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Introduction by Adrian Miles  -- page 1 of 6

So, I wondered, what would happen if a small group of honour year students had the opportunity to collaborate, really collaborate, on an electronic academic publishing project? What if the project invited them to reconsider what constituted academic content by producing a publication based on a formal symposium on digital multiliteracy using video, audio, image, and text? Where three students from communication design joined three students from media studies to design, edit, and build an electronic academic publication, responding to an invitation to rethink what academic literacy and the expression of academic knowledge might be if digital literacy, rather than print literacy, were its basis. I wanted a group of digitally savvy students, with little necessary investment in academic prestige, to have the candour and sanctuary to experiment. What and how would the SMS generation (SMS is Short Message Service, aka 'texting', one of the major social uses of mobile telephony by youth and business in Europe and Australasia) want to design, express and articulate knowledge in their screen dominated cultures?

During the symposium the team of students recorded video and audio, photographed, and wrote notes. They interviewed participants and the audience. They received the hard copy text of what each speaker had written, or worked from. With this material they resampled and remixed in a way that responded to, and also interrogated, our assumptions about what an academic object might be. Violence of Text is the outcome of this wondering and collaboration.

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