Welcome to the Writing and Digital Media Studio
Jo Anne Harris, PhD
Caribbean Language and Literature – University of Puerto Rico
Then . . .
How I became interested in writing and digital media is an interesting story that began many years ago in Puerto Rico, and eventually shaped my doctoral research in Early Caribbean literary history. Part of my research involved travel to unique archives located throughout the small Caribbean islands. Since much of the early material was written in manuscript form, access to these histories and narratives was limited and I discovered that often fragile texts had been relocated to larger European archives.With the rise of digital technologies, I dreamed of making these valuable histories accessible in a digital format.
Eventually, my fascination with digital technologies and the ways in which these historical artifacts could be represented in online archives sparked an interest in how digital representations, in general, engage audiences and influence perceptions. As I learned more about the history and culture of the West Indies, this research evolved into a passion for the art and music of the many cultures and people scattered throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. To read more about the Caribbean you may visit my digital project: www.virtual-caribbean.net
Now . . .
While developing Studio3880 I encountered the following passage from Katherine Hayles’ book “Writing Machines” :
“To change the physical form of the artifact is not merely to change the act of reading . . . but profoundly to transform the metaphoric network structuring the relation of word to world.”
These words best describe how the interaction between the author, text, reader, and digital media work in a symbiotic process. As you read through the Studio 3880 archive, enjoy the journey and discover that the possibilities for writing in digital media are limited only by your imagination and the resources available.