Mark Marino –
The Ballad of Workstudy Seth

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The Ballad of Workstudy Seth offers the Twitter Transcript of an electronic literary work that follows the brief employment of a college student indentured in the trade of online status messages.

This work is an example of netpov, online improvised literature, meaning it combines both prepared text and text emerging in real-time as other Tweeters interacted with Seth.

The work was also the subject of this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education:



Mark Marino is a critic and writer of electronic literature teaching at the University of Southern California. He is Director of Communication for the Electronic Literature Organization and editor of Bunk Magazine. His previous works included “Stravinsky’s Muse,” “Marginalia in the Library of Babel,” and “a show of hands,” which appears in the Electronic Literature Collection, volume 2.