutter press” would even care to ask before publishing stuff. Was I mistaken? Of course not. I never got a reply. Instead they just took the video, edited it (getting rid of a beautiful view of the Porta Nigra) and put it on-line on their website. No money for the person who shot the video–my name is given at least (see screen shot). Nothing for the musician whose music is in the background. Yes, it probably qualifies as a quote from the web. I shouldn’t complain, should I? After all, I am confirmed in my disgust for the yellow press. But why did they ask in the first place? Simple: If you agree to give them the stuff for free and forever–irrevocably–, and for their offshoot channels as well, you warrant that you have the full copy- and usage rights. So, if a musician like the one bamboozled by the publication, comes and wants money, they can send them to you. Not only do they want owt fer nowt. They also want to pass the buck to others if things go wrong (see below). Clever people they are for sure. Und deswegen, unter anderem, ist und bleibt ein Drecksblatt eben ein Drecksblatt.

I won’t post the link to the article here. Reference:

Williams, Amanda. “Red Statue of Karl Marx Gifted to City of Gloucester Is Hidden Away.” Mailonline. 4 Mar. 2015. Web.

Ausschnitt DailyMail klaut mein Marx Video 20150305

[Screenshot on the Website of The Daily Mail, cf. Williams]

Bildschirmfoto 2015-03-05 um 01.02.10

[The very kind phishing message by Rosie Lord.]

Bildschirmfoto 2015-03-05 um 01.14.38

[Rules and Regulations – Passing the Buck]

Update 1 (2015-03-05):

Rebecca Hutson (I believe she is Director of Video at MailOnline) contacted me today saying that they have not received my email to the video editor (see above), that she had learned about my suggestion from my blog post and that they would like to pay a license fee of 35 pounds and swap the video they have on their website for the original file (thereby getting rid of the problem of the background music which is licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA license). I agreed and uploaded the original video for the Daily Mail to download and use (and mentioned that I don’t own the rights to the art installation or the sounds you could hear in front of Porta Nigra on the day I took the video).

Let’s see: If they pay a license fee, is this still “freebooting”? Not any longer. Is posting without prior clearance poor style? In most cases, I’d think it is. Is my ranting about poor style poor style, too? Maybe. Am I biased? Yes.

Alcalá de Henares

[“Alcalá de Henares”, 2012-10-06. This is a scaled down section of the image. Click picture to see the whole panorama.]

Alcalá seems to be very close here. However, it was a two hours walk from the place where I am staying as you cannot cross the river at the barrage of the Henares to access the hill/mountain. That’s my suggestion for city development: Build a bridge and an escalator from New Alcalá and the place will be teeming with people. Well, maybe not. There weren’t many people at the enchanting water front or the meadows of the flood plain. Oh, if you look carefully, you’ll notice the high-rise buildings on the horizon. This is Madrid.

The $8 Billion iPod – Rob Reid on Copyright Maths – TED Talks


This is What Wikipedia’s Protest against SOPA and PIPA Looked Like / 2012-01-18

[This is a post for historians of the future, when Wikipedia, after it will have been forbidden entirely (like all major “anarchistic” publications of the early years of the State-Grid-Halliburton-Google-Web (called World-Wide-Web back then)), will also have been systematically purged from all archives.]

Users at the time were not fully aware of the threatening danger posed by a legislation influenced by state politics/old-ecomnomy oligarchs/criminal syndicates to free speech, network neutrality, accessibility of internet services, … (plus the once in a century chance to change the whole planet for the better), worldwide. Therefore, they, instead of joining the protest, rather switched off JavaScript on and complained about those political nerds/idiots. Could they actually be so naive to believe that they could possibly change anything?

Book Cover of the Future…

… or just some gimmicky idea whose effect on the reader will wear off quickly? [via, more]

Lyrik zum Freitag: “Drinking out of Cups” by Dan Deacon and Liam Lynch (2003/2006)

Weitere Info dazu hier.

A Hunter Is ****** by a Bear

Ein YouTube-CYOA mit Texteingabefeld. Und schön infantil…


Bin ich der einzige, der das noch nicht kannte?

“Now Here This” by Stuart Moulthrop

There’s all kinds of political comments in Stuart Moulthrop’s Victory Garden (the whole text is stance against the Persian Gulf War of 1990/91 (at least)). The different forms of these are especially interesting. This is a poem therefrom:

Hear it comes again, riverRerun past towering erections of the five Cousins with but one middle initial among them. I’ve seen The Best Minds of My Generation but I should’ve waited for the sequel. Revenge, renege, regain, once more around the bases.

Doesn’t nobody on this bus know any new jokes—Of course not, O Fool, for this is America I here singing: New Boston, New Trier, New London, New Berlin, New Hiroshima, New Victorygarden, New Jeruseylem [sic]. All’re bored!

