Digital composition refers to both the integration of multiple media platforms into a communicable product and the syntax of the writing produced by and composed in digital platforms. The manifestos in this collection therefore describe a broad range of digital technologies and their compositional elements.


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Critical Code Studies, by Mark C. Marino, 2006

Mark C. Marino's "Critical Code Studies" is the foundation of contemporary scholarship that analyzes code "as a text, as a sign system with its own rhetoric, [and] as verbal communication that possesses significance in excess of its functional utility." The primary characteristic of Marino's "Critical Code Studies" is that one apply critical hermeneutics to the interpretation of code and contex... Critical, Code

Science Fiction Manifesto, by Jeff Noon, 2015

Jeff Noon's "Science Fiction Manifesto" is comprised of twenty-six tweets. Noon accounts for the science fiction genre's mutability and plays with its dominant modes of articulation, using Twitter to take stock of the genre's present and future. Twitter, Science Fiction, Jeff Noon

"10 Reasons Academics Should Start Writing Buzzfeed Articles," by Mark C. Marino, 2014

Mark C. Marino's "10 Reasons Academics Should Start Writing Buzzfeed Articles" functions as an example of and call for the reinvention of academic publishing. Using Buzzfeed's 'listicle' as a new model of academic publishing, Marino works to upset the formal processes through which academics write and share ideas. Digital Composition, Academic Publishing

RiP: A Remix Manifesto, by Brett Gaylor, 2008

"Rip: A Remix Manifesto" is an open source documentary on issues of copyright. The documentary was written and directed by Brett Gaylor. Creative Commons, Copyright, Copyleft

WorkSpace Manifesto, by Pit Schultz & Geert Lovink, 1997

In their coauthored WorkSpace Manifesto, Pit Schultz and Geert Lovink theorize the novel capabilities of the 'digital manifesto,' surpassing analog iterations of the genre before it. Perhaps the Workspace Manifesto's most important contribution to contemporary political discourse is its claim that the digital manifesto is a fundamentally anarchic product, refusing absolute power beyond digital ... Digital Composition, Anti-Authoritarianism

Notes on Manifesto-ism, by John Hutnyk, 1997

John Hutnyk's "Notes on Manifesto-ism" draws parallels between Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto and contemporary information environments like the Internet. Digital Composition, Digital Communication

The Birth of Way New Journalism, by Josh Quittner

Josh Quittner's "The Birth of Way New Journalism" describes the tension that emerged between individual authors (journalists) and 'Big Media' (News Corporations) with the popularization of online writing. At the time the manifesto was written, journalists realized that they could publish what they wanted, when they wanted, with the advent of the Internet. On the other hand, journalists recogniz... Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

Ancient Marginalia: The Watershed Manifesto, by Corey Pressman, 2013

Corey Pressman's "Ancient Marginalia: The Watershed Manifesto" details what he terms 'post-book opportunities' with the advent of digital technology. Post-book artifacts share five characteristics: 1) multifarious content. 2) Fluidity over fixity. 3) Sensuality over monosensual experience. 4) Multiple content streams. 5) Dynamic and social marginalia. Digital Composition, Post-book

A Manifesto for the Video Essay

The author of "A Manifesto for the Video Essay" develops sixteen theses for producing essays with film. Digital Composition, Video

The BradLand Manifesto, or, Why I Weblog, by Brad L. Graham, 1999

"The BradLand Manifesto, or, Why I Weblog" is the personal narrative and desiderata of an early weblogger, Brad. It advocates for the use of blogging as a means of experimentation, self-publishing, and community building. Blogging, Digital Composition

Nearlyologist Manifesto, by Jia Yu-Corti & Chris Meade

The authors of the "Nearlyologist Manifesto" attempt to define new conditions of authorship in the digital age. Where new media technologies allow for anonymous and pseudonymous identities to take shape in digital space, they also allow for individuals to 'become near' to an infinite set of desires and possible modes of expression. Nearlyology is the coarticulation of these identities and desir... Digital Composition, Nearlyology

