Digital Texts, Digital Publication
King's College London
Area of Study
Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
Module description: Texts, in their many forms and manifestations, are at the base of the transmission of ideas and culture in general. In a digital environment they have acquired an even more predominant position as digital communication on the web and on mobile phones is, this module will argue, primarily written form. However, the type of texts that are produced, exchanged and read in a digital environment not only are different from their analogic counterpart, but they also are changing our understanding and the way we shape our ideas and access information.
The module is divided in two parts: this first half aims at introducing different form s of digital texts as well as assessing the methods of their production; the second half will concentrate on the consumptions of digital texts analysing readers, readings and reading devices.
Digital texts takes different forms, such as, for instance, blogs, websites, Wikipedia articles, news reports, Twitter and Facebook messages, emails, digital novels, mobile phones? texts: the module will provide the students with an understanding of the rhetorical and communicative strategies behind each f these format, in order to assess the effectiveness and the impact of different forms of communication. In particular, the module will focus on the difference between textuality, cybertextuality and hypertextuality, the origin of hypertexts and their evolution in the passage from the analogue to the digital format. The role of text encoding and markup languages in text theories will also be covered, as well as concepts such as datafication of textual streams.
The second part of the module will be devoted to the reading of digital texts. Different type of reading will be presented and discussed such as close and distant reading, scanning and skimming, and each format will be analysed in relationship with different types of textuality.
Different digital environments and technologies will be also examined; we will focus in particular on smart phones and tablets, assessing e-Ink and touchscreen technologies. Students will be asked to independently assess the appropriateness of different textualities to different devices.
Credit level: 5
Teaching pattern: TBC
1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
1 x 2000 word essay (50%)
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