Welcome to The Exploration and Interpretation of Digital Writing!
“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.” –Douglas Carl Engelbart
Writing is no longer limited to the simplicity of ink and paper, and with advancements in technology has come the expected adaptation of digital writing and digital reading. Importantly, digital writing is more than just a skill; it is a means of communicating and expressing with the world. This blog is intended to serve as a space within which its author can explore the various genres and definitions of digital writing. This blog is directed towards an audience compelled to understand the definitions of digital writing in a new age, examining how technology has transformed the way we fundamentally understand writing and reading. To see a helpful navigation guide of blog entries, please visit the maps page.
By engaging in a broad spectrum of digital writing challenges, I have formulated a strong opinion about digital writing and my blog presents itself as a learning space of the many digital writing forms. Notably, my intended audience has the option to leave comments, opening the blog up as a space of interpretation, inquisitive thinking, and collaboration. In this way, my blog is not meant to ever be a ‘finished’ piece of work, but rather an on-going creation. Because digital writing and digital reading are consistently being re-defined and re-understood, I have crafted my blog to reflect this adaptive progression. The blog is therefore meant to comment upon the consistent expansion of digital writing, making a statement about how the genre itself has limitless capabilities.
I have come a long way as a digital writer since first beginning this blog, when I felt both overwhelmed and intimidated by the unfamiliarity of the WordPress blogging platform. Successively, I have grown as an inventor, a composer and a thinker. While I once understood ‘good’ writing as being limited to the written page, I now view the internet as a tool that allows for writing to be communicated in a plethora of forms. I no longer understand digital writing as inferior to the inked word, but as having the capability to communicate to readers in an interactive manner. Importantly, my engagement with digital writing challenges has allowed for me to understand how various forms communicate to audiences. This process has caused a fundamental shift in my attitude towards the internet and digital writing. In this way, the skills that I have gained over the course of my creation process have resulted in my self-identification as a digital writer.
I experimented with various digital writing forms in my blog, gaining skills as I learned the process involved for each. These writing challenges required me to engage myself as an inventor, a thinker and a composer. To be more specific, I invented a seven minute remix video, using media from original sources to create a product voicing new meaning. This process involved the composition of transitions, the shortening of clips, the incorporation of music, and more. Additionally, I have composed relevant hyperlinks in many of my blog posts, expanding these entries to incorporate outside material. My posts also include embedded images which serve to better highlight the overall post message. More challenges I have engaged in include a paragraph animation video, in which I creatively worked off of a letter of a war veteran to make a larger statement. Moreover, I have engaged with the comic genre, creating a post-modern single panel and also a more traditional single-panel comic. While the first comic emanates a darker tone, the second is light and funny. Working on these projects, I have gained a magnitude of digital writing skills. I clearly see the value in working with so many forms, and I now feel more confident in my digital writing skills and capabilities.
Since starting this blog, my conception of writing has expanded to incorporate digital writing. As previously discussed, I once understood the written word as being superior to the typed word. Reflecting on this belief, I think that I felt this way simply because I had not ever engaged myself in the digital genre. My whole attitude has since shifted. I now feel that writing and reading in the digital space—if approached mindfully—can be equally as effective in communicating a message to its audience as writing and reading outside of the digital arena.
Importantly, I still believe that the digital space offers ample opportunities for distraction, which can understandably lead to less engagement with a text. However, authoring this blog has allowed me to witness how digital writing can engage its audience through animation and other effects in ways that the written word simply cannot. In this way, the digital writing space is unarguably different from, but not inferior to the written word.
Digital writing is important because it opens the door to expression, allowing its author to communicate messages to its audience in a variety of ways. Moreover, there is the realistic fact that digital writing is the direction society is headed in, and therefore it is vital to both engage with and understand it. Through the creation of my blog, I have come to respect and enjoy digital writing, and it is my hope that my blog will communicate this shift in my thinking and encourage its viewers to do the same.