Do You Think You're Part of This? Digital Texts and the Second Person Address

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This essay examines the use of the second person address in electronic literature and games. It discusses the way in which the direct address to the user has been used as a literary device, and how the "forced performative" that the reader is cast into when reading some such addresses is heightened in digital works, where the role of "you" is more literally enacted and regimented.

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Jill Walker Rettberg