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"Uncle Roger", an Online Narrabase

Judy Malloy
Leonardo
Vol. 24, No. 2, Connectivity: Art and Interactive Telecommunications (1991), pp. 195-202
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/1575298
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1575298
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

"Uncle Roger" is a 'narrabase' or narrative database. It was first told as an online serial on Art Com Electronic Network (ACEN) and then was published as an interactive online database on ACEN. It is also available as computer software for both Apple II and IBM-compatible computers. The narrabase form uses a computer database to build up levels of meaning. The artist explains how this form evolved from her visual books and her information databases. She discusses the story and structure of "Uncle Roger" and describes how the story was told and published in an online community. In the conclusion she discusses the future of computer literature.

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