Internet as Playground and Factory

Nick Montfort


Nick Montfort is associate professor of digital media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Montfort has collaborated on the blog Grand Text Auto, the sticker novel Implementation, and 2002: A Palindrome Story. He writes poems, text generators, and interactive fiction such as Book and Volume and Ad Verbum. Most recently, he and Ian Bogost wrote Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (MIT Press, 2009). Montfort also wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction (MIT Press, 2003) and co-edited The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 (ELO, 2006) and The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003).



 A Reading from "Implementation," "Mystery House Taken Over," "Book and
 Volume," and "ppg256"

I will read from and present a series of digital writing projects that involve collaboration, participation by large groups of contributors, the appropriation of and commentary on commercial and industrial technologies, and the use of free and open source software, including Implementation (Nick Montfort and Scott Rettberg, 2004), Mystery House Taken Over (Nick Montfort, Dan Shiovitz, Emily Short, and the MHTO Occupation Force, 2005), Book and Volume (Nick Montfort, 2005) and the ppg256 series (Nick Montfort, 2007-2009). These projects are entertwined with systems of digital labor, but they also question whether the labor/leisure or employment/consumption distinction should control our experience of the computer and the network.