All Together Now: Hypertext, Collective Narrative, and Online Collective Knowledge Communities

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Revision of essay previously titled "All Together Now: Collective Knowledge, Collective. Narratives, and Architectures of Participation."

This essay explores the history and methodologies of collective narrative projects, and their relationship to collective knowledge projects and methodologies. By examining different forms of conscious, contributory, and unwitting participation, the essay develops a richer understanding of successful large-scale collaborative projects. The essay then examines large-scale architectures of participation in Wikipedia and Flickr to extrapolate from those observations potential methodologies for the creation of collective narratives.

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If we view networked literature not only as literary "works" in the traditional book culture sense but also as literary systems functioning within other systems, then we need to reconsider the connection between authorship and agency.

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Scott Rettberg