A [S]creed for Digital Fiction, by Alice Bell (Sheffield Hallam), Astrid Ensslin (Bangor), Dave Ciccoricco (Otago), Hans Rustad (Hedmark), Jess Laccetti (Grant MacEwan) & Jessica Pressman (Yale), 2010

"A [S]creed for Digital Fiction" is not technically a manifesto, but rather a creed for the screen. Functionally speaking, "A [S]creed for Digital Fiction" contains a list of terms and positions, prompting the reader to consider the networked connections that make digital fiction possible. Digital Composition, Digital Fiction

Internet Manifesto, 2009

The authors of the "Internet Manifesto" outline seventeen propositions for the future of digital journalism. Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

The Digital Journalism Manifesto, 2012

The authors of "The Digital Journalism Manifesto" valorize the technologies and power of social media in journalistic practice. Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

What is a Digital Journalist? Towards a DJ Manifesto, by Andrew Rodgers (Posted by 'Andrew Orange'), 2008

In his "What is a Digital Journalist? Towards a DJ Manifesto," Andrew Rodgers attempts to define the skills a journalist needs in order to call oneself a 'digital journalist.' Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

Authorship Manifesto in the Age of New Media, by Bettina Lemm

Bettina Lim provides her own description for her "Authorship Manifesto in the Age of New Media": "This Manifesto considers Foucault’s “What is an author” and Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s lecture at Duke University in February of 2011 “The future of Authorship,” to establish the 10 commanding roles and responsibilities of the author in the Age of New Media." Digital Humanities, Digital Composition

The Lo-Fi Manifesto, by Karl Stolley

Karl Stolley, author of "The Lo-Fi Manifesto," calls for the production of free, sustainable, and easy to use technologies for digital composition. Lo-Fi stands for: Lossless, Open, Flexible, and In(ter)dependent. Digital Humanities, Open Access, Digital Composition

MANIFESTO: Technorhetoricians and/as Copyright Activists

The authors of "Technorhetoricians and/as Copyright Activists" argue that digital authors must understand and intervene in issues of copyright. Ultimately an argument for open access and free creative expression, the "Technorhetoricians and/as Copyright Activists" is concerned with protecting the composition practices that have emerged as a result of digital technology. Digital Humanities, Digital Composition

A Manifesto for Blogging, Christ Street, 2012

In his "A Manifesto for Blogging," Chris Street outlines twelve principles of digital composition and authorship. As a means of blogging effectively, Street characterizes blogging as a relational means of expression, one in which the author is accountable to her reader. Blogging

Weblog Ethics, by Rebecca Blood, 2002

In her "Weblog Ethics," Rebecca Blood outlines six criteria for establishing a standard in amateur digital publishing. While the manifesto is perhaps overly concerned with professionalism in print media, it is one of the first manifestos for blogging available online. Blogging

Blogging Manifesto, by H. Prillinger, H. Gislufsson, & R. Ellenson, 2003

The authors of the "Blogging Manifesto" establish a loose set of ground rules for blogging that resist both over-professionalization and banality. The importance of this manifesto rests on thinking of blogging as a new medium of self expression and respectable form of authorship.

Slow Blog Manifesto, by Todd Sieling

In his "Slow Blog Manifesto," Todd Sieling outlines six imperatives for creating and disseminating meaningful content online. Opposed to both traditional media that print on a daily cycle and hyper-blogging practices that increase one's page rank, Sieling establishes a practice of Internet-based writing that is meant to use the medium for thoughtful and enduring social, cultural, and political ... Blogging

The Blogger's Manifesto, by Chris Pirillo

"The Blogger's Manifesto" is written as a series of 26 maxims for writing on the Internet. Both humorous and descriptive of an avid blogger's impression of online composition, "The Blogger's Manifesto" embodies the struggle between self-expression and the norms of digital public discourse. Blogging