We Swim in the Stream: Kate Armstrong’s RSS Poetics, News Feeds, Twitter Streams

Kate Armstrong’s “Feeds and Streams: RSS Poetics,” originally published in a special issue of of The Capilano Review devoted to writing and technology, is available as part of a fascinating online reiteration/remix of that issue by Web artist and writer J.R. Carpenter.  In her essay, Armstrong proposes a new literary art that might arise from the steady streams of RSS feeds, Tweet streams, status updates, and headline aggregators that bombard us:

“How might an RSS feed produce new art and digital literature? The automatic delivery of text fragments can generate new patterns of reading that come to be interspersed with regular life.”

A poetics arising out of a constant, ever-changing stream of fragments? An art, a narrative, a poem that is ultimately and solely the product of an individual reader/writer’s parsing of bits and pieces of information, of text.

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