Open “Poem by Nari does Windows” by Ted Warnell
This hypertext poem examines language and instructions from help menus and other documentation in the Windows 98 operating system, juxtaposing it with texts and images from other sources (credited in “Windows”) as well as with original material. The formatting for the Windows texts is designed for readers to read them clearly, allowing for Microsoft’s prosaic, utilitarian voice to emerge clearly and deliver instructions for procedures that seem unnecessarily complex. The “Poem by Nari” texts (Warnell’s poetic persona) are made strange and poetic through visual formatting: primarily by eliminating spaces between words, arranging streams of texts in columns, and capitalizing by constraint rather than by convention.
Explore these texts as ambient works designed to create a mood, using language to produce a textual and textural conversation between Microsoft and Poem by Nari’s voices.
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