Confessions of a virtual scholar, or, writing as worldly performance

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Reflecting on the contemporary phenomenon of blogging, and performed in the specific modality of the blog, this article presents a snapshot of a world wide web of writing (and the performance of writing) measured in centuries, rather than decades. As the reader works their way back through the timeline of the article, questions arise as to the status and stability of the texts, scriptors and their layered performance. Enacting a living methodology associated with Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project, the article makes live the performer's dilemma to borrow, reference, steal or recycle the writing of others. Overall, the article cannot be summarized or translated beyond the event of its very performance (and the performances it archives).

Keywords: blogging; performance; textuality; virtual scholars; writing

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: York St John University.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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