Writing: Remediating

In ordinary usage, remediation is a word with mostly negative connotations—pointing to something that needs to be fixed, or to a person who somehow needs to be caught up. But for theorists of digital culture, it is a term with positive uses, referring to the work of translating a text composed in one medium into another: writing into graphics, audio into script, images into video, and so on. Re-mediating. Even reading a piece aloud or creating a set of slides to support a talk are forms of remediation. And anyone who has ever sat through a dull lecture or slideshow understands how much care and imagination it takes to move effectively from one mode of expression to another.

For this assignment, I’d like you find to a text you’ve created that you’d like to play with some more, and to compose a new, remediated version of it. You don’t need to translate the entire document into another medium or platform, but you should try to recast a significant part of it, or to add to it in some substantial way. The challenge, if you decide to move from writing to images or audio or video, will be to do something more than merely illustrate what you’ve already said. Similarly, if you move from audio or video or images to writing, you’ll want to do something more than simply transcribe your previous work. Your goal should be to somehow add to or inflect what you said as you shift the mode in which you say it, to revise as well as remediate.

Please post your remediated piece to this site by 10:00 am on Thurs, 5/04. You and I will also have time to talk one-on-one about your work on Fri, 4/28, or Mon, 5/01.


Author: Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.

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