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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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IN.S.OMNIA, 1983–1993

IN.S.OMNIA, 1983–1993

(p.179) 11 IN.S.OMNIA, 1983–1993
Social Media Archeology and Poetics

Rob Wittig

The MIT Press

For a decade before the Internet, members of the literary performance group Invisible Seattle pioneered the delights of creativity in social media on their Bulletin Board System (BBS) IN.S.OMNIA. The invisibles conducted a series of rigorous (and often hilarious) literary experiments, asking whether or not this disembodied text could support complex fictions, prose and poetry modes, as well as philosophic inquiry, exploring in microcosm the multi-vocal modes now common. The Invisibles discussed writing practices freed from paper-and-ink with writers such as Jacques Derrida and Harry Mathews. The essay captures the song of the modem -- the flavor of collaboration on the BBS platform -- and connects IN.S.OMNIA to netprov (networked improv narrative) and other contemporary practices.

Keywords:   Social Media - History, Social Media - Creative Practice, Social Media - Literary Performance, Collaborative Literature, Bulletin Board Systems, Bulletin Board Systems - Literary, IN.S.OMNIA, Netprov

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