Who Authored the John Titor Legend?
Funny thing, I don’t recall being interviewed or contacted about this. LOL. Because I WASN’T. Modern so-called “journalism” I guess.
Third Realm (The Yellow King)
El Centro & OMEGA
The Incunabula: Ong’s Hat Project
Description: “…a bizarre Internet phenomenon: an “immersive” online experience—part mystery, part game, part who knows what—known as both the Incunabula Papers and Ong’s Hat. The Incunabula Papers/Ong’s Hat was, or is, a “many-threaded, open-ended interactive narrative” that ”weds an alternate history of chaos science and consciousness studies to conspiracy theories, parallel dimensions, and claims that computer-mediated environments can serve as magical tools…. the documents provoked a widespread “immersive legend-trip” in the late 1990s. Via Web forums, participants investigated the documents—manifestos—which spun up descriptions of brilliant but suppressed discoveries relating to paths that certain scientists had forged into alternate realities. Soon, those haunted dimensions existed in the minds and fantasies of Ong’s Hat’s many participants. That was evident as they responded to the original postings by uploading their own—all manner of reflections and artifacts: personal anecdotes, audio recordings, and videos—to augment what became “a really immersive world, and it was vast”. – The Chronicle of Higher Education—-
“Ong’s Hat was more of an experiment in transmedia storytelling than what we would now consider to be an ARG but its DNA – the concept of telling a story across various platforms and new media- is evident in every alternate reality game that came after.” – Games Magazine 2013
Though Ong’s Hat may not have set out to be an ARG, the methods by which the author interacted with participants and used different platforms to build and spread its legend has been reflected in later games. –Know Your Meme
The Incunabula Papers are arguably the first immersive online legend complex that introduced readers to a host of content, including what religious historian Robert Ellwood has called the “alternative reality tradition. – Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat
As a companion piece to understanding some of the history of the transmedia work that centered around Ong”s Hat you may also want to read Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat, reviewed here.
The Incunabula Papers CDROM was recently included in the BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France) digital art collection.
He has created numerous transmedia works that experiment with storytelling over multiple platforms. Matheny’s The Last Book: A MediaKaos Work in Progress is a collaborative work that invites readers to partake in its composition. Contributors to The Last Book are requested to edit the text of the previous entry by adding or subtracting individual words or phrases. The online content of the project, which includes the first two chapters of the work itself and an invitation to participate, is presented on a blank page in a plain font, without any graphic embellishment.
The first two chapters of The Last Book were submitted by Rob Breszny in 1993; both chapters are titled “An Invitation to Dance.” Breszny’s entries seem to be random strings of thoughts. The first entry begins by describing the project, referring to it as an infinite game that has no clear winner because it lacks boundaries. He negates the validity of the author by including a statement that was written by a cat. In the second chapter, Breszny retains the basic structure of the text but changes the context of it; for example, he changes the statement made by the cat to one spat by a seahorse. By positing the involvement of a cat and a seahorse, Breszny is gently critiquing the concept of open contribution and communal authorship.
The Last Book is an experiment in flexible narrative. The narrative changes with each author’s alteration, thus producing many texts that stem from the same original entry. While each entry may seem like a separate, individual work, it should be considered in the context of the previous entries. The intratextual connections—repeated words, developed plot lines—trace the interactions of multiple authoring minds.
Since there is no established time span for the creation of The Last Book, the work is still open to contributions. Submissions are accepted by email or through the postal system. MediaKaos will eventually publish the entire collection of edited works. While contributors will not be paid for their work, they will be credited in the publication for their participation, and they will receive a copy of the collection. At the time of writing this entry, the online content of The Last Book is limited to Matheny’s invitation to collaborate and the first two chapters by Breszny.
Lori Petite was a student of Dr. Kiki Benzon for a course in Contemporary Fiction taught at the University of Lethbridge, Canada during the Winter term of 2011.
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