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Announcing The Mobile Story

Are you teaching a course on digital storytelling this coming semester? If you’re covering topics related to mobile technologies, electronic literature, gaming, maps, or locative media, please consider adopting The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies for your course. This book was specifically written with accessibility in mind, geared toward an audience of undergraduat… read more

Ch. 1: Site-Specific Storytelling

Ch. 1: Site-Specific Storytelling

Chapter 1: Site-Specificity, Pervasive Computing, and the Reading Interface by Jason Farman Chapter Abstract: This chapter serves, in part, as an introduction to The Mobile Story and offers a historical grounding for the projects analyzed throughout the rest of the book (which are discussed in more detail at the very end of this chapter). By linking mobile storytelling projects to the larger… read more

Ch. 2: Wood Block Prototyping

Ch. 2: Wood Block Prototyping

Chapter 2: The Interrelationships of Mobile Storytelling: Merging the Physical and the Digital at a National Historic Site by Brett Oppegaard and Dene Grigar   Chapter Abstract: This chapter focuses on the production of a mobile history platform used to explore Fort Vancouver, a historic site located on the banks of the Columbia River in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Fort… read more

Ch. 3: Locative Social Stories

Ch. 3: Locative Social Stories

Chapter 3: Re-narrating the City Through the Presentation of Location by Adriana de Souza e Silva and Jordan Frith   Chapter Abstract: Through examples of location-based social networks such as Foursquare and Latitude, this chapter examines how location-aware mobile devices enable new ways for individuals to reshape how they interact with and understand locations. The chapter begins by… read more

Ch. 4: Wayfinding on Campus

Ch. 4: Wayfinding on Campus

Chapter 4: The Affordances and Constraints of Mobile Locative Narratives by Jeff Ritchie   Chapter Abstract: Mobile locative narratives, as “transmedia” stories, blur the line between storyworld and physical world, requiring that authors tell stories across a variety of media, including architectural space and the physical environment. As an intensely open, interactive, transmedia form,… read more

Ch. 5: Haunting with Foursquare

Ch. 5: Haunting with Foursquare

Chapter 5: Location is Not Compelling (Until it is Haunted) by Mark Sample   Chapter Abstract: Looking at the emerging practices of “checking in” to a location using location-based social media, this chapter argues that such platforms for social interactivity tell us very little about our network, our interactions, and our places. Location is not compelling. To state it more accurately… read more

Ch. 6: IntuiTweet

Ch. 6: IntuiTweet

Chapter 6: Dancing with Twitter: Mobile Narratives Become Physical Scores by Susan Kozel, with Mia Keinanen and Leena Rouhiainen Chapter Abstract: This chapter expands the reflections on narrative in this collection by considering Twitter, SMS, and dance. At the heart of it is a project called IntuiTweet, where dancers used Twitter to send short messages to each other describing movement or… read more

Ch. 7: Soundscapes and Stories

Ch. 7: Soundscapes and Stories

Chapter 7: Walking-Talking: Soundscapes, Flâneurs, and the Creation of Mobile Media Narratives by John F. Barber Chapter Abstract: This chapter imagines a project called “Walking-Talking” that utilizes digital/mobile telephony to produce a sound narrative focused on a particular urban location. While there are previous examples of locative narrative using mobile telephony, Walking-Talking… read more

Ch. 8: Sketch Maps

Ch. 8: Sketch Maps

Chapter 8: Locative Media in the City: Drawing Maps and Telling Stories by Didem Ozkul and David Gauntlett   Chapter Abstract: This chapter explores how users of locative media experience urban spaces through “cognitive maps” that they create. Rather than asking them to consider this in relation to predefined geographical maps, we wondered what it would be like if participants were asked… read more

Ch. 9: Scale in Collaborative Maps

Ch. 9: Scale in Collaborative Maps

Chapter 9: Paths of Movement: Negotiating Spatial Narratives Through GPS Tracking by Lone Koefoed Hansen Chapter Abstract: As GPS technologies are embedded into mobile devices—and thus everyday life—it has become common to track the location and trajectories of humans as well as objects. While knowing where people and things actually are and have actually been can be interesting, by also… read more

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