Participation, Addition, Editing, and Remixing
Below are links to our still contested collections. We say contested because the collections offered here are neither complete nor stable. EmerAgency, as an archive, resists the clear-cut categories required of any archives’ collections. Then again, we’ve worked to introduce stability into Ulmer’s notion of Electracy. What’s more, these collections grew from the stability we observed in his own work. But it’s still contested. We don’t agree with each other and we don’t always agree with our collections.
So we invite readers of this wiki to think of themselves as archivists. We especially invite those classes working with Ulmer's text and ideas to become part of our contested conversation. Please feel free to create collections, add items, contest others, and rewrite descriptions. And don’t limit yourselves to text. In the spirit of Electracy, upload your own images and audio, or download and re-mix ours. Our hope is this can become a space of contestation—a space to began building an unstable archive of ideas. [Editor's Note: PraxisWiki does not automatically generate wiki usernames and passwords. To join the wiki so you can join this conversation, please contact PraxisWiki editor Dundee Lackey at praxiswiki at technorhetoric.net.]
This is an electronic monument. Traditionally, monuments communicate and commemorate the value-system of a specific group (or nation). The MEmorial is a collection of items that work to produce knowledge of these values, the sacrifices demanded by these values, and the individual's place among the value system. It’s a process of self-knowledge and collective knowledge.
This is short for "deconstructive consulting." Deconsulting supplements traditional consulting (literate reasoning), and is "simultaneously an immanent critique of conventional consulting and an experiment in an alternative mode that adapts arts and letters knowledge to a practice supportive of a virtual civic sphere" (p. xxxi).
This is the actor, the inquisitor, the affected and the producer of the affect. Ulmer moves away from the term agent because in electracy, as opposed to literacy, the actor is not an always an individual, rather she's a group subject, and so she is not the 'expert consultant,' taking a God's-eye view of a problem to solve it. She is always inside the issue--there is no outside, no expert. The egent acts and then changes the action that first inspired her reaction.
This is an odd collection. It does not contain items that refer to a specific cultural value-system. Nor is a collection of items meant to heavily critique value-systems like one might find in a Cultural Studies archive. The items here are the abject but necessary components of any value-system that are either suppressed, misunderstood, or simply ignored.