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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 14 Feb 1997 11:43:25 -0600
To: Lang Thompson <[log in to unmask]>
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Forwarded by Jeremy Butler, for more information, contact Julian H. Scaff
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STROBE is an electronic/analog journal that provides a forum
for critical discourse and discussion of issues on visual culture
encompassing film, television, and new media.=20
We believe that electronic publishing as a digital approach to
critical discourse must take into account the specificity of the
medium -- in this case the World Wide Web. Critical studies of
visual culture, whether they include digital media as subject
matter or not, demand to be radically different when constructed
as digital documents. The digital text combines the printed text
from the page along with sounds, static graphics, digital video,
animation, and interactive user-input elements.=20
Due to the technical expertise involved in creating such digital
documents, this may call for a great deal of collaboration on the
part of the creators, who must not only conceive of and
compose the text, but must also engage in computer-based
design, programming, and authoring. This encourages a
collective effort between multiple individuals with various
The digital document may also require a much more technically
skilled reader who must actively navigate through the text. This
added responsibility put on the reader will invariably shut out
those who do not have the skills, or the access to the
technology. Therefore, a =93low bandwidth=94 text-only version
version of STROBE will also be available on-line.=20
In order to recognize the shifting tides of ideas by graduate
students and scholars, STROBE will never announce a
pre-determined theme for any issue. Instead, we will allow the
critical texts submitted to the journal determine the theme, if
We are at the forefront of a new creative medium and a new
approach to publishing critical discourse. As such, we will be
reaching for solutions, and may sometimes fall back on the
comfort and familiarity of old methods. Some of our ideas may
fall by the wayside, while others may be long-lasting. While we
will be publishing an annual printed text anthology of the essays
from STROBE, it is our intention to fully explore the
possibilities of critical discourse in the digital realm, not as a
replacement for the printed text, but rather as a new alternative.=20
STROBE endeavors to find flashes in the dark that will add new
dimensions to the exploration of visual culture.=20
Find it at
For more information, e-mail:
Julian H. Scaff <[log in to unmask]>
Jeremy Butler
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Telecommunication & Film/University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa
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