The news about reader attention and the evolution of media isn’t all bad — there’s the “hill of Wow”

Welcome to the “hill of Wow”… or why there are signs that critical content consumption, or reading and comprehending as it used to be known, might actually be on the increase once again.


Sometimes it seems as though the future of online media is a fairly bleak one: an ocean of clickbait and shallow pageview-driven articles, all of them chasing the dwindling juice that social-network algorithms provide, with scattered chunks of longform journalism drifting aimlessly, unable to get the attention they deserve. But is that a realistic picture of where we are? Betaworks CEO John Borthwick says it isn’t — and says he has the data from services like Chartbeat and Instapaper to prove that things aren’t as bad as they seem.

As Borthwick notes in a post on Medium, the most recent debate on this topic flared up a couple of months ago, sparked by a post from Facebook product manager Mike Hudack that lamented the state of online media, and how much of the content that was being produced even by “serious” media outlets was shallow clickbait:

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The Map Revealed

Mapping Scotland in Poetry progresses brilliantly…

the StAnza Blog

MapWe’ve had a wonderfully enthusiastic response so far to our request for poems with which to map Scotland, 69 poems from almost 50 people in just over a week, and huge thanks to everyone who has submitted. So far we’ve included one poem by everyone who has submitted (including a couple of suggestions of traditional poems), attaching the poems to the locations as best we can identify them, giving the location plus the title of the poem (except where these are the same) and the poet’s name. Then we’ve shown the first two lines of each poem, keeping line breaks as far as googlemaps make this possible. So here is the map as it stands at present.

Click on one of the pins and it will open for the poem for that location. When we post one of the poems in full on our blog, we add a link to that as well, and we do hope to feature most of the poems eventually. Later, once…

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Word into Image Symposium Programme

Only just heard about this but I thought I would reblog it anyway as the Modernisms Research Centre will be of interest to some, I hope!

Modernisms Research Centre, UCC

Word into Image Poster Symposium

Word into Image Symposium

Tactic Gallery Auditorium, Sample Studios (Former FAS building), Sullivans Quay, Cork

9.30 – 10.00: Registration

10.00 – 11.30: Panel One

  • Laura Pomeroy (University College Cork): “Embodied Poetry: Mary Devenport O’Neill’s Bluebeard Ballet”
  • Natalie Ferris (University of Oxford): ‘I just need a fiction like you to work out ideas in front of – no?’: ‘The Pope of Modern Art’ and Abstract Poetry
  • Michael O’Sullivan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): Pound’s image, the Chinese character, and cultural differences in education

11.30-11.45: Coffee

11.45 – 12.45: Panel Two

  • Lila Matsumoto (University of Edinburgh): Poems to cover a page: Serialized source text as performance space in the early works of Vito Acconci
  • Nicole Sierra (University of Oxford): Concrete Islands: The Visuality of Ballard’s ‘Rough Poetry’.

12.45 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.30: Panel Three

  • Simon Perril (De Montfort University): Countering Fantesectomy: an account of a collage novel in progress
  • Emma Cocker (Nottingham…

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Mapping Scotland in Poetry

Not strictly ePoetry, so maybe I should mention Infused as a possibility for making the final map accessible online?

the StAnza Blog

Colin Will as host: photograph by Helena Fornells Nadad Colin Will as host: photograph by Helena Fornells Nadad

We all know poems about Scotland but can the shape and nature of Scotland be drawn entirely in poetry? StAnza has set itself the challenge to see if this is the case. This year at StAnza 2014 we launched our project for the Year of Homecoming Scotland to map Scotland in Poetry. It began with a great fanfare, and unveiled at the event was our specially designed extremely non-digital map to serve our purpose.

Colin with the map, Lindsay Macgregor with the poem: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal Colin with the map, Lindsay Macgregor with the poem: photo by Helena Fornells Nadal

The launch was an open event so before the festival we invited people to contact us proposing poems which had a specific Scottish location. We had a fine response from a wide range of people offering to read either one of their own poems, or a poem by a friend, or occasionally an…

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Platforms and the Shape of Reader Participation

“What interests me at the moment is…how the technical platforms we use to share these experiences are mediated by both the commercial and cultural contexts of reading in the 2ist century and by the choices designers of technical platforms make. “

barbara fister's place

[Cross-posted from the Digital Reading Network blog, where I was invited to share some ideas – they have lots of interesting stuff over there, and tend to be far more scholarly and rigorous than me. I’m realizing I’m more of a dabbler and paddler than a deep diver.]

Last week, I discovered yet another way to share reading experiences online: Call Me Ishmael. It’s a somewhat self-consciously retro website launched in the US in early June that invites readers to call Ishmael and leave a voice message about “a book you love and a story you’ve lived.” Selected stories are published on the site’s main page, along with links to find the book in a library or buy it from a bookstore and a synopsis. The site says nothing about who created it, and its domain has a proxy registration so is equally mysterious. It is, at least, transparent about sales supporting…

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Introducing the Yellow Buick Review

This looks set to develop into an extremely useful resource for publishing poetry eBooks…

The Yellow Buick Review

As we close the books on another National Poetry Month, why do so many poetry E-books read as if they’re stuck in 2008?

For years, Bicycle Comics published PDFs with big font sizes and told people these were E-books. And they were, but only kind of. So in August 2013, we got serious about E-books. We Googled far and wide for formatting advice. Most of it was prose-related. Much of it was outdated or wrong. None of it talked about formatting whole books of poetry, just single poems. Figuring out how to code an anthology took hours and hours of paintstaking, frustrating work, and we’re a publishing company! Our staff has something like 13 years of combined production experience at “Big Five” publishers. But it was so hard, that first E-book, that we almost gave up and went back to PDFs.

Fortunately, our hard work paid off.

As soon as…

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