Continuing Discussion on Writing

16 Sep 2018 Some changes below and to Federated Writing, as we move towards explicating Publics. Publics rather that audiences for wikis.

Review entries from Changes to the Future

Here are a few of the recent entries to address:

spring 2020

Writing in the presence of rampant forking calls into question what it means to write and how to do it well.

This has been discussed since the start of wikis, but it's reconsidered in a new frame with "rampant forking" - which can be usefully considered as a manifestation of Forking as Semiosis. It seems to be more a statement of context for contributors to fedwiki than a broader consideration of writing.

A valid alternative would be a social semiotic model from Kress as in Semiotics Seminar 2015. Start with A Social Semiotic Model of Meaning wiki as set against the Conduit Model. Semiosis complicates commodification, too.

Basing an understanding of meaning on semiosis sets aside models of Writing as Expression and Writing as Communication for models of Writing as Semiotic Resources. The focus shifts away from origins and transmission to What the Other Does with the Semiotic Resources.

fall 2019

I was provoked into writing this following discussion with Dil Green about writing in Fedwiki. His complaint I thought was a bit unfair, but as with any such encounter, it is important to dig deep and not react with easy defensiveness.

Here we consider what federated writing is.

Our culture has evolved means for us to organize the little things we can do with our basic capabilities so that we can derive comprehension from truly complex situations, and accomplish the processes of deriving and implementing problem solutions. The ways in which human capabilities are thus extended are here called augmentation means, and we define four basic classes of them. report

Double-square-brackets makes a word or phrase into a hyperlink. This works best if the link is surrounded by words or placed in a context that makes it clear to a reader when thy might benefit from a shift of context.

Here we present for refinement some of the fundamental writing practices for a FedWiki genre. The wiki genre facilitates readers and writers aiming to capture, share, and reuse networked community knowledge.