Life mag say Mars Is Our Next Home (gee ‘n’ I can’t afford the one I ain’t got now) we’re gonna take that red planet & paint the town blue & we shall build an urb upon that orb & its name shall be calléd [sic]: SeemYouLackerTM : Registered Treadmark [sic] of the New and Improved Babylon.

Or jes Slacktown to them as knows.
Get back.

[Stuart Moulthrop, Victory Garden (Watertown, MA: Eastgate, 1991), “Now Here This”.]

A Million Penguins is …

… a novel about people trying to write a novel. It is a künstlerroman and a meta-novel, and it is not easily accessible. It is neither a carnival, nor is it crap. This is a thesis.

Electronic Literature Collection 2 – ELO2 – Released

Today, the Electronic Literature Organization has announced the publication of their second compilation of digital Literature*:

The Electronic Literature Collection 2 comprises 60 works by almost 70 authors in 6 languages produced on the basis of a wide range of programming/mark-up languages. The anthology, which has been edited by Laura Borràs, Talan Memmott, Rita Raley and Brian Kim Stefans, is also being published as a hard copy (DVD).

ELC2 is ready for your syllabi and reading list. As a complement to our Electronic Literature Directory, and a continuation from Volume 1, this collection offers an anthology of works that pushes through the boundaries of literary forms, creating new kinds of experiences for interacting readers.

I don’t believe as yet that there will be that much real interaction, rather reaction. However, let’s see. This will be some nice reading for the semester break. The whole thing, by the way, is under a Creative Commons license. So, spread the word and the works.

* I am using Simanowski’s terminology here.

Texton vs. Scripton

Texton vs. Scripton


Take a look at the Memexes designed by the students of the Cybertexts Seminar at the University of Bayreuth. Starting from Bush’s first text about the Memex, they were to discus the look of the machine and to depict it, as they understood it, at the blackboard. Remarkable is the glimpse one can get of the imaginative framework of a person in 2008 if one asks these questions: How do screens look like? How do levers look like? What’s the size and the form of a keyboard? What else is important about such a machine and working with a Memex in general.




Beyond the Screen in Siegen

I’d love to go there, but I can’t. Anyway, just for the archive then.

There is an international conference at the Cultural Studies Research Centre “Media Upheavals” (“Kulturwissenschaftliches Forschungskolleg Medienumbrüche”) in Siegen: “Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres,” November 20-21, 2008.

Among the speakers are scholars like Roberto Simanowski, N. Katherine Hayles, Fotis Jannidis and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. Cf. the programme.

Anybody going there?

Johannes Kreidler: “Product Placements” (2008)

Der Komponist Johannes Kreidler hat am 12. September 2008 sein neues Musikstück bei der GEMA angemeldet. Das Stück ist recht kurz–eine gute halbe Minute–beinhaltet jedoch recht viele Zitate–70200 nämlich. Der bürokratische Aufwand für diese Anmeldung ist unglaublich. Natürlich ist das Kunstwerk selbst nicht nur das Musikstück sondern die Aktion um es herum. Sie zeigt wieder einmal, wie absurd überkommenen Gesetze aus dem Geist eines romantischen Geniekults und einer Wirtschaft, die vor allem auf physischen Waren basierte, im Informationszeitalter sind.


Den Messias gesehen. Er war da, in Oberfranken, und zwar kurz vor der Festspielzeit. OMG!

Big Brother Becomes Blogger

Exakt siebzig Jahre nach dem Verfassen, erscheinen ab heute die Tagebucheinträge von George Orwell als Blogeinträge auf der Website von “The Orwell Prize“. Vor siebzig Jahren tobte der Spanische Bürgerkrieg, an dem Orwell auf der Seite der Republikaner teilnahm. Das könnte also sehr spannend werden, auch wenn die Verbindung von Tagebuch und Blog irgenwie an längst überkommene Definitionen von Weblogs erinnert. Aber wie soll das Orwell wissen? Er ist ja längst tot und hatte keine Chance, sich ein bisschen in die Bloggosphäre einzuleben. Das führt zu einem weiteren Problem: Der Autor kann, wie der Guardian feststellt, nicht böse Fehden mit Kommentatoren ausfechten oder aktuelle Katzenbilder hochladen. Mal schauen, was das wird. Zum ersten Mal wird der Text vollständig veröffentlicht. Da sollte eigentlich ziemlich viel Käse dabei sein. Vielleicht auch deshalb das Ganze in Blogform?

UPDATE: Na, jetzt geht es doch erst am 9. August los. Dafür hier schon einmal das Blog.

Der köstliche Leichnam trinkt den neuen Wein

Schlimm ist es, wenn man den Feiertagsgruß “Happy Kadaver” erhält. Man kann davon ausgehen, dass gerade Fronleichnam ist. Okay. Eine sehr freie Übersetzung. Viel schlimmer noch ist, wenn man das allerdings mit dem Cadavre Exquis verwechselt, weil man sich viel zu lange mit surrealistischen Spielereien beschäftigt hat.