Good KARMA: 'Adapting' the Reader's Device to Electronic Literary Work

Chris Arnold

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This paper discusses the use of a rogue wireless access point (also known as a KARMA attack) to co-opt the
reader’s device (phone or tablet) into the performance of works of electronic literature. The application of
hacker practices to electronic literature has wide-ranging implications, from radical rethinking of gift
economics to disruption of electronic literature’s known genres. My current work argues that hacker
practices are particularly suited to activist writing, and electronic literature has a unique capacity for a bringyour-own-device (BYOD) approach to literary installation works. This approach can be used to adapt the
experience of public spaces for local storytelling in a way that has, to date, been an emerging movement in
electronic literature. Performance of the project’s poetic work is available, in addition to theoretical
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2021
EventLimina Journal Annual Conference 2020/21: Adaptation in the Humanities - University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Sept 20212 Oct 2022


ConferenceLimina Journal Annual Conference 2020/21
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