Livetweets from my talk on social network analysis, interactive fiction, and cultural value (because I just can’t get over the novelty)

Last month at the Open University, I not-quite-livetweeted Tim Hutchings’s excellent talk on digital bibles. Last week at King’s College London, I found myself – for the first time ever! – being livetweeted (actually livetweeted, no time delays). I’d been liveblogged before, but this was different. So forgive my gauche enthusiasm, but I can’t get over the novelty. It also formed a tidy little record of what I spoke about – as opposed to what I thought I might speak about, or what I promised to speak about. Thanks are due to everyone, but especially to Simon Rowberry.

Here are the tweets (including the excessively nice ones that I ought to have more taste than to repost):



N.B. Simon is referring to my emphasis on Bourdieu’s analysis of amateur artists etc as located outside the field of cultural production.

N.B. That isn’t quite what I meant. In the field of restricted production, the ideal is to produce a work of such genius that almost nobody understands it at the time. By persisting in the thankless ploughing of a lonely, brilliant furrow, one is supposed to win admirers gradually. The contrast is with those who are assumed to have succeeded quickly by ‘selling out’. Success ideally accumulates from long term investment in an uncompromising creative vision.







N.B. ‘IF’ = ‘Interactive Fiction’ (formerly, ‘Text Adventure Games’)    








N.B. This means that, in one of the graphs that I presented, there was a node that represented one of the editors of Reading graphs, maps, and trees. Had I but